Careers and Employability Service
Services for alumni

Choosing and applying


With the intensity of your final year and the euphoria of achieving your degree now over, your thoughts will be turning to your next step.

Depending on your situation, you may have already applied for positions but have not been successful yet. The tips below will help you identify what you need to work on to move forward.  

The links below go through to our student site which contains lots of valuable information for new graduates too!


Deciding on which careers will suit you

It is not uncommon for new graduates to be uncertain about where their future lies and the types of jobs that would suit them.

Whether you have a few career ideas or none at all, we can help you to explore the options open to you and make decisions about the future. 

Approaches to exploring career options vary - what's your approach? Would you prefer to:

  • complete an online questionnaire to generate career ideas based on your interests
  • talk to professionals in the jobs that interest you
  • explore vacancy sites and see which jobs stand out for you
  • try out different jobs through temporary work and placements, or
  • a combination of two or more of the above?

Our recruitment service, Unitemps, offers temporary assignments in the local area - Nottingham/Derby.

Your next step

Book an appointment


Searching for vacancies

Recruiters use a whole host of places to advertise their vacancies and you should do the same when searching for them!

MyCareer, our jobs boards advertises vacancies from a range of graduate recruiters - large and small - targeting Nottingham students and graduates. Through Unitemps, our recruitment service, you can find short-term assignments in the local area which could just be the start you need.

As well as online job boards, recruitment agencies, and specialist press, employers are increasingly using social media to recruit staff - advertising vacancies on  LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

As a graduate of the University, you are welcome to attend our recruitment fairs and presentations which give you the chance to discuss opportunities directly with employers.

Your next step

Search for vacancies

Sign up to 'Jobs by email'


Applying for jobs

Maybe you've just started to apply for jobs or you may have made some applications, but have not secured a job yet.

Receiving another rejection letter can be disheartening and you may be feeling frustrated or anxious; what should you do?

The best place to start is to review what's been happening.

  • How far have you got in the application process?
  • Are you getting stuck at the same stage?
  • What do you think you need to work on?  

Perhaps you're not getting past the application form or CV stage - why might that be?

  • Do you have the right skills and experience for the positions you are applying for?
  • Was your CV and covering letter tailored to the role AND company you have been applying to?
  • Are you selling your skills and experience well enough?

Alternatively you might be impressing on paper and getting an interview but not receiving the job offer.

  • Are there certain questions that you find difficult?
  • Did you know enough about the company?

It's always helpful to ask the employer for feedback, which may help you do better next time. You can do this by sending an email or ringing the person that interviewed you.

Your next step

For advice on every step of the recruitment process, visit our making applications pages on:

  • CVs
  • covering letters
  • application forms
  • psychometric tests
  • interviews
  • assessment centres

Book an appointment





Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679