Let’s start by asking you some questions: why do you want to stay and work in the UK? Is it because of the high salary and remuneration package? Are you attracted by the cultural heritage of the UK? Or do you want to become a returnee who is able to work in the UK and have more experience before returning to your home country? Are you determined enough to stay in the UK, and are you willing to persevere even if you are rejected 20 or 30 times?
If the answer is yes, then please read on, this article will help you clear more obstacles and blind spots about job hunting in the UK.
The time to find a job in the UK and the process?
The time to apply for a large number of autumn jobs in the UK: if you want to get the chance to join the job next autumn, you should start applying in August-September this year and finish in December-February, and the spring recruitment as well as the supplementary recruitment will be carried out in March-June. For more details, please refer to: UK Job Search Timeline and Application Process
Graduate Scheme application process includes
1. Fill in the application form
2. Completion of Online Tests
3. Video Interview
4. Assessment Centre and Partner Interview
5. Receive an Offer
If you want to stay and work in the UK, you can apply for Graduate Schemes to stay in the UK, or you can get an internship to get a work visa.
Graduate Schemes provides T2 full-time visa (3-5 years) and internships provide T5 visa (1-2 years). It is important to note that T5 visa cannot be converted to T2 visa, which means that if you want to switch to full-time work after getting an internship visa, you have to go back to your student status and change from T4 visa to T2 visa, which is why I hope that you will seize the opportunity to apply for full-time work in autumn. This is the reason why I hope you can take advantage of the autumn recruitment to apply for a full-time job.
Graduate Scheme Application Process Details
1. Online Tests include Timed Verbal Test, Numerical Test, Situational Judgment and Logical Test. If you want to practice these questions, you can buy previous years’ questions from Taobao, or you can do mock practice questions on Assessment Day. 2.
2. Video Interview Most of the interviews are conducted remotely. After you receive the invitation email, the company will ask you to log in to a designated webpage to answer the questions, which usually takes about 30 minutes. Most of the questions are based on Competency-based Questions, Career Motivation, Commercial Awareness, and so on.
3. Assessment Centre and Partner Interview is the last and the most important part of the application process, because if you fail the AC, it is the same as a total failure. the AC is mainly a simulated assessment of the type and content of the work that students may appear in the future work. the main forms of assessment are: 30-45 minutes, 30-45 minutes, 30-45 minutes, 30-45 minutes, 30-45 minutes, 30-45 minutes, 30-45 minutes. The main forms of examination are: 30-45 minutes Group Discussion, Instant Presentation, E-tray, Online Tests, Case Study and so on.
What are the ways to find a job in the UK?
1. search for available jobs through job search websites, such as Targetjobs, Prospects, etc. 2. search for jobs through your school’s Career Centre.
2. through the school Career Centre’s daily job postings and one-to-one services.
3. Seek help from large job search training organisations.
4. Seize the opportunity to participate in the Networking and Career Fair of major companies.
Many students will ask why they need to seek help from job search training organisations, because usually these organisations have experienced people working in different industries in the UK. The advice and help they can give you will be more tailored and personal as they will know the specifics of the industry you are applying for, the hard and soft skills that candidates need to be competitive and some organisations offer weekend assessment centre sessions. This is a great help for students who are afraid of group discussions, but want to get simulation exercises and feedback from mentors.
How to maximise the use of your school’s Career Centre to help you find a job in the UK?
1. Provide Daily Job Oppotunities email. 2.
2. CV and Cover Letter revision
3. Mock Interview practice
4. Advice on job search planning
5. Assessment Centre counselling
In short, you can make an appointment for one-on-one lessons with the Career Centre teachers for any questions about your job search, and the lessons are free of charge.
Daily opportunities: The school will also post recent internships and full-time jobs in your email inbox every day, and some internships are even available for students in certain majors or graduate students.
Career Centre: Generally speaking, the Career Centre provides the following services: one-on-one CV and Cover Letter revision, one-on-one Mock Interview practice, career planning counselling, and Assessment Center counselling. Teachers are very professional because they know you are international students and will help you from your perspective. The best part is that you can make unlimited appointments with the teachers and one Mock Interview can last up to 40 minutes, so I hope you can make good use of this opportunity.
Networking&Learn: For example, we will take you to KPMG for a day, so that you can understand the company better, and also provide you with an opportunity to communicate with internal staff.
What are some reliable and useful UK job search websites?
Searching for jobs on job boards is one of the ways to find a job in the UK, and the following websites are some of the larger and more authoritative job boards:
Targetjobs: After registering on the website with your email address and selecting the industry you are currently looking for a job in, the website will send you recent job information to your email address every day, and most of the jobs are Graduate Scheme related.
Reed.co.uk: the UK’s premier job board, with a large number of jobs updated in real time, whether it’s a part-time internship or full-time position.
Milkround: This website not only provides the latest job information, but also offers a lot of advice on job searching, such as how to revise CV, how to write a Cover Letter and so on. Similar sites include Prospects, RateMyPlacement and The GRB Team.
Glassdoor: Equivalent to the “freshers” website in China, you can search for video interview questions, salary levels and benefits of some large companies on this website.
Is it necessary to participate in Networking and is Linkedin important for job hunting?
The answer to both is yes, Networking allows you to learn more about the company’s culture, what they do, and potential internships and full-time opportunities that aren’t posted on social media platforms. Linkedln is also an opportunity for employers to see what you’re up to, and you can follow the latest news and information about companies you value on Linkedln.
How do I make connections through Networking? Attend events related to job searching, such as Career Fair, meet seniors working in your field of interest, and chat with them to make connections. From them, you can get first-hand information about the industry, and you can know what skills you should have to work in the industry, and what exactly the job description is.
Linkedln and Twitter are also another way of networking, because you can find the official account of the company you are interested in on these two software, follow and understand their latest news, which is very helpful for you to grasp the background culture and history of the company. What questions to ask when networking: Before you attend the event, you need to be well-prepared, such as when chatting with seniors who can give you inspiration and experience, what is your purpose, whether you want to learn more about the industry, or whether you want to seek specific advice about your job search.
Here are some questions for your reference and to open your mind:
What made you choose this career?
Can you describe some examples of the activities that your job involves?
What is a typical day at work like for you?
What background experience is useful and how do people typically obtain it?
How did you get into this job?
What would you look for in someone’s CV or application?
What advice would you give someone looking for work in this industry?
A few must-know websites for working in the UK
1. www.ukcisa.org.uk provides information about working and studying in the UK for international students. 2. www.ukcisa.org.uk provides information about working in the UK.
2. www.gov.uk provides information about working in the UK, visas, working rights, minimum hourly rates, etc. 3.
3. www.ish.org.uk provides information on cultural and social events for international students in London.
How to write a CV and what to look out for
Although CV doesn’t need to list all the things you have done, it is a “personal advertisement” that allows HR to see whether you have the skills and experience to do the job in a minute. Generally, the length of CV is 1-2 pages, including educational background, work experience, extracurricular activities and other skills.
1. When you apply for a job, the most important information is the Job Description of the job, check whether your CV has the experience and skills needed by HR, and whether you have fully demonstrated your ability to perform the job in your CV. 2.
2. When writing about your duties and achievements, you should start with a verb instead of “I”, for example, “I was involved in”, “I was required to Passive expressions such as “I was involved in” and “I was required to” should be avoided. Some verbs that are suitable for use in CVs and Cover Letters are as follows:
achieved, analysed, coordinated, created, demonstrated, designed, developed, evaluated, improved, increased, initiated, liaised, managed negotiated, planned, persuaded, prioritised, researched, supervised
3. Any grammatical or spelling errors may result in the rejection of the CV, as the candidate will see this as a sign of carelessness and lack of attention to the application. So you need to check your CV again and again and get it checked by other professionals.
What should be included in the Cover Letter?
A Cover Letter is as important as a CV in determining whether or not it makes a positive first impression on HR.
The difference between a Cover Letter and a CV is that a Cover Letter explains to the HR more carefully your skills and abilities to meet the requirements of the job and the reason for your application. The Cover Letter also requires you to explain your motivation and reasons for applying for the job, as well as your understanding and awareness of the company and the position you are applying for.
This includes: Why do you want to work in this company? Why do you want to work in this position and not another? Why do you have the strengths and experience that will make you the right candidate? Cover Letter is also a material to show your writing ability (Written Communication), so it must be expressed clearly, show a professional attitude, and the length is usually one page.
In order to let HR read your Cover Letter better, you can follow the following structure to write your Cover Letter:
The beginning of the letter includes your name, phone number, address, email address, position you are applying for, company you are applying for and other information.
Introduction: Include who you are, your qualifications, explain why you are applying for the position and where you saw the job posting.
Why them: Employers are looking for employees who are genuinely interested in their company, passionate about the role and confident in their ability to do the job, so it is important that you fully demonstrate your motivation for the company and the role. When checking your answers, ask yourself why you want to work for this company and not another? Is it possible to apply the Why them answer that you wrote yourself to apply for other companies? You can usually find references on the company’s official website, the company’s Linkedln and Twitter official accounts.
Why you: Why are your skills and experience and attitude a perfect match for their job requirements and content? You can use concrete examples to support your point of view, which can come from past internships, extracurricular activities, and events that have happened during your studies. The ending: Once again, show your enthusiasm and expectations for the job and hopefully get a response from them.
What are the most common interview questions?
Although it is unlikely that you will know exactly what questions the employer will ask, you can prepare some mock questions with a good understanding of the company and the position you are applying for. For example, the motivation questions you will be asked are “Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for us?” These two questions will help you to find out whether you really know the company and the job.
Why do you want this job?
Tell me about a situation where you had to manage multiple demanding deadlines. What is your biggest weakness? Tell me about yourself?
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing our organisation at the moment?
Can you tell me about a time you have worked effectively as part of a team?
Describe a time when you thought outside the box. ……
How to answer Video Interview answers with specific examples:
For example, to answer Tell me about a situation where you had to manage multiple demanding deadlines, we usually use the structure of STAR to answer this kind of interview questions ( Situation, Task, Action, Result/Reflection ). We usually use the STAR structure to answer these types of interview questions ( Situation, Task, Action, Result/Reflection ).
Situation: briefly describe the situation (what was the situation where you had to manage multiple deadlines).
Task: Explain what your goal or problem was at the time (what was the problem you needed to solve when faced with many deadlines)
Action: Explain what you did to accomplish the goal or solve the problem (what you did to accomplish the deadlines one by one).
Result&Reflection: what was the result and what did you learn from this (did you complete these tasks before the deadlines, if not, what do you think were the reasons and how should you improve in the future).