If you’ve recently moved to London it may have come to your attention that… it is absolutely huge! Unlike many cities where the core business activity is localised to the central business district, London is sprawling – as are its businesses. Choose the financial services district in the City, the fashionable West End, or hipster East London (none of these include all the business parks to the North, South and West). It goes without saying that opportunities are rife when it comes to finding a great role.
That being said, London is also home to 8.7m people so sadly there’s likely to be a healthy amount of competition as you set out on your job hunt. Knowing how to approach your search is worth getting right from the outset if you’ve any chance at all of finding your dream position. And once you find it, you won’t be able to help falling in love with the London lifestyle! Londoners work hard, but they also play hard with 20-25 days of annual leave plus public holidays being the norm as a full-time employee.
If you’re looking to secure a perfect secretarial role and you’ve recently moved to London for the first time, here are some of our tips you might want to consider in your job search:
Write a flawless CV
If you’ve recently relocated to the UK from abroad, you’ll need to source a National Insurance Number before anything, and then you can get cracking on the job search. It starts with perfecting your CV. Ideally, both your written CV and your LinkedIn profile should be up to date and ready to go by the time your plane lands! We’ve written detailed formatting tips about CV writing here, along with some ideas about optimising your LinkedIn profile here.
Find a recruiter who’ll go the extra mile
London has many secretarial recruiters, some good and many more not so much. With London being such a competitive job market, it will pay significant dividends to work with a great recruitment consultant who understands you. Partner with someone you can develop a strong ongoing professional relationship with who makes it their mission in life to find you a fabulous role. Temporary or permanent, your recruitment consultant is responsible for selecting your CV to include in a shortlist of candidates. Give them a reason to choose it.
Prepare for interviews
From knowing what to wear to making small talk, knowing which questions are no-go to straightening out your social media profiles: there’s a whole host of dos and don’ts when it comes to prepping before interviews. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a temporary or permanent secretarial role, give each meeting the same care and attention in your preparation.
If you’ve temped before, you’ll know it’s one of the best ways to sample different cultures and environments. You’ll get to know London and all its quirks, while meeting some great friends along the way. Temping will also undoubtedly teach you the intricacies of British business etiquette. And if you find a great fit, going ‘temp-to-perm’ may well open up its doors to you.
The job hunt in London has the potential to be quite daunting – but by partnering with a great recruiter and getting your head around the basics, you’ll undoubtedly find a fantastic position suited to your experience, skillset and career goals. We wish you luck! Get in touch if you’d like to find out more today.