Finding a Job in the UK
Finding a job in the UK is probably very different from your country of origin. That’s because the UK job market, especially contracting, is extremely fast paced, dynamic and attracts candidates from across the globe. Make sure you get a piece of the action!
However to help you, here are a few simple tips:-
- Create a Killer CV with keywords to promote your personal brand
- Set up and regularly update your LinkedIn profile
- Develop and implement your personal marketing plan
- Network and talk to as many agency/industry contacts as possible
- Access the hidden job market
- Ensure your interview skills are up to scratch
The internet is now a predominant source for employers to find staff, but remember that many jobs (and often the better ones) are not advertised on the internet. The speed at which job vacancies open and are filled is often critical. For this reason, many UK employers use recruitment agencies to advertise vacancies, especially in IT.
There are over 11,000 UK recruitment agencies, many of which specialise in particular industries. Save time and speed up your job search process by getting in touch with the right agencies and recruitment centres before you arrive. If you’re not listed you are potentially missing out on some of the top UK jobs and contracts.
However, even if you focus on those specialising in your area, it’s often hard to get listed and prioritised as a top candidate, especially if you have no UK experience.
We recommend finding UK recruitment agencies who specialise in recruiting international candidates, or who will act on your behalf to get you in front of the top recruiters and secure the best jobs. If you’re an IT professional, get in touch with UK IT Careers before you leave for the UK and find out how they can help you.
Remember it’s very difficult to secure an interview for a job, let alone a job offer before you actually get to the UK. Give yourself a good chance by ensuring the appropriate agencies are aware of you, your skills and availability.