5 Tips for Getting a Job in London

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Working in London is a great experience, culturally and professionally. But it’s not always easy to land a job, so here are our top tips to help you in your graduate job hunt.


Visa and NI number

The first and most important thing you need before you apply for a graduate job is eligibility to work in the UK. If you are a British or EU citizen you are eligible as long as you are able to provide your passport or ID. However if you do not have a British/EU country passport or Dual Citizenship you must get a work visa or permit before you arrive in London.

The second essential thing that you need to work in the UK is a National Insurance number. Apply for this on the first day of your job by calling Job Plus and arranging a time.


Network, Network, Network

Contacts are everything. Do you have a distant relative in the UK who could introduce you? Research meetups and events happening in your sector, and network, network, network. Networking is all about being bold in introducing yourself, asking questions and listening, and answering with confidence when they ask you any questions. Steer the conversation to the fact that you’re looking for a job, and ask for favours/introductions. You’ll be surprised how keen people are to help you once you’ve built a relationship.


Stand out

Be honest in your job applications, but don’t under (or over) sell yourself. Don’t underestimate what you’ve learnt from jobs in retail or hospitality – whether it’s customer service or business administration or managerial, and think about how these skills are transferrable. Make your CV and cover letter stand out by showing your personality, as well as your qualifications and experience. In the interview be confident and demonstrate a willingness to learn – your employer will be impressed.


Polish Your Online Profile

It’s likely your potential employer will google you before or after the interview, so make sure your online presence leaves a good impression. Check that your social media accounts show your personality in a professional manner, and update your LinkedIn profile.


Take Initiative

Estimates suggest that around 80% of vacancies aren't publicized, and those that are can attract hundreds of applications, so you need to find ways of leapfrogging the competition. Create a list of companies that might have relevant positions and send your CV and a covering letter directly to the HR manager or other senior contact outlining your skills and experience. You never know what may come of it!



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