How to find a job in London 🎡
How to find a job in London quickly and easily
If you’re setting out to apply for graduate jobs in London, it’s important to figure out what you want to do at the very start.
This will prevent you from going through the whole job search and application process only to decide that something isn’t quite right for you.
Make sure you do your research on finding a job in London; on social media, search engines and if possible, by speaking to people working in certain industries.
This will help you get a better understanding of job industries in London.
Then, take your time to speak to friends & family and find out what they think you’d be well suited to, and take a career test to find out what industry is right for you.
There’s no point rushing into any entry level graduate jobs in London you find; so this is a necessary step in the job search process.
Once you’ve worked out what you want to do, take the time to decide on your personal requirements for graduate jobs.
This includes starting salary, job location, the type of company you want to work for (i.e. corporate vs. startup), and any additional perks.
Like deciding which industry you’re best suited to, there’s no point going to interview for a job that’s in West London if you’ve just moved to North London and you’re not willing to commute.
Doing your research on entry level graduate jobs beforehand, and working out your must-haves, will help you focus your London job search.
You might have already drafted a graduate CV, but once you know exactly what industries and graduate job roles you’re interested in, you can refine your CV to suit these.
We’ve created plenty of resources on graduate CV writing – access all resources here:
- • CV Structure – How To Write A Graduate CV
- • 11 Ways To Improve Your Graduate CV
- • How To Tailor Your CV To Each Graduate Job Application
- • How An Employer Reads Your Graduate CV
Depending on the types of graduate jobs you’re applying for, you need to tailor your CV to your ideal career.
If you’ve done your job research and you know you want to apply to only creative jobs in London for entry-level candidates, make sure your CV reflects this decision.
Search online for graduate CV templates for creative candidates, and take your time perfecting your creative CV before applying for any graduate jobs in London.
Once you’ve pinpointed your ideal role and prepared your graduate CV, you’re ready to start researching the many different graduate jobs in London.
You don’t want to get overwhelmed given the huge volume of London graduate jobs on offer, so make sure to refine your search.
Using graduate recruitment agencies is a good way to make sure you keep your job search focused; Graduate Recruitment Consultants will be able to help you apply for the jobs that suit your requirements.
Working predominantly within the graduate market, they will have lots of jobs in London with no experience required.
Likewise, if you’re looking for career change jobs with no experience, a graduate recruitment agency might be a good place to start.
Alternatively, if the graduate jobs you want to apply for are fairly niche, you could try specialist graduate jobs boards, i.e. for Sales Graduate Jobs or Foreign Language Jobs.
Once it’s finally time to start applying for jobs in London, make sure you stay organised on your job search.
Clear your calendar as much as possible, and make finding a job in London your top priority.
If you need to travel to London, ensure that you know the best way to get there, and have somewhere to stay should you need to be there overnight.
Factor in travel costs to your graduate budget, as these can really add up, and make sure you’re sensible about how many times you’re travelling; can you try to fit two or three interviews into one day?
Check out our graduate jobs board to start applying for jobs in London today!
Once you’ve defined your requirements and interests, prepared your graduate CV, and started applying for graduate jobs in London, you’ll soon see the interview requests rolling in.
A key part of finding a job in London is getting prepared for graduate interviews; so whether it’s over the phone, over Skype, or face-to-face, make sure you know what to expect.
Check out our Complete Guide to Interview Questions here.
How to find a job in London as a foreigner
Once you have the right to live and work in the UK (which may involve you securing a VISA), international applicants should follow almost the same process when finding graduate jobs in London.
In addition to other people trying to find a job in London, make sure that:
- Your graduate CV follows the same layout and structure that employers in the UK would expect – the best way to do this is to conduct a quick Google search ‘Graduate CV Templates’
- You have prepared all your answers to interview questions, and you are ready for any questions an employer could throw at you. Check out our full interview questions guide for help with this.
- You have your accommodation in London sorted. You might be staying with a friend or family member short-term, but in the long-term try one of these 9 affordable places to live in London.
Getting a job with no experience as a foreigner should be just as easy, if you have a VISA sorted. Follow the same steps for how to find a job in London, for job search success.