Whether you are looking for part-time work alongside your studies or your first graduate role, this guide aims to help you to get started in your job search. 

Find your focus 

Job seeking can be time-consuming so it is important that you are focused in your approach to finding and applying for opportunities. 

Deciding the answers to these questions should help you narrow down a list of target areas and sectors that you want to apply to. 

Use the MMYou Career Planner e-tool to help you set tasks and track your progress whilst job seeking.

This will help you see your mini-achievements whilst you go through the recruitment and selection. 

Find and apply for advertised roles

My Career Hub

You can search and apply for hundreds of vacancies through My Career Hub, where we advertise paid part time opportunities, vacation work, placements, internships and graduate jobs. 


Jobs4Students offers a range of exciting paid on-campus opportunities for Manchester Met students, including Residential Advisors, IT Rovers and Outreach Ambassadors. 

Job websites and local vacancies

Read our guides for top tips and links to useful websites here. 

Don’t forget to check local sources of vacancies - local newspapers, online recruitment job boards and local job centres.

Speculative applications and the hidden job market

At least 60% of all jobs are found through networking 

When approaching speculative applications, we recommend you follow these key points…

Networking and Contacts

Using Social Media to build your professional network

Many companies have a presence on...

Use them to research companies, build your networks, and find opportunities. 

A professional online presence will give you opportunities to network with professionals from relevant sectors and also gives recruiters more chance to find you and what you have to offer. 

Your online presence is as important as your physical profile (CV). Ensure you are making the most of your online networks and learn more in our ‘Using Social Media for Job Hunting’ guide here.

Recruitment Agencies and Recruitment Consultancies

Recruitment Agencies and Recruitment Consultancies can be a useful tool for finding work either on a short term or more permanent basis. Agencies are paid by employers for placing suitable candidates into vacancies and may provide additional services to the job seeker including CV and application support.

Some agencies specialise in recruiting for specific types of opportunities such as administrative roles, or a particular industry like engineering, finance or creatives. Not all agencies will cover the types of jobs you may be looking for, so make sure you do your research before getting in contact.

Watch - Read - Do 

Career Planner Tool
Career Pathways 
Know your Options 
How to Use LinkedIn

For more information visit www.mmu.ac.uk/careers

Careers and Employability Support

We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:

For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers