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International Job Seeker Advice

Navigating Job Interviews

Video interviews are almost a certainty in the UK job market. This is due to the convenience and cost-effectiveness of video interviews for both job seekers and employers. However, video interviews can be daunting for job seekers who are not used to them. This article will provide tips on how to prepare for and ace a video interview for a job in the UK.

  • Research the company. Before your video interview, take some time to research the company. This will help you answer questions intelligently and show the interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job. You can find information about the company on its website, social media pages, and news articles.

  • Dress appropriately. First impressions matter, even in a video interview. Dress professionally and make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. You don't have to wear a suit, but you should avoid wearing anything too casual, like jeans or a t-shirt.

  • Test your equipment. Make sure your computer or laptop has a good camera and microphone. Test your internet connection to make sure it's stable and fast. You may also want to practice using the video conferencing software that you'll be using for the interview.

  • Find a quiet place to interview. Choose a place where you won't be interrupted and where there is good lighting. If possible, find a place where you can sit with your back to a blank wall so that the interviewer can see you clearly.

  • Have a copy of your resume and any other relevant materials on hand. This will help you answer questions about your experience and qualifications.

  • Be confident and enthusiastic. Even though you're not meeting the interviewer in person, it's still important to project a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job.

  • Smile and make eye contact. Even though the interviewer can't see you in person, it's still important to smile and make eye contact. This will help you connect with the interviewer and make a good impression.

  • Be patient and polite. Technical difficulties can happen during video interviews. If you experience any problems, be patient and polite with the interviewer.



Speak clearly and slowly

Do you struggle to be understood in interviews? Is English not your first language? The Elocution Academy has a number of free and paid online courses to help you be understood.



Have questions ready

Show that you have done your research on the company and person interviewing you by asking appropriate questions about the job and the company.

Navigating Visa Sponsorship in the UK

Are you an international job seeker aspiring to work in the United Kingdom? The UK offers a plethora of opportunities, but navigating the intricacies of visa sponsorship can be a daunting task. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with valuable advice on how to pursue your dream job in the UK while securing the necessary visa. From job search strategies to visa application tips, we've got you covered.

Understanding your visa options

Before diving into your job search, it's crucial to understand the visa options available to international job seekers in the UK. The most common visas for employment are:

Skilled Worker Visa

This visa allows skilled workers to come to the UK for employment and works on a points system. You will need a job offer from a UK employer and a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Ancestral Visa

If you have a UK-born grandparent, you may be eligible for this visa, which allows you to work in the UK for up to 5 years.

Health and Care Work Visa

If you work in the healthcare or social care sector, this visa might be suitable. There is a big shortage of health care and social care workers and this visa costs significantly less than a skilled worker visa.

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

If you work in the healthcare or social care sector, this visa might be suitable. There is a big shortage of health care and social care workers and this visa costs significantly less than a skilled worker visa.

Craft a winning CV

Your CV is  your first impression on potential employers. Make sure they stand out by:

  • Tailoring your CV to the job you're applying for.

  • Highlighting relevant skills and experiences.

  • Showcasing any international experience or language proficiency.

  • Writing a compelling cover letter that expresses your enthusiasm for the role and your suitability for the UK job market.

Try one of our CV Templates



Use the correct dictionary

Remember to change the dictionary to British English.  Having British spelling shows the interviewer that you have made an effort and are detail orientated.



Keep it short

Keep your CV to 2 or 3 pages.  Do not include your age, your gender, your national ID number, or your drivers licence. Replace these with an personal statement or about me

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