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Whether you’re coming straight from university or moving to London from overseas, you’ll be joining the hundreds of thousands of graduates who want to know how to find a job in London.
Luckily, the graduate jobs market in London is always busy, especially between July - October. But given the high volume of graduates moving to the city, it's also increasingly competitive.
If you want to start a career in the capital, check out our guide to getting a job in London:
If you’re setting out to apply for graduate jobs in London, it’s important to figure out what you want to do at the very start. This will prevent you going through the whole job search and application process only to decide that something isn’t quite right for you. Take your time to speak to friends & family and find out what they think you’d be well suited to, and take a career test to find out what industry is right for you.
Once you’ve worked out what you want to do, take the time to decide on your personal requirements. This includes starting salary, location, the type of company you want to work for (i.e. corporate vs. startup), and any additional perks. Like deciding which industry you’re best suited to, there’s no point going to interview for a job that’s in West London if you’ve just moved to North London and you’re not willing to commute.
You might have already drafted a graduate CV, but once you know exactly what industries and graduate job roles you’re interested in, you can refine your CV to suit these.
We’ve created plenty of resources on graduate CV writing – access them here:
Once you’ve pinpointed your ideal role, and prepared your graduate CV, you’re ready to start researching the many different graduate jobs in London. You don’t want to get overwhelmed given the huge volume of graduate jobs on offer, so make sure to refine your search. Using graduate recruitment agencies is a good way to make sure you keep your job search focused; Graduate Recruitment Consultants will be able to help you apply for the jobs that suit your requirements.
Alternatively, if the graduate jobs you want to apply for are fairly niche, you could try specialist graduate jobs boards, i.e. for Sales Graduate Jobs or Foreign Language Jobs.
Once it’s finally time to start applying for jobs in London, make sure you stay organised on your job search. Clear your calendar as much as possible, and make finding a job in London your top priority. If you need to travel to London, ensure that you know the best way to get there, and have somewhere to stay should you need to be there overnight. Factor in travel costs to your graduate budget, as these can really add up, and make sure you’re sensible about how many times you’re travelling; can you try to fit two or three interviews into one day? Check out our graduate jobs board to start applying for jobs in London today!
Once you’ve defined your requirements and interests, prepared your graduate CV, and started applying for graduate jobs in London, you’ll soon see the interview requests rolling in. A key part of finding a job in London is getting prepared for graduate interviews; so whether it’s over the phone, over Skype, or face-to-face, make sure you know what to expect.
Check out our Complete Guide to Interview Questions here.
If you’re looking for graduate jobs in London with no work experience, don’t panic; there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you find a job.
Many of the graduate jobs on our website are entry-level jobs, so they require little or no work experience. If you can show employers that you have the skill set they are looking for, you stand just as much of a chance as someone who has completed a graduate internship or had some commercial experience.
The following entry-level graduate jobs often don’t require work experience – so look out for these job titles when you’re trying to find a graduate job in London:
Once you’ve have the right to live and work in the UK (which may involve you securing a VISA), international applicants should follow almost the same process when finding graduate jobs in London.
In addition, make sure that:
Thousands of graduates every year make the move to the capital, and as a result, want to know how to get a job in London. With a clear process in place, finding a job in London doesn’t have to be hard.
If you’re ready to start your graduate career, check out the latest Graduate Jobs in London on our job board.