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How to find jobs

How to find jobs

How to find jobs

Whatever kind of work you are aiming for, these are the first places to look for up-to-date opportunities. 

You are more likely to be successful if you combine a variety of different approaches in your job search i.e. do not simply rely on online job boards, but combine this with other approaches such as those outlined below. For more insight find out how some of our students got their jobs by reading our blog.

Careers Centre

We offer a huge, searchable database of local, national and international job opportunities, as well as many exclusive student and graduate internship opportunities. Check out the Union's Joblink service for part-time and temporary vacancies. We have also put together a bank of resources to help you in your search for jobs.

Job websites

The quickest and easiest way to find advertised graduate vacancies is through the multitude of websites hosting thousands of new job advertisments every day. Some, like Milkround and Prospects, are purely graduate-focussed, whilst others cast wider nets. For more information, and links to other vacancies sites, see our page on job websites.

Recruitment agencies

Using recruitment agencies as part of your job search can be an effective way of finding a broader range of opportunities. Employers use agencies for a range of reasons, but often if recruiting for specialist roles or roles which require previous experience. Others may use an agency for all their recruitment. For more information, see our page on recruitment agencies.

Newspapers and publications

Newspapers and industry publications can be a great source of vacancies, particularly if you have an idea of the type of work you are seeking. Many national newspapers, such as The Guardian, have job listings which allow you to search for specific roles. Identifying relevant publications and professional bodies for your preferred sector and checking their job advertisements is also a great way to identify opportunities. We subscribe to a number of national newspapers and professional publications that can help with your job search.

Total Professions has a searchable database of professional bodies and organisations in the UK.

Speculative enquiries

Going out of your way to actively seek opportunities – especially when vacancies are not being advertised – is a great way to prove your drive and initiative to potential employers. Approaching a company directly puts you ahead of the competition and shows your commitment to the company and job; it could be enough to swing the interview balance in your favour. For more information, see our page on speculative enquiries.

Job Centre Plus

With in-depth search criteria and a massive selection of jobs from across the country, Job Centre Plus is a useful tool for narrowing down the list of thousands of vacancies and finding the perfect position to suit you.

Networking

Many jobs never get advertised; most estimates state the majority of jobs are not widely advertised. Developing your network will enable you to tap into the so-called 'hidden' jobs market and find out more about specific careers or entry requirements and companies. For more information, see our page on networking.

Social media

More and more companies have started to explore social media channels as a way of finding the best graduates, so be sure to keep up. Not only do networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook let you keep abreast of the latest vacancies at top companies, but they can even allow you to speak directly to those who might be interviewing you. Just remember that it works both ways: employers will almost certainly be checking your online presence before inviting you for an interview. For more information, see our page on social networking.