Login to our online vacancy system here you’ll find the best graduate jobs, internships, volunteering and other opportunities from the UK and abroad.
- New vacancies added daily
- A personalised search facility
- Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you
- Employers specifically targeting Glasgow graduates
However, if you’re looking for a career in a particular field or area you may find a speciality job site more useful, to get to these use Prospects A - Z, select Job Title and scroll down to the Employers section.
General graduate recruitment
Prospects and Targetjobs.co.uk are two of the most useful jobsites, particularly for new graduates
EmployAbility - internships, graduate programmes and scholarship opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students and graduates
Gradcracker - the UK's careers website for STEM students
Inside Careers - specialists in finance careers
The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
Public sector employment
For Scotland look specifically at My Job Scotland as well as the public sector information on Prospects and Government Jobs Direct.
Charity and voluntary sector
GoodMoves - the premier careers hub for The Civil Society, Charity and Voluntary Sector.
Academic and research
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
ResearchGate: Research Network
Academia.Edu: Research Network
Graduate and undergraduate internships
Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
Guardian UK 300: the most popular graduate employers
Check the Prospects country profiles and Target Jobs Working in... for more detailed information about the country you are interested in working in.
You also have access HigherEd - an international job search portal.
A Careers Fair is any event where you have the opportunity to meet an employer in their recruitment capacity; they can take many forms and be called anything from a “Marketplace” to a “human library”.
They 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?
- Consider what you’ll wear – first impressions are very important, you don’t necessarily need to wear a suit but coming straight from the gym might not leave the impression you want.
- 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, smile 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 Careers Manager?
Careers Fairs & Events
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.
- You should not pay.
- You can register with more than one agency.
- Check their website for vacancies you wish to apply for.
- 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
Find a Recruitment Agency
- 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
- The Network allows you to connect with Graduates from Glasgow who are working in your area of interest
- Identify the main players in your industry area; to get to these use Prospects A - Z, select Job Title and scroll down to the Employers section
- Look for smaller organisations as well as large ones
Write a targeted CV and Cover Letter
- Phone the organisation or use LinkedIN 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
- Become a Professional Networker and use social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to boost your access to potential connections.
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.
LinkedIn is the only global site that helps you build your own personal and professional brand allowing you to showcase your experience and areas of expertise.
It gives you an opportunity to start building your professional network by connecting with other students, academics and future employers and turn relationships into opportunities.
You can get more insights to prepare for interviews and keep updated with the latest trends by following potential employers and industry leaders and joining groups.
You will be a step ahead of the crowd and know what to do when it is time to apply for a position.