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Finding a job

Finding a job isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here we help you to jump potential hurdles, giving essential advice for home and international students: from applying in tough economic times to getting a top graduate job with a 2.2.
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Job hunting? Start here

How do you find a job? In theory, it’s simple: you work out what you want to do, search for a suitable vacancy and apply. Or you start with the sort of employer you’d like to work for and see what vacancies it has. But in practice it isn’t always that simple: you may be job hunting in an especially competitive market, you may need to get creative in finding vacancies, you may need to network or you may just worry that you could face additional barriers. This area of targetjobs is for you. But if you want to skip straight to job searching… find graduate schemes | graduate jobs | all opportunities

Steps to success

Job hunting made easy

Get job market savvy

Knowing what to expect during the recruitment process, when applications open and what the recruitment market is actually like will help you feel more confident about what to do when. We also have insights into how to approach your job hunt when you lack motivation.

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Free mini-courses

Access online learning

Have you seen our free online mini-courses, known as Pathways? They are designed to help you proactively develop your job-hunting skills. We have specific Pathways on becoming a LinkedIn pro, developing a strong personal brand, making the most of careers fairs and finding creative ways to add experience to your CV without work experience. All of these will ensure that you can make the most of the opportunities around you and find a job that you love.

Make meaningful connections

Network your way to a job

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Free careers events for students

Join us at employer events

Did you know that targetjobs runs a whole host of events that actually put you in front of top employers? Go to one of our events, spend a day with top employers, develop skills through interactive workshops, gain advice from leading professionals − and, perhaps, even get a job. Attending employers actively want to hire interns and graduates from our events.

Equality, diversion and inclusion

Inclusive job hunting

Own your strengths

Can you still get a job with a disability or neurodivergent condition? Definitely. But some students we speak to are worried that they might find it harder to get a job or face extra challenges in the workplace – we’ve teamed up with experts in the field and employers to address these concerns head on.

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Job seeking in the UK

Insights for international students

You may find the UK jobs market very different from back home, but we’re here to help you navigate the process of finding work. Start with our guide to job hunting for international students , which gives you a complete run down of what to expect. Or, if you are unsure about whether you need a visa, we have a handy rundown of the main types and their criteria. We also cover questions about whether international students can work part time while studying in our part-time work article.

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If you learn more by doing rather than reading, we have a number of free online mini-courses aimed at international students (you’ll need to be registered on targetjobs to access them):

How to find and apply for work experience in the UK

Understand the graduate job options in the UK

Understand what UK employers want


Spend time thinking about what gives you joy and a sense of purpose. Do you, for example, like helping people? Achieving targets? Being creative? Our careers ideas page can help you to narrow down your options. Once you’ve decided which role truly inspires you, read job adverts and our job descriptions to work out if you need any further skills, work experience or qualifications. If so, plan how to get them.

You could lack relevant work experience, qualifications or skills. Find out by taking some job ads and scoring yourself out of five for how much evidence you have of meeting each stated requirement. Maybe you aren’t selling yourself enough in your applications. Ask a university careers adviser for feedback. Are you sending out the same application to every employer? Tailor each application to the specific employer, explaining why you particularly want to work for them. But it could be that it’s just a tough jobs market.

Employers look for evidence that you have the skills to do the job successfully and that you have a genuine interest in the sector, profession or industry. Work experience is a great way to show this evidence, but it’s not the only way. On your applications and CV, stress how you have gained relevant skills in other ways and point out how you have pursued a passion for the sector: for example, by watching webinars and following industry news.

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Finding a job

Finding a job isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here we help you to jump potential hurdles, giving essential advice for home and international students: from applying in tough economic times to getting a top graduate job with a 2.2.


Completing an internship allows you to sharpen your skills, improve your CV, prepare for the world of work and potentially land yourself a graduate job. Discover what internships actually involve, how to apply for them and how to make the most of them.

Interviews and assessment centres

You impressed on paper; now it’s time to show the employer in person that you’re the right hire. Learn how to do this with our expert advice for answering interview questions, developing interview techniques and acing assessment centre exercises.

Job descriptions

Discover the qualifications, skills and experience you’ll need for more than 300 job roles and find one you’ll love.

Job offers and working life

Job offers, rejection emails and stepping into the working world with your first graduate job can pull you in a million directions. Fortunately, we’ve curated advice on how to accept job offers, bounce back from rejection and make an impact in your first job.

Skills for getting a job

Discover the skills that major graduate employers seek and how you can demonstrate them on your application form, and at interviews and assessment centres.

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Wanting to leave uni with a degree is a given. But what do you want from the other bits of student life? Discover how to combine study, rest, work and play with our insights from students and graduates.

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