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Qatar Today - - BUSINESS -

IN THIS AR­TI­CLE, THE TEAM AT BAYT.COM SUG­GESTS FIVE WAYS TO AT­TRACT AND HIRE TOP GRAD­U­ATE TAL­ENT THIS YEAR.

Grad­u­a­tion sea­son has be­gun, and a flood of fresh-faced, en­try-level tal­ent will soon be en­ter­ing the work­force. As the com­pa­nies in Qatar are gear­ing up to at­tract new grads for en­try-level po­si­tions, many of them will be com­pet­ing to get the best and bright­est from the class of 2016 on their teams. With no fa­mil­ial com­mit­ments, lower salary ex­pec­ta­tions and an ea­ger­ness to learn and con­trib­ute fresh ideas, new grads have proven to be a good in­vest­ment for any com­pany.

How can your or­gan­i­sa­tion get an edge in hir­ing fresh grads this year? What are some of the key fac­tors to take into con­sid­er­a­tion? What are fresh grads look­ing for in their first job? Are there ways to present your com­pany as an at­trac­tive place to work?

Project a good cor­po­rate im­age

Mil­len­ni­als are an en­thu­si­as­tic gen­er­a­tion who want to see and feel that their work is part of a greater pur­pose. Your com­pany needs to show that it ex­ists for some­thing that goes beyond mere prof­itabil­ity, and that what you do con­trib­utes di­rectly to­wards the gen­eral good of the world we live in.

In your job de­scrip­tions, em­pha­size your com­pany's val­ues, vi­sion and mis­sion, and com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the lives of peo­ple you serve. Pro­mote your CSR ac­tiv­i­ties: any youth out­reach pro­grammes, eco-friendly ini­tia­tives or com­mu­nity wel­fare projects. Ac­cord­ing to the Bayt.com 2013 poll on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, 90% of re­spon­dents be­lieve that CSR is a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity that all com­pa­nies should have to­wards the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and 95% feel it's im­por­tant that their com­pany is so­cially re­spon­si­ble.

Un­der­stand their culture

Young pro­fes­sion­als to­day are will­ing to work hard, but they grew up hear­ing that a good work-life bal­ance is cru­cial to their hap­pi­ness and over­all pro­duc­tiv­ity. When they ask about time off from their daily sched­ule, don't con­sider this a sign of lazi­ness; in­stead, un­der­stand the world they live in. New grads are likely to ask about well­ness pro­grammes, whether they can work from home on oc­ca­sion, and the dress code. Don't pass up a great em­ployee be­cause of old par­a­digms. Un­der­stand how they view the world and cre­ate a job that caters to them.

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