I have been looking for a front end web development role in the UK from another country. I have been searching for a full month already, I've sent about 30 CVs, had 2 Skype interviews - for the 1st I didn't have enough knowledge, for 2nd I didn't have a college degree. I have about 2 years of experience and I'm permitted to work in the UK.

Is this normal? What's the typical job searching time from abroad?

  • Not sure how we can define a normal time frame for this. – Neo Dec 16 '16 at 1:56
  • Are you in the EU or outside the EU? – Ed Heal Dec 16 '16 at 7:04

Searching from abroad is really difficult, mainly because the employer has a lot of responsibilities when hiring someone from abroad.

This could include

  • Sponsoring the Employee
  • Confirming your eligibility to work in the country
  • Trusting that the time they spend training you into their business is going to be worthwhile in the long run.

That being said, job hunting for a month is pretty normal even when you're physically in the country, I've normally spent at least a month, and it's not uncommon to spend three months job hunting.

Something that can really really help is getting ahold of a really good recruiter. This can be hard, but try reaching out to a few on Linked in.

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  • Personally I really like C2B in Dunstable, @C2BSolutionsuk (www.c2bsolutions.co.uk) I came over from New Zealand, and they got me my first job here in England. – TolMera Dec 15 '16 at 23:40

Note that one of the reasons standard advice is that your emergency fund be enough to carry you for 3-6 months is that a job hunt can be expected to take that long. You may get lucky and land something earlier, but don't count on it, even without the international issue.

The odds of a web designer being hired across international borders without a college degree are probably not good. There are too many college grads who are willing to consider that as their first job, and who can be interviewed more easily.

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I've very recently found a new job in in England from Japan. Realistically, a time frame just isn't possible. This entirely depends on your abilities, experience and ultimately showing you're a good fit for the company.

I was very fortunate in my find. Just show commitment as well as showing you're capable of doing the job.

To give some insight, it took me a month, but in this time I sent my CV to 100+ agencies and companies, had 7+ interviews and for the job I got, had to fly to England for 1 day to spend with the company (from Japan, which wasn't fun). I also had endless calls from 3rd parties that got me a couple of extra interviews.

I was also working my current job during all of this.

From an industry perspective, Front-end developers have it really tough. You have to have a shiny portfolio, Github activity, all sorts just to get your foot in the door for an interview. Finding a role Front-end development overseas especially entry-level is a ball busting exercise. With 2-years experience, unless you have exceptional abilities, try to look at entry-level stuff and make sure you have a very nice portfolio to show off.

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I graduated from a top 10 engineering school (U.S.) with a Computer Science degree and a 3.0 GPA. It took me 20+ job applications (all entry level) before I even got an interview.

Out of the 25 or so companies I applied to, only 3 ever got back to me. I had no related experience, which is my best guess as to why I didn't hear back.

Hope this helps, good luck.

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If you are looking in major cities where there is likely to be a lot of competition, then it could take a while. Also, Development markets in the UK are pretty competitive, especially in the junior ranks so yes it can take a while. Maybe consider spreading your search to smaller towns too, as well as large cities as jobs further afield tend to have less applicants.

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