Advertised jobs

Job vacancies, how and where to look

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Throughout the year of your programme a variety of different roles will be advertised to you, from large scale graduate recruitment programmes to niche roles in Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It is important to take advantage of all the different opportunities presented to you to ensure you get the job you want post graduation.

Milkround

The Milkround generally refers to the UK graduate recruitment cycle that the largest firms within the UK take part in. From summer onwards, these organisations will visit campuses around the UK and open up their applications. You can still apply to a company even if they haven’t visited Imperial. General points to remember are that:

  • This recruitment is done early in the academic year (application deadlines are often before Christmas) for the lucky graduates to start the following Autumn (i.e. recruit Autumn 2015 to start in Autumn 2016).
  • It is crucial you apply before the deadlines – and the earlier the better. Often roles will fill up before the official deadline has passed.

To make sure you are aware of all the deadlines you should:

MSc

  • Check out the main graduate recruitment websites such as MilkroundProspectsTargetJobsGraduate Recruitment Bureau and Inside Careers. Remember to double check against the company’s own website to ensure the deadline dates advertised are correct
  • Attend employer events on campus to get an understanding of what they are looking for and what the deadlines are
  • Look at the latest jobs advertised on the Symplicity
  • Look at who the best graduate employers are by checking out awards such as The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
  • Build up an excel spreadsheet of all the employers you are interested in – check their individual websites to see what roles they are advertising
  • Look at the relevant industry pages for specific job websites

MBA

  • Build up a list of the main MBA programmes that you are interested in. Use the MBA Market Spreadsheet and Workmaze to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of recruitment programmes focused to MBA graduates
  • Check out some of the MBA recruitment websites such as Exec Appointments or Mindbench
  • Attend any employer events on campus to get an understanding of what they are looking for and what the deadlines are
  • Look at the latest positions advertised on the Symplicity
  • Build up an excel spreadsheet of all the employers you are interested in – check their individual websites to see what roles they are advertising
  • Look at the relevant industry pages for specific job websites

Ongoing Recruitment

Companies will also often recruit outside of the Milkround; for example, there may be a specific position within one of their smaller areas, they might be looking for someone with a specific skillset or they might want to recruit someone outside a formal training programme. You will also often find that smaller or medium sized organisations don’t take part in the Milkround – therefore you must ensure you are approaching all the employers in your target field.

Before you start looking for different employers, ask yourself:

  • How have my applications gone so far? What stage do I seem to be reaching? What do I think I am doing well? What do I think I need to improve? Book a One-to-one with a Careers Consultant to help you through this process
  • Does anything need to change? Revisit your strategy to see how it is working. What is Plan B? Plan C? What haven’t you tried yet? Book a One-to-one with a Careers Consultant to help you through this process

In order to look for further opportunities, you need to:

  • Ensure that you are still visiting all the recruitment web pages you visited for the Milkround
  • Look at newspaper job sites such as GuardianTelegraphTimes Online and Sunday Times Global Executive Jobs
  • Pull together a full list of all the employers in your field – and then visit the careers pages of each one to see what specific vacancies they are hiring. To pull together a list you can visit the relevant industry pages for links to specific websites and also use tools such as Hoovers to pull together a list of relevant companies
  • Consider Plan B or Plan C. Are their similar areas you can apply to? What about looking in a different region? What are your priorities? What are you prepared to compromise on? What are you not prepared to compromise on? Even if a position is not in your preferred area, it may give you the skills and experience to make this transition later
  • Make sure you are also building up a list of your contacts and actively approaching them; up to 80% of roles are never formally advertised. Go to Speculative approaches and Networking to find out more
  • Look at websites where SME (Small Medium Enterprises) positions are advertised such as Guardian JobsGraduate Jobs or local news sites. Remember recruitment here might be quite different being less structured and more informal.

Recruitment agencies

In general, recruitment agencies are only interested in working with you approximately 3 months before you are ready to begin work. Recruitment agencies are not common for new graduates with no work experience – so tend to be more appropriate for experienced hire candidates.

Tips for working with recruitment agencies:

  • Generally they are interested in where they can place you – and this may be an area you are looking at moving away from. Make sure they are really clear on what you are looking for; try to meet them face to face to do this. Persevere!
  • Make sure they are advertising the kinds of roles you are interested in
  • Make sure you respond to recruitment agencies promptly and maintain a professional image
  • Actively manage the relationship with them. This will involve calling or emailing them regularly to get updates on the applications they have made on your behalf, or for you to learn more about the status of the market
  • Ideally, you want to work with around 3 good agencies rather than 10+ average ones
  • They tend to be honest about your chances – so take any constructive advice and feedback on board

The following website may be a good place to start for searching for an agency: www.rec.co.uk (members list)