Looking for a Job

Looking for a Job

If you’re looking for a job, then you’re in the right place. In this section, you’ll find careers advice articles on everything you could possibly want to know about finding a job, from choosing a career to contacting an employer.

Using Recruitment Agencies

If you want a recruitment agency to help you secure a graduate job, then there are some important things you need to know… The approach… There are generalist recruitment agenci...

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Job Search Tips

Job hunting? It’s best to go armed with our 11 job search tips… 1. Treat job hunting like a job. You really should regard your job search as a nine-to-five affair. Write down a sc...

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Disability & Recruitment

As a graduate, entering the world of work can be a daunting prospect, but what if you’ve also got a disability? A disability can be anything from dyslexia/dyspraxia, through to sensory i...

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Contacting Potential Employers: Etiquette

So you’re planning on entering the big bad world of work. Your studies are complete, you’ve selected a career to pursue and the time has come to approach employers. With a list of co...

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Choosing a Career

Let us be your careers guru… Crack open the incense: it’s time for some self-reflection (or just leave out the incense bit). When choosing a career, you need to identify your skil...

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Stand Out from the Crowd

Short of sending in CVs etched in gold leaf, what can you do to make your job application stand out from the crowd? Here are our top eight standout tips: 1. If you’re aiming for a c...

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Careers Fairs

We’re going to quash this once and for all: careers fairs aren’t just a chance to bag an armful of freebies. We’ve heard stories of students stripping stalls bare and taking pr...

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How to Make the Most out of a Careers Fair

Many students simply view careers fairs as a chance to pick up a couple of leaflets and have a bit of a wander around, whilst others plan on making a beeline for the freebies, empty rucksack at ...

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How to Prepare for a Careers Fair

To quote the Boy Scouts: “Be prepared [for careers fairs].” Candidates who do their prep really do stand out at careers fairs. Here are our top ten tips on preparing for a careers fa...

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I Don’t Know What Career I Want!

Don’t worry! In the words of Michael Jackson, “you are not alone.” In fact, many people don’t figure out what they want to do until well into their twenties, or sometimes e...

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How to Be Proactive

Looking for a job can quickly become an energy-sapping, soul-crushing and frustrating experience if it doesn’t lead to any results. One of the main reasons people can become so despondent ...

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Dealing with Rejection

Ok, so you’ve been hit with a string of job rejections, but now’s not the time to blast out ‘Creep’ by Radiohead, bellowing out the words “I wish I was special&rdqu...

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Using Social Media

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t ignore the unstoppable rise of social media. Most of us use Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with friends and let the world kno...

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How to Network

So what exactly is networking? Networking is when you take a conscious decision to make the most of every new contact you make. Networking doesn’t just happen; it’s something that ...

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How to Market Yourself

To be successful in the job market you have to understand what you are selling in order to be able to market yourself successfully. It’s important that you understand what makes you unique...

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Working Abroad: Recognition of Professional Qualifications

If you want to work overseas and you plan to utilise the professional qualifications that you’ve already gained in the UK, you might need to contact UK NCP. This incredibly valuable servic...

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Using Job Boards

The 21st century version of circling job adverts in newspapers, job boards can be an excellent job hunting tool. They are everywhere, from huge national job boards to niche job boards run by ind...

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Temp Work

Temp work can be a godsend for students who are short on cash and graduates who are looking to gain work experience. You might be looking for temp work whilst studying at university; you might b...

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Changing Career

With youth unemployment and competition for graduate jobs at an all-time high, it might seem like a bad time to start considering a career change. You’ve got a job, you’ve found a ca...

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How Much Should a Graduate Earn?

In light of the news that graduates believe they’re taking home less money than they think they should be, AllAboutCareers.com have decided to make a handy list that tells you what you can e...

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How Do Recruitment Agencies Work?

You’re on the hunt for a job (be it part-time, full-time or perhaps even a paid internship), but you’re finding it pretty tough to find a role that’s right for you. You’ve ...

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Careers Events

Looking for a job, eh? Or perhaps you’re wanting to get a bit of advice from people who have been there and done that in your desired industry. Well, we advise you to get your backside along...

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Commercial Awareness: Understand it, develop it & use it to your advantage

In this day and age, you will no doubt have noticed that many employers seem to be talking about ‘commercial awareness’. If you’re confused by that phrase, then you’re in t...

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Areas of Accountancy: Choosing the Right One

Today’s accountants offer much more than bookkeepers and auditors. They are financial specialists at the heart of all areas of business. Accountancy qualifications provide a sound basis for...

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Can I get a training contract with a 2:2?

It’s the question we’re perennially asked on our AllAboutLaw Facebook fan page, is it possible to get a training contract with a 2:2? Before jumping in, if you're looking...

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Choosing an Accounting Firm

The accounting industry is a complex beast. There are many different types of accounting firms out there, so finding the right one is definitely something you should do before you start applying f...

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What is an Integrated Marketing Agency?

Some agencies specialise in digital marketing; some focus their efforts solely on experiential marketing; and others do nothing but direct marketing. Integrated marketing agencies, however, are a ...

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Why Choose a US Law Firm?

Many US law firms now have offices in the UK and offer training contracts and vacation schemes to talented students and graduates on this side of the pond. If you complete a training contract or ...

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Exploring the alternatives: What is working for a boutique management consultancy really like?

What is a boutique management consultancy? According to Chambers Dictionary, the noun ‘boutique’ became commonly used in the 1960s to define a “small, expensive, exclusive dress...

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Front Office & Back Office: What is the difference?

Traditionally, front office staff are the folks in contact with the consumers or clients, whilst the back office staff are the people behind-the-scenes working in administrative or support roles. ...

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A Day in the Life of a Trader

On my first day as an intern at Nomura, the class was asked who thought they wanted to become a trader, and the majority of the class raised their hands. It is always perceived as a glamorous role...

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So You Want to Be a Private Investigator?

Before you rush out and buy yourself a magnifying glass and deer stalker, you should perhaps ask the question: what exactly is a private investigator? The stereotype… The fact that you&rs...

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Interview with a Partner of a City Law Firm

Richard Hough, Graduate Recruitment Partner @ Allen & Overy Richard started as a trainee solicitor with Allen & Overy in 1992. He has been a partner in the Corporate department since 2000...

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Choosing a Law Firm

The legal market is big, tough and very competitive. There are many levels and varieties of law firms running in the market today and with detailed research and a clear idea of one’s own pre...

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Interview with a Magic Circle Associate

Tara Rajah, Associate @ Allen & Overy Tara started as a trainee solicitor with Allen & Overy in September, 2006. Since qualifying in August, 2008, she has worked within the firm’s C...

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Solicitor Advocates: FAQs

What is a solicitor advocate? Rather than being, as some imagine, the latest flavour of Dutch cream liqueur, a solicitor advocate is a solicitor who has acquired higher rights of audience, meanin...

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Careers in Market and Social Research Explained

Research is a tool to support and influence decision making. Those working in the sector use their knowledge and expertise to provide organisations with the evidence needed to make informed, confi...

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Accountancy: Payroll Career Paths

Accountancy is an incredibly varied profession with a large number of different roles available within the industry. Payroll is increasingly important for businesses; the majority of companies hav...

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I.T. in Investment Banking

Investment banking is a highly dynamic environment, which is sensitive to delivery and turnaround times for both information and data processing. Given this, I.T. plays a major part in all areas o...

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International Development: Coping with Intensive Work Abroad

Working in the challenging, satisfying, strange, confusing and rewarding world of international development has taken me first of all to Tajikistan and following this to Afghanistan where I’...

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Choosing an Architecture Practice

In all likelihood, you’ll be pretty chuffed if you manage to land a job in an architecture practice full stop. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about what kind of practi...

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Engineering Graduate Schemes Explained

What Are Engineering Graduate Schemes? Engineering graduate schemes are structured programmes of learning and development, usually offered by large and medium-sized engineering companies. They us...

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Tips for Starting a Career in IT

Whether you are looking for your first job or are in need a career change, many people are opting to start a career in IT. There are so many different routes you can explore, from software design ...

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Job Search Tips

You’re on the hunt for a graduate job. You’ve looked under the sofa, on top of the kitchen cupboards and even at the bottom on the garden. Turns out an ol’ graduate job isn&rsquo...

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Finding Part-Time Work

Whether you’re a stereotypical cash-strapped student who needs to work Saturday daytime in order to have a Saturday night or looking to bolster your funds during the holidays (aka drought wh...

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