Searching for Jobs & Writing Applications
Whether you are looking for a part-time job, work experience opportunity or graduate employment, there are two stages to the job hunting process. The Student & Graduate Futures team is here to help you with both of these - knowing where to look for vacancies and how to make a successful application.
Looking For Opportunities
Knowing where to look for opportunities can be a daunting and time consuming process. Often there isn't just one place to look for the types of jobs you are interested in, so it's important to spend some time understanding the different ways to search for vacancies. The following gives you a starting point for job hunting.
A good starting point is to use the MyHub vacancy search, as well as lots of suggestions for other graduate vacancy websites on our Graduate Job Search hand-out. If you want to find work directly related to your course (or in a sector related to another course run by Leeds Beckett) you can use our Course Related hand-outs. If you are interested in working abroad, you might be interested in using our Working Overseas resource.
If you are looking for a placement as part of your course, you should get in touch with your placement team. You can also check for vacancies on MyHub. If you cannot find suitable opportunities to apply for you may need to be proactive and apply speculatively to organisations – you may like to speak to a Careers Consultant for advice on this.
When you are looking for work, remember that not all jobs are advertised! It is estimated that as many as 60% of jobs are “hidden” i.e. they are not advertised on jobs boards, company websites etc. There are things you can do to tap into this hidden jobs market including applying speculatively to companies, networking and using recruitment agencies. For tips and links to resources about this please look at our Graduate Job Search handout
Applying for jobs
Job applications come in lots of different shapes and sizes. You may be asked to submit a CV and cover letter or complete and application form, and you'll probably need to attend an interview or assessment centre. The Student & Graduate Futures team can help you with all of these aspects - the links in the previous sentence take you to resources on each topic, but you can also book onto a relevant workshop or make an appointment to see a Careers Coach for individual help and support.