How to find a job in London?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 2, 2013 11:42 PM Last Post By: arizona
Dec 19, 2012 3:03 PM
How to find a job in London?I'm planning on moving to London in the next couple of months to live & work there. The plan is: share a flat with some people and get myself a job, while enjoying one of the best cities of the world - it's my favourite city. I am saving some money for the beginning now, so that'll be alright.
I was wondering what the best way for me would be to apply for jobs and what kind of jobs there would be in my sector. I have a university degree for journalism, also I am from The Netherlands so I am a native speaker. Ofcourse a job in the journalistic field would be best, but I have to be realistic and maybe be ok with something less great in the start. Well, all the tips are welcome! Another question: is it hard or easy to rent a flat in London (favourite part for me would be Shoreditch)? And what would you recommend?
I am looking forward to your information, people. Thanks!
Dec 19, 2012 11:06 PM
1Rent a flat - start with gumtree.com, easyroommate.com, intolondon.com.
Finding a job - hammer monster.co.uk, reed.co.uk, fish4.co.uk, jobsearch.co.uk, jobsite.co.uk
As for where you wanna flatshare - don't worry about it, find the job first, and that'll define where you rent a flat. The further out you go the cheaper it tends to get. The further you get from a tube station the cheaper it tends to get. The further out you go the more expensive your travel card becomes (depending on where you end up working of course).
Dec 20, 2012 1:09 AM
I am from The Netherlands so I am a native speaker
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what you've written here, but if not: does being from the Netherlands make you a native speaker of English? In my experience many Dutch - and it takes one to know one - greatly overestimate their fluency in English, they may be competent but that doesn't make them native speakers.
Dec 20, 2012 1:15 AM
Dec 20, 2012 11:30 AM
Dec 20, 2012 3:54 PM
5london is amazing! you will love it!!
dont try and find a flat in the center of london as they are sooo expensive, train and bus networks are amazing and you can get anywhere between 2 and 6 pounds for a day ticket....
london is split into zones, zone 1 - 2 is centeral, zones 2-6 are the rest... zones 3 -4 will probally be cheaper, as when you head out to zone 6, it is more rural and there are posher houses.
jobs with only a degree are hard to come by now since the resession, i know london isn't as affected as the south (where i live) but with a bit of hard work you could land yourself a journalism job, i would reccomend doing bar work for a while, you will be surprised how many connections you make, and this will also ensure you have enough money to pay the bills, then look at newspapers and magazines...
good luck sugar :)
Dec 21, 2012 12:29 AM
Dec 21, 2012 1:40 AM
Dec 21, 2012 11:26 AM
8Don't sign a contract for anywhere to live unless you already have a job. Go through gumtree to find a house to share but don't sign away for a period of time in case you can't find work to pay for it. The cheapest decent accommodation you will find (sharing a house) will be around the £500 pcm mark. Plus around £100 for bills/council tax. This is a real ballpark figure.
Once you arrive just wh*re out your CV to every bar and restaurant you can find. I strongly recommend Pizza Express - it's a good company to work for and you can make a lot in tips. The most important thing is to get money for your exceedingly high living costs.
Once you have found something to pay the bills, then start looking at work that may be more suited to your career ambitions. It's not likely that you will find a job in journalism without strong experience (though I'm not making the assumption you don't have it) and without having English as a mother tongue (though this is less important than the experience issue). Your best bet is to do an internship alongside bar work or write for free to gain experience for small independent magazines/papers.
Dec 22, 2012 8:44 AM
9since you don't seem to know much about London.
What did you already do, investigating is said to be a second nature of the journalistic character???
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