From advertised roles to word-of-mouth, use these tips to help you find what you're looking for in the job market...
Building a shortlist of potential employers takes some research; there are more than 2.5 million companies (Companies House, 2010) and more than 160,000 charities (Charity Commission, 2011) in the UK alone. Thankfully, there is a lot of information out there to help.
You can also help employers find you by:
Employers recruit at various times throughout the year, using different methods:
'The milkround' includes graduate-specific roles and training schemes at larger organisations. Companies advertise in the autumn of your final year in graduate publications and through your careers service. They attend events such as employer presentations and have stands at fairs in September to early November. Applications typically open in early autumn (some as early as the previous July and August) for posts that begin after you graduate. Deadlines start to close from the autumn onwards into early January. Post-deadline, there are stages of interviews and assessment centres, which can continue up to Easter.
Year-round graduate roles are advertised outside 'the milkround'. Deadlines are at different points in the year, some with rolling recruitment. Companies use the full range of vacancy sources to advertise, from graduate publications to industry job sites. They often attend graduate job fairs in your final term at university.
Direct recruitment can be at any time of the year. Most organisations won't know a year in advance if they will need a new graduate employee. Instead, they tend to advertise as a response to a vacancy arising. Roles might be labelled as a 'graduate role' or simply could be a role where as a graduate you meet the person specification.
Speculative approaches and networking with people in the industry may help you learn about unadvertised opportunities.
There are different ways to improve how you meet an employer's selection criteria:
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