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UK Job Search tips

This page is dedicated to providing some simple advice to job seekers wishing to find a job in the London or UK market.

To secure a UK job quickly, and particularly in London, you need to be prepared to ensure you find the right job at the right rate fast. Don’t be one of the thousands of people each year that either undersells yourself or through poor preparation takes too long to get the right job and settles for a poor choice.

1. Ensure you have a current visa with at least 12 months entitlement to legally work in the UK or some other European passport or legal right to work in the UK. Tier 5 youth mobility visas are popular for the under 30’s and provide a two year UK right to work, ideal for working in London. If you don’t qualify for a Tier 5 visa, or it is shortly due to expire, you may be able to get sponsored if you have the right skills. Check out our visa pages for more info.

2. Your UK CV needs to be focused on the type of job you want. Ideally you need tailored CVs for each job you apply for. If you want contract or permanent, state you do, but don’t say both! It must have a clear profile stating what you want and where you want to work. It should also include your key skills, experience and key industries worked in, with a line on your current availability. You will need to populate your UK CV with at least 6 keywords that are most relevant to your profession so you standout on recruitment database skill searches.

3. You need a presence on social media that matches your CV and you MUST have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile. We also suggest you set up a separate Gmail account for your job search and related communications.

4. Obtain a CRM system or create a spreadsheet to manage and track your applications.

5. As your UK job search progresses, keep a record of what went well and what didn’t so you can optimise your approach.

6. We recommend you use an agency that provides a marketing service to advertise your CV and the skills you can provide to the UK or London job market. For example, have a look at the services offered by our IT employment partner.

7. Take advice and research your worth so you price yourself correctly. You don’t want to accept a job and then realise you could be earning a lot more. Remember cities like London can be an expensive place to live.

8. You need to understand how to sell yourself to agents and network contacts. Particularly over the phone and at face to face interviews.We suggest you engage a coaching service to help you.

9. Don’t necessarily take the first job you get offered. There are many more job opportunities in the UK than you are probably used to. With online job sites and recruiters, it’s easy to apply for multiple jobs quickly and easily, meaning it won’t be long before you start receiving offers. However, remember that recruiters work for employers not you and have monthly targets to meet. They will be keen to fill vacancies quickly and may offer you jobs below your capability and earnings potential. Take your time and don’t rush into things if you haven’t done your homework.

10. Take temporary reasonable accommodation before you find a job to minimise the financial strain and avoid a painful commute!