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Making applications

Getting a graduate job can be a complex process involving several different stages, each stage requires preparation and to be successful you need to demonstrate to an employer that you have the skills, knowledge and experience they require.

Use the links below to explore more about how to make an effective application and get that job.

What do employers look for?

Different jobs will require specific competencies or skills, but there are some skills which are required by almost all jobs.

Take time to explore the different skills employers value by looking at job descriptions and person specifications to see what employers are looking for. How confident are you in these skills? Most students will already have developed these skills before coming to University, but taking part in work experience or placements, part-time jobs, student societies, sports teams or volunteering is an excellent way of practising them and gaining the real examples that employers are looking for.

Edge Hill have developed 21 Graduate Attributes and you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance these attributes as you progress through your studies. See our Graduates attributes glossary infographic for more information.

Personal attributes

You can reflect on your evidence for these attributes using PebblePad. Your Personal Tutor will ask you about your confidence in these attributes during your meetings with them. The Graduate Attributes are also embedded into the curriculum of your degree programme.

When you need to create a CV or write an application or personal statement, you can use these Graduate Attributes to help structure your skills profile. You might also want to reflect on how to identify your skills and abilities in order to create a strong application.

Employers tell us they value experience very highly. Make sure your CV and application stands out from the crowd by containing as much relevant experience as you can fit in. Tailor your application to address the criteria in the job advert and person specification the employer has written. Explore more top tips to help you write a successful job application.

How to apply for a job

Find a vacancy that’s right for you

Looking for a part-time job, placement, or a volunteering opportunity? Use our careers vacancy portal to search for opportunities.

Advice and tools

Workshops and events

Throughout the academic year, the Careers team organise a variety of workshops and events which are open to both current students and our recent graduates. These include careers fairs, CV workshops, graduate masterclasses, information sessions, employer presentations and much more.

Have a look at our events pages to find out what is coming up and book your place.

Upcoming careers events

For sessions that aren’t delivered using MS Teams, you can access live captions during sessions by installing Caption.Ed on your device. To request your free Caption.Ed account, email If you have other learning requirements which may not be met solely by captioning, please do get in touch with the Inclusion Team.

Drop-in sessions

An adviser is available for drop-in sessions in the Careers Corner, Catalyst from 11am – 3pm on weekdays, during teaching weeks. In assessment and vacation periods the times are 11am – 1pm. No appointment in advance is necessary, simply turn up.

Find out more information about contacting Careers