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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
The Big Essex Award is an employability award run by the Employability and Careers Centre. Log your
extra-curricular experience hours, add a little volunteering, and we’ll help you identify evidence and effectively sell your skills.