Find a Job
If you are looking for a part-time job, a year/summer placement, a graduate job or want to get involved in volunteering, help is available. Careers & Enterprise host several vacancies on Advantage, which you can log in to with your student details.
Current students and graduates/alumni are given free online access to a range of job, placement and volunteering opportunities with local, national and international employers. We also work with employers to find or create these opportunities and those displayed online are regularly updated.
You can also use Unitemps, our on-campus recruitment agency that can help you find part-time work that fits around your studies.
Before looking for a job, make sure to take a look through our resources, make an appointment with us or join a masterclass. Find out more on Careers & Enterprise.
Job-seeking advice and information for different types of work
All our vacancies are hosted on Advantage and can be filtered for location and type of work.
Part-time or vacation-period jobs: access jobs that can fit around your studies and/or in vacation-periods (most are in the Greater Manchester area)
Undergraduate placements (for a year or for summer): access placements to undertake while you are still completing your course
Graduate job vacancies for current final-year students: access graduate job vacancies that start after the completion of your studies
Graduate job vacancies: access immediate graduate job vacancies if you have already completed your course
Volunteering: Find voluntary opportunities and information on voluntary projects in the local area
Being creative with your job search
When you’re job searching, don’t just rely on advertised job vacancies. Being proactive in your job search in trying to access the jobs that never get advertised can really be a good way of getting ahead of your peers in the job market. Some companies recruit internally or are happy to recruit from speculative approaches or from people who are known to them.
Creative job search involves networking effectively, which involves gathering information, discussing ideas and in some cases raising your profile within a professional setting. By doing this you may make useful contacts and find out about opportunities that have not been advertised.
Networking can also help as it can be hard to know whether a job or career is right for you, talking to people who do that job can help you clarify your ideas and give you some tips on where to find opportunities. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and network with professionals or other students/graduates interested in your chosen field.
- Start with Student societies - there are lots of societies listed on the Student Union website many of them will run social and networking events for you to get involved with.
- Careers & Enterprise fairs and events - we run employer events for you to attend where you can ask questions and find out more from the people who currently work in the profession.
- Student membership of professional bodies - many offer reduced price membership to students and may have events or activities especially for student members.
- Of particular use when you graduate could be Salford alumni groups. There may be alumni of a particular course or from a particular country of origin. Contact Alumni to find out about events.
- Join the Salford Alumni group on LinkedIn
Facebook and Twitter
Both offer opportunities to link with potential employers or people you would like to work for. Be careful how you present yourself on these social networking sites. Employers do check out candidates and it is often possible to find information about you that you would rather they didn't know. Manage your digital identity.
LinkedIn is a work-related social networking site it has a much more professional feel. If you want to register your profile should be professional. It's a great opportunity to join work related groups and read or contribute to discussion threads to help you improve your knowledge of a topic.
Top tips for networking and creative search
- Make a mind map of people you know - what do they do and can they be of help to you?
- Keep contact details or business cards of people you meet at conferences or events. You never know when you might want to get in touch. Always thank people in writing for any help/advice they offer you.
- Join professional and student groups, and be active. Increase the number of people you know especially outside your immediate social circle, e.g., consider joining a committee and helping to organise membership activities or events.
- Plan your first approach to a contact carefully. What is it you would like from someone?
- Google your name: make sure you have a digital identity that represents you well by using social media effectively.
- Do your research if you are going to make speculative applications. Find out more about what a company, individual or sector before you approach someone.
- Remember when making speculative applications/enquiries about work, always start by asking advice first, never ask for a job straight up.
- If you are making speculative applications you will need to make sure your CV and covering letter are up-to-scratch. Check out Applications and Interviews for advice in putting together a CV and covering letter.