Wondering where to look for graduate job vacancies? Where do employers advertise? Should I just look online? Find graduate jobs today using a variety of tools and techniques.

The simple answer is that there are lots of different places out there to look for graduate vacancies. There is no standard system for advertising vacancies – different employers advertise their vacancies in different ways.

 

Find Graduate jobs today – 7 Best Ways to Look for Graduate Jobs

1.Find graduate jobs websites

There are plenty of websites specialising in vacancies for graduates. Here are some to get you started:

(as you can see some of them have very similar names!)

It’s worth checking all these sites when you first start looking. You’ll soon get an idea of which ones have the sort of jobs you’re looking for.

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2.Company websites

Many large companies advertise their vacancies on their own websites. There’s usually a section called

  • Work for us
  • Careers
  • Vacancies

(it might have its own tab on the Home page or it might be in the ‘About’/’About us’ section).

If there is a particular company you’re interested in, check out their website. Some of them tell you when the graduate vacancies will be advertised.

Some employers advertise their vacancies in more than one place. For example, they might use their own website and one of the graduate job sites. You might find that you see the same job on more than one website. That’s good – it means you’re looking widely enough to catch all the vacancies!

Grad coaching’s top tip

  • Set up email alerts so you don’t miss new vacancies as they’re posted

 

3.Network

It is often said it’s not what you know but who you know. Make a list of all your friends, family members, fellow classmates and former colleagues who are working in your target industry.

Reach out to them for advice and insight into the company they are working for. You may not get a job straight away but you will gain useful knowledge and if a suitable job comes up, you may be the first to know. 

Part of networking is meeting current employees at your target companies. Do this by attending careers fairs or industry networking events.

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4.Speculate

There are some industries or companies that do not advertise their vacancies. Send out a speculative application, a CV and cover letter, with the idea that when a suitable job comes up the hiring manager already has your details on file.

 

5.Don’t forget the Small Guys

As an international graduate, the biggest concern is being sponsored by a company. Although it is tempting to only apply to large international firms, make sure you research the entire industry.

The list of registered sponsors in the UK released by the Home Office in March 2016 includes 29,852 companies. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/513954/2016-04-05_Tier_2_5_Register_of_Sponsors.pdf

 

6.Join a Recruitment Agency

One way to find graduate jobs is to join a recruitment agency. There are thousands in the UK and some specialise in certain sectors so do your research. If you’re searching for jobs in computing and technology, it is best to join an IT recruitment agency, for example.

The benefit is that they can advise you on your job search and give you useful tips, as they are interested in getting you into a job. The drawback is that they earn commission once you are placed in a job, regardless of whether the job is right for you or the one you are most interested in.

Be aware of time wasting, some agencies may encourage you to go for interviews all over the place.

 

7.Social Media

Many students are active in social media. If you are a regular Facebook user make sure you adjust your privacy settings if you do not want recruiters to see your posts. If you have a public profile, remember to keep things professional.

Use Facebook/WeChat/Weibo for fun and LinkedIn/Twitter for your professional life.

Highlight your skills and achievements on relevant social media. For example, if you’ve written an article for the university paper or organised a fundraising event then post about it.

Share your work and photos on Twitter and LinkedIn.

If there is a topic you are particularly passionate about, related to your chosen industry, why not start a blog about it. Aim to post once a week with well researched, interesting content. This shows initiative and demonstrates your genuine passion.

  • Follow the right people on social media – it’s about quality not quantity

 

A great way to find graduate jobs is using LinkedIn, read our article on Using LinkedIn to Find Graduate Jobs.

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