Your Guide to Job Search. University of Glamorgan Careers Service. YOUR GUIDE TO JOB SEARCH. By the end of the session you should be able to : Find information on the job market Know where to look to find advertised vacancies Understand creative job search, the benefits and how to do it
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By the end of the session you should be able to:
1. What % of graduate jobs are open to all degree subjects?
a. 20% b. 40% c. 60%
Some graduate jobs require a specific degree background (especially within science, technology and engineering roles)
However, 60% of graduate vacancies advertised will accept all degree disciplines
2. ‘The majority of graduates tend to work for large employers’.
True or False
3. What percentage of employees work in the public sector?
a. 20% b. 33% c. 66%
Key public sector websites include: www.getalife.org(public sectorjobsthroughout the UK)www.lgjobs.com(local government)
www.faststream.gov.uk and www.ukonline.gov.uk(civil service links)
4. ‘Large employers tend to use different recruitment methods from small, medium sized organisations’
True or False
Many of the larger employers who offer graduate programmes recruit every year and start their recruitment process as early as Autumn. Check closing dates as these will vary.
Other graduate recruiters will recruit throughout the year. Large companies are increasingly using on-line applications.
SMEs tend to recruit as and when they need staff and may be more receptive to speculative applications.
5. What % of companies fall within the small medium employer category? (i.e. 250 or less employees)
a. 33% b. 66% c. 99%
Over 99% of companies fall within the SME sector (3.75 million businesses) and accounts for 55% of all UK employment.
6.An effective job search approach is to send out as many CVs as possible to employers
True or False
Whilst it is a good idea to send speculative CVs to
employers a blanket approach is counterproductive.
Effective job search needs to be focussed and targeted.
This will enable you to customise your CV and promote
relevant skills, experience and qualifications.
‘What do graduates do?’ – national survey of
graduates and graduate job market.
Regional LMI (Wales)
Go Wales www.gowales.co.uk/e/lmi/index.php
Future skills survey www.futureskillswales.com/
Top 300 Companies in Wales
Occupationally specific LMI
Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk – Jobs and Work section
Sector Skills Development Agency www.ssda.org.uk
use search engines to find general job websites
use www.prospects.ac.uk/links/occupations - job specific websites
Also use search engines to help you find organisational websites and online business directories
www.prospects.ac.uk/links/occupationssearch A-Z of career profiles - ‘typical employers and vacancy sources’
involves targeting employers directly to find out about jobs and work experience opportunities
1. Know what type of career/job you want
2. Find out as much as you can about the job/career sector or organisation.
3. Make a list of key employers/organisations to target – look on their website as many will include a vacancy or recruitment section.
GO Wales work placement/taster or voluntary experience
Contact your university careers service for information on relevant courses and training available. Also access www.learndirect.co.uk
Research regional job market - find out about vacancy sources and employers located in your area. Use your university careers service
Considerpost graduate study to boost your academic qualifications or consider work related/conversion courses. Access www.prospects.ac.uk – Postgrad study
Learn how to promote yourself positively in the job market and handle discriminatory practices www.prospects.ac.uk/links/discrimination
Be proactive, flexible and committed. Research the job sector inside out, get work experience and go where opportunities exist.