How did I get a Job in the UK(London) from India
Five tips that get you a Job in the UK
Hello, again my awesome readers. Writing this article has always been in my mind but I don’t why I have held onto it so long. As every software engineer in India, I also had a passion for working abroad. Though this thought has been there for several years I did not pay so much attention to it. Because I am earning quite a good salary in India then I thought why unnecessarily take that pain of leaving the home country.
But a few reasons added a little more fuel to it. Of course, money is one of them. And as this thought came burning harder in my mind I started searching for software jobs outside India. I was not really focused on where I should go. But my main focus is to get out of India. I was trying here and there without any proper guidance or process. I even approached consultancies and wasted quite a bit of money. But that did not really help.
Then how did I get the job in London from India? Follow from here on. In this article, I am gonna give you five top tips that help you get a job in the UK.
Why the UK and why not the USA or Canada?
I was searching for the process for different countries. And for the USA I already lost one lakh rupees applying for H1B in the past. I did not want to lose the money again. Because I know about my luck. So I was leaning more towards Canada. I was collecting as much information as I can for getting the Canada PR. Then in the middle of the process, the UK Skilled Worker Program came as a soothing surprise to me. I will write the exact process in another article. But we don’t need a PR(Permanent Residency) to migrate to the UK. All we need is a sponsor that gives us the Job offer and the Visa Sponsorship.
Not every company in the UK can provide us the sponsorship. Not because they can’t do it, but because they are not eligible to do that.
Yes, for a company to provide the Visa Sponsorship, they should first register for a license with the UK government to sponsor the visa to the candidates. And the UK government has some regulations for it. So in simple words, only a Licensed Sponsor can give us the Job and sponsor the visa.
So all we need is to get a job in a company that provides us the sponsorship. So now the goal is clear — Finding a sponsor company and getting a job there.
Finding a Visa Sponsorship
This is the hardest part. Once you crack this, you are in. That’s all there is. The process is very simple. All you need to do is to get a job in a sponsoring company. This is where I come in and help you for free with the procedure that worked for me. And below are the top 5 tips that I followed and worked really well for me.
TIP #1: Don’t approach Job Consultancies
Approaching a job consultancy is utterly a waste. I unnecessarily approached a consultancy named Y-Axis and spent Rs 50000/-. And what I got out of it is the frustration. Yeah, I purchased frustration for Rs 50000/-
LOL. Frustration is costly. You need to be careful while spending on it.
Not because they cheated or something. They are good people. They are very professional. But the only problem is that they don’t know what jobs to apply for. So they are not cheaters. What I also heard from the other folks is Y-Axis is good at processing applications for Canada and Australia PR.
Let me tell you How it works. We pay for a few services such as International Resume Preparing Service, Linked In Profile Building Service, Apply Job Service and etc. And the consultancies do all these things on behalf of us. They prepare the resume, they create accounts on all the job Portals, and they apply for the jobs on our behalf. And these are the services that I paid for.
The only service that worked for me to some extent is the Resume Preparing Service. That too, I modified the resume that they prepared so that it suits my needs and used the same resume in every application by doing some little modifications here and there.
The problem with them is that there is some nontech guy sitting on your behalf and applying every heck of the job he thinks is relevant to you. You don’t believe that they applied for more than 500 jobs. And I have got only three calls from what they have applied on behalf of me. Out of those three calls, I have got only one Job which I rejected. Not they rejected me. I rejected them because of the package negotiation.
So the bottom line is don’t go for consultancies and waste the money. They make a sweet juice out of you which they drink and enjoy. Don’t fall into that trap.
TIP #2: Prepare your Resume and Cover Letter with International Standards
Don’t get carried away by the term International Standard. Saying this term, the consultancy guys took money from me and gave me a horrible resume format. I thought International Standard means some standard resume format that they use. But not exactly. It just means that the English language and the vocabulary that we mentioned in the resume are to be simple and proper. Here are a few tips which I want to give you while preparing the resume and the cover letter.
- Get some nicer format by browsing the internet. And modify the format according to your taste. Throughout the resume just make sure that no spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes exist. Use simple vocabulary don’t use all the vocabulary that you learned for GRE or GMAT.
- Do NOT have too many colors and fancy font styles and tables in your resume and you make it look like an exhibition photo. Just have a nice decent lite color theme and stick to that theme. My favorite font is Cambria and the color is the light sky blue. The main idea is that the resume should give a decent appearance to the recruiter, just the same as how you appear to the interviewer.
- Do NOT extend your resume beyond three pages. Please, please. This is very important. I have seen a few resumes that extend up to 8 pages. Recruiters don’t usually have that much time to read your 8-page resume. They will put one big namaskar to that resume and throw it away. Seriously.
- On the first page of your resume, highlight your skills as bullet points. If possible mention also your certifications, if any, on the same page. This makes the interviewer know the skills they are looking for. On the second page, mention your previous projects. Here try to be as brief as possible. Don’t write the whole project spec. Come on. Recruiters don’t have that much patience to read everything in your resume. Just mentioning the three recent projects is enough. Try to put all three projects on the same page.
- On the third page, mention your academics, personal information, and your career interests. And that's it. Very simple.
Believe me guys these tips definitely help. All the tips that I am mentioning here are the things that I learned from my mistakes.
Then the most important thing is the Cover Letter. In India, nobody cares about Cover letters. Nobody means nobody. But outside this is a must. If you want your profile to get picked up, prepare a nice cover letter of one page. The thing with Cover Letter is that you need to change a little for every job that you apply for, just to highlight that you have the exact skill set that they are looking for.
Both in the Resume and Cover Letter, please mention that you are looking for Visa Sponsorship.
TIP #3: Applying the Jobs for Sponsorship
After the resume has been prepared the most important thing is applying for the jobs. There are two things to mention here: where to apply? and how to apply?
Where to apply?
First and foremost is LinkedIn.com. It is by far the best site that I have ever encountered for UK jobs. I have sent around 250 applications and I have got responses from 6 of them and got offers from three of these 6 jobs and I choose one.
The second is Indeed.co.uk. I have also applied to Indeed but did not get many calls.
Stick to these two: LinkedIn and Indeed. There are other job portals which I will mention at the end of the article. But I wouldn’t recommend them much.
How to apply?
Do NOT apply for the jobs blindly and waste your time. This is also one of the mistakes that I have done. I blindly applied for as many jobs as I want. But I have not got any replies. The reason here is all those jobs don’t provide visa sponsorship.
While applying for the jobs, just check whether or not in the job description they mentioned anything about visa sponsorship. Few companies specifically mention that they don’t provide Visa Sponsorship and few mention that they consider applicants from the outside UK with Sponsorship. Some companies also mention that they bear all the relocation expenses. So watch the job descriptions carefully before applying. I know this is a very tedious and painstaking task to look at every job description and check whether it provides sponsorship or not. That is where I used LinkedIn Job Alerts. I created a LinkedIn Job Alert with the keywords
Tier-2 General Visa with the location as the UK. The advantage is that we get an email whenever a job with these keywords is posted. Below is one of the job alert emails that I have got.
Tip #4: Dedicate at least one hour of Morning and Evening just to applying for the Jobs
This also helped to manage my daily office work. Don’t just sit in front of your laptop and apply for the jobs endlessly. After a few days, you will stop applying for the jobs out of frustration. Do NOT put yourself in that situation. Instead, set a time in the morning and evening and dedicate that time only to applying for the jobs. In between check your emails from time to time (like with a gap of an hour), just to keep an eye that if you get any updates from the recruiters.
TIP #5: Most Important. Don’t Give Up
This is the most important thing, guys. Never ever give up. When I say don’t give up, I am saying both your preparation and the applying for the jobs. The application process in the UK is a little slower. Apply as many as you can. Attend as many as you can. Don’t feel bad if you lose one interview. Your amazing skills are not for that company. Analyze why it was bad and rectify it in the next interview. In the interviews, don’t be hyperactive, just maintain a stable attitude. If the interviewer is doing some nonsense with you give it back in a professional way. It happened to me a few times. But I remained calm and I later regret that I had to give it back. Anyways, keep in mind that don’t give up on applying for the job and don’t stop your preparation. We will never know in which corner the job is lurking for us.
That’s all guys. Here are a few of the job portals in which I applied for the jobs.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/
- Indeed: https://uk.indeed.com/
- Glassdoor: https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/
- https://www.totaljobs.com/ (good)
- https://www.itecco.co.uk/ (good)
If you have any questions, just send out a response to this article and I will be able to help you. All the Best guys. Prepare well and get a job in the UK. See you soon here.
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