How to Find Jobs

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Photograph by Ivan Jones

There are lots of ways to find jobs. You can use job sites, recruitment agencies, and social media channels, as well as sending your CV to organisations.

Job sites

Jobs sites list jobs vacancies. They are usually up to date and allow you to apply for positions directly through them. Some job sites ask you to create an account and then store your CV and cover letter to make it easy to apply again/in future.

Recruitment agencies

There are many recruitment agencies specialising in creative industries, including media, fashion and digital.

  • Look at their websites and get a feel for the kind of opportunities they advertise.
  • Research which agencies would be a good match for your experience and goals.
  • Then contact them directly.
  • If you are the right fit, agencies will keep you on their books and contact you with appropriate opportunities.

Using social media to find jobs

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram are all strong social media channels used by professional and creative industries.

Using social media can help you in your job search. Companies often tweet or Facebook about upcoming job opportunities. So follow those organisations you are interested in working for to keep up to date about job vacancies.

It is important to remember that using social media in a professional capacity means you need to present an engaging and appropriate profile.

  • Think about your profile details and make sure they communicate who you are and what kind of work you are looking for.
  • Make sure your profile picture is appropriate.
  • ‘Follow’ and ‘like’ the relevant companies and engage with them in a professional way.

Social media can also help you with long-term career goals:

  • It’s a great way to learn, network and promote yourself.
  • You can learn about industry developments.
  • Connect with people and companies you would like to work with in future on LinkedIn.
  • Promote yourself, by enhancing your LinkedIn profile with samples of work, images and links to your portfolio.

I’ve tried everything

"I've applied for dozens of jobs and have got nowhere"

Many creative organisations have tight budgets and can't afford to advertise in national press or on job sites. Make sure all your local contacts know you are looking for a job.

"I don't have any contacts in my field"

Look at company websites and people in your (social media) networks. Then contact individuals who might help you.

University tutors may be able to provide useful insider contacts in your field and will want to help you get into the industry.

"I don't have the confidence to approach people I don't know"

Think about why this is and what support you need to boost your confidence. Visit our guide to making a good impression.

Jobseeking if you are disabled

A positive starting point would be to reflect on your skills, interests, values and motivations. Then think about and discuss with friends and people around you what kind of work you would ideally like to do. Once you have identified your long term ambitions then you should consider the potential barriers and opportunities that you may experience as a disabled person finding work, and how you might engage with these.

For all job applicants it’s important to focus on what you can do, with or without support. There are many organisations providing support and solutions and many employers who value a diverse workforce. (View a list of support organisations and information or PDF download document on this page.

Applying for opportunities

It’s against the law for employers to discriminate against disabled people and employers should not ask applicants about issues relating to their health and/or impairment until a job offer has been made.

Employers have a legal obligation to make adjustments to the recruitment process and within the workplace to ensure disabled applicants are not disadvantaged when applying for jobs or undertaking work. It is helpful, therefore, to let an employer or potential employer know if you require adjustments and to explain what would be most helpful to you.

It can be difficult to decide about if, when, and how to disclose a condition or impairment. You do not need to disclose that you are disabled if you do not think it is relevant to the role, or that you are likely to need any adjustments. However, if you do not declare that you are disabled before starting work and later find that it impacts on your ability to do the job then an employer might not be found to have been at fault.

Disclosing that you are disabled during the application process enables your potential employer to make adjustments from the start. If you are not subsequently offered the job, it is important to get feedback from the employer. This will enable you to determine whether your disclosure has had an impact on the outcome of your application.

You can disclose that you are disabled at any stage of the application process; for example, on your CV, if you are invited to interview, during the interview or after being offered a job. The choice is yours, but it will probably depend on the nature of your access requirements.

Things to consider before disclosing that you are disabled.

  • Disclosing that you are disabled may enable the employer to make adjustments to the recruitment process ensuring you are not disadvantaged in relation to other applicants. They will also feel better prepared for example during the interview stage if they know about your access requirements in advance.
  • Many employers have equal opportunities policies and welcome applications from disabled people.
  • By disclosing that you are disabled, you are in more control about how it is understood and better able to increase trust with a potential employer.

In addition to adjustments that can be made by your employer, you may be able to get additional support such as equipment, travel, and specialist aids from the Access To Work scheme.

Find out more about UAL's student disability service.