1. Write a good CV:
a. Change your CV to a UK layout and style and keep it short, one page if possible.
b. Adapt your CV to the particular job that you want. Only include work experience that is relevant for the position that you are applying for and prepare different CVs for different professional profiles. Don’t forget to include any voluntary work that you have done.
c. Check your punctation and use the right vocabulary for the industry in which you are applying. Collect job advertisements for similar jobs in the sector, choose key words and include them in your CV.
d. Take advantage of our CV Workshop, where a native English-speaking teacher can revise your CV with you for free.
2. Include a cover letter every time you send a CV. Just as with your CV, prepare different cover letters for different positions.
3. As soon as you arrive in Edinburgh, buy a mobile phone and only put your UK number on your CV. No company is going to call to an overseas number.
4. Prepare good reference letters in English. In the UK, a lot of importance is given to recommendations. If you are still in your country, talk to your boss and ask them to write some kind words about you. Type up the English translation and ask your former boss/university professor to print it (onto headed notepaper if possible) and sign it. Send your reference letter with your CV - it could get you an interview!
5. Ask for a National Insurance number (NI Number) straight away. Although companies can employ you with a provisional NI Number, it is always a postive point in your favour.
6. Don’t underestimate the power of volunteering in the UK. Apart from contributing to a good cause, this kind of work can help you to get UK references. And as we’ve mentioned above, that is something that can be really valuable.
7. “Looking for a job is a full-time job” so take any opportunities that you can get. Widen your efforts:
a. Check Gumtree and other websites such as LinkedIn, s1jobs, reed.co.uk, neuvoo.co.uk or monster Scotland.
b. Hand your CV in to recruitment companies, call them and visit them regularly.
c. Walk in the street and check the shop windows. Many companies look for employees by putting a poster in their window. Remember that adverts in quieter streets will receive less applicants - less competition for you!
d. Look in your nearest job centre. They have special touch screen computers with printers. You print the adverts for jobs you are interested in that have been registered at the job centre.
e. Get to know lots of people. Your contacts are also an effective way of finding work in the UK.
f. Check local newspapers.
8. Consider the time of year that you plan to arrive in Edinburgh. January and February are the worst months for finding a job.
9. Improve your English and practice as much as you can. Above all, prepare yourself so that you can have a conversation by phone.
10. Check other websites such as Talent Scotland. There you can find interesting material, no only about finding a job, but also about enjoying your experience in the city to the maximum.
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Interesting vocabulary in the post - top = best.
- tip = hint/piece of advice.