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How International Candidates Can Stand Out to UK Employers: Tips and Strategies

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Are you an international candidate looking to work in the UK? As you may already know, competition for jobs in the UK can be tough, particularly for those who need a visa to work legally in the country. However, there are several things you can do to stand out to UK employers and increase your chances of landing your dream job. In this article, we’ll share some tips and strategies to help you make a strong impression on UK employers.

  1. Have realistic salary expectations All too many international candidates blow their chances by having unrealistic salary expectations. When it comes to negotiations let your potential employer lead the discussions. If asked what your salary expectations are simply state "A fair market rate for someone with my skills and experience."

  2. Be flexible on the location Don't blow your chances of finding a job by focusing your search in only one part of the UK. The job market in London and the South East is very competitive, however by broadening your search to other parts of the UK, you will find lots of job opportunities and you will be competing against far less applicants

  3. Seek the help of a recruitment agency If you’re struggling to find a job in the UK, consider seeking the help of a recruitment agency. A good recruitment agency like Jobs and Visas Limited can help you find job openings that match your skills and experience. Register with us!

  4. Research the UK job market and target your applications Before you start applying for jobs in the UK, it’s important to do your research. Find out which industries are thriving and which companies are hiring, and tailor your job applications accordingly. Don’t just apply for any job you come across – focus on roles that are a good match for your skills and experience.

  5. Highlight your relevant experience and skills When applying for jobs in the UK, it’s important to highlight your relevant experience and skills using a professional CV template. Make sure your CV clearly showcases your achievements and the skills you’ve developed throughout your career. If you have any relevant certifications or qualifications, be sure to include those as well.

  6. Network with UK professionals on LinkedIn Networking is an important part of the job search process, particularly when you’re looking to work in a new country. Connect with UK professionals in your industry through LinkedIn or industry events, and ask for advice and tips on finding a job in the UK. You may even be able to secure a referral or recommendation from someone in your network.

  7. Be prepared for video interviews Many UK employers conduct video interviews as part of their recruitment process, particularly for international candidates. Make sure you’re comfortable with video conferencing tools like Zoom or Skype, and practice your interview skills beforehand. Dress professionally, ensure you have a good internet connection and a quiet, well-lit space for your interview.

  8. Be flexible and open-minded When looking for a job in the UK, it’s important to be flexible and open-minded. Be willing to consider roles that may not be your ideal job, but could provide valuable experience and help you build a network in the UK. Be prepared to relocate to a different city or town if necessary, and be open to working remotely if the job allows for it.

In conclusion, finding a job in the UK as an international candidate can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. By researching the job market, highlighting your relevant experience and skills, networking with UK professionals, being prepared for video interviews, being flexible and open-minded, and seeking the help of a recruitment agency, you can increase your chances of standing out to UK employers and securing your dream job. We can help you find a job and provide advice and guidance on expediting your visa.

Good luck!


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