How to Find a Job in London
Moving to a new country or even city can be terrifying, especially if you have to find a job too. Depending on the type of job you want and whether you have restrictions stipulated by your visa, every job search will be different. If one of your friends got a job by talking to business owners the there is no guarantee that you will be able to do the same.
There are many different ways to approach a job search, trawling around businesses, looking through newspapers or even contacting people on Twitter. There is no wrong way to look for a job; as long as you persevere you will find employment.
The first thing you need to do is prepare your CV. This is the first thing that employers will look at and unfortunately you may need to tailor your CV to the different types of jobs you are applying for. Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this. You will have to demonstrate that you have the skills to carry out the jobs that the role will entail. This might include cash handling or customer service. Even if you haven’t had a job in a similar role you will have transferable skills that you can demonstrate, so don't panic.
To get to the interview stage you will have to make contact with employers, through job adverts or by handing out speculative CVs. Modern social media and job sites are also a good place to start your search. You may also want to check out classifieds in London; as employers try to cut down spending they generally start recruiting by using free online classified ads. This may sound stupid, but try going for a walk in your local area. Shops usually have advertisements for staff in the window and by talking to the staff in the shop or restaurant you can make an impression. Make sure that you carry a CV with you everywhere you go. Whenever you hand one in take a note of the date and the job you have applied for, then you will have a detailed record of your jobs search.
When an employer rings you for an interview make sure you take a note of the date, time and address of the company. Make sure that you turn up on time and look smart. Do some research into the business and have a look at their website, if they have one. By being prepared you can seem knowledgeable about the way the business operates and impress the person who is interviewing you.
Once you have been to the interview make a note of the person who interviewed you and if you don’t get the job ring up for feedback. This is the only way you will learn how to improve and get better. Try to work on the feedback given and improve for next time.
Job hunting is hard, so don’t let yourself get down. Keeping your spirits up is one of the most important things that you need to do when looking for a job. Happy job hunting.
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