Looking For A Job In Surrey
Surrey is a good place to look for work as there is usually a reasonable supply of many sorts of jobs.
When you are searching for a job in one geographical area you will inevitably miss out on those jobs where you need to be geographically mobile, the ones where they will move you to different places to work. Graduate development or training schemes often do require you to relocate, sometimes quite frequently, during the scheme and maybe after it too.
When to Look
If you are focusing your job hunting on a particular area then suitable jobs are more likely to be direct entry posts rather than training schemes.
You apply for direct entry jobs near the time you are able to start work. As a final year student, including postgraduates, this means from April onward.
Direct entry jobs are advertised all year round but the supply is at its best between April and September.
Where to Look
In the Careers Service Online Vacancy Bulletin we advertise current graduate vacancies, which are often based in the Surrey area or London. Please consider local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - to find out more about working in SMEs please watch the "Big Opportunities in Small Businesses" careers video on our website.
The following resources are also helpful:
www.surreyjobs.info this website lists a variety public sector jobs in Surrey. From here you can search for specific jobs or skills, learn about employers or register to receive information on suitable jobs as they become available.
The Surrey Advertiser, published weekly on a Friday, is the local Surrey newspaper containing a wide range of jobs in the Surrey area. They also have a website www.surreyad.co.uk however it is easier to see the variety of jobs advertised by looking through the newspaper.
www.surreylocaljobs.co.uk a website advertising local employment opportunities.
Another source of finding work is through recruitment agencies, sometimes called consultancies. Recruitment agencies bring together job hunters and potential employers. The majority of recruitment agencies specialise in the types of work they offer, thus if you want a employment in the financial sector, it is worth registering with an agency that specialises in that field.
Agencies must not charge you fees for finding or trying to find you work, this is against the law. Agencies are paid by the employer if they successfully place a candidate.
You can find recruitment agencies by searching the Yellow Pages phone directory for ‘employment agencies’, or using the internet www.yell.co.uk.
There is also a searchable database of members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), www.rec.uk.com which is another way of finding a suitable recruitment agency.
You can also look through the Surrey Business Directory and the local Yellow Pages to identify companies that you’d like to work for; then apply speculatively or check their respective websites for any current vacancies.
The Prospects and TargetJobs websites are also always worth checking out: