You’ve arrived in London with your partner. The move went well; you’ve got a fabulous apartment through your relocation agents, opened a bank account and have seen the sights. Your partner is off to start work at their new job I the city, and now you want to start looking for a job.

Recruiters for Americans Moving here –

Make a list of ALL American companies who have offices in London. Even if they’re an investment bank and you’re a teacher they may have an opening for you somewhere. Contact their HR department and submit your resume and ask them to keep you in mind for any jobs that become available. It’s not ideal, because they will still have to apply for a work permit/sponsor you, but it is definitely worth some time and effort.

Resources: US Embassy in London

American companies also advertise in newspapers in the city of London. The online edition of the Financial Times is an excellent resource, but taking it one step further, you should look at exec-appointments.com which is a global recruitment company and is a part of the FT. They offer a listing of hundreds of recruiters and recruitment websites in the UK. The target market is senior executive.

Harvey Nash PLC is one of the best recruitment websites as well as having branches all over the world. They have a focus of IT, but they are worth contacting to discuss your resume and the options available as Americans moving to London.

Boyden places contract and short to mid-term executives around the world, which may be a solution if you will only be moving to London for a couple of years.

Other well run sites and agencies that have a particular slant towards expats and Americans are:

Reed.co.uk, with their subsidiary, Reed Global is an excellent recruitment agency for expats. Highly recommended!

You can also have a look at the job search giant Monster.co.uk, but I have never had much success. If you’re in marketing or advertising, you can also check out the extremely busy site Simply Marketing Jobs if you are in that sort of industry.

Online recruitment has taken the place of traditional recruitment, but it is an excellent idea to contact recruiters and sign up with recruitment agencies that handle expats and Americans looking for work. Do not EVER be tempted into paying a fee to sign up at an agency.

ExpatNetwork has some handy tips on recruitment for expats and a number of jobs available but it is a very broad spectrum. 1st4jobsinlondon.com offers a listing of recruiters and agencies across the city. It really depends on which sector you want to work in; specialist recruiters handle jobs for specific markets:

Teaching: London Education Recruitment

Media: 1st Media Solutions 087 0745 0045 (telephone)

Real Estate: Top Negs Recruitment

Admin and Secretarial: ProLaw (legal admin) they also handle financial admin recruitment.

Sales and Marketing: Initiate: 020 7234 9000 (telephone)

Legal: Law Support

Recruitment Agencies that work with Americans:

GCS Recruitment Specialists

Reed Global

Michael Page