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The Careers Service. What we can do: * Help with choosing a career * Advice on postgraduate study, in the UK and overseas * Help with making applications, writing CVs and preparing for interviews What we cannot do: * We do not recommend students to employers

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the careers service
The Careers Service

What we can do:

* Help with choosing a career

* Advice on postgraduate study, in the UK and overseas * Help with making applications, writing CVs and preparing for interviews

What we cannot do: * We do not recommend students to employers

* We cannot provide specific lists of employers recruiting people from your country or your degree subject * We do not do a thorough proof-reading or correct all mistakes in spelling or grammar in job applications, although we will point out any areas that need improving.* We are not qualified to give detailed advice about your entitlement to work in the UK

what can i do for work
What can I do for work?

Work in …

  • Shops - food, clothes, supermarkets
  • Leisure & entertainment - cinema, leisure centre, library,
  • Small Office - on reception answering phone calls (depends on level of english) helping out with some administration work
  • Rest & bars - waitressing, bar work
  • At QM - some jobs available on campus
how do i find out about jobs
How do I find out about jobs?

General Resources

  • Job hunting websites
  • Local newspapers
  • Careers Service Jobshop e-mail
  • Careers Service part time jobs board
  • Company website: in the ‘About us’ or ‘Work for us’ section
    • look in the Mile End area phone directory
    • look in the Yellow Pages

(both of these available in the library)

jobs at queen mary
Jobs at Queen Mary
  • Queen Mary jobs in central or academic departments
  • Find these at
    • E.g. Education Liaison Office
    • E.g. Learning Support Service
    • E.g. Conference and Events
    • E.g. Human Resources
    • E.g. Students Union
    • E.g. Shops on campus

Retail jobs

Look at specific shop websites: get ideas

of shops to look at by going to

where you can look at shops on Oxford Street

How to apply for jobs:

Go into the store / apply online at their website

leisure and entertainment
Leisure and Entertainment



Leisure centre (sports)

Bowling alley, roller disco

London tourist attractions

Find out about specific locations through a

google search or the phone directory

waitering waitressing
Waitering / Waitressing

Recruitment agencies for this type of work:

  • Admiral -
  • High Society –Contact Fergus on 0207 228 0333 or (excellent English required)
  • Michael Wisher and Associates Ltd (excellent English required)
  • FMC Ltd –
work in an office
Work in an office

Open to you if you have previous experience in:

- working in an office

- answering phone calls

Good English required!

Available through recruitment agencies:

- Reed, Adecco, Kelly Services, Manpower

things to watch for
Things to watch for…

You should never have to pay an agency a fee:

if they ask for money that means they ar

acting illegally - don’t go there!

If you receive an email saying that you will be given work if you send them your bank details don’t give them! This is a fraud and they are trying to steal your money!

what if i can t get a job
What if I can’t get a job?
  • It may happen that you have trouble finding a job if you don’t have a much previous experience of working or if your English isn’t very strong.
  • Don’t worry you can do something about that. Volunteering will give you experience and anyone can do that through the QM organisation Provide. As you do this and through your studies your english will improve and you may be in a place to get some part time work in the new year.

Type of work Provide offer:

- children & young people, refugee groups, older people, legal and advocacy work for those of you in law, hospitals and health work

  • Go onto their website and register with them or else drop in and see them to ask your questions in the SU bar.
Don’t worry!!!!!

how do i apply for a job
How do I apply for a job?

Download an application form from website


Send the organisation a CV & covering letter

if requested by them


Wait to see if they contact you for an interview…

your cv
Your CV


123 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS


BSc Management, Queen Mary University (2008-)

High School (Country) (2001-2008)

Grades IB / A level equivalent

Work Experience (2007-2008)

Sales Assistant, X Shop

Answering customers enquiries & providing good ustomer service: example

Stocktaking & maintaining the shop floor

Managing a team of three people: example


Music: part of X youth orchestra for four years, with weekly rehearsals and a summer tour


Name & Address & EmailName, address & email

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Interests/Achievements
  • References
  • Don’t use boxes on your CV - lay it out

as in this example

personal details education experience on your cv
Personal Details, Education & Experience on your CV
  • The content: CVs will have the following sections.
  • Personal Details
  • Include your name, address, phone number and email. Your gender, marital status and date of birth should not have any bearing on whether you get the job, so unless you think you need to be particularly clear, you don’t need to include these.
  • Education: list in reverse order
  • List the details of your university education and your A & A/S levels (or equivalent) with grades. Note the number of GCSEs your attained and, if you wish, detail how many at each grade.
  • If your degree/masters/PhD is directly relevant to the job you are applying for you may wish to include details about the course, such as the modules you took, a description of your final year project or dissertation and some of the skills you learn from it.
  • Work Experience: list in reverse order
  • Include part time, temporary, and voluntary experience as well as conventional paid work, starting with the most recent and working backwards.
  • Employers are interested in all of the experience you have had, whether it’s voluntary and unrelated to your target job, or paid and directly related. That’s because you learn something from every job - it’s about showing them what you learnt from what you did.
  • You may want to divide the information into two sections 'Relevant Work Experience', which is related to the job you are applying for, and 'Other Work Experience'. That way you keep your most interesting experience near the top of the CV.
  • Use this section to show what you learnt to do as well as describing your role. Focus on those qualities which the employer is looking for e.g. teamwork, communication. - more about that in a minute.
what are my skills for the experience part of my cv
What are my ‘skills’ for the Experience part of my CV?

Interpersonal skills


Problem solving

Time Management




Decision making

Work under pressure

interests and references on your cv
Interests and References on your CV
  • Interests / Achievements
  • This is usually a short section including leisure activities, memberships of clubs and societies, positions of responsibility and travel, showing that you do more than work and study!
  • You can use this to show your strengths: organising society events or practicing a martial arts, for example, shows qualities such as dedication, organisation and time management.
  • References
  • Two people: use any combination of: personal tutor, a former employer or someone who has a professional job who knows you well socially. If your former employer lives abroad give an email and phone number for them
changing your cv
Changing your CV
  • What the company wants = what you have to offer
  • Think about the main responsibilities of the job
  • Analyse the skills that are required: employers are more interested in your skills and personal qualities and you showing evidence of that than your qualifications
  • Two sides of A4 or less
  • Use good quality A4 paper
  • Make it neat and tidy, using capitals and bold print to make sure the information is clearly laid out.
  • Focus on the qualities and skills that you have learnt.
  • List your education and work experience in reverse order
  • Perfect spelling and grammer
  • Avoid gaps of time
your covering letter
Your Covering Letter


  • This identifies who you are, what you are applying for, and how you heard about it.


  • To explain why you are right for the job.
  • To explain why they are right for you.


  • Briefly states your availability for interview.
  • Sign off the letter:

Yours sincerely if you addressed to a particular name, or Yours faithfully if you used a job title/Sir/Madam.


Abi Sharma

Queen Mary University

Mile End Road


E1 4NS

Mrs Bishop

HR Administrator


Oxford Street


9 October 2008

Dear Mrs Bishop,

Yours faithfully

Abi Sharma

My name and address



how can we help you
How can we help you?
  • Advertise part-time work
  • Check your CV & covering letter
  • Mock Interview
  • Talk through any questions

Queen Mary Careers Service

WG3 Queens Building – 020 7882 5065

Opening times:

Monday-Thursday 10.30am-5pm

Friday 10.30am-4pm

Drop-in sessions:

Monday-Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm


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