Finding a job after uni can be tough. Finding a graduate job in London from abroad can be even tougher. But sharing your experience can be helpful. So, how find a graduate job in London applying from abroad? In case you’re in the same position as I am and try to make the job world your oyster, read on.
Graduate Job In London From Abroad: My personal story so far…
So you’ve seen and loved London, been impressed by the wild beauty of Scotland, been overwhelmed by every inch of Northern Ireland, and you already have the unshakeable inkling that Wales is a beauty as well. And to make matters ‘worse’, you’re a fan of the British mentality, humour and don’t mind a change of scenery. After having written numerous conclusions in your student years, the deduction is clear: you want to live and work in the UK. And this, my friend, is how your international job hunt (by trial and error) begins.
Getting Into The Groove of Job Hunting
First things first: the CV (or resume as Americans like to call it). Writing a CV that not only makes you look good on paper but also ensures you’ll be seen by employers or recruiters (more on the latter later) is crucial no matter if you want to find a position in your native country or beyond national borders.
The fact that it has to be written in the country’s respective language doesn’t simplify the task, but it can be done. It’s helpful to do some research on what the guidelines of ‘your’ country say in terms of structure and content, and, if possible, ask a native speaker to take a look at it. Knowing that everything sounds natural definitely gave me the necessary confidence to apply for jobs in the UK.
With a well-written CV at the ready, it’s time for the next step: the actual job hunt…
Employment Websites And Recruiters?
If you’re applying from abroad and don’t have a particular company you’d like to work for in mind, indeed, monster and all the other employment websites become your “daily bread’’. These are the places that give you an idea of the opportunities that await job seekers in the respective cities/countries. Hence, not only does my favourites bar of my browser proudly displays various job search engines, they are also visited by me very diligently — every day, multiple times a day (nobody wants to miss out on THE ultimate job, right?).
Since I only talked to in-house recruiters or to SEOs in job interviews
I had while at uni, being confronted with recruiting agencies was entirely new to me and something you can hardly avoid as it seems like most companies in the UK hire recruiters to find future candidates. Although they have somewhat of a ‘bad rep’, so far I can say that my encounters have been positive.
They’ve all seemed approachable and didn’t seem to try to talk me into taking a job I didn’t want. In fact, one recruiter even told me about a position that wasn’t related to translation work and which I hadn’t considered before, and now I’ve broadened the scope of my search and am enjoying more job opportunities and the experience with DigitalGrads
Dealing With Possible Obstacles
Since applying for a position abroad is by no means an easy path, it is only natural that you’ll probably encounter obstacles or even develop a feeling of apprehension. In my case, it took me a while to learn how to cope with rejections or the lack of overall feedback from agencies. As a ‘newbie’ it’s too easy to fall prey to doubts that make you wonder: What do I have to offer to the market as a non-British individual? Will the job be worth taking the risk of relocating? What is the tax system like? What about possible consequences post-Brexit? Should I stay in my comfort zone, aim lower and look for a job at home?
Of course, not everybody has to worry about concerns like these, but if you do, don’t let them get the better of you and throw you off track! Although it can be harder applying for a position abroad, once you get a job the tough times will have been worth it. After all, you’ll be living and working in your favourite city — an incentive and mantra that should keep you going.
Things To Keep In Mind
Apart from the aforementioned mantra, it really has helped me to stay open-minded about different jobs that still match my skill set
. This way you can increase chances of receiving an offer or even find an even more appealing job. The same goes for the job location. Does it have to be smack in the city centre or are outskirts and cities nearby also a satisfying option?
A different place might save you some money as rents might be cheaper while still offering you the city life right at your doorstep. Regardless of the issue at hand — flexibility and compromises during your job search can go a long way. But the most important part of this mental, professional and hopefully literal journey is to have patience and NEVER give up. There may be a few dead ends, but somewhere out there definitely lies the path to your first job abroad.
To be continued…