The most effective way to find the right job will vary according to what type of work you are looking for. Are you looking for part-time work whilst you are studying or a graduate job for when you finish University?
Your career focus will decide where you look for vacancies and you need to work out the best strategies and places to look.
Graduate Recruitment Schemes have many different names but most are offered by larger organisations, from multinational companies to opportunities in the NHS, civil service, and local government. Graduate schemes typically last for around two years (although this can vary - some last a year or up to three years or more) and allow you to experience different placements within the organisation to gain an understanding of how it operates, explore your interests and decide what type of work / role you are most suited to.
If you are looking for a graduate programme in a large company, you will need to pick up the free graduate directories available in the Employability Hub and online sites such as Prospects and Target Jobs. Be aware of closing dates and recruitment cycles. Many graduate schemes recruit in autumn for jobs that start in the autumn after you graduate. For larger organisations, recruitment fairs are another great source of vacancies. These may be held within MMU, in other parts of Greater Manchester, throughout the country and even “virtually”
Only a small proportion of the UK job market is made up of graduate schemes. Most graduates will be employed directly into individual positions within large and small organisations. Recruitment for these jobs is less structured in timing and promotion than graduate recruitment schemes, meaning vacancies can be harder to find. Many companies choose to advertise in n general and specialised press in hard copy or on the web, in industry specific journals, magazines and websites, on their own company websites or via specialised, recruitment agencies. You need to familiarise yourself with the sector you are interested in. Look at the industry insights to help.
If you are seeking graduate-level work in a particular, specialised field, you may find it useful to make use of a recruitment consultant or agency to help find work. See our guide to Using Recruitment Consultants for more information.
Careers & Employability advertise hundreds of graduate job vacancies throughout the year on My Career Hub.
There are a number of paid opportunities available for students with the Army Reserve, all offering a great way to develop your skills and experience. Find out more
Many vacancies are not advertised and speculative applications (applying to a company even when no job has been advertised) can be a good way to introduce yourself to a company, and shows initiative and enthusiasm. Find out how in our guide to making speculative applications.
Making new professional contacts is known as ‘networking’ and is a crucial way to find out information and get advice to help find jobs and develop your career. Take advantage of opportunities to network – whether socially, at recruitment fairs, employer events, or online. Read our quick guide to networking and guide on using social media for job hunting to find out more.
The time and effort you put into sourcing vacancies will be lost if you don’t put even more effort into making yourself a credible applicant. Many applications fail because they are unfocussed, badly written and don’t evidnce the skills the employer is looking for. Don’t let that be you! Read the Getting the Job section for further help.