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 Employability team is here to help you with both of these - knowing where to look for vacancies and how to make a successful application.
A good starting point is to use the MyHub vacancy search, along with the UK & international vacancy listings on MyCareer. You will find 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 office. 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
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 Careers 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 Consultant for individual help and support.