Sources of vacancies
There are many sources of graduate vacancies and we would encourage you to use several different ones to find your ideal role.
The sources below cover roles across a broad spectrum of career areas from advertising to telecommunications. Use these as a great starting point and talk to our advisers for further or specialist sources.
Graduate vacancies targeted at Nottingham students and graduates
The vacancies advertised on MyCareer are from graduate recruiters targeting Nottingham students and graduates. We advertise around 4000 graduate vacancies every year.
The vacancies cover 30+ career areas so start your seearch now:
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Just a sample of the vacancies in and around Nottingham:
Graduate job boards
What is a job board and how do I use them?
What is a jobs board?
Jobs boards are to recruitment what Ebay, Amazon and Etsy are to e-commerce. If you were an employer, would you rely on candidates visiting your careers webpage if you could reach thousands (if not millions) via a third party site?
Most jobs boards allow employers to post vacancies for free, but sponsored adverts appear higher in search results. This means that candidates who are prepared to venture beyond the first couple of pages are likely to be rewarded with some hidden gems.
How do I use them?
Some jobs boards are extremely broad in scope, while others focus narrowly on individual sectors or types of role (for example, graduate schemes).
Before diving in, identify up to three jobs boards that fit your job search requirements by visiting their websites and reading user reviews online. Any more than this and your job search will quickly start to feel like a chore.
As with all online searching, you get out what you put in. It takes time to find the right combination of search terms. If your initial searches return lots of vacancies:
- cut the list down by applying multiple filters (such as location, contract type, salary range)
- keep a list of keywords that appear repeatedly in interesting job adverts and use them in various combinations to run more targeted searches
Take some of the stress out of job hunting by allowing vacancies to come to you. Creating a free account with one of the big national jobs boards (for example Indeed, Glassdoor and TARGETjobs) and downloading the app will enable you to view, save and apply for jobs wherever you are. You can also choose to receive daily or weekly alerts which suggest vacancies based on your search activity and application history.
National job boards
Programmes to increase diversity in the workplace
Regional job boards
Using a recruitment agency
Recruitment agencies are a good source of vacancies. Some specialise in graduate recruitment, some in specific job areas and others offer a mix of vacancies.
Before you use a recruitment agency, please read The Recruitment and Employment Confederation advice on using an agency. You should not pay a fee for the services of an agency as they charge the employer.
What is a fair graduate salary?
The Pay Index has developed a completely new tool to answer the pressing questions about salaries on most students’ minds:
- What salary could I earn with my degree?
- What will be my actual pay after deductions?
- How will my salary vary across different roles and industries?
- How much could I earn with a masters or PhD?