• kristenevelyn

Finding a job 101

Finding a job is work! But hopefully with the right tools you will land your first job in the U.K in no time!

Ultimately, a good job is often found through networking so from the moment you land I would "the ground running". Look through old LinkedIn contacts and speak with past colleagues for advise.

If you want to apply directly to advertisements then you are in luck as there are TONS of job search sites. Some of the standard sites include, Indeed, Total Jobs, and CV Library.

Popular agencies are REED and Office Angels. In addition the UK Department for Work and Pensions also runs JobCentre PLUS which helps people find work.

Below is a list of some job search sites that I used and would recommend. For most of the websites, you will need to register/create a profile, upload your CV, and signup for alerts.

TIP: Most applications will ask you to submit a personal statement explaining how your past experiences meet the job criteria. It is VITAL that you address each and every point of the job criteria.

For example, if in the Job Description, under Job Criteria/ Essential Skills it says:

• Experience coordinating people, projects, publications and events • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail • Proactive and willing to take the initiative on responsibilities • Background or interest in combining research and practice • Knowledge of the subject (ethics, organisational culture, behavioural science) a positive but not necessary

Then in your statement/cover letter, you must write a about a specific time in your working life where you have gained this experience. There's a nice method called STAR which can help you.

Useful Job Search Sites

  1. Theguardian.com/careers A great place to find professional work in a vast range of professions including, charities, schools, government, social care, media, marketing, etc.

  2. Artsjobs.co.uk A great site for positions related to the arts and cultural sector. You can refine your search by region and distance.

  3. Unitemps.com This site offers temporary work and is a great place to start for getting solid, professional experience in the UK.

  4. BBC.co.uk/careers BBC's career page offers a wide variety of roles, including apprentice schemes for budding journalists and producers.

Interview tips

  1. Educate yourself on the organisation and their sector. Ensure you know how they operate and what their values are. You may want to check them out on LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Google.

  2. How will you fit into the company?

  3. Research more about the job role. How do your experiences and skills match the job specifications?

  4. Use STAR and prepare answers to some questions that you suspect may be asked. Refer back to your personal statement to get started.

  5. If you have been asked to prepare a presentation, prepare it as far in advance as possible and check to make sure you have addressed the topic completely.


  1. Late is not an option. Plan your travel route the day before and allow time for delays/getting lost. Aim to arrive at 10-15 minutes early.

  2. Dress impeccably. First impressions count!

  3. Use confident eye-contact and be aware of your body language.

  4. Take a moment to think before answering each question.

  5. Be positive in your answers.