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Lunchtime Sessions 2016 - Top Job Seeking Strategies

Louise BamfordCareers Consultant


If you sometimes feel like this....

You are in the right place!

What will be covered Job seeking strategies

Sources of vacancies

Approaching employers directly

Actively managing your job search


Start with a plan

Book a 1 to 1 appointmentwith a careers consultantOnline career plannerse.g. targetjobs or prospects

Explore the whole market Large graduate recruiters Small / medium enterprises (SMEs)

Private sector Public sector Voluntary sector


Understand how types of employers typically recruit

Target your job seeking strategy

Research what the employer is looking for

Make smaller number of high quality, targeted applications (not scatter gun approach!)

Start with the obviousemployers who have approached Westminster

General CDC Opportunities - EngagePlacement groups e.g. WBS UG placement seekers

Look into a variety of other sites Placement specialists:Rate my placementGraduate sites:TargetjobsMilkroundProspectsStudent ladderCompany websitesSector prof bodies or jobs boards e.g. Marketing weekGeneral jobs boards e.g. Indeed Social media e.g. Linkedin Local press / job sites (smaller firms)

And others!


Consider non UK opportunities Going global (access via Engage resources to view UoW subscription content)

Prospects working abroad

Targetjobs working abroad

Go International

Summer camp, international internships etc. (watch out for high fees!)

Local jobsites and networks.

Small Companies,Big Jobs

Learning Platform, Marylebone Campus

Wed 2 Mar 2016, 12:00 PM to 3:30 PMDetails on Engage, alsoat Cavendish campusMon 29 Feb

Advertised placements are not the only way in..

The open job marketAdvertisedpostsThe hiddenJob marketDirect approaches,Networking

Larger companiesSmaller companies


Hidden opportunities can come from anywhere!Current / previous employers

Contacts from other networks

Firms looking for graduates / staff Speculative applications (written)

Cold calling - in person, by phone


Whos in your network? Take 5 minsOther students, alumni, lecturersCurrent and previouswork colleaguesMEFamily, friends and neighboursClubs, community

Leads for speculative approachesIdentify possible companies via:word of mouth / networking newspapers / online business newsonline communitiesprofessional bodiesyour local high streetIdentify relevant contact via:cold calling (phone or in person) linkedin

Preparation is key when networking or making speculative approachesKnow yourself and what you have to offer

Know the person / company

Consider what is appropriate to ask for initially (e.g. just advice, morning work shadowing etc.)

Prepare a targeted approach (pitch, CV etc.)

If unsuccessful, ask for further advice and another contact

Follow up courteously / keep communication open

Make yourself visible on social media Linkedin, twitter, facebook.....

Establish contact with your network and other professionals you have recently met

Research or follow specific companies / personnel

Identify industry trends

Join sector groups

But take care over your online profile.....

Having a plan helps you keep going!What applications do you have underway? ..Write down your next steps

Where else could you look for advertised roles? ..Write down your next steps

What are your leads for hidden jobs? ..Write down your next steps

What help would be useful? ..Write down your next steps

Job Search SummaryBe flexible and open to range of opportunities

Use a variety of search techniques, but focus on quality

Make the most of employer and CDC help

Develop a manageable plan, up to date records and keep going!

Our new online content management system to engage with you and your future career

Engage Our new online content management system so we can engage with you and your future career.19

What is it? An online secure hub where students can:

Access Career Development Centre services and resourcesbook appointmentsbook careers events view vacancies find work placements view employers view careers information download resources complete online formsask a question

Engage What is it?An online secure hub where students can: Access Career Development Centre services and resourcesbook appointmentsbook careers events view vacancies find work placements view employers view careers information download resources complete online formsask a question


Career Development Centre Services1-to-1GuidanceE-AdviceVacancies& EventsInformationResourcesVolunteeringTalent BankMentoring

CDC Services at a glanceThe Career Development Centre offers a range of services which includes:One to One guidance 20 minutes quick query & 45 minutes guidance appointmentsE-Advice now extended to all studentsEngage - Vacancies and Events Information Resources Online - Abintegro (Engage Plus) & an extensive range of resources - reference and take awayVolunteering A fantastic way to gain valuable work experience rolling programmeEmployer Events Annual careers fair, skills academy, employer drop-ins etcTalent Bank the Universitys very own talent pool. Gives students the opportunity to get part-time or temporary work within the university. Associates in Schools Voluntary placement scheme for students who are looking for a career in teaching. Approx 100 places and 3 intakes Jun-Aug, Sep-Nov, Dec-FebMentoring 2 programmes: CDC & National Mentoring Consortiums Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Scheme.


Contact us for more help.Career DevelopmentCentre

Cavendish House1st Floor101 New Cavendish StreetNearest tube: Warren St/Goodge St/Gt Portland St

T: 020 7911 5184E:

Placement Teams(Marylebone registry)

Business Experience Team T: 0203 506 7025E:

Architecture and the Built EnvironmentT: 0203 506 7179E:


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Evaluation it would be really helpful to have your feedback on what you thought of todays session and to assist us in our planning for future sessions.Rating 5 if you have had a good experience today and 1 if you have not!


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