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How to get a job in England

Let's say that you just arrived in England. Most people come to England without knowing where to search for work.
In this short article I'll provide few tips from my own experience, even though I live in UK only for 8 months, I consider myself as a "professional Job seeker".

There’s few things that you should have with you most of the time:

- Passport - They will ask you for it when you will try to open a Bank account and at any recruitment agency, and when you will want to rent a room/ apartment,
- Driving License - If you have one, maybe you don't realize, but if you come from any country that is a member of European Union your driving license is valid in UK, and for about 20£+ you can exchange your driving license to a UK one - really useful in getting a job,
- National Insurance Number Card - When you first arrive to England you won't have English National Insurance Number, but once you get it, carry the card with you at all times,
- CV - Essential for getting a better job then manual one, and in some agencies they will ask for a CV whether you look for an office work or for a manual one.

Recruitment Agencies and such

Not many people realize that England is a great place to find a job! It really is. You have not only Recruitment Agencies, but also government-sponsored companies that will help you with your CV (I'll provide a good CV example in other article), with confidence during an interview, and that will advice you where to look for a job suitable for you.

Unemployment in UK exist only because of English teenagers who are too lazy to work and rather have two kids and live with parents and claim benefits then study or get a better job. I see it every day, 15 year old girls with a child or two and a young chav who isn't even sure if it's his kid. (Sorry for off topic)

As soon as you get to the place in England where you would like to live sign up in every recruitment agency and remember that keeping good relationships with people who work there is essential for getting a job, because only from those people it depends whether they get you a job or no.

Call them often!

When you work for a Temp Agency, then sometimes they will have nothing for you, that’s why it's best to sign up to few of them. But when you are without a job call them, once a day, just asking if there is ANYTHING you could do, they won't mind, they are used to it, so you better get used to it too.

Of course, there are downsides of getting a job through Recruitment Agency. An agency earns money each hour that you work. They "sell" your work to a company that they cooperate with, so that company, pays let's say 8£ per hour of your work, but you get only 6£, the 2£ left goes to recruitment agency.
It's a good place to find first job, just to make some money for living, so you don't die of hunger, but in a bigger perspective it's best to find a job through Job Centre or Friday-Ad or any newspaper that posts job offers.

Keep improving!

In your town, even if it’s small, there has to be a library, there usually you will be able to find out about free courses. Maybe there’s Learn Direct, maybe something else, but there has to be something that will provide you with free improving your skills.
It’s very important to show your employer that your skills and personal development are essential for you and that you are willing to invest energy to learn new stuff.
Most people come to England with some education and some skills and just stay same, get any job and generally stop improving. The key to a real success is to keep improving, learning new stuff, not to be stagnant.

More on this topic in few days when I gather more info and get used to my new job.

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