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Your early careers specialists


What do we do? When it comes to the attraction, assessment, engagement and retention of the best early years talent, the answer is: pretty much everything. Whether managing an end-to-end multinational graduate campaign or a single part of your recruitment process, we can help you with the full scope of your recruitment initiatives.

When it comes to continuously improving the way you source and engage with the early year’s talent your organisation needs to thrive, we have the technological tools, the expertise and the networks you’re looking for.


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  • Design (or audit) early careers attraction strategies
  • Refine your marketing strategy based on Trendence UK data to maximise your attraction channels
  • Define your EVP and your creative campaign collateral
  • Direct sourcing for hard to fill roles
  • Develop and deliver insight events to increase diversity
  • Plan your media strategy and book and place all media
  • Design, organise and run on-campus and school events
  • Post jobs across target schools and universities to engage with key student profiles
  • Manage social media campaigns to maximise student engagement
  • Create and curate content to promote your brand and opportunities via key social media channels
  • Measure ROI of marketing and attraction activity

Assessment and engagement

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  • Design your recruitment and assessment strategy
  • Screen CVs and applications, including creating competency frameworks and screening matrices
  • Administer tests and interviews, face-to-face, by telephone, by video or on Skype
  • Design and deliver assessment centres, including creating all materials
  • Manage insight and intern programmes and other bespoke events for early careers talent
  • Deliver candidate feedback, sympathetically handling the unsuccessful
  • Deliver keep-warm initiatives until candidates join the business
  • Develop and deliver post-hire development centres to enhance candidate retention
  • Deliver key Management Information (MI) that can refine your early careers strategy, using sophisticated reporting tools

Why work with TARGETrecruit?

We have access to the most talented graduates and school leavers

With 30 years’ experience in the early careers sector, we’ve built up an unrivalled network of contacts.

We have our own marketing channels

We’re the only Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) business with our own student marketing channels, giving us the unique opportunity to engage with the most talented students.

TARGETjobs is the leading student careers site in the UK, with over one million registered students and graduates. Meanwhile, TARGETcareers is our school leaver careers platform, with over 160,000 registered students.

We have a network of university contacts

We’ve built strong connections with universities across the UK. It’s through these relationships that we’re able to access the top talent for our clients. Our TARGETconnect platform is used by student services at more than 70 UK universities, giving us unique access to career-orientated students.

We have an international reach

We don’t just operate in this country; we also recruit internationally for roles across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA. We attract international students to work here in the UK too.

We put your candidates first

We put the candidate experience at the heart of what we deliver. We firmly believe that successful recruitment relies on engaging with each and every applicant from the very start of the recruitment process.

We make sure your candidates are always fully informed, fully engaged and move swiftly through the application process by:

  • Having a plan: We develop a communication strategy for every campaign.
  • Regular updates: Our candidates receive an update on their application at least every two weeks.
  • Audit trail: We ensure all aspects of the candidate journey are positive, even when unsuccessful.
  • The human voice: We phone candidates rather than email.
  • Proper support: For candidates who require adjustments, we ensure we understand what’s needed.
  • Pre-assessment centre call: We brief candidates prior to assessment centres, reducing drop-outs.
  • ‘Back-up’ assessment day candidates: We’re able to fill spots quickly if there are late drop-outs.
  • High-quality, empathetic feedback: We are experts at providing unsuccessful candidates with constructive feedback and advice.
  • Candidate experience surveys: We survey candidates at key stages of the application and assessment process and take action in real time where necessary.

We offer bespoke early careers technology


Designed by specialist early career recruiters, our Select ATS has been built specially to support high-volume graduate recruitment.

  • Drive efficiencies through a truly volume-built platform
  • Increase diversity by reducing bias in the process
  • Engage more effectively and enhance your candidates’ experience
  • Make analytical decisions through comprehensive reporting and MI
  • Ensure you are GDPR compliant with all candidate information securely stored.

Find out more.


Our bespoke surveying technology can be used to collect feedback at every stage of the candidate journey. After submission of an application, testing, interview and assessment, we set up trigger feedback requests across our client projects. This feedback is invaluable, allowing for continuous improvement of the recruitment process throughout the campaign cycle. We can also easily design, and administer, bespoke surveys for your key audiences, providing real-time analysis and reporting in a range of formats.

What are our clients saying about us?

To find out how TARGETrecruit can help you with your recruitment process, contact:

Vicky Weber

Vicky Weber
Business Development Director

Phone 020 7654 7214 or email.

Tier 5 Intern Scheme

TARGETrecruit also manages the Tier 5 Intern scheme, a Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) scheme designed specifically to allow undergraduates and graduates from overseas to gain experience working in UK industry. It provides UK employers with the scope to deploy the brightest and best talent from overseas on key initiatives and to learn crucial skills to take back to their home country.

As a licensed, A-rated overarching sponsor, we work directly with employers (and their immigration advisers) by providing sponsorship for non-EEA nationals that they have identified for their internship programmes in the UK.

Full information can be found on our dedicated Tier 5 page.