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Job search strategy

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Jim Campbell

on 4 August 2014

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Jim Campbell,
International Careers Adviser

Job search strategy
Online sources
Where to look for vacancies

How can I identify graduate job opportunities?

What job seeking strategies must I adopt to find a suitable job?

What skills and attributes are employers of graduates looking for?

Careers fairs
Hidden jobs market
Where to look for jobs
Advertised vacancies
The Hidden Jobs Market
Careers Service job listings
Graduate career websites
A. Through networking
Past and Present Colleagues
Past and Present Employers
Academics from University
Student clubs and societies
SRC Language Cafe
Professional associations
Being Proactive: Networking
University of Glasgow Careers Network
Information interviews
How does one access the hidden jobs market?
The hidden jobs market
Graduate Training Programmes
Approx. 50% of jobs are open to graduates of any degree discipline
Employers provide initial training of 1-2 years
May study for a professional qualification

Graduate Entry to UK Labour Market
International students should be aware that most employers will direct both undergraduate and postgraduate candidates towards their graduate training scheme. Candidates are normally considered for ‘experienced hire’ positions only where they possess 2-3 years of relevant professional experience.
Entry levels for graduate jobs
Vacancies advertised - Careers Service & other sources
Recruitment can begin 1 year in advance
Publicised through directories, websites, vacancy database, careers fairs and employer presentations, recruitment agencies and newspapers

Apply using application form or curriculum vitae (CV)
Often on-line
Competency questions

Selection Methods
application + interview + aptitude testing + assessment centre
How Does Graduate Recruitment Operate?

A. The answer is that they seek a mix of good academic performance, career motivation and certain key graduate attributes, e.g. analytical skills, problem solving ability, communication skills, the ability to work in teams, etc.
What do employers want?
60% of graduates are open to graduates of any discipline.
"You will have over 320+ UCAS points and have or be expecting a 2:1 from your first degree."

Students from outside the UK may well be confused by concepts such as UCAS points and 2:1 degrees. It is possible to determine how international qualifications equate to UK qualifications via websites such as:

• www2.kpmgcareers.co.uk/media/files/International_Qualifications_-_Non_European.pdf

• www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Degree_Classifications
Academic entry requirements
“At KPMG in the UK, we positively welcome international applications for our Graduate Programmes. Although please note that the deadline for programmes starting in 2014 and requiring a work permit is 30th April 2014. This is due to the time it takes to apply for a work permit if your application for a KPMG graduate role is successful. If you apply after this date you need to have a valid visa at the time you make your application.”

Some hope…
Q. If employers are less concerned about specific subject knowledge what exactly are they interested in?
What are employers looking for?
Transferable Skills can include:
Communication: e.g. speaking effectively, writing concisely
Research and Planning: e.g. problem solving, goal setting go
Interpersonal: e.g. listening, delegating effectively
Management and Leadership: e.g. coordinating tasks, supervision
Work Survival: e.g. decision making and implementation, time management
Work Experience
Outside Interests
Transferable Skills
Employer requirements
Out of sight, out of mind?

Employers may be:

happy with existing sources of graduates?
unsure about one year Masters courses?
doubtful about your motivation - is the UK your first choice?
Concerned about your salary expectations?
Job seeking overseas:
some barriers to overcome
Keep up to date and remain visible
Online job listings
Social networking – Weibo, Brijj, LinkedIn
Employer meetings/placements

Sell the UK experience
World rankings, eg. QS, Times Higher
UK research output, ie. 6% of world’s research
Teaching and learning culture
Cosmopolitan learning communities
Job seeking overseas: overcoming barriers
Working outside the UK:
online job listings
Working outside the UK:
online job listings
Careers sites by country
Working outside of the UK:
advanced search facility
Job seeking globally
Graduate recruitment in the UK
Keeping in touch:
careers blog
Any Questions?

Wednesday 5 March, 1000 – 1700, GU Union
Over 50 graduate recruiters will attend providing a great opportunity to get advice and information you wouldn’t necessarily find on the company website! Glasgow University Union


Careers fairs
Spring Graduate Fair in Scotland 2014
Check event listings on the Careers Service website for news of seminars, employer presentations, workshops and more...


Other options: self employment
Small-Medium Enterprises
recruit an increasing proportion of graduates
operate less formal systems of training

Direct Entry
with specific experience or specialist qualification
550,000 graduates (HESA)
17,000 graduate training programmes with top 100 companies (High Fliers)
Only 3%!
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