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Job seeking

It can take a lot of time and effort to find a job. Maximise your chances by using a variety of different sources and strategies.

Job opportunities are advertised in many different places such as:

  • websites, including our own OpportunityHub
  • jobs fairs
  • professional boards and groups
  • newspapers, both national and regional
  • recruitment agencies and jobs boards
  • social media.

You’ll also often find diversity networks or opportunities, so if you are LGBT, Black, Asian or minority ethnicity, come from a widening participation background or have a disability, there may be networks and opportunities tailored for you, which you can explore.

Use labour market information to look for jobs

The labour market can change depending on the economic climate. To get the most relevant information it’s important to use a variety of sources to research the labour market.

Chances are you’ve used your own labour market information (LMI) to make your career and work decisions in the past. As well as raw and analysed data, LMI refers to any knowledge you may have about how the labour market works; its structure and your place within it.

LMI won’t predict your future, or precisely the future of your industry but it can provide an indication of areas of scope, growth, supply and demand.

Abintegro industry reports

Abintegro provides the latest insight and regular reports into labour market information across various sectors so you can keep up to date with the news that is impacting roles across industries and locations. For help with signing into Abintegro see the information in the following section.

Signing into Abintegro

If you are a current OU student, recent graduate or alumni, you can sign in to Abintegro resources using your OU Microsoft Office 365 sign in details (your OU email address ending in and the password you use to sign in to the OU).

If you haven’t used your OU Microsoft Office 365 account before see Microsoft Office 365.

If you’re a new student you will need to wait for 5 days after your module has started before accessing Abintegro.

If you graduated or completed your study within the last three years and do not have a Microsoft Office 365 account, but would like to access Abintegro resources, complete a request a graduate account form. Please allow 5-7 working days for a response.

Prospects job sectors

You will also find information about various job sectors on Prospects.

Find a job on the hidden job market

There are more vacancies in the hidden jobs market than there are advertised vacancies. Employers have many reasons for not advertising these vacancies, including the fact they may know somebody who could do the job or they ask their contacts for recommendations. You could be that ‘somebody’.

Whether you’re actively looking for a job or not, you’ll find yourself in situations, both formal and informal, where your networking skills could enhance your chances.

Read the article about Networking for your career for more advice. There are also some useful OpenLearn courses.

Your Career Planning Guide

Deciding what you want to do with your career can feel like the start of an exciting journey, but it can also feel daunting if you're not sure where to start. Your Career Planning Guide is available to all students, you'll need to be signed in to access the guide.

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