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Entry-level roles and how to spot them

Whether you’re leaving school, college or University, finding a job that suits you can be a daunting task. Here’s a handy guide to getting started.

What to look for

Before starting your job search, be clear on what kind of role will suit your level of education, interests, skills, values and personality. Visit the National Careers Service website (external website) and take the Skills health check questionnaire (external website) to help identify which job groups could be a good fit for you.

Entry-level jobs are roles that typically require less responsibility and experience.  But have your career goals in mind too – entry level jobs can be a great stepping stone.

If pay is an important factor, here are the 10 highest paying entry-level jobs (external website) you could consider.

How to spot entry level roles…

1. Get advice your careers service

The first step is to talk to your school, college, sixth form or institution’s careers service. The staff will be happy to help you through every step of the job search process. Often they’ll have links to local employers who are looking for students like you and provide advice on your application.

2. Register on the top 10 job sites

Set up a profile and register for job alerts on the top job sites (external website). You can also search for entry-level jobs (external website) and graduate jobs (external website) on the Find a Job service (external website). Read this article with tips on how to set your search criteria (external website) to find the right opportunities.

3. Register on student recruitment sites

Set up a profile and register for job alerts on specialist recruitment websites such as e4s (external website), Student Job (external website) and Milkround (external website) where you’ll find vacancies just for students.

4. Join a professional networking site

Set up a profile on professional networking site LinkedIn (external website) and search for entry level (external website) positions. Network with friends and connections to find out about entry-level roles in companies.

5. Check out top employer websites

Many employers have graduate schemes, internships and higher apprenticeships in place for a number of roles within different sectors. Check out their websites directly. You can start your search by looking at the Times Top 100 graduate employers list (external website).