Looking for work

Whether you’re looking for part-time work while you study, vacation work or internships, or graduate roles, you can make use of our range of resources, information and services to help you find the right job.

Besides the range of on-campus opportunities available, you can also make use of local and regional resources to find work. All students and recent graduates also have access to our dedicated Essex CareerHub vacancy board, to help you source potential work.

You should also refer to our list further on-line dedicated resources.

Local resources

Newspapers and adverts

Local newspapers advertise vacancies, usually once a week on a specific day.

  • East Anglian Daily Times (Suffolk and North Essex) - Wednesday
  • Daily Gazette (Colchester) - Thursday
  • Essex Chronicle (South Essex) - Thursday
  • Essex County Standard (North Essex) - Friday
  • in local newsagents and supermarkets. Shops, restaurants, bars and other street-level businesses tend to advertise jobs in their windows.

Regional websites

Jobcentre Plus

The government agency offering job-seeking information and the Universal Jobmatch vacancy database of full-time and part-time work.

Branches are nationwide, but can be found near our campuses  - Chapel Street, Colchester and Dencora Court, Tylers Ave, Southend.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies recruit staff for employers. They deal with all types of work and some specialise in specific types, for example, IT, manual or clerical jobs. You need to register with each agency individually and have an up-to date CV.

We recommend you search for a recruitment agency via the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Reputable agencies should be registered with the REC, and you can search their list of agencies by specialism and location.

The hidden job market

It's estimated that about 60 per cent of jobs are never advertised – so how can you tap into this hidden job market?

This is a proactive approach to job hunting that will require you to research company information. This research might include finding out:

  • which employers recruit graduates with your subject
  • when they recruit
  • general company information, for example, business plans, key stakeholders and target customers
  • the responsibilities of the role you are looking for
  • what kind of attributes a suitable candidate should possess

Remember your CV and covering letter should be specifically tailored and adapted to each organisation and role you apply for. Refer to the Essex CV for guidance.

Make use of the internet and social media to network further afield.

Remember to manage your digital footprint and be aware that how you present your personal life online may well be visible - and potentially off-putting - to recruiters.

Networking is a valuable job search strategy used by students and graduates. Your contacts may include friends, family, tutors, people you have met through part-time jobs, work placements and voluntary work. Even if these people may not be able to help you directly, they might put you in touch with others who can.

Professional associations and organisations, as well as educational establishments, often run networking events and conferences where you can meet contacts.

Networking opportunities

The EssexCV pack

Our Essex CV pack takes you through the CV-writing process from beginning to end, helping you showcase the full extent of your skills and experience, promote yourself to employers and get the opportunity you really want.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

CareerHub

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Start your job search and career development now with the new Essex CareerHub resource. Log in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board and book on to our events.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.