Advice on finding work
Looking at vacancy listings is often a starting point in job search. It can help you see what's out there, but there are a few stages worth doing before you dive into the listings.
The process of career planning broadly breaks down into three steps:
- Reflect on yourself – What are your strengths, values, and goals? What do you are care about? What environments will you thrive in?
- Explore the options – What's out there? What do job areas and roles look like? What are the characteristics of different jobs, and their pros and cons? This is the job research part of the process (as opposed to job search).
- Make the match – Once you've covered the first two steps, you're ready to target a few areas and start the mechanics of getting a job. You'll be using the knowledge you gained from mapping out the sector and understanding its recruitment processes.
Our 'Haven't got a clue?' pages have some great advice on this process and how to structure your job search if you're just starting.
Other aspects to be aware of
- Recruitment agencies - using them isn't always the best strategy for graduates, but we have some advice if you do.
- Speculative applications - reaching out to organisations either directly or through individuals can be surprisingly effective.
- Spotting scam jobs - be vigilant and use your common sense. We review each job we publish to avoid scam jobs, but watch out on all jobs boards for roles that don't seem genuine.
- Working from home, freelance work and self-employment - there may be a number of reasons why you would want to work from home. This can include flexible working hours, no daily commute to work and you may feel it would fit in with your personal circumstances.
- Unpaid or low-paid work - you may have reasons for taking on work below market rates for a limited period, although we encourage employers to pay for work they benefit from. We also have advise on unpaid work/internships and whether to do one, funding an unpaid experience, making the most of unpaid experiences if you have to do one and internships you pay a fee to do.
- The employers' perspective - employers look for a blend of competencies depending on what you will be doing, so think about yourself from the perspective of the job you're applying for.
- Timing issues - be aware that different fields have different recruitment schedules.