Careers and Employability Skills Centre

Job Search

It doesn’t matter how strong or weak the economy, job-hunting is still a demanding task. But remember that even during times of recession the picture can change on a weekly basis. Normally the average job search can take up to 3 months so it’s even more important than ever to start looking for jobs now.

Information about employers

Increasingly most of the information you require about employers is located on the Internet. There are also employer files and directories in the Career Information Room. Network with friends and relatives. Contact professional organisations for useful careers and vacancy information.
Recruitment may be all year round but many of the major employers target finalists between October and Christmas. The Accountancy Milk Round, for example, takes place in October.

Other Sources of Vacancies

International Job Search

Useful Websites

Newspaper Careers Supplements

See also local and regional papers

Recruitment, Ballymena Guardian, Coleraine Chronicle, Derry Journal, Recruitment Weekly (all Ireland), The Scotsman Evening Standard (Scotland), Glasgow Herald, London Evening Standard, (, Times Higher Education Supplement, Times Education Supplement, Wales Daily Post, Cambrian News

Newspapers online,,

Some of the books available in the Careers Development Centre

  • How to get a job you’ll love. J. Lees. McGraw Hill, 2011-2012 Edition
  • How to get a job in a recession. Taylor, Denise. Brook House Press. 2009
  • Ultimate Job Search. Williams, Lynn. Kogan Page. 2008
  • What Colour is your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles. Ten Speed Press. 2011
  • Job Hunting 3.0. Maun, Richard. Marshall Cavendish. 2010


Keep a record of job advertisements, application forms, contacts, telephone numbers, addresses, websites and any other information which you have used during your job search. This will help you keep track of your progress and will ensure that you have information handy for interviews.