Residential Jobs in London: Advice When Applying

With the vast amount of care homes operating finding residential care jobs in London shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're willing to travel. Experienced residential carers are some of the most sought after applicants in residential care, but the severe lack of carers in the industry means employers are now willing to take on applicants with little to no experience but with the right qualities for training. However, there are a few things to consider before applying for residential jobs in London.


Limit Your Search

There are 1,500 care homes operating throughout the whole of London - and those are probably only a very few listed online. Try to limit your search to areas you want to work in, rather than applying all over London and suddenly realising you can't realistically attend a job you have applied for and avoiding wasting both your time or the employers.


Type of Work

Residential care homes can be anything from elderly adults to young troubled youth. If you have any experience in one sector, such as caring for an elderly person in your family, apply for positions in that area rather than working with drug abusers who you may not have had any previous contact with. Even with brief experience you're more likely to obtain a position.



Always check the requirements in the job application or description before applying. Check start dates and any qualifications required for the positions; some may not ask for experience but expect a certain level of education. Other positions may specifically require a car owner or at least a licence holder.


Limit Applications

Try to limit your applications to jobs you really want to pursue and are relevant to your area. Although it can be tempting to apply for all jobs on offer, try to pick a select few that are relevant. Applying for too many jobs can becoming confusing when you receive replies. Keep a list of all jobs applied for (including location and brief responsibilities) and contact information.


Tailored CV

Although it may be extra work try to create a tailored CV for each employer. Employers rarely want to dig for the qualities for a job in your CV, so you should create a basic CV format and tailor a CV for each new application. For example, if one particular job focuses on a person's strong employment background, place your employment history at the top and detail all responsibilities. If a job requests a person with great communication skills focus on your personal statement, cover letter and detail your skills at communication subtly throughout your employment history.

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