Looking for work
A job is essential to affording a good quality of life in the UK, and the working week is an integral part of British culture.
You will most probably want to find a job to secure yourself financially, and getting involved in the workplace is a good way of meeting new people.
I need to find a job. Where should I start?
Think about your experience and expectations of finding a job in the UK. Do you want to get onto the career ladder, or are you simply looking for a steady job to pay your bills and rent? Try to get to know your local area to get an idea of the main industries in your town and think about what you would like to do. Some jobs are found informally, through people in the community, and others are more routinely advertised in papers, shop windows or with agencies and job search websites.
Are there any special facilities that could help me to find a job?
Yes, most towns and cities will have a Job Centre, where you will be able to sign up and put yourself forward for available roles. Agencies also help individuals to find work in their local area and they specialise in matching their members to vacancies within companies. You should also find out which
day the jobs section is published in your local newspaper.
CV preparation and interview technique
Once you have an idea of what you would like to do and have found companies that are hiring, you might want to think about the best ways of maximising your employability.
What can I do to give myself the best chance of getting a job?
Start working on your CV straight away. Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a relatively short, formal document which lists your personal and professional achievements so that employers can quickly assess your suitability for a position. CVs are a quick way of finding out a lot of information about an individual.
How should I prepare for an interview?
Once you have applied for a job and have stuck to the application method requested in the job advert, you will hopefully be invited to an interview.
You should spend some time preparing for an interview; it shows you are prepared to work hard and it will give you the best chance of getting the job on offer. Ensure that you are wearing comfortable but smart clothes, and prepare answers to predictable questions so that you don’t make simple and
How can I impress my interviewer?
There are a few basic things you can do to ensure your interviewer understands that you are serious about getting the job. Once you’re in the interview room, wait until you are asked to be seated, and always dress on the smart side; it is better to be too formal than too casual.
Make eye contact with your interviewer and smile – putting your interviewer at ease is one of the best ways to alleviate your own nerves. Lastly, try to identify what your nervous habits are, like fidgeting, so that you can remember not to show them during your interview.