Where to find a job

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.

CareerHub vacancy board

All Essex students and recent graduates have access to our dedicated Essex CareerHub vacancy board, to help you source potential work. Employers regularly post their jobs on CareerHub, so keep an eye open.

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 Member Directory of 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. We recommend that when using agencies, you should not pay anything as consultancies charge the employers not the job candidates. Watch out for hidden charges, however, for example, for training or CV checks.

Job vacancy websites


General graduate and professional recruitment

Academic and Research

Arts and entertainment

Charities / Not for profit / NGO/ Development


Environment and ethical

Finance and economics

Health and care



IT and Engineering



PR / Media / Sales / Retail

Public Sector / Government / Politics


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.


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

The hidden job market

Speculative applications

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 our CV support for guidance.

Social media

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

  • LinkedIn: develop a professional online profile
  • Facebook: join relevant groups
  • Twitter: follow graduate 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.

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