Where to start looking for a job

There are lots of organisations looking to recruit new graduates every year. The first place to start looking for a job is by subscribing to email alerts and looking every day at the new job advertisements.

Advertised jobs

You probably know about some of the places employers advertise jobs, but do make sure you've got all the bases covered and are keeping an eye on all of them.

For a comprehensive list of the places you'll find jobs advertisedinformation on where to find jobs, check out the list from the central visit the How to Find a Job page on the  University Career Development and Employment Services (CDES) website:

If you have a burning desire to work for one or two particular organisations, it's probably worth keeping an eye on their website too.

Visit the CDES website

Graduate recruitment schemes

Many major employers run graduate recruitment schemes every year. Some employ only one or two graduates a year, others hire dozens.

Most of these organisations advertise through the CDES events and jobs board and some come direct to the Business School Careers Centre. Many run presentations, information evenings and skills workshops here on campus to help you make a good application and learn about their business.

To know about these opportunities and many other career-related events, make sure you're signed up to Auckland CareerHubthe CDES events and jobs board, read our weekly Bizcareers email newsletter, on CECIL, and check out our events listings.

Visit the CDES website

Visit the Careers Centre events and activities web page


Unadvertised jobs

There is more to looking for jobs than searching job advertisements and applying to graduate schemes. It is estimated that almost half of all jobs are never actually advertised. To find out how to crack this "invisible" job market visit the How to find a job: The invisible job market section of our website.

Visit the Invisible job market web page


Tips when applying for graduate schemes

When applying for graduate schemes, there are a couple of important things to remember:

  • Don't be disheartened that everyone you know is applying and competing with you for these jobs. Only graduates can apply, so there's probably fewer applicants for these jobs than others you see advertised on Seek, etc.
  • When you attend employer presentations or workshops, you're not just finding out about them. They're finding out about you too. Dress smartly and do some preparation: Read about them online; think of good questions to ask; be ready to tell them what you're good at and why you'd like to work for them.