How to find your perfect job in London:
When I first moved to London, straight after University, with all the naivety of of youth, I thought finding a job would be simple. After all, I’d got my degree, I’d done ‘vocational’ things at Uni in addition to my degree course and I had even held down a few holiday jobs. Of course, setting myself the goal of working in Arts Administration. It was well before the days of word-processing and the internet. Even an electric typewriter was an expensive luxury. I scoured the papers every day and over a period of some three months sent off over 90 job applications, each with hand typed CVs and with hand written letters before I landed my first role.
Now there are new challenges. It’s very easy to find jobs by searching online. It’s relatively easy to apply – gone are the days of manual typewriters – sending your word-processed CV off takes a matter of minutes. But, of course, that is the same for every applicant. Now if you want to find a job in London it’s a good idea to be very, very focussed.
Start by making sure your professional profile is squeaky clean. Recruiters do look at sites like Linked-In and some may even check your Facebook account. It’s common practice these days to Google and find out a little bit more about any promising applicant. So make sure that anything you’ve put in the net is up-to-date and reflects your professional persona. Think about the magazines you subscribe to, the online games you play and perhaps even any comments you make on news threads. After all, an employer may well not be looking for someone who has reached level 508 in Candy Crush Saga.
Depending on your niche you may find that it’s possible to use some of the general job sites. Even Linked-In works well for those working in communications, sales and marketing. But, if you are looking for work in one of the professions, then using a specialist recruitment company is the way to go.
- A good recruitment company will only put you forward for jobs where you are likely to get the job
- Some roles are never advertised and only available through specialist recruitment firms
- Recruitment firms can give you advice on how to present yourself in the best light. When they put you forward for a job, they will check your CV, ensure you have good interview skills and make sure you are aware of any special requirements.
So, it’s worth checking out the key players in your own professional sector.
Secretaries and PAs should look on the general secretarial boards but also register with some of the niche players like Angela Mortimer. There are specialist recruitment companies for City jobs. And, for professionals, it’s worth finding the right recruitment company for you. Looking for solicitor jobs across London for example, or medical jobs? You are unlikely to find the right opportunities on Linked-In or on the government sponsored Job Seekers Website. Even if you do find the odd vacancy that way, there will not be much support for niche professions.
Once you’ve found the right recruitment firm, you should find plenty of interview opportunities. Make sure you have appropriate clothes, clean shoes and that you are well groomed at all times.
Good luck with your job hunt. London is a great place to live and work and once you’ve found the right role, you won’t want to leave.
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