What are the dos and don'ts of finding a job in Scotland?

Hello everyone,

Where is the best place to start when looking for a job in Scotland? Is it better to job-hunt by directly contacting the company of your interest, or should job-seekers rely on a recruitment agency, for example?

Are there any unique aspects that job-seekers should consider when preparing their CV/résumé and cover letter? Should a photo be included?

Do you have any tips on interview conduct in Scotland? Are there any particulars, such as greetings or behavioural customs?

In you opinion, is knowledge of the local language or a regional language necessary to successfully apply for a job? What level of the language should job-seekers have mastered?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


I got my first job in glasgow through Search Consultancy. I had a temp contract two days after registering with them. Usual interview about skills and experience.

My second permanent job was a 2 page CV and cover letter and a 15 min interview, one to one.

My next job was a CV, online recorded interview using webcam (8 questions - 30 sec question, 30 sec prep, 2 mins to answer. No second chances. Automatically sent to recruiter) then 2.5hr assessment centre.

I'm told and also now of the belief, you get into the org you want to work for then work your way up. Very difficult to get a higher level position as an unknown new arrival.

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