Maybe you’re studying and don’t know what job you should apply for? Or you’ve recently lost your job and you can’t find what new jobs would suit you? Or you lack the confidence and tools to demonstrate your full potential to your employer? Maybe you're highly qualified but stuck in the wrong job or feeling overqualified, or stuck in a rut? Perhaps you’re tired of a toxic work environment and long for a job change and new challenges? Here are a few pointers on what you'll need to do to get a job at a company or global organisation where English is a requirement or used as the language between employees of different nationalities or in different countries.
In every industry, there is a gap between the English language skills required at work and the English skills that employees have.
Around half of all employers offer a better starting package to applicants with good English language skills, which can also lead to faster progression through job grades and higher salary increases (in countries and territories where English is not an official language).
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Have a CV and cover letter, but maybe you're getting nowhere with your job applications?
I offer review sessions to go through these and change them so you're ready to go for your ideal jobs.
It goes without saying that if you're applying for a creative job, a strong portfolio can make you stand out from the crowd.
Portfolios can impress employers looking for artists, graphic designers, looking for website designers, architects, video game and software developers.
If you're submitting a portfolio, make sure it resonates with the type of job you're going for, in order to have the best chance of success.
I can't tell you how many people have asked me if it's really necessary to have a Linkedin profile.
As an employer, it was probably the number one way I found candidates for specialist jobs. For most employers, using Linkedin is way cheaper than using a recruitment agent.
It's also used for double-checking candidates after seeing their CV, so it's important that you show your personality off with your Linkedin profile.
Again, you can't use just one cover letter to fit every job.
It also can't be too long, but it needs to be 100% correct. A spelling mistake on your cover letter can cost you the chance of an interview.
It also needs to include the right words to appeal to the recruiter.
I can help you with creating a 'skeleton' cover letter and how to tailor it to each job that you want to apply for.
The day of a one-size-fits all CV have gone. Automated software filter out CVs suitable for the job, so it's important you tailor your CV for job, otherwise you don't stand a chance.
CVs should be short—one page, preferably, and at the very most two. Remember it just needs to tempt the recruiter—after all you'll want to save the detail for the interview.
If your CV is too long, you'll need to trim it down. I can help you with this, and with making it stand out against others.
Interview preparation and practice
This is the most important part of the interview process as the majority of employers will assess your English language ability at this meeting. Therefore if your level of English is good, and you’re well-prepared, you’re more likely to impress the interviewer(s).
You want to get comfortable with the challenges of a job interview and maximise your chances with hiring managers.
Perhaps you haven't been to a job interview for a few years now or you don't feel confident that you can handle the questions that recruiters may fire.
You are an expert at what you do, but you are worried that your dream job may slip away without proper job interview preparation. I can walk you through the best practices, answers to tricky questions and help you overcome common interview pitfalls.
What level of English do you need before you apply for jobs?
This can vary a lot—if you have very specialist skills, and won't need to talk to many people in English, chances are you'll get the job, but a good level of English will help you network, and make friends at work.
A B2, C1 or C2 level of English can open the door to many jobs, or for promotion to a leadership role, and is often essential for roles where you need to read and write reports and regularly interact with other employees in global offices.
Do you need an official exam to get a job with an English-speaking company? If you can communicate well, and have the right skills for the job, an employer is unlikely to insist on paper qualifications.
However passing an official Cambridge English Assessment exam can help prove your skills to some employers, if you need it, and may give you more confidence to apply for these jobs as well.
How long will it take?
It’s easy to think you’ve done all you can and that all you can do is hope and wait— but you might be surprised how much a coaching call or a few sessions of CV and interview preparation can make a difference in getting found by prospective employers.
Or it can help you find the right job for you faster, and potentially earning more than you thought, or a possibly a job you've always dreamed of having, but never thought you’d have a chance of getting.
If you’re B2 level or above, and also depending on how confident a person you are, I generally find students need between 3 and 10 sessions to prepare their CV, cover letter, Linkedin profile and to get enough interview practice to feel confident of impressing the interviewer.