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How to find the best bus driver vacancies

Looking for bus driver vacancies is easy. Long gone are the days where finding a job as a bus driver meant endless phone calls or going from bus company to bus company filling in applications. Nowadays, all you have to do is register on a few job search websites specialising in recruiting bus drivers, and you'll soon find yourself scheduled for interviews. The next thing you know, if you're qualified, you'll be driving a bus.

Best online job recruitment sites for bus drivers

Transport For London (tfl.gov.uk/corporate/jobs) - If you live in or near London, the best website on the internet for bus driver vacancies is Transport For London.

An absolutely massive site, covering every aspect of London public transportation - they have section set up for 'Women Bus Drivers'. Here, you'll find links to the websites of every bus driver recruiter in London and, no, you don't have to be a woman to apply for a job on them.

Arriva Buses (arrivabus.co.uk/work-with-us) - Arriva Buses provides bus service all over the UK and actively recruits on its website. Filter their job search tool by 'Driver' and by specific UK area. They have more than 20,000 employees across Great Britain and, not only do they hire, but they run excellent training programs too.

First Group (firstgroup.com/ukbus/careers) - First Group is one of the largest companies in the transport industry and recruits for drivers for both buses and trains.

Set up an account and apply online but, be aware, getting a job with First Group is highly competitive. Read their tips section about your application before you submit, so you understand what they're looking for.

UK Driving Jobs (uk-driving-jobs.co.uk/jobs/Coach-Driver.htm) - Not just a job site for bus drivers, but for drivers of all types, UK Driving Jobs is a smashing site to register with, as you can upload your CV, apply online for bus and coach driving jobs, and sign up for email alerts when new jobs are posted.

What you need to have to be a bus driver

Before you start looking at bus driver vacancies, you should be sure you have what it takes to get a job driving a bus.

To be hired as a bus driver in the UK, you must usually be more than 20 years old, have had a UK driving licence for at least two years, and have no more than three points on your licence.

You should also enjoy working with the public, be able to put up with difficult people and, above all, be dependable and drive safely.

If you can do all these things, and you love to drive, a career as a bus driver could be fun.

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