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Job Hunting for Graduates

Careers & Employability Vacancy Database:  View the latest graduate vacancies, login to Advantage.

Job Seeking: Useful Websites

  • Best Companies  From the Sunday Times, lists the best small, medium and large companies to work for, based on surveys of the actual employees who work there.
  • Ethicalcareers.org The only website of its kind: a comprehensive guide to ethical careers, job seeking, volunteering and self-employment. Full of features, news, career advice, profiles, and helpful resources. Plus, lots of jobs vacancies.
  •  Glassdoor for Students, a free job search resource customized to meet the specific needs of students. Glassdoor for Students tools include…

              Companies hiring new grads – Real-time information and job openings from companies that want to hire recent graduates

              Entry-level and internship search – A job search that already filters open positions based on experience level and role

  •  Prospects.ac.uk  - the UK's official graduate careers website.  Prospects produce a series of recruitment publications and provides online information via the UK's official graduate recruitment website. You can search for current graduate vacancies and access a whole range of careers information.  Through this website, you can register with My Prospects, where you will get access to a range of services including job vacancies by e-mail or text message.  View online Prospects Directories
  • Inside Careers  Offers in-depth information on a specific range of occupations and is a good source of graduate vacancies, company profiles and events news. As they only work with leading professional bodies, you can be sure that their information is of a high standard.
  • Jobcentre Plus This is a useful government website offering job listings, information, advice and useful links to other organisations.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) KTP offers graduates with a good degree the chance to work for a successful organisation, managing and delivering a project which is core to the development of the organisation's strategy. KTP offers the chance to apply your degree, start a real job, and gain a professional qualification. See the KTP website for more information.
  • TargetJobs This website is split in two sections – one for careers advice, the second for graduate opportunities. The careers advice area contains graduate profiles, sector specific information and general careers advice. The vacancy database contains over 15,000 jobs with over 1,000 employers.


Job Hunting in the North West

  • Jobs in the Northwest
  • You can search for vacancies via Greater.Jobs. Greater.jobs is the place for public sector jobs in the North West. Home to all jobs for 12 local authorities and services in and around Greater Manchester.
  • National and local newspapers can sometimes be a source of both graduate vacancies and part time work.  Newspapers such as The Times and The Independent can be searched online via the University Library.

Speculative Applications

Many vacancies are filled by candidates who approach organisations on a speculative basis. This usually involves sending off a CV with a covering letter to companies; however, it is vital to do some preliminary investigation to find out more about the organisation and its employees. You need to make sure that you know enough about the company to decide if a particular organisation should be targeted i.e. that you have something to offer them as well as vice-versa, or discover if they are expanding or recruiting.
Research is essential to avoid wasting your (and their) time.
Ideas for researching companies both in general and in specific industries may be found on our 'researching companies' webpages.

The topic guide Job Hunting for Graduates has information on working for/researching Small or Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Copies available in Careers and Employability.

You may find our guide to Writing a Covering Letter useful.  Copies also available from Careers and Employability.

Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment agencies deal with jobs from all employment sectors and advertise vacancies covering permanent and temporary positions.

Many agencies are members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which is the national body that represents the recruitment industry. Recruitment agencies are a popular tool for finding a job, and, used properly, they may be able to help you in your search for a graduate career.

More information on recruitment agencies and contacts can be found at: Recruitment Agencies: Graduates

rfnc.me:  is an online platform that allows job seekers to build up a portfolio of employment and personal references and endorsements that can be shared with potential employers, agencies or other interested parties at any stage in a job application process.

Further Help

Key Schemes for Graduates Seeking Work

There are a variety of schemes and websites aimed specifically at unemployed graduates to help with job searching, work experience and development of key skills. View our Career Basic guide Job Hunting for Graduates

Job Hunting and Social media

Prospects overview on the use of social media in the job hunting process.

Save the Student: How to use LinkedIn to get a Job

Getting Started

Careers and Employability hold information on a variety of occupations, giving an insight into entry requirements, training needed, salary and working conditions plus key information on where to look for job vacancies within the sector. There is a specific section on Career Planning which has information on other job seeking strategies such as networking, assessment centres and going for interviews.

Help is available from your University Careers and Employability service:  Job Applications and Interviews

Appointments

Appointments are available for current students/graduates of the University of Salford. To make an appointment, you can book online or book at the askUs desk at University House or ring 0161 295 0023

If you find it difficult to make it to the Careers Office, you can e-mail your careers questions to our team of advisers.

 

Page Updated 01/04/2016 (KL)