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Six ways to find a job

Whether you’re in your final year, or have already graduated, here are tips on the best way to find your first graduate job.

1 On campus

Start with your careers service. They will have dedicated websites and information centres where you can get local information, general advice and useful publications. Most services produce a regular vacancy bulletin, either on their website or in print. Many graduate recruiters make presentations on campus, usually between October and March. Your careers service will have details of who is visiting your university when.

2 In print

Careers directories are available free from your university careers service. gradireland is the only careers directory specific to Ireland and Northern Ireland. gradireland sector guides carry advice about specific careers, along with information about employers who are actively recruiting in that sector. You can also find information about UK and international employers in other directories such as the TARGETjobs series. Don’t forget the old-fashioned option. Newspapers can be a good source of vacancies, particularly if you are looking for local employers.

3 Online

For graduate vacancies, use gradireland.com for jobs in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and our sister site targetjobs.co.uk for jobs throughout the UK. Both sites carry profiles of graduate employers and details of graduate programmes, as well as immediate vacancies that are available throughout the year. Sign up to get job vacancies by e-mail. For general vacancies, go to FÁS for the Republic of Ireland and JobCentre Online for Northern Ireland.

4 Careers fairs

Careers fairs usually take place early in the first semester of the academic year and provide a showcase for graduate employers to highlight the careers they can offer you. Most third-level institutions hold their own careers fairs, where you can meet local and national employers. gradireland runs careers fairs in June and October. A careers fair calendar is available at gradireland.com/events.

5 Recruitment consultants

Recruitment consultants can give you access to jobs not advertised directly by companies. They can be particularly useful if you are interested in a particular employer that recruits using agencies or have a specific sector you want to get into. If they think you have potential, a consultancy will proactively work on your behalf. Sell yourself as if it were a real interview and explain exactly what you want. Try to build a good rapport with the consultant. Register with a number of different consultancies, but don’t rely on a recruitment consultant as your only means of finding a job.

6 How to find jobs that are not advertised

In the current economic climate an increasing number of jobs are never actually advertised. Some of the most effective ways of finding those hidden jobs are:

  • Networking
  • Speculative applications
  • Work experience

You can find out more about these strategies in How to find the jobs that are not advertised.