Careers Service

Finding unadvertised jobs

Proactive or creative job searching is about uncovering or creating potential opportunities which are not advertised and are therefore ‘hidden’. It can be a powerful strategy when looking for work.


The art of networking is part of the proactive or creative approach. On this page you will find advice on how to network effectively.

Informational interviews

Informational interviews are meetings or telephone conversations during which you speak with someone about their work/organisation to build a better awareness of a role/industry.

Speculative applications

A speculative application is when you contact an organisation, usually by sending a CV and covering letter, to market yourself for employment that has not been advertised. Here are some tips.

Doing an elevator pitch

Advice and tips on how to develop an elevator pitch and sell your experiences to employers