In a candidate-rich, job-short environment, Bright Network has stepped in to enable recent graduates and undergraduates to gain entry to top organizations. But there is one caveat: you have to be bright!
Bright Network is a boutique, membership-only network that works exclusively with the brightest graduates and undergraduates in the UK and Europe. All members must have achieved at least ABB at A Level or attained a 2:1 from either a Times Top 20 or Russell Group university.
Bright Network provides a peer-to-peer referral platform where members work with in-house headhunters to identify and recommend candidates who have the potential to work at top firms such as Goldman Sachs, Slaughter and May and Mind Gym.
We spoke to James Uffindell, founder and CEO of Bright Network about the benefits of this boutique members-only network, and how candidates can be successful amidst such fierce competition.
James points out that these days, "'Culture fit’ has never been more important as a differentiator... stand-out candidates put the effort into really researching a firm and buying into its mission and values."
Among the perks of being a member is that Bright Network rewards you with a cash "bounty" and champagne for successfully referring your own friends! Great candidates tend to know move in the same circles...
This is one aspect of Bright Network’s efforts to ensure that relationships with members go beyond securing a specific job role. “We like to stay in touch with members even when they are happily settled in a role or not actively looking. For example we'll continue to invite you along to one of our networking evenings so you can expand your professional network”, James says.
Bright Network recruits for a wide range of jobs from business development analysts to marketing executives to CIOs for firms ranging from two-person start-ups to huge corporates. James mentioned that the online and FMCG start-up spaces are particularly thriving at the moment.
We asked James what was the funniest job interview story he’d heard recently, and he mentioned an interviewee who wore "odd shoes" and another one who could not tell a single clean joke when asked to share a good gag on the spot.
So, if you are able to join this exclusive network, here are your tips: make sure you have the right shoes and a clean joke or two at hand. Five or more and they know you’ve read this article...
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