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Job hunting in London

Tips for job hunting in London

Here are my tips for job searching

You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but looking for a job takes time, effort and is an experience that teaches you a lot. This is true as a student searching for a job too. However, the people I have met and the Newcastle University Careers Service have given me insight to make the experience better. 

Job search

The first thing to do when looking for a job, is to actually decide what you want to do and then look for it. So, start by figuring out what you want. What is your dream role? What are your areas or industry of interest? In which company do you want to work? Once you answer those questions you will have a list of roles, industries and companies to search for.

Then you can use searching websites such as Google, Indeed, Reed, CV Library and LinkedIn, among others. I would even consider using the free trial of LinkedIn Premium as it gives you more visibility on that social network. Also, I have found it useful to follow recruitment agencies such as Michael Page, Adecco and Manpower. Search for the recruiters of your area and follow them, which will enable you to see the opportunities they upload and become more visible to them.

CV styles and cover letters

Once you find the jobs you want to apply to, it is time to create your CV and cover letter. What I did was build a complete “core” CV with everything I have done, which was my starting point. Then, I tailored my CV to every role I applied to. Keeping it to a maximum of two pages and using the keywords from the specific job role: if it said leadership skills, I included those keywords and explained how I had those skills with concrete examples. I also Googled the companies I was applying to so I could understand their values, mission and what is expected from candidates and workers; information I then used to tailor my CV (and then in the interviews).

My best advice for this is to use the Newcastle University Careers Service. Here you have all the information you need to apply for a job: CV and cover letter templates, top tips, interview questions, assessment centre practise. You can even contact them via email and send your CV (how cool is that?). This really helped me to build my CV and get more knowledge of the CV style in the UK. They can look at your CV, provide recommendations and if you send them the offer you are applying to, they can give you specific advice on how to apply to that role.

It just takes time, so take your time

Just continue searching, dream big and be patient. My advice is not to rush to the first offer that comes across your way, take the time to look and find something that is truly right for you. But don’t stop moving! I know this is sometimes boring and takes time but do not wait for experiences to find you. Go to every job fair, masterclasses at University and events that you can. Even if these events do not get you a direct interview you will get to know people who might advise you, give you tips on improving your CV or even give you a contact for your job search (AKA: the power of networking). For example, I found one of my best work experiences at PwC by talking to an ex-company member in a University event from another company. I know it is a cliché but just be out there and talk, talk (and talk) to people. With perseverance, dedication and lots of research the offer you want will come in time, good luck!‌