If you are new to Cambridge and are looking for a mechanical engineering job you should post your CV on a recruitment website. These are websites that coordinate with employers so that when job openings come up they can list them. They are paid by both parties – the employers pay them to list and you will also pay them if they help you get a job. The amount that you pay them depends on what kind of arrangement they have in place. The usual practice is to help you get a job and then take a percentage of your first salary. There are some that take payment for longer periods, but you should avoid these – it is better to pay them off at once and be done with them.
These websites do more than help you find potential employers. The best ones also help you prepare for interviews by giving you as much information as possible before every interview. They will tell you what the employer does, what will be expected of you in case you should get the job and even what kind of work environment and culture you can expect to find. You may pay a bit more for these additional services but it is worth it. On your part, you should use the material that they give you, but also do additional research of your own. Find out as much as you can about the company and what your role in it will be. Read employee reviews – there are many companies that have set up web pages for employees to write what they think about their jobs and employers.
You want to be able to give a good impression on your interview, so make sure that you dress professionally. Ladies should make sure that they wear a decent looking suit – look nice but be careful about low cut blouses or very short skirts. Find out the location of the interview well in advance so that you get there with ease, and make sure that you get there at least 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled interview. Be polite to everyone – no one wants to hire someone who comes off as rude.
One good website to post your CV is Polytech Personnel. They have helped many mechanical engineers get jobs over the years and whatever your specialty you can be sure that before long they will have jobs lined up for you.