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Students prepare for biggest graduate jobs fair in the UK

30 May 2007

As hundreds of job-seeking graduates prepare to converge on Manchester for the annual Graduate Recruitment Fair on 13 and 14 June, The University of Manchester is issuing advice to help boost their prospects of finding work.

This Fair, the largest of its kind in the UK and free to attend, includes representatives from over 180 major graduate recruiters and higher education institutions, advertising a range of temporary and permanent job opportunities suitable for new and recent graduates, and postgraduate study opportunities. Different exhibitors will attend the event at the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, on each day.

Jan Hewitt, Employer Liaison Manager at the Manchester Leadership Programme, Careers & Employability Division at The University of Manchester, which organises the Fair, said: "Recruiters tells us that first impressions really count, and the Manchester Fair is an excellent opportunity for graduates to make a positive impression on several potential employers at once.

"We advise attendees to dress smartly and bring copies of their CVs. It's also a good idea for them to research companies and opportunities in advance, as they may be asked to submit applications on the spot. A full list of exhibitors is updated regularly online at:"

The Fair will run from 10.30am to 4pm each day.

Major graduate recruiters exhibiting include Accenture, Aldi, Bloomberg, the Civil Service, Edward Mellor Estate Agency, Greater Manchester Police, Kingston Smith, Delft University of Technology, Centrica, Deloitte, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, HSBC Bank, IBM, Kellogg's, Lockheed Martin, The Royal Navy, Siemens, Teach First, Tarmac, United Utilities, and many more.

Professional careers consultants will be available to offer advice, and there are short, informative talks on interview techniques, CVs, application forms and assessment centres.

Visit for further information and a full list of exhibitors, or call 0161 275 2828.

Notes to Editors

1. An invitation is extended to all journalists and photographers wishing to attend the Graduate Recruitment Fair. Please contact Jan Hewitt ( 0161 275 2828) for details.

2. Images are available on request.

3. The Manchester Leadership Programme, Careers & Employability Division at The University of Manchester is committed to improving the employability of students and graduates. It works closely with graduate recruiters across the globe to develop and manage a variety of projects, courses and events, dedicated to equipping students with key career management skills and knowledge vital for future success. Further information is available online at:

4. Exhibitors include: Abercrombie and Fitch Co.; ACCA; Aldi Stores Limited; AstraZeneca; Baker Tilly; BDO Stoy Hayward LLP; Black & Veatch Ltd; Bloomberg; Broadridge Financial Solutions Ltd; Capgemini; Carcraft; Careers in Food and Drink; Cargill plc; Celsius Graduate Recruitment; Centrica; Cerner; The Chartered Insunrance Institute; Cheetham Hall Research; CIMA; Civil Service Fast Stream; The Co-operative Group; Coral Cay Conservation; Covance Laboratories Ltd; Cowgill Holloway LLP; Croda International; Crown Prosecution Service; Data Connection Limited; Decathlon UK; Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands); Deloitte; EDS; English First; Employmnet Opportunities for People with Disabilities; Enterprise; Ericsson; Ernst & Young; The Ethical Project Company; EURES European Employment Service; Fidessa; GE; Grant Thornton LLP; Greater Manchester Police; Healthcare Commission; HMK Ltd; HSBC Bank plc; HBOS plc; HM Government Communications Centre; Homebase; IBM UK Ltd; Icon Clinical Research; INVISTA; Jagex; James Thornton Group; Kellogg's; Leap29 Ltd; LogicaCMG; Lonza Biologics plc; Manchester Science Enterprise Centre; Manchester Science Park; Marketing Northwest Ltd; Mason Communications; McDonalds Restaurants Ltd; Michelin Services Limited; Northern Rock plc; Nova Group UK; Otis; Pareto; PKF; QS Network; Raleigh International; Reed Graduates; Ricardo UK Ltd; RAF; Schlumberger; RM plc; Royal Navy; Royal Marines; SCI Recruitment for Scientists; Shell; Serco Assurance; Siemens; SRG; Tarmac; Teleca Limited; Thales UK; TK Maxx; Unipart Group; University of Manchester; University of Salford; University of Teeside; Venn Group; Waitrose; WB Engineering Services Ltd; White Young Green plc; Wine Rack; Young Enterprise North West; Z & F UK Ltd, Zen Internet, and many more. A full list of exhibitors is updated daily on the website at


Jan Hewitt, Employer Liaison Manager
MLP Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester
0161 275 2828 /

Rowena Forbes, Marketing & Communications Executive
MLP Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester
0161 275 2828 /