Looking for a Job

If you are looking for a job we are here to help! Whether you are looking for a part time job while you study, a graduate position relating to your course, work experience or voluntary opportunities, we can help you make the most out of your job search to find the best opportunities.

You can also widen your job search to include the “Hidden Job Market”. To seek out non-advertised job vacancies you need to get used to networking and making speculative job applications. These are important skills to develop and we can help you get there.

We can help you to

  • Look for part time jobs while at College and graduate jobs at the end of your course
  • Look for work experience in your area of study
  • Make speculative applications
  • Write a great CV and Cover Letter
  • Prepare for job and university interviews

We help by providing

  • One-to-one impartial guidance
  • Group workshops
  • Self-help resources
  • Vacancy service

If you are a student looking for a job, or an employer who would like to advertise a vacancy, go to Current Vacancies to find out more. You can also find out information on Volunteering and CVs & Interviews.

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Are you a student?

If you are a student and would like vacancies sent to directly to your email address, write to careers@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk and tell us if you want to hear about part-time/general vacancies or full-time/course-related vacancies (or both). Remember to tell us which course you are on!  All vacancies can also be found on MyCity.

Are you an employer?

If you are an employer and would like to advertise your vacancy to our students please contact us at careers@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

It is helpful if you include vacancy details such as job title and location, duties, requirements, salary, closing date, and details of how to apply.

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CVs

You might not know this but it’s really important to adapt your CV to every job you go for. If you’re responding to a job advert then read the job description and person specification carefully and use this to decide what to include in your CV.

You can then include examples of how you have developed the skills and experience that they are looking for. Make yourself their ideal person to employ!

Top Tips

  • Be concise: short, to the point and interesting
  • Always check for spelling and grammatical errors
  • The layout should be clear, simple and easy to read

Cover Letters

A Cover Letter is just as important as your CV. This is your opportunity to highlight key skills and assets that demonstrate your suitability for the job. A Cover Letter should always be sent with your CV.

Top Tips

  • Should be no more than one A4 page
  • Write positively, drawing the employer's attention to the skills which make you suitable for the job
  • Research the company and the role - you could include some knowledge of this to show you are genuinely interested in the job

Speculative Applications

If you are making a speculative application, (one where you approach an organisation despite them not advertising any posts) then think about the kind of skills and qualities the company will be looking for from an employee, and do your research on the organisation so that you are aware of the language and culture of the company. 

Interviews

Interviews are nerve wracking for everybody but with the right preparation anyone can successfully get through an interview. Your CV or application has been good enough to get you through to this stage so now the employer will want to assess your suitability for the role by looking at your personal qualities and skills, your ability to do the job and how you would fit in to the organisation. 

Top Tips

  • Preparation before an interview is the key to success - do your research on the job role and the organisation
  • You should refer to the job description and person specification to ensure you can give the interviewer examples of how you have developed the skills, qualities and experience that they are looking for
  • Dress smartly
  • Be punctual
  • Make a good first impression - positive body language and good eye contact
  • Be positive
  • Try to relax!

For more information please visit us. We can help you with all aspects of CV and interview preparation, as well as general careers information, advice and guidance.

We also have useful resources available for students on MyCity.

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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering will give you the opportunity to make a real and lasting positive difference to lives of people in both your local community and internationally. 

Volunteering can greatly improve your employability as you can gain new abilities and build upon your existing skills. Volunteering will also give you the chance to attend training which will boost your CV and illustrate a pro-active attitude work ethic.

Volunteering provides you with opportunities for personal development that may not be possible within paid positions.

For example - communication, social media, networking, interpersonal skills, organisational and time management skills, planning and budgeting skills. Volunteering can help you find new opportunities and expand the paths your career could take.

Volunteering is an excellent way to spend time doing the things you have a real passion for with the support of others who feel the same way you do. The student experience is not only about academic studies, your involvement will help you feel part of the local community and helps you become involved in the work of local institutions. You will get to know people of all ages and backgrounds in the community and you will have the chance to share your experience, knowledge and energy for improving the lives of others. You will also benefit from feeling more engaged with the people and places surrounding you.

So take a chance, give some of your time and skills and get access to a world of life changing experiences, for more information and support please contact the Student Engagement Team at studentengagement@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

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