Relocating to the UK and looking for work?

Finding a job in the UK as a foreigner has many challenges. However, with an exciting job market and a wealth of in-demand roles, you might find that your next dream role is just around the corner – or across the sea – here in the UK. Here are a few tips you may find helpful as you begin your UK job search.

Know your work visa status

With very few exceptions, you will need a Highly Skilled Worker Visa. For this visa, you will need to find an eligible job and a UK employer that has been approved by the Home Office. You can start your search here. Each job will have its own set of requirements, which may include qualifications, training, and minimum salary. Often, similar-sounding positions will not meet the eligibility requirements; for example, a Chef is considered a highly skilled position, but a Cook is not. Your employer, or Sponsor, must also meet certain requirements to be able to sponsor your application. You must have a complete job offer before applying for a visa.

Finding work as a UK graduate

A graduate visa allows you to stay in the UK for a minimum of two years (three, if you have a PhD or doctoral qualification) after successfully completing an eligible course. Unfortunately, not all employers will agree to hire graduates with this immigration status, so check on visa requirements with a hiring manager to avoid disappointment.

What kind of job can I get in the UK?

The UK government keeps a regularly updated list of occupations in which there is a shortage of skilled workers. You may be surprised to learn that, in addition to positions in IT, engineering, and sustainability, highly skilled artistic roles are also in high demand. Dancers and musicians, however, must meet standards required by internationally-recognised UK dance companies and orchestras.

Where should I look for jobs in the UK?


LinkedIn has over 33 million users in the United Kingdom and is the top platform for professional networking in the UK. With 85% of UK jobs filled through networking, it is essential that you include LinkedIn as part of your job search. After all, 70% of roles are not even advertised publicly. To maximise your chances of making an impact on LinkedIn, check out our LinkedIn profile writing services.

Job boards

There are many popular online job boards in the UK, representing a broad array of industries. Find a Job is the government-run online search engine and includes job listings throughout the UK. There are also specialist job boards for specific industries. Check out our hand-picked selection of the best UK job search sites here.


The Guardian features many professional and graduate UK jobs and the print edition focuses on a different sector each day. If you are interested in charity or not-for-profit work in the UK, check out The Big Issue online.

What do I need to include on my CV?

There is no global standard CV format and different parts of the world have their own expectations (read more about international CV differences here). For example, did you know that, in the UK, we advise against including a photo, date of birth, and nationality on your CV, due to anti-discrimination laws? CVs should be tailored to the role you're applying to and should highlight why you're the right candidate for the job. At TopCV, our specialist advisors can assist you with all elements of your CV, including formatting, content, page length, and other industry-specific essentials. Take the guess-work out of your application process and hire a professional CV writer today!


The UK regularly changes its immigration policies and visa requirements, but while the immigration process can be tough to navigate, there are many job opportunities available and exciting roles waiting to be filled by candidates from around the world. 

If you're thinking about applying for work in the UK, why not start with a free CV review by one of our experts? Start your search for a new career abroad today!

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