We can help you if you are educated above Level 4 within a nationally recognised qualification.
Don’t bank on falling into a graduate job straight after leaving university; instead prepare yourself with these career hunting tips.
Be prepared to put in some work to find the job you’re looking for; building a shortlist of potential employers takes some research, but will benefit your search in the long run.
How do I find employers?
Use LinkedIn to search and filter companies worldwide, utilise your university careers service to find out which companies in your field have been recruiting, contact professional associations and industry bodies for a list of member organisations, browse publications such as The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, and find graduate employers.
Being proactive is the best way to stay on top of your job hunt, as some opportunities may not even be advertised. Applying speculatively shows prospective employers you’re able to use your initiative.
Graduate recruiters are realising the importance of a diverse workforce. Various factors will influence your choices, but it could be worth looking out for graduate recruiters who state their commitment to diversity. It’s worth checking company websites to find out if an employer signals that they’re proud of their commitment to equal opportunities. Look for companies that are signed up to Race for Opportunity or other schemes that support diversity. The public sector generally has a good record for supporting equality and diversity.
Where are graduate jobs advertised?
There are a number of go-to places for publicised job opportunities. To optimise your search, use a combination of the following resources, and remember to check regularly for updates if you aren’t informed automatically.
- Search graduate jobs.
- Visit your university careers service. Seek advice and guidance about how to approach graduate job openings too.
- Attend careers fairs and recruitment events. Keep an eye on your institution and national events.
- Read local and national press.
- Check trade journals.
- Look at professional associations.
- Contact recruitment agencies. Look for specialised graduate and sector-specific recruiters who will be better equipped to help with your job hunt.
- Read sector-specific vacancy websites and publications.
- Use social media, particularly searchable sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
How do I build a network of contacts?
If you aren’t networking, you’re most likely losing out on opportunities to those who are. Some people may be better connected from the outset, but anyone – from any background – can build a network of useful contacts from scratch, either online or in person.
A simple conversation can lead to opportunities for work experience and even jobs, so don’t be afraid to approach people to ask for their advice and tips.
- It’s important to proactively contact prospective employers for job openings. Don’t always wait for vacancies to reach job boards. Find out about the company you’d like to be part of and target your CV and cover letter
- Don’t ignore work experience opportunities at this point. If they can’t offer a full-time salaried position, arrange a voluntary stint within the company, learn more about them and ask for advice on your job search. Keeping in contact with people is a great way to stay abreast of goings-on in the business and in the industry as a whole. If they can’t offer you anything, is there anyone else they recommend you to speak to?
- Students and graduates are increasingly being contacted directly by recruiters thanks to their social media profiles. Use sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter to your advantage and create a strong online presence. Use a consistent username and image, and reference other platforms that you’re using professionally to link them. Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to ask questions and see member details, and keep adding contacts to grow your network.
- Use careers fairs as a way to speak to prospective employers directly. Prepare some questions in advance and ask whether it would be possible to take their email address, too. Use it as a way to stay in touch