Graduate Job Podcast

At Smart Resourcing Solutions we have been fans of the marvelous Graduate Job Podcast for some time. The Graduate Job Podcast is aimed at inspiring graduates and students in their search for the job of their dreams. Each week they speak to the cream of the world of graduate recruitment, from authors, bloggers, career coaches, entrepreneurs to the recruiters themselves. This brilliant and free resource provides so much useful content and advice for students and graduates. As founder James Curran often states – it is the kind of resource he wishes he had available when he was at university.

Managing Director, Sophie Milliken, recorded a podcast for the series covering what you need to do to get that graduate job. The episode covers the ins and outs of the graduate recruitment process, looking specifically at psychometric testing, assessment centres, job interviews, group exercises and presentations. There are top tips, insider secrets, and what is needed to stand out from the crowd and get a graduate job. Click here to listen to the show.


Associate team event

Sophie hosted the first Smart Resourcing Solutions extended team event in Leeds yesterday with our core team members and some of our key associate team. The day started with a bit of fun during our photo shoot and we enjoyed making some silly faces! Sophie gave a presentation showcasing her personal highlights from the last four years as well as outlining her exciting vision for the future. There was a lively discussion sharing ideas and what works well amongst the wider team as well as hearing more from our new members.

Our new goodie bags were a hit and a delicious lunch was enjoyed afterwards at Gusto on Greek Street. We look forward to holding wider associate events on an annual basis.


Welcome to our new team members

We are delighted to introduce two new members to the Smart Resourcing Solutions team in support of recent business growth.

Within our busy office operation, the marvelous Rachael Cook joins us as Office Manager. Rachael is super organised and a whizz with all things Microsoft. Rachael will carry out a variety of administration activities and be the first point of contact for all enquiries.  

Demand has grown in the apprenticeship market and clients are keen for us to provide them with advice, selection design and assessment materials. We have appointed Paul Roberts as Associate Consultant – Apprenticeships.

Paul has experience of designing, recruiting, selecting, inducting, developing, and retaining graduate, internship and apprenticeship programmes across multiple disciplines with great success. Paul has a great deal of knowledge of the Apprenticeship Levy, having prepared a large and complex group of businesses for the introduction of the Levy and how to gain the best strategic outcomes. Paul was listed as one of the Top 30 (number 2!) people to know in Apprenticeship Recruitment in 2016 and has debated the benefits of apprenticeships at the European Parliament in Brussels.

NPW Tweet Up

Sophie was asked to contribute to this week’s Northern Power Women tweet up by providing the theme, questions and writing a blog. The theme she chose was “advice” and five questions were posed to those interacting asking:

  • What is the best advice you have ever had?

  • What is the worst advice you have ever had?

  • Who gives you great advice?

  • Who would you most like to ask for advice (fact or fiction)?

  • What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

Having never written a blog before, and in keeping with the topic, Sophie asked for advice on putting it together and also asked her own network for their experiences of good and bad advice. The tweet up was well attended with some brilliant contributions from those taking part. To read more about the tweet up and read Sophie’s blog, click here -

Goodbye Simon!

After four enjoyable and productive years as co-founder and director at Smart Resourcing Solutions, it is Simon’s last day as he moves on to new challenges. Simon has been involved in creating and delivering some exciting projects along with working with a group of talented people and helping many students achieve their first graduate role.

Smart Resourcing Solutions will continue to thrive under the already trusted hands of Sophie Milliken and our team of experienced associates.

Simon says: “I am incredibly proud of what the company has achieved to date and wish Sophie and the team every success for the future. Sophie is looking forward to continuing the great relationships we have developed with our clients.”

Sophie adds: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Simon whilst we have grown and developed the business together. We have delivered some excellent results for our clients and I will miss his humour and wisdom! It is an exciting time for Smart Resourcing Solutions and I look forward to sharing some news updates very soon.”