We welcomed award winning entrepreneur Tripti Maheshwari to talk to our students in the college. She shared her experience of looking for a job in the UK after finishing her degree and gave tips to help our students if they are looking for job either here or back in their home country.

When applying for jobs, it is very tempting to get into the groove and keep sending out CVs as you copy and paste the accompanying cover letter. However, that might not be the most effective approach to go about it. Truth be told, applying to jobs is a painstaking task, and there is no coming back from a grammatical or spelling error.

How ready is your CV for the UK employer?

  • Is it one-page long (or maximum 2 pages, if you have prior professional experience)
  • Does it contain the necessary keywords that hiring managers and applicant tracking software look for?
  • Are all the dates, job titles and names correct, spell-checked and in chronological order, with the most recent ones on top
  • Spell out acronyms on first use
  • Ensure a uniform capitalization policy throughout
  • Remove outdated resume pieces as you advance in your career/qualification

Are you sure about the cover letter?

  • Have you addressed the salutation as precisely as possible? (More often than not, going out of the way to know who to address it to indicates your keenness for the job!)
  • Tailor the letter to the organisation and the job you are applying to
  • Is it shorter than one page (in total, including your contact details and salutation)?
  • Use formatting appropriately, boldface something you want to draw attention to, or italicise if you’re sharing an anecdote.
  • Does it succinctly answer how you are the best fit for the job?
  • If it is a Word document, use 1-inch margins
  • Use fonts such as Arial, Calibri, Verdana, Times New Roman, Georgia, Lucida, Tahoma, or Trebuchet and font size between 10 and 12.

How would you feel if the employer checked out your online presence?

  • How public is your digital footprint? Are your accounts public, and if so, do they give a professional impression?
  • Have you posted/tweeted something the employer may be uncomfortable with?
  • Is your LinkedIn Profile in sync with the application?
  • If you have shared LinkedIn profile with a prospective employer, ensure that you have recommendations by previous employers/supervisors/mentors

 Have you researched the company and the job?

  • Did you read through the company website, latest news and projects it is currently working on?
  • Have you read and understood the job description?
  • Have you checked (Tier 2 visa) Sponsorship status of the company and if it is on the register, is it willing to sponsor visas for this job in particular?
  • Have you looked at the incentives and benefits that the job offers like training opportunities, apart from the salary?  

And finally, have you proofread everything?

Good luck in your job search!

Tripti Maheshwari (Cass Business School, 2015) recently won the ‘International alumni of the year’ award at The Pie PIEoneer Awards. Now her platform Student Circus has been selected as one of the businesses to participate in the Mayor of London’s International Business Growth Programme. Having faced the problem of job search as an international, she founded Student Circus to help fellow students overcome this hardship. The mission is jobs for students by skills, not colour of passports!

Bayswater College provides a wide variety of course that can help with your career, including English language courses and a recently launched Digital Diploma in Digital Marketing. The College does not give out advice on visas. If you came to study on a short-term student visa, you are not allowed to work in the UK. For a better understanding on visa rules, you can read more here.