Researching employers and finding vacancies

If you've only just decided on your next steps, below is some information on how to keep up to date with a company's recruitment process and finding current vacancies.

Which employers offer graduate jobs?

As well as the vast range of online resources available there’s loads of information on companies and jobs available to pick up or read from the Careers Service. A great reference for the best companies to work for as a graduate is ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ guide which is free from The Atrium and £19.99 to buy elsewhere. It includes information on over 1,000 employers compiled from speaking to over 18,000 graduates each year and ranks the top companies by size and provides information on entry requirements, starting salaries and application deadlines among other things. Here’s a brief summary of last year's top 25 companies from Milkround.

How to search for graduate jobs

You can find details of all kinds of graduate level positions via a company’s own website, CareersLink and on the Careers Service pages on graduate jobs. It's also helpful to make connections with employers at Career’s Fairs and university visits and to keep track of opportunities by following them on social media -particularly LinkedIn and Twitter. You may also be able to find a job through relevant recruitment agencies or the Jobcentre.

You can upload your CV and sign up for job alerts on websites such as MilkroundGraduate Jobs and TARGETjobs to keep up to date with the latest vacancies. As an example, using the ‘search graduate jobs’ function on Prospects gives a thorough breakdown of jobs available including the main responsibilities involved, a person specification, information on the company and details of how to apply.

For a more interactive look at your options, Career Player is another great site dedicated to the graduate job market and contains a whole library of useful videos sorted into ‘Careers’, ‘Tips and Advice’ and ‘Employers’.

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