How to find the right temp job for you in London

In the current economic climate, temp jobs are proving more popular than ever. They are a great way for people to build up experience, develop new skills, make important contacts, and perhaps most importantly, keep the bills paid. They are invaluable to students and recent graduates, who will be as in need of the regular income as they are of the work experience. They are extremely popular with people from all walks of life - from world travellers looking to fund their next trip, to new parents seeking to work part-time. Finding a temp job in London is easy if you know where, and how to look.

Firstly, you should make sure your CV is up to date. List your most recent employment first, including the dates and the specific tasks and responsibilities that the job entailed. List any qualifications you have, and don't be tempted to lie or exaggerate. Honesty is always the best policy! There are plenty of websites that can give you templates for the perfect CV, such as cvwriting.net, so find the one that reflects your needs best.

Next you need to know how to market yourself. What skills do you have? What are your best assets? What can you offer an employer that makes you stand out? What is your unique selling point (known in the recruitment world as your USP)? These are all crucial when writing your cover letter. You want to keep the tone professional yet enthusiastic, and avoid informal expressions or irrelevant information. Most importantly, tailor it to the company to which you are applying - find out as much as you can about them beforehand and refer to these facts specifically in your letter. This research will also be an asset to you at an interview, showing that you are a dedicated and conscientious potential employee.

So now you know how to market yourself, and have an excellent CV, how do you go about finding these temp jobs? Luckily, London is rich with recruitment agencies, specialising in temp jobs in every career field. Most agencies allow you to upload your CV and browse jobs online, with detailed search options to help you find the best temp job for you. A great place to start is uktemps.co.uk or directtemping.com. Other companies such as Reed (reed.co.uk) or Blue Arrow (bluearrow.co.uk) have branches all over the city that you can drop into for an informal chat before proceeding with the application process.

If you prefer to cut out the middle man, and find a temp job in London yourself, you can search websites such as gumtree.co.uk and reply directly to job advertisements. Even social networks like Twitter and Facebook are now being used in the job searching process. With the right tools, the right attitude and a bit of luck, you should be on your way to the perfect temp job in London in no time!


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