Getting started

The first stage in getting a graduate job is deciding what you want to do - have a look at Explore Your Options, or try the Prospects Planner, a quiz that matches your skills to over 400 job profiles. Once you know what you want to do, it's time to start applying! 

Applying for graduate jobs

The Careers and Employability Service have a dedicated area on BlackBoard with lots of advice and guidance for applying for graduate jobs. Simply click on the 'Jobs & Careers' tab within BlackBoard, then click on 'CVs, Applications & Interview Skills'.

You will also find specific information for teaching jobs and nursing jobs on the 'Planning your career' section of BlackBoard. 

There are several websites specifically targeted to graduate jobseekers, the two main ones are www.prospects.ac.uk and www.targetjobs.co.uk. Both sites have sections on writing CVs and cover letters, interview skills and assessment centres. Both sites also have thousands of graduate job opportunities. Don't forget that graduate jobs are also advertised on the JobShop, where you can register for tailored email alerts.

Get some advice & feedback

You can get feedback on your CVs, cover letters, applications and personal statements (for work or further study) from teh Careers and Employability Service. The best way to do this is to email us at careers@cumbria.ac.uk. make sure to include the document that you would like feedback on, along with information about the role you are applying for (ideally the person specification, if available). Alternatively, you can book an appointment at the library desk at any of our campuses.

Please note that we will give advice about content of your applications, but we do not offer a proofreading service so please check your work thoroughly before asking for feedback.

For interview preparation, you can book a practice interview with a member of the team; please supply us with a copy of your application and the job description/person specification if possible.