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Finding a Job in London

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by Katie Ball (subscribe)
Hi :) I'm Katie... South London wanderer and general adventurer. Follow me @Weekend_Notes
Published May 10th 2013
Finding a job in London? Easy right?

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Many months into the job hunt, candidates are still hunting for their dream career in the oh so idyllic landscape in London. Why? It's fast-paced, every changing, extremely challenging and creative. Plus you get to meet some of the most amazing people in the world.

No doubt the United Kingdom have the worst unemployment rates of all time! It's not that people aren't good enough. Quite the opposite! People are too lazy to spend the time (and sometimes the money) on getting themselves where they want to be.

1. Yes, sign up to 50 million career websites. Yes, half of the jobs will be irrelevant and you will get spammed, but it is worth filtering through for the perfect opportunity that matches your skills.

2. Yes, make sure you use social media. You use it to spy on your friends and colleagues and yes, you probably use it to stalk your ex too. Why aren't you using it get yourself an amazing job? LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook can always be used to find employees looking for their next candidate. (It should really go without saying, to clear up your profile a bit. Nobody wants to see you drunk with half of Friday night's kebab on your face!)

3. Recognise a fantastic opportunity when you see one, unpaid work-experience and internships are thankful on the way out. Although that doesn't mean you are above gaining valuable work experience for pennies! You are never too old to learn new skills, especially in the ever-changing world of the media industry.

4. Be proactive. If you know the company of your dreams is hiring, use the personal touch and submit your application in person to the HR manager. Immediately, you will create a positive perception. Once whilst working at Nickelodeon, a candidate hand-delivered a Dora the Explorer treasure chest. It showed real initiative and that she understood the brand 100%. Turns out she was the one that got the job.

5. Be prepared to start with the basics. Spend time on your CV, actually research the organisation, and know about their history and background, their team, their objectives. And also know about yourself, so you are prepared to answer the horrible cliché question "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

It may seem like I am stating the obvious, but you will be surprised how many people get it wrong! Good luck.
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