Graduate recruitment consultancies, or agencies, such as Graduate Recruitment Bureau, help clients understand what they have to offer employers, how those skills speak to their individual needs, and which available graduate jobs might make suitable matches. Most recruitment agencies also help applicants with the application process itself and with interview preparation and how to write your graduate CV. If you’re just getting started and need some help establishing the parameters of your graduate job search, a recruitment agency can be just the thing.
When organisations need to cast a wide net for job candidates, job boards are still a good way to get the word out. Reputable job boards are free for job-seekers to use, and most provide the details you’ll need to apply directly for roles that interest you. Some job boards are all-encompassing, while others focus on specific industries, or on the public or private sectors.
Many universities host graduate careers fairs two or three times a year to help students connect with employers and recruiters. The representatives you meet at a careers fair might have a graduate job or two on offer, but the real value of a careers fair is the opportunity it gives you to learn from people who know their industry well, and know how graduates fit in to the larger picture. Have your CV ready just in case, but above all be ready to ask questions, take notes, and make connections at your university’s next careers fair.
All universities provide career-planning support. Your careers services office can help you map your skills and interest to the labour market, prepare your CV and cover letters, and point you toward recruitment events. They might also be able to connect you with local and regional employers, or with alumni working in your fields of interest.