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Find a job in Scotland

Deciding to move to another country for work is a big decision – it affects not only you, but also your family. With our help, you can find your dream job in Scotland and the ideal work-life balance to match.

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If you’ve got the skills Scotland’s growing industries are looking for, we've got the career and job for you – from technology and engineering to life sciences and more.

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To support your visa application to work in Scotland, you may need to evidence your academic credentials to back up your skills.

If you’ve studied outside the UK, you can compare your international qualifications with UK academic qualifications through UK ENIC - the UK National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills. This will ensure your qualifications satisfy the requirements of your visa application.

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English language requirements

To show your knowledge of English using an overseas qualification (where this is needed for your visa application), UK ENIC’s service provider, Ecctis, will be able to confirm if your overseas degree meets the relevant requirements. Once confirmed, it will supply a verification letter which you can send as part of your visa application.

PhD verification

Ecctis is also able to verify an international PhD if you intend to use your PhD to qualify for tradeable points under the Skilled Worker route.

How to apply

To use this service, you will need to register with Ecctis and pay the relevant fee.

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Further information

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Applying for a job in a new country can be exciting. But there might be new processes or unfamiliar requirements during the application process. A bit of research and planning can make a big difference.

Step 1 – Before you apply

  • Read the job ad carefully to ensure you meet the requirements.
  • Supply examples showing that you have the required skills, qualifications and experience.
  • You may need to supply your resume, which might be called a curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Make your resume stand out. Tailor your details to highlight experience relevant to the specific job you are applying for. Be concise.
  • You may also have to complete an application form, usually online.
Further information

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Step 2 – Interview preparation

  • If you’re invited to an interview, the employer will expect you to be familiar with the company and what they do.
  • In Scotland, the interview can be a two-stage process where you have a first interview followed by a second, final interview. If you're applying from outside Scotland, the employer may hold the first interview through Skype or a similar platform.
  • During the interview, the employer will normally ask you to supply practical examples that show how you have applied your skills and experience in a work environment.

Step 3 – Follow up

  • When you apply for a job, you may only receive a response from the employer if you’re successful in getting an interview.
  • If they’re interested in interviewing you, an employer will typically contact you by email or phone within two to three weeks after receiving your application by
  • If you’ve been invited to an interview, normally you’ll hear from the employer about whether you got the job within a week or two after the meeting.
  • If after the interview you don’t hear from the employer, follow up by email or call them to ask when they’ll be making their final decision about the position.

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