Where to find a graduate job?

​Finding a job can be a long process but by staying motivated and searching in the right places, your hard work should pay dividends.


Handshake is the brand-new careers platform at the University of Liverpool and it’s an exciting time to get involved and expand your opportunities! Handshake allows you the opportunity to connect with Careers and Employability at University of Liverpool.  

Get hired by discovering and applying for the latest exciting opportunities. Get discovered by connecting with employers that will want to hire you. Get connected by allowing you to connect with your peers and university alumni for tips and advice. And Get it all in one place. Everything you need in one platform. From the most essential career resources to the latest events that you’ll want to take part in. 

With the ability to search for, and message other students as well as employers you can create a great community for finding and sharing opportunities and with all the extra Q+A’s and Resources available in the Career Centre, there’s so much to help in reaching the next stage of your career! 

Use the Q&A function to ask open questions to the student and alumni community. Post reviews of both employers and opportunities to share your experiences and help your peers and add your comments and questions to any upcoming events to be answered. 

If you can't find what you are looking for on Handshake, you could try one of the methods below:

Job search sites

There is a multitude of websites hosting thousands of new job advertisements every day such as IndeedReed or Total Jobs. Some are purely graduate-focused such as Prospects, TargetJobs and MilkRound.

Also, take a look through the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers guide and TARGETjobs industry specific guides. These guides include the very latest assessment of how the graduate job market is being affected by the ongoing situation, full details of the graduate vacancies available in 2021 and you'll find out all you need to know to get a graduate job - from writing your first CV to mastering interview techniques and specific tips for individual employers.

Recruitment fairs, presentations and 1-2-1 events

CareerConnect events are a great way to meet potential employers face-to-face. Use these events as a source of information and a way to gain contacts and network. Visit Handshake for more details. 

Social Media/Professional Networking sites

A great place to start is our very own Twitter job feeds at @livuniptjobs@livuniintern@livuniplacement. More and more employers are using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to advertise vacancies. Make sure you review your online brand and have a professional LinkedIn profile before you start. 

Read our LinkedIn profile tips on Handshake.


It is estimated that up-to 60% of jobs are never advertised. So developing your network will enable you to tap into the so-called 'hidden' jobs market. Sign up for 'networking’ sessions throughout the academic year to help you practice networking. Login to our event calendar on Handshake to book a place.

Professional bodies and associations

Professional bodies and associations can also promote and further your career. Join as a student member. You're likely to get regular news updates, access to job opportunities and chances to build your networks. For a full list of accredited organisation visit the Trade Forum Association.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies are free services that find staff for employers. Agencies are not just for temporary or non-graduate level work. Reputable agencies should be registered with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). CareerHub has a list of recruitment agencies in the Merseyside area who are looking for graduates.

Use your connections

If you know someone who works for a company you're interested in, get them to recommend you. If you know someone who works in an industry you're interested in, ask them to put you in touch with the right person. Social media is also a great way to connect with important people, so do your research on who's who and then contact them. Register on CareerConnect and start developing your own networks.

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