Looking for Work

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Starting your job search

It is important to remember that there are lots of places to look for work, and that no one source will cover all the available jobs. You can start your job search in several ways: from searching through advertised vacancies, using social media or recruitment agencies, or contacting companies directly. The key is to start early as many large employer’s recruit at the start of the autumn term, while others (particularly small and medium sized companies) recruit all year round.

Take time to research employers and opportunities – talk to recruiters, e.g. at recruitment fairs and events, making yourself visible. Think about the skills and qualities you have to offer. Helen and Iain from the Careers and Employability Centre can help you consider what opportunities are right for you, how to find them, and how to make a strong application – login to FutureMe to meet with Iain and Helen.

The main ways to find opportunities are:

  • advertised vacancies
  • speculative approach
  • social media
  • recruitment agencies

Try and keep your job search wide ranging, using job search websites, but also researching employers and checking their websites/social media feeds where appropriate.

Developing your networks and contacts can be a highly beneficial way of generating potential work. You can find more information on our Networking page.

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Useful job search sites

Useful job search sites

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ACT now and arrange to meet with Iain or Helen if you would like more information on finding the right opportunity for you. Book an appointment by logging in to FutureMe