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June 6, 2019
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How to find a job in London fast

London is a fantastic place to work. No, I’m serious it’s actually one of the most desired places to work in England. It has an excellent transport system, it’s bike friendly and there are plenty of agencies which can offer you flexible contacts which is great for those who are looking for short term employment opportunities. The difficulty is, where and when to apply? Sure, we have all these great jobs but how can you actually get them? Here’s a guide to landing a job in London fast!

 

  1. Ask around

The first thing which any Londoner will tell you if you’re looking for a job, is to ask the people around you. Many Bloomsbury students reside in north London and they’re surrounded by cafes, supermarkets and high streets. The chances of employers on your high street recruiting are high, especially in the summer period. Why not pop in and ask if they have any vacancies; if they don’t, you can always leave your CV with the manager. I actually left my CV with the head teacher of a local school shortly after graduating and she got back to me! But do remember that London is a busy city and competition is rife so you’ll have to hand out loads of CVs – be prepared for paper-cuts!

 

  1. Upgrade your CV and cover letter

I know you’re probably thinking ‘well duhh’ but you’d be surprised by the amount of student CVs I’ve checked with avoidable spelling and grammar mistakes. It’s so important to make sure that your CV is written in a formal and sophisticated manner. When you have written your CV, ask your teacher to go through it. Another important aspect to your CV is the format. We don’t put photographs on British CVs, unless of course it’s a niche job which requires it such as modelling. With regards to the cover letter, it should be a clearly worded letter referring to why you’re applying for the position and what you’d bring to the company. Refrain from writing pages and pages as it’s likely the employer won’t have time to read it. Keep it short but clear, you’ll have a better chance of getting a call back.

 

  1. Use a trusted website

There are a ton of job sites which offer all sorts of attractive offers. However, it’s important to be wary with your personal data. To ensure you get a job fast, in a safe and reliable way, I’d recommend using Indeed, Guardian jobs, Gumtree and Barzone. They are the most commonly used sites in London and it’s super easy to apply and upload your cover letters and CVs.

 

  1. Become a summer temp

The most common way students find permanent jobs is to apply for a temporary job first. This does sound odd but hear me out. In the summer, there is an influx of tourists so employers are under a lot of pressure to fill jobs. This isn’t specific to the hospitality sector, transport for London also have a lot of vacancies in the summer. What people usually do is apply for a temp position, then they enquire about the possibility of continuing on. This is the time to really show off your skills and show your employer you’re a dedicated and diligent person. Internships are another way of securing long term jobs. It does all depend on the sector you wish to go into, but in general, this is an excellent way to get your foot in the door and up the ladder.

 

So remember, apply, apply apply! Apply for a ton of jobs every day and you’re sure to hear back from them soon.

 

Good luck!

May 23, 2019
by Bloomsbury International
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The hidden sights of London

There’s more to us than Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. We actually have an array of different cultures, traditions and food. Here’s a list of a few hidden places in London which have just as much to offer as the renowned sights we’re known for.

1)Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, East Ham

This Hindu temple is located in the east end of London in the middle of a residential area. With its eye-catching golden exterior, it’s a popular place of worship and meditation. They have meditation, yoga and prayer groups on a weekly basis which are free to attend as long as you book a place in advance. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of Indian culture, there’s a food market across the road where you can sample some of India’s finest delicacies. The Temple is a great place to really capture the essence of Hinduism, but also to broaden your understanding about one of the oldest cultures in post-war Britain.*

2)Regents Park Mosque, Baker Street

A short walk from Baker Street station, the Regents Park Mosque boasts a selection of incredible middle eastern architecture in the form of murals and mosaics. It also has a fantastic wall of Arabic calligraphy which details prayers. It has a bookshop on the first floor, as well as a cafe which serves global food from places such as Lebanon, Kenya and Morocco. If you’re into art and architecture, I’d highly recommend popping here for a day out, it’s well worth it!*
* Just a friendly reminder that some places of worship do expect you to take your shoes off before entry!

3) Richmond park, Richmond

If you’re into nature and wildlife, then Richmond park is for you. It’s a vast spread of land with stunning gardens of lavender, where you can picnic and lay in the sun with a book. Pick a good spot though because you could be met with a group of deer and does. There are groups of wild deer, foxes, birds and rabbits roaming freely; the park is protected by the local authority to ensure the preservation of British wildlife. The weather is starting to warm up so take a trip here to enjoy an ice cream whilst surrounded with a sensational view.

4) God’s own junkyard, Walthamstow.

This unique neon warehouse is located at the end of the Victoria line. Its open on weekends and hosts a selection of signs and art installations collected by the owner over a period of years. It’s a great choice for anyone interested in art, but the local rolling stones cafe is just as eye catching.

There are tons of hidden places in London for you and your friends to explore, keep an eye out for a future list with even more spectacular places! In the meantime, I suggest you visit www.timeout.co.uk for more info on local events and activities you can try.

May 9, 2019
by Bloomsbury International
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Why are we miserable on the central line?

It’s 8am on a busy weekday morning. After a balmy Easter weekend, we’re greeted with icy rain and clouds. John leaves his house, forgets his umbrella and stands on the Shepherd’s Bush platform soaked in rain. His train is due in 3 mins but he has now been waiting an unbelievable 4 mins. People begin to fill up the platform and John tuts in annoyance. The train finally arrives after 5 agonising minutes and it is full to the brim. John stands aside to let the passengers in the carriage off the train. As he attempts to board, a small woman slides past him and tucks herself neatly beside the door.

Mind the closing doors-BOOM! The train doors close abruptly.

‘The next train to Newbury via Hainault will arrive in 8 minutes’

John stamps his foot and swears (quietly).

‘Due to a signal failure at Victoria, there is no service on the central line’

‘VICTORIA ISN’T EVEN ON THE CENTRAL LINE!’ screams John as he throws his oyster card and exits Shepherd’s Bush station. John decides not to attend work the following day.

John’s journey is an example of how frustrating the tube can be. A small issue on one side of the network can affect the entire line in a matter of minutes, causing confusion and delays. But why are commuters so miserable on the tube? Why do they stare at their phones and ignore people wearing  ‘please offer me a seat’ badges? As a London native, I’m going to give you 3 reasons why Londoners are so miserable on the tube.

  • Delays and planned engineering works

As you may have seen, there’s always some sort of delay on the tube. People pay quite a lot for transport so it can be incredibly annoying to use a service which is unreliable and always crashing. Delays are frequent and people don’t appreciate being late for work in this fast paced city. Another issue is the constant planned engineering works. Weekends and bank holidays are filled with lots of line closures so the traffic is usually unbearable. Would you be happy to pay hundreds of pounds for a service which was inadequate?

  • Awkwardness

Brits may be polite but they try to avoid awkward situations. If you strike up a conversation at bank and you both stay on the train until Bond street, it would be quite difficult to find topics to talk about. There’s nothing more awkward than silence for a Brit, so they may try to keep quiet and only speak when necessary to avoid any lengthy or awkward conversations.

  • Smartphones

Yes I know, we all use our phones on a daily basis but with the introduction of wifi at many stations, we can now interact with our friends every hour, minute and second of the day. We can catch up on some work and finish off work assignments, send emails and even read books. In a city like London, you have to be on top of everything and the chances are people using their smartphones are catching up on some much needed work or admin.

 

Next time you’re on the tube, smile or offer someone a seat. It may be the start to the day they need.