As the capital of the UK and one of the World’s most famous, busiest cities, London is a highly popular destination for both British and foreign job-seekers. I’ve lived and worked here for 7 years now – and I’ve loved every second of it.
As you’d expect though, with the city becoming more and more popular – the competition for jobs is becoming higher than ever. If you’re trying to secure your dream job in the city, I’ve put together a few tips below…
Your CV gives you a great chance to make a first impression on a potential employer, and that’s exactly how you should view it – make a first impression and make it a great one. Application forms themselves can often be restrictive, so a CV can add a huge amount of weight to one and loads of context or extra personality. Limit the content to what a prospective employer will want to see – imagine how many CVs they will have seen that day (maybe even that hour) – if yours looks different enough, and efficient enough – it’ll be appealing.
Making your CV different is especially great for people in creative industries – if you can use your skill to make your CV stand out, that’s amazing and you should definitely do it!
Most jobs are now advertised online as well as in newspapers and magazines. The Internet can help yield many results and accessing sites such as LinkedIn.com can be very helpful in your virtual networking experiences. When it comes to finding the right job, throw your net wide and look across the internet. There are loads of sites out there, for example sites like uk.Jobrapido.com allow you to search site-wide by job tittle, area, and even company – making your job pursuit as easy and convenient.
Online resources are full of information to assist you in finding and applying for jobs, and there are even services that can help you with issues like compiling a proper CV.
Finding out as much as possible about the company or service offering the job is essential, both when completing the application form (or sending your CV) and attending an interview. Doing some homework on this will pay dividends at an interview and could really swing the balance.
Don’t be scared
Don’t ever be ‘too scared’ to apply for a job. Even if you don’t think you have what it takes, blag it until you make it. You’d be surprised how many people in the big smoke are doing just that!