Recruitment guidelines

When advertising an opportunity you should:

Provide students with detailed and accurate information regarding the opportunity and the qualities and competencies needed to perform the tasks successfully, as this will ensure the most suitable candidates apply. This information will help candidates to make a tailored application to the position and allow them to better prepare for interview. Student feedback has indicated that students are more likely to make an application to a role if there is detailed, specific information provided.


Position Title: State the opportunity title - the more descriptive, the better - for example ‘Financial Risk Analyst’ rather than ‘Analyst’. This is the first thing students will see when they search opportunities.

Administrative Contact: Choose the person in your organisation who is recruiting for the role. Please tick the box if you would rather this contact was not viewable to applicants.

Employment Type: Choose the employment type which best corresponds to the opportunity. Please note if choosing ‘Internship’ the role will be required to pay applicants the National Minimum Wage, unless the organisation is exempt from National Minimum Wage legislation (i.e. if a registered charity is advertising internships). Choose ‘Volunteering’ if you are advertising an unpaid volunteer opportunity with a UK registered charity.

Application Closing Date: Please ensure you inform LSE Careers if the application date changes after the opportunity has been approved and posted. You will receive an email when the opportunity is due to expire. Please note there is a 6 month lifespan on our opportunities, so if you wish to advertise for a longer period of time, you will need to upload the vacancy to LSE CareerHub again.

Expected Commencement Date: Please indicate when the role is expected to begin.

Number of positions available: Please stipulate the number of positions you are recruiting for rather than choosing ‘Not Specified’.

Salary/Wage: Please state the remuneration of the opportunity – either the hourly rate, the wage per month, or per annum. Avoid ‘Competitive’ or ‘Negotiable’ salary. In October 2012 we asked over 1000 LSE students “Does seeing 'competitive' or 'negotiable' salary in a job advert make you less likely to apply than if the company states an actual figure?” The majority of students answered ‘Yes’ - they are LESS likely to apply to a job opportunity if ‘negotiable’ or ‘competitive’ salary is stated over an actual figure. So we encourage you to provide a salary figure whenever possible in your advert. If you do not wish to state the exact salary please indicate a range e.g. (£20,000-£25000 per annum) or state that payment meets or exceeds the National Minimum Wage.

If the salary is being paid in a currency other than GBP please state the salary in the currency the applicant will be paid in and add: approx. £****GBP in brackets.

If the role is an unpaid volunteer role please state ‘Voluntary’ under remuneration. Please do add: ‘Travel/lunch expenses met’ (if applicable). For more information please see LSE Careers Terms and Conditions on Work Experience and the Minimum Wage.

Location: State which country the applicant will be working in. If you are posting an opportunity which is based in the UK enter the region e.g. ‘Greater London’, as this makes it easier for students to search applicable roles.

Top Tip State where in London: Under ‘Town/City’, please indicate the specific part of the city if the opportunity is based in London e.g. ‘London – Holborn’.

Summary for display in search results: This, along with the title of the opportunity, will be the first thing an applicant sees, soaim for two succinct sentences giving an overview of the role, as this will encourage appropriate candidates to want to read more. The bulk of the information needs to go in the details box below.


· Include an informative description of the position: duties and responsibilities, working hours/days, frequency of work, required skills, experience and qualifications.

· Provide details about your organisation and link applicants to your website

Top Tip - Avoid generalisations:

‘The work will include a wide range of duties’ – What kinds of duties?

‘You will be required to undertake some general administrative tasks’ – What specific tasks?

Top Tip - Avoid clichés:

Make sure you never exaggerate the content or potential of an opportunity and you avoid the sort of phrases which sound good but mean nothing, for example:

  • Fast growing - compared to what?
  • Career potential - on whose terms?
  • Competitive package - compared to whom?
  • Challenging and demanding - or difficult and unpleasant?
  • Leading UK firm - leading what?

Application procedures: Please state the application method and application media; whether it is via your website, or by emailing a CV/cover letter to the recruiter (if this is the case please include the relevant email/web address). You may like to include information about interview dates and a contact name, phone number and email address are all helpful in case applicants have any queries. We would discourage you from attaching application documents to the opportunity. A link to your website/an email address is a more reliable application method for students, as this can direct them to any application documents they may need to fill in.

Top Tip – Avoid targeting by department: Only target specific degree disciplines if the opportunity requires an extremely specific skillset/theoretical understanding.

Top Tip – Choose up to 3 Career options: Students like to search by career option, so it is a good idea to select up to 3 career options which best reflect the type of opportunity it is you are recruiting for.

General Tips for vacancy posting

  • Learn about your target. Visit the LSE website and find more about Academic Departments and Courses here: Undergraduate Subjects and Courses and Masters Programmes
  • Learn about LSE Careers - Full details of the services we offer can be found here
  • Do not forget to inform us when your vacancy is filled

Example of a full recruitment advert

When a student uses the search function on the vacancy board, a summary information box will appear e.g.:


Below is a hypothetical example of what the advert would look like to students once it has been advertised on LSE CareerHub: