How to secure employment in the UK?

So, you have decided on wanting to work in the UK to earn some Pounds. London sounds appealing. Now the next step is to get a job there.

For those of you that have received a UK job offer, we have put a separate page together to help explain the next steps.

When it comes to sending your details to UK employers, the first thing the employer will ask themselves is “what working rights does the applicant have?”. The second question thereafter is “When can the applicant start?”. If your CV does not reveal this information, there is a good chance that your application will not be taken as seriously (or with hesitation).

From an employer’s perspective, when a position opens you want to fill it as quickly as possible. Knowing that an applicant is already settled in the country with full working rights eliminates a lot of risk and time consuming factors.

With this in mind, it is highly recommended by all international recruiters that South Africans, who are serious about furthering their careers need to either be willing to fly to the UK for interviews or they should look to apply for independent working visas and begin their move as soon as possible.

The 3 most successful employment strategies that South Africans have made use of are as follows:

1- Making use of personal networks
2- Making use of face to face interviews
3- Settle with lower level positions to start with

In terms of personal networks, the strongest way to secure job placement happens when a personal introduction is provided with the person’s particulars. For example: If someone you know personally says to you: “take a look at this CV, I believe they will do your company justice”. As an employer, you can help but not notice the applicant.

In terms of face to face interviews, as an employer, you would be more willing to offer a well experienced applicant a position in your company rather than someone who has yet to gain the required experience. You would also be more willing to offer employment to an applicant if you could meet them face to face for an interview, as opposed to just reading their CV’s.

Common practice (in the UK) is to conduct Skype interviews. The UK is a first world country that is used to operating with reliable internet connection.

In terms of settling, it makes sense that a UK company receives a high valued asset (hard working and skilled South African employee) at a “slightly cheaper rate” – initially. Further to this, it is also appealing for a UK employer to receive an over qualified applicant (who can grow and add extra value in the company).

These can be seen as strategic means of getting ones foot in the UK employers door. Food for thought.

I need to conclude that the above employment tips promote the fact that knowing which UK visa you qualify for is the first step that needs to be addressed.

There is not much point in having a UK job offer if you do not easily qualify to work in the UK. There is however point to having a UK job offer from a UK employer that knows either that you qualify to work in the UK independently or that they need to provide Tier 2 sponsorship.

Contact one of Move Up’s visa consultants to begin addressing your visa options when you are ready to take this further.

Alternatively try our free visa assessment – some quick questions can determine your best visa option- to find out some more visa options.