There are plenty of job opportunities in London. Prepare your CV and start looking for a job online or in person. You can sign up with temping agencies while you looking for your ideal job.
Prepare your CV
In London you can apply for most jobs online or by submitting a Resume/CV (Curriculum Vitae).
A CV is a document that states all of your skills, work experience and qualifications. When sending your CV to different employers you should highlight your key strengths and skills that are best suited to the specific job.
A Resume/Covering letter is a letter you can use to apply for a specific job role. It must explain why you feel you are suitable for a certain job and what attributes you can bring to a company.
Do not include sensitive personal details on your CV. It is not recommended to include your date of birth, bank account details, NI number. Include only your name, address, phone number, email address, no further information is required.
It is not mandatory to include a photo of yourself or your age on your CV. For further CV writing advise visit CV Library.
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Where to start
You can upload your completed CV to CV Library. It is a well known job search website.
Applying online can save you a lot of time and money. For example, you won’t have to spend money travelling around London.
Wherever you go, take couple of CVs with you. You might get priority if you apply in person. Always ask for and hand out your CV to the manager. First impressions are important so be friendly and polite.
Well known job search sites in the UK include:
www.care.com babysitter, nanny, carer jobs
www.linkedin.com for professional connections
Signing up with an agency
It is also recommended to sign up with an Employment or Recruitment Agency. Find your local agency on google or use a phone book e.g: yell.com.
Well know Employment Agencies and chains in London:
- Admin and catering jobs: Keystone, Blue Arrow, Reed
- Industrial jobs: Best Connection, First Call,
- Waiter, hospitality jobs: West One (www.westonerecruit.co.uk), Berkeley Scott (www.berkeley-scott.co.uk), Esprite Group (www.greycoatlumleys.co.uk),
- Housekeeper, hotel jobs: Global Household Staffing (www.globalhouseholdstaffing.com) housekeeper, nanny, gardener, domestic couple, Hotel care (www.hotelcare.co.uk), Calibre International (www.calibreinternational.co.uk), Human One (www.humanone.co.uk)
- General jobs: WGC London Office (www.wgc.ltd.uk/welcome/careers)
Imperial Recruitment Agency (www.imperialrecruitment.com/find-work), Response recruitment (www.responserecruitment.co.uk) driving & logistics.
Employment and Recruitment Agencies are regulated by law just like employers. Paid holidays, sick leave, pay and pension contribution laws also apply to agencies as well as employers.
Agencies can not charge you for finding you work (no advance fee, pay deductions or registration/admin fees are allowed).
For other non-compulsory additional services such as CV/ resume writing, training course, travel, accommodation, etc., they can only apply a fee if these services are not conditional of job search or employment.
In addition, they must give you a full description of the particular service, providing an option for cancellation and refund.
The full amount must be refunded when cancelling a booked accommodation at least 10 business days prior, and for any other services at least 5 business days prior.
If you have any problems, please contact the Citizen Advice Bureau (www.citizensadvice.org.uk).