Where to look
Where to look
The internet has revolutionised the way that people find and apply for work, but don't forget there are a number of other valuable avenues and resources available to you when you're looking for a job.
Our online vacancy system brings you the best in graduate schemes, graduate jobs, sandwich placements, internships, volunteering and other opportunities from all over Scotland. It offers:
- Continuous updating of vacancies
- A personalised search facility
- Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you
- Free to use for all students and graduates
Employers who use our system are often specifically targeting Glasgow graduates, so the competition for jobs can be lower than on other vacancy sites. Register for our online vacancy system.
However, if you’re looking for a career in a particular field or area you may find a speciality job site more useful:
General graduate recruitment
- Inside Careers
- Graduate Recruitment Bureau
- Jobsite - Graduate sector
- EmployAbility - internships, graduate programmes and scholarship opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students and graduates
- LinkedIn Jobs - search and apply for jobs advertised on LinkedIn
Public sector employment
Academic and research
Graduate and undergraduate internships
Many newspapers have an online job search function. Make sure to check both national and local publications.
Going Global career and employment resources include:
- country specific career information
- topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines, employment trends and culture/interviewing advice
Career Fairs are a fantastic opportunity to meet employers face-to-face, gather information about the opportunities available and ask company representatives questions that you can’t find answers to on their website.
If you know your objective and show up prepared, recruitment fairs can be a great help in your career planning and job hunting.
Preparing for a Career Fair
- Check the event website before the fair to see who is exhibiting
- Do some research – the last thing employers want to hear is "what do you do?"
- Prepare some questions – what do you need to know about an employer before you make a decision to apply to them?
- Prepare a CV to take with you – some employers may ask for a copy at the fair, but most will have online recruitment.
- Consider what you’ll wear – first impressions are very important.
- Plan which employers you want to see first.
- Prepare a brief (30 second) introductory speech about yourself, which you can use when you approach the employer. Include your name, course of study, year, and career interests.
What should I do at the Career Fair?
- Gather information and materials from each organisation's stand, not just the ones you are particularly interested in. Once you review the information, your preferences may change.
- When you visit the stands of the employers you are interested in, make sure you speak to one of the employer representatives. Make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and show enthusiasm. Ask them the questions you have prepared.
- Make sure you leave with the employer's materials, answers to your questions, a clear idea of the recruitment process and the name of the representative you spoke to. Ask for their business card - your application may be made stronger by mentioning the name of the person you met.
What should I do after the Career Fair?
- Review how it went - were you prepared enough? What did you learn? What would you do differently next time?
- Read the information you gathered and decide your next step e.g. more research, complete an application.
- If you are in need of further help regarding your career search, why not make an appointment with a career Manager?
Some agencies deal with entry level roles for graduates, or temporary roles which require particular skills or experience.
Agencies advertise vacancies covering temporary and permanent positions, have access to vacancies which may not be widely advertised elsewhere and operate in a wide variety of industry sectors.
1. You should not pay.
2. You can register with more than one agency.
3. You usually make contact by telephone or e-mail and then are invited to visit their office to register. Remember to take the most recent copy of your CV with you but be prepared to fill out the same information on agency forms. You should tell each agency which ones you have registered for and which roles or firms your CV has been forwarded to. This avoids duplication.
4. Recruitment consultants tend to be very positive about finding you a job, but it is important for you to be proactive and telephone a named contact regularly to ensure your name is at the forefront of their minds when jobs come in.
- Go to Agency Central for a full listing of agencies in your geographical and occupational areas of interest.
- The Recruitment and Employment Confederation gives a comprehensive directory of recruitment agencies.
Many jobs, particularly in competitive industries such as publishing and media, are not advertised; proactively applying with a CV and covering letter is the norm in competitive industries.
Speculative applications need to be focused, with emphasis on what you have to offer rather than what you want from the employer. You need to target the right employers, be very clear about the type of work you are seeking and be able to produce specific evidence of your ability to do the job well.
Read our blog: Finding Jobs in the Hidden Jobs Market
Make a list of employers
Use our online vacancy database to build your list of employers and organisations that you can approach speculatively.
Information on what recent graduates are doing 6 months after graduation is available from the Graduate Destinations page. It can help you identify which organisations have employed Glasgow graduates recently – if they were impressed with other recent hires from Glasgow they’ll be more receptive to a speculative approach from you.
The Glasgow Careers Alumni Network (GCAN) allows you to connect with Graduates from Glasgow who are working in your area of interest.
To find small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) you can try:
- The Chambers of Commerce
- The Scottish Business Information Service
- Regional business directories
- Local small business groups such as the Federation of Small Businesses
Write a targeted CV and Cover Letter
- Phone the organisation to get the name of the best person to address it to
- At the end of your letter make reference to the fact that they probably receive a high volume of speculative applications and you will contact them to discuss further. This gives you the control.
Get onto the professional networking platforms
- Especially LinkedIn with an appropriate photo and profile.
- We run sessions and can advise on how to maximise your LinkedIn presence.
Follow up and keep a record
- After two weeks, follow up on your promise and contact the named individual
- Keep a record of where you are with your search as it has the potential to get confusing