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Speculative applications

Making a speculative application can be a very successful way of finding a job vacancy or an opportunity for work experience.

Why send a speculative application?

Not all job opportunities are advertised. In fact, up to 70 per cent of jobs are not advertised. Some employers don't want to generate large numbers of applications or pay for expensive advertising and others already get lots of applications without needing to advertise. Tap into this 'hidden' graduate job market by making a speculative application.

Resources and advice on how to make successful applications

  • Step-by-step guide to applications – view our careers document on applications (InfoHub resource)
  • Log in to InfoHub and view the Careers Toolkit and Resources tab for information on preparing speculative application forms and identifying 'hidden' opportunities.

Feedback on your speculative application form

  • Use our careers services to get individual feedback on your speculative application.
  • Help with English language and grammar – PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Leaders are trained students who can help with study and language skills. They can help with the English on CVs, covering letters and application forms. Find out more about PAL.

Support with finding potential employers

View our vacancies and work experience section to help identify potential employers. For one-to-one support with finding employers see our careers services.

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