During the economic meltdown in the past two years many workers lost their jobs. The sharp reduction in the financial worth of key financial assets such as, properties, shares etc., led to a depletion of monetary resources to keep many firms in business. This financial crisis has had serious and even damaging effects on the strong and mighty in the financial world. Considering how severely big businesses were adversely affected, many smaller businesses were washed away from the markets by the flood of financial woe and meltdown. London being one of the major financial capitals in the world was not left unscathed by this misfortune, but still strives to recover from its effects and aftermath problems. These have made the job market an uneasy and sometimes fierce battleground.
The five most popular and effective ways to find jobs vacancies in London are through the following.
1. Friends and Word of Mouth: Your first step in finding a job in London is to be open about your desire to find a job and speak to people. The world is still largely a place where who you know is as important as what you know. Speak to your friends, family and sometimes people you meet along the way. You may join forums that deal with your business niche. Do you have friends in positions that will be helpful to you? Even if you do not know anyone in such a position, your friends and other people may have those connections. If you are able to gather the right and timely information through word of mouth it stands a good chance of giving you a positive edge in the job market.
2. Job Centre: The next step would be to visit your local ‘Job Centre’. There are very many ‘Job Centre’ offices in London and at least one in every local area. You will find people who are paid and willing to help you in your job search. They have resources that will help you find jobs in London that suit your skills and training. They also have a database of employers who advertise job vacancies in London through their various ‘Job Centre’ offices and website. You may also be eligible to receive certain financial help during your job search. The job centre plus on Chadwick Street, London, SW1P 2EP has seen an increase in the amount of people finding jobs in that area of London. Some other job centres that will be helpful are the offices at 26-46 Lisson Grove, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 6TZ, 1 Barnsbury Road, London, N1 0EX, Coburg House, 63-67 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD; which have all seen job seekers from all over London visit their offices for help.
3. Recruitment Agencies: It is highly advised that you register with as many recruitment agencies as possible, especially the ones who deal with job vacancies in London for your specific need. When you register in some of these recruitment agencies, you may be asked to undergo an aptitude test or some sort of other short test depending on the job niche. In registering you may also need to confidentially give them some personal information about yourself. I do not know of any recruitment agency that does not adhere to data protection laws. If you are concerned about these do not hesitate to ask about their data protection policy. Creating a good rapport with recruitment consultants will make them remember you and hopefully inform you immediately a vacancy arises. Some might place you on a waiting list. Make sure you check in from time to time to make sure your file does not become forgotten paperwork.
A few recruitment agencies in London which will be helpful include Manpower 52 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6RB, Reed 9 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6XF, Adecco 351 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2JF, Office Angels 25-27 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2DW etc.
4. Newspapers: In London there are a few free newspapers which have job vacancy advertisements. Examples of such free newspapers are the ‘London Lite’ and ‘London Paper’. You can also buy some magazines, news papers and brochures which advertise job vacancies. The ‘London Loot’ is one of such papers. During the past Christmas holidays, the London Loot paper featured a wide list of job vacancies in the Brixton Area of London. A few newspapers advertise specific job vacancies in London on certain days of the week. You may want to note that and pick up a newspaper on the day when vacancies within your job search area are being advertised. Other newspapers which advertise job vacancies in London are the ‘London Times’, ‘Guardian’, ‘Daily Telegraph’ etc.
5. Online Job Websites: The internet is ever increasing as a major source for information. There are websites dedicated to job advertising and job searches. You can register on these websites, build a profile or portfolio and post your ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (CV) on the internet. Employers will be able to see your CV and contact you if they are attracted by your profile. Also you can search for job vacancies and apply directly for specific advertised positions. You can even send applications to several employers in a few clicks. For example you can register on the ‘London Career Builder’ website and search for job vacancies in London. You will need to invest some of your time and focus to effectively search for jobs vacancies in London using online job websites.