Job preparation: Where to find a job

As with many things in life, preparation is key when trying to get your first job.

The graduate market has never been more competitive. Use this section to make sure your CV shines and that you're up to speed on what to expect at interviews and assessment centres.

A good place to start looking for jobs is your university's careers service who often have a careers notice board like the one at Sussex University

Also, as almost every job vacancy is now advertised on the internet, we’ve selected the cream of recruitment sites offering jobs to physicists.

  • www.brightrecruits.com
    A new website from IOP Publishing dedicated to physics graduates and industry professionals with a background in physics.
  • www.prospects.ac.uk
    A premium careers management and coaching service offering a range of “pay-at-the-point-of-use” specialist career development services.
  • www.jobsinscience.com
    Jobs in Science pretty much does what is says on the tin. It’s a specialist employment agency for scientists in the UK, and includes a special physics section
  • tiptop.iop.org
    The self-styled“ dynamic job list for physicists” features regular vacancies and the opportunity for you to place your own ad, free of charge
  • www.phdjobs.com
    A valuable source for PhD careers. Includes job hunting tips as well as listings
  • www.ecmselection.co.uk/jobs
    A Cambridge-based recruiter that places candidates with some of the UK’s most innovative technology companies
  • cerncourier.com/cws/latest/cern
    The international journal of high-energy physics features its own regular international job page
  • nanotechweb.org
    Job ads are one feature of this specialist site on nanotechnology
  • www.excelscient.com
    A job resource for specialists in physics and maths, from undergraduates in search of temporary placements to highly experienced lecturers and researchers
  • www.jobs.ac.uk
    A source of worldwide vacancies in universities, further education colleges, research institutions, companies, schools and charities
  • www.insidecareers.co.uk
    A graduate-focussed website for jobs in the following sectors: banking, patent law, management consultancy, and more

One last thing: don’t forget to check the websites of the quality national press, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. Their websites all advertise science-related jobs. And if you’re particularly interested in working for a certain organisation, check their site for vacancies.

last edited: November 18, 2014