The Oxford Spanish Intercambio Meetup Group Message Board › Job hunting in the UK
A lot of people in the meetup group have asked me about finding work in the UK, I hope the followig will be useful.
There are a lot of medium and smaller employers in the UK who will be interested in Spanish graduates, but who don't recruit formally. It is my guess that maybe 70%-80% of specialist jobs in the UK are not even advertised.
Most small and medium sized companies use employment agencies to find new staff. They ring up two or three agencies that they use regularly and ask them to find some suitable people to interview. If they employ somebody they then pay the agency a significant fee; normally equivalent to 4-6 weeks salary of the new employee. These services are free for you, in the UK it is illegal for employment agencies to charge the employee.
This market is very competitive, so the agencies search very quickly to find good candidates before the other agencies find them. The agencies first check their own databases of cv's. Then they check the cv's on the job websites. Last, if they haven't found the right people, they advertise on the jobsites.
Waiting for the adverts is too late. Then you are in competition with the other people who read the advert. The trick is to get your cv onto as many appropriate databases as possible.
First write up your cv and make sure it is well written, get it checked off by somebody who is English.
Then upload your cv to the various websites discussed in detail below.
Then set up jobs by email alerts from some of the websites below, again discussed in more detail below.
Set up the email alerts so that they are reasonably focussed. I look for jobs in risk. But if I just use 'risk' as a search term, I get hundreds of jobs. So I set alerts like 'risk + energy', 'risk + project', I also do special searches on 'monte + carlo'. Experiment on the sites with different searches first.
When you get email alerts coming in, read through them. If there is a job that fits what you want, then apply for it. (nb, don't apply for jobs you clearly aren't qualified for, this marks you as a 'time-waster' and your cv may be binned.) But this isn't the main aim. The main aim is to find agencies.
If you see a job that is in the same area that you are interested in, check the name of the Agency, and the name of the recruiter advertising the job. Search for the Agency and recruiter via google and find their email. Then send a polite email something like this:
Dear Sir (Dear Madam/ Dear Mr / Ms, etc),
Please find attached my cv for your records.
I am currently living in the UK and am immediately available for work.
I am interested in working in the areas of …………………….
(remember to attach your cv!)
Your cv will almost certainly be added to the agency database.
The main sites I use are the following:
Monster is a huge general database, definitely put your cv here as lots of recruiters search through it. I don't use their jobs by email, as you have to click through to see the jobs which takes a long time (at least last time I looked).
Jobsite is another huge site, and my favourite site. Again upload your cv. It is easy to search and has a very good jobs by email service. Lots of agencies use this site, and it has a lot of financial jobs on it.
You can also check out lots more specialist agencies here, eg for computing jobs, engineering jobs, social work jobs, hotel jobs, etc:
The other website which is very useful is LinkedIn:
Lots of agencies use LinkedIn, and not just UK, I have been approached through LinkedIn regarding jobs in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as in the UK.
To use LinkedIn;
First join LinkedIn.
Link to me.
Link to anybody else you know.
Introduce your friends to LinkedIn, and link to them. Build up your network.
Go to 'my LinkedIn' site and click on groups.
Join any group that you think looks relevant.
Look through the people in the groups. Look for the people who have lots of links (100+), they are usually recruiters, you can check this on their profile.
Ask to link direct to these people (to be allowed to, when it asks how you know them, click on groups and pick the group where you and they are both members).
Normally they will accept.
When you get accepted, then you can check through their profiles for more relevant groups and more recruiters.
If you can join a dozen groups, and link to a dozen or so recruiters, you will be within three or four links of thousands of people, many of them potential recruiters.