Before you even think of walking up to a company and asking for a job or applying for a job in a newspaper or online classified advertisement, make sure you have an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) with references. In England the cv is still an important part of the job hunting process. If you have read the previous two sections, you will know why.
Many people find writing a cv a boring task, to the point they make their cv robotic, unoriginal and unenthusiastic when thinking of information to put inside it. Many write their cv in stages, when they are tired, bored and/or too busy, instead of sitting down and focusing on their cv. They also do not realise pages and pages of copied and pasted cv template material from the internet (plagiarism) does not work. Internet cv templates tend to look the same; boring and unoriginal.
The above said could be to your advantage, if you keep in mind that potential employers do not have time to read long winded stories and look at bog standard material these days. They skim through cv information just as they skim though website content, looking at the first couples of paragraphs (at most) before deciding if the information or content interests them enough to read on.
They want succinct (to the point) cv information, but at the same time are looking for enthusiasm in the writing. They want to see what progressions you have made in previous jobs in terms of acquired skills and what you can add to their company. So concentrate on Personality, Skills, Achievements and Offerings (what you can do for a company). Being in the computer business for years, reading professional CVs and poorly written CVs, you can tell who is a professional worker and who is a lazy worker.
When writing a cv it is a good idea to think about potential interview questions. Try and answer (preempt) in your cv the questions a potential employer might ask you at an interview. That way you have already answered some of their questions for them whereby they may consider you for an interview because you have already ticked some of their 'like' boxes. Here is an example of a cv with bad answers:
Now let me explain how you could improve on the above answers:
With the above longer types of answer you are telling potential employers that you are a kind, social, useful, trustworthy, enthusiastic person who deserves a job in their team, customer care department, bi-lingual call centre or shop for example serving their customers/clients.
Researching a company is also something not a lot of people do. This is where you could have an advantage. Company owners like to see people who are enthusiastic about working for their company. Employees who want to stay there for years, work hard and become 'part of the family'; especially in factories. They do not like the "I am only here for a job and a salary" attitude.
If you are looking for Full-Time work, these days a lot of employers (companies) are turning to Recruitment Agencies for potential employees (workers); so you should start by joining one.
Agency Central WebsiteAgency Central is a database website that allows you to search for Recruitment Agencies. It has a sister website, called Vacancy Central WebsiteVacancy Central, that lists job vacancies. You can also Upload Your C.V Web PageUpload Your C.V from that website. Another place to look for recruitment agencies is Broke In London WebsiteBroke In London, which lists some of the top recruitment agencies and job boards in the UK; with star ratings and reviews.
As well as joining a recruitment agency, you should also check the following websites in terms of uploading (submitting online) your CV and searching for work.
Do NOT rely purely on Online Resources, such as those above, as there are many Offline Resources you can utilise too in order to advertise your skills and experience:
One of the many things you will see job seekers do, in London (UK) for example, is put a postcard on the free supermarket classified boards, advertising themselves as Nanny, Cleaner, Handyman (D.I.Y), House Removal, Man & Van and so on; with some success in many cases.
Many people also visit restaurants, bars, pubs and big companies asking if they have any vacancies. If there are none, they usually say to the manager "Well could I leave my CV with you, just in case you have a vacancy in the future.". If you do this, remember to put a photo on your cv; so the manager hopefully remembers you.
Before you do any of the above, in today's age it is now smart to create your own website with your cv/portfolio on it. That way you can link to it, put it on a business card and so on. There are plenty of free and small-cost 'website creator' websites and softwares on the internet such as Wix WebsiteWix, Wordpress WebsiteWordpress and Moonfruit WebsiteMoon fruit.
Below is a list of some of the jobs the 'average person in the street' currently does to earn, extra, money. In London (UK), for example, many people need one job to pay the bills (food, rent and utility bills) and another job for 'pocket money' (cigarettes, alcohol and vices).
Some of the above will be cash-in-hand, illegal, jobs - One of the realities you do not hear about from abroad about "Cool Britannia".