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The London market is very competitive and it can be hard to differentiate yourself from other candidates when looking for a job. Most people you are competing with will probably have a degree and a few years experience in industry meaning your CVs will look very similar to one another. Therefore you need to leave the pc at home, go back to the old fashioned way of looking for a job and meet people in person.

1) Face to Face Contact

Never underestimate the importance of face to face contact. If you are looking for that “perfect” job, go out and meet people who will help you find it. First stop is to meet a recruitment agent who is after your interests. Yes, there are some who do care about you and who will not send off your CV to any random employer. Don’t be put off by those recruiters who send you spam emails every day, there are genuine ones out there.

2) Funky business cards

Even if you do not have a job, there is still plenty for you to put on your business card. Think of it as a mini CV, put your twitter profile, Linkedin, email address and even website on the card. There are many places that offer low prices for quirky designs. One such company is moo cards which have personalised mini cards and can be ordered from £10.

3) Networking events

There are around 15 million people who work in London, which means there are many business and networking events that are taking place every day of the week. If you want to improve your chances of getting a job, start attending these events. Meetup.com is a great place to find out what is happening in your area. I run a meetup group called Search London which has events every 4 – 6 weeks on average, the next one takes place 10th of July. There are many meetup groups, but only tend the ones in your industry which can help you with your search for a job. At these meetups, check out who else is attending and aim to introduce yourself with your business card when you arrive.

4) Follow up

Once you have attended an event, then you can revert back to email. Contact those people who you have met at the meetup and with whom you have had a positive conversation with. Drop them a mail just to say “hi” and find out if there are any developments with job opportunities at their work. If they do not reply within 2 weeks of your first email, ping them another one. Do not give up.

It can be very difficult to find that perfect job but it is out there somewhere. It is not going to land on your lap so you have to be proactive, go into the busy market and find it. Believe in yourself and you will succeed, you may need a little help now and then, but don’t be afraid to ask.