Job hunting

There is more than one way to find a job.

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Different industries recruit in different ways, so focus on the methods and deadlines common in the sectors you are applying to.   If you are unsure about what these are come along to our workshops and employer events or book an appointment with a careers consultant.

Different ways of job hunting

You can increase your chances of success by combining different job search methods.  The most common ways to find a job are

  • Applying for an advertised role
  • Word of mouth – friends, family, a current or a previous employer, for example. Try Goldsmiths Connect our alumni network to build your contacts
  • Speculative applications – a targeted approach to an organisation that matches your interests and skillset. A common approach in the creative sector and with small to medium-sized employers (known as SMEs)
  • Signing up with a recruitment agency, particularly if you already have relevant work experience

Where to look

Our online job-listings on CareerSPACE are a good place to start.  Here you can find everything from part-time work to a full-blown graduate job.

How to search job websites

  • Browse job adverts to discover new roles or potential companies you could apply to
  • Bookmark job sites you like and check them regularly for updates
  • If you see an interesting advert but the role is not quite right for you, check the company’s own jobs page regularly or contact them speculatively
  • Look beyond job titles as organisations can describe the same type of role differently. Explore the person specification and job description to see what the job actually involves

Top Tip:  It is a good idea to keep a record of the organisations you have applied to and hold a copy of your applications. A spreadsheet can help you keep track of deadlines and dates.