Working in Scotland

Working in Scotland

Start planning early

In the UK many graduate vacancies are advertised and recruited for in the autumn
prior to the start date in the following year. You should research and plan around this.

Important advice on job hunting

Make full use of the resources available to you within your Careers Service.

Target your applications at employers you have researched. This will have a much higher
success rate than sending out random speculative applications.

Have a UK national, or a friend who is fluent in English check over your CV and
application forms.

Ensure your nationality and work eligibility status are clear from your CV and/or application.
Omitting this information increases the chance of your application being rejected in the
first selection screening.

Work hard to practise your verbal and written English.

Talk to friends who have found work. How did they find out about the vacancy, what did
they find helpful?

Keep trying. If at first you don't succeed, try again. Very few people are successful in their
first job-hunting attempts. Take on board any feedback received and be persistent.

Research salaries for graduate and other roles so that you know what you can expect
to earn. Information can be found in labour market surveys and graduate directories.

Visit your local Jobcentre Plus as well as your Student Employment Service or University
Job Shop for part-time and temporary jobs.

Useful sources of information

Look at the AGCAS Working in Scotland Seminar webpage. You will find
information on recruitment methods, case studies, living in Scotland and much more

Additional information can be found on the Scotland Is The Place website. This includes
contact details for the Relocation Advisory Service.

Research the UK labour market. Information is available through your Careers Service,
via the Association of Graduate Recruiters and from Futureskills Scotland.

Look at the vacancy section of your university Careers Service website.

Be prepared

Check what events, seminars and employer presentations are taking place on campus
and register for these in advance to ensure you can attend.

Search for graduate and other vacancies on your own university careers website.
It will have hundreds of vacancies all over Scotland and the UK.

Attend employer presentations and skills sessions as this will increase your knowledge
of UK employers and improve your interview, presentation and assessment skills.

Prepare an up-to-date CV following advice on the Working in Scotland website
and have this checked by a Careers Adviser. Be sure to include details of all UK work
experience as well as your eligibility status.

Make an appointment with a Careers Adviser to explore career options and/or to have
a practice interview.

If you book an appointment and then can no longer make it, call to rearrange.

Attend a practice session for psychometric tests at your Careers Service.

Take action

Improve your written and spoken English. This can be done in several ways:

Work part-time or do placements during your course. UK employers value work experience
as well as academic learning.

Join student societies & clubs that match your interests.

Attend courses available at the university to help improve your communication skills
e.g. English as a Foreign language or evening classes.

Do some volunteering. Your Careers Service can point you to local opportunities.

Join a mentoring scheme. Your Careers Service can provide information.

Consider applying for paid placements, temporary or contract positions.

Many employers recruit staff on temporary or fixed term contracts for short-term needs.
They can also assess candidates' suitability for permanent roles during this time. Many of
these roles are advertised via recruitment agencies.

Paid placements are offered through Scottish Networks International, Graduates for
Business and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Your University Careers Service can provide
further information on all of these.

Research recruitment agencies before registering with them. Information can be found
on your Careers Service website or on the Recruitment & Employment Confederation

Reputable agencies will only register you following a face-to-face interview where your
skills, qualifications and career aspirations will be discussed.

Do not pay recruitment agencies fees for finding you work agencies are reimbursed
by the employer.

Do not pay third party agencies' fees for CV advice book an appointment with a Careers
Adviser within the Careers Service where advice is free.

Maintain regular contact with the Recruitment Consultants.