8 Steps to Get a Job in the UK

Waterfall When you move to the UK (my experience was in London) you will start looking for jobs and if you aren't used to it, you will find out the "joys" of employment agencies. The most annoying and idiotic way to find jobs, although online applications are on the same level, if not worse.

When we got to London, we started looking for jobs straight away. We went to loads of interviews and I mean loads. The thing is, you interview with the employment agency, then with the actual place, it's just unnecessary work. I don't understand why companies can't do this job themselves.

The process in a nutshell:

  • You look for the jobs you want Everything is online.
  • Apply for the job (s) Apply for as many as you can.
  • The employment agency calls you for an interview Even if it's just at the emp. agency, dress appropriately
  • After that interview, they will schedule another with the actual company for another interview This is the one that counts, practice loads before
  • Dress appropriately for your industry Each industry is different, hotels are stuck up
  • Kick some ass
  • Write a thank you note Again, I guess this depends on the industry, but I don't really know what difference it makes, in my opinion, it just puts HR managers in a pedestal, and make them feel good about themselves, there, I said it!
  • Get the job!
  • If not, start all over... better luck next time!

In my case, I was interviewing mainly for hotels and event venues, as this is what I worked in my previous life. The one interview question that used to drive me crazy was: "Do you have London experience?" Well, if you don't give me a job how on Earth am I going to get "London experience"? It was insane.

Bad Interviews

I had 2 really bad ones, one was at the Chelsea Football Club, I was really excited, but it turned out that pollen count was at its highest and my eyes couldn't stay open and I wanted to sneeze the whole interview. Awful! Later the guy from the agency asked why I didn't cancel, but I thought it'd give me a black mark, so I didn't. Another one, I went to this hotel somewhere near King's Road and the manager started checking his text messages. I was so close to getting up and leaving. I thought it was the rudest thing ever. I never even wrote a thank you note.

Arizona is Running Short

It's no secret that the recession on the mid 2000's was hard in the whole country, some states got hit worse than others. Jobs were lost, kids out of college couldn't find work and companies were not hiring experienced workers either. Now that the economy is recuperating, construction companies are building like crazy, but they can't find qualified workers. Construction workers are needed in Arizona right now.

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This past August we were in the introductory school assembly and the principal mentioned that she had to join 3 5th grades into 2 because she couldn't find a qualified teacher for the other class. There are no qualified teachers in AZ!!! Are you a teacher? Do you need a job? AZ might be the place for you.

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In my time here I've met a few nurses and they all mention the same thing... there is an urgent need for registered nurses. Schools are full, but when it comes to the training, it's so stressful that they quit. I can imagine how stressful it must be to be a nurse. I couldn't do it.

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There is a demand for all of these 3 careers in Arizona, I am hoping people will be moving here to fill the empty spots, more work means a better economy. It works out for everyone.

Current Affairs Matter

The US and Europe went trough a very bad recession between 2007(ish) - 2010 (ish). Thousands of people lost their jobs, their homes, companies went bankrupt, it was really bad. Even though the worst has passed, the economy has not fully recovered (I'm talking about the US now), we are almost there. The good news is, employments are up from last year and, according to CNN Money,  2014 has been the best year for job growth since 1999, only the month of November has seen over 300 thousand new jobs, amazing since a considered "strong" month would be 200 thousand.

During the recession many expats left the US and went back to their countries. I know a lot of Brazilians that used to work in the US went back home, the same thing happened in the UK, a lot of the Polish people who lived and worked in various parts of the UK went back to Poland.Blog post

I guess now that the unemployment rate is decreasing and the economy is improving we will see more immigrants entering the US and Europe again, that's a guess, as I am not an economist ;-)

Even if you don't live in your native country you should always understand how your new country's economy is doing, so you can make better decisions for you and your family.