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  • 2003 Going Global, Inc.

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    2003 CAREER GUIDES

    Going Global

  • Going Global, Inc. Presents Career Information and Resources for the United Kingdom

    Copyright 2003 Going Global, Inc. - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise, except as permitted under Section 107 or 108 of the United States Copyright Act, without the prior written permission of Going Global, Inc. or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy fee. SPECIAL NOTE: Each of the Going Global Country Career Guides has been prepared by a team of professionals, utilizing the expertise of different individuals in each country. As such, each Guide contains various levels of detail and emphasis. This publication is designed to provide as accurate and timely information in regard to the subject matter covered as was available to Going Global, Inc. at the time of publication. It is sold with the understanding that this publication does not serve to render professional career or employment advice. No responsibility is assumed for inaccuracies nor does Going Global assume any liability arising out of the information described herein. Going Global Career Guides are not intended to serve as the sole source of information in looking for international employment. We strongly encourage all readers to conduct additional research that is tailored to their background and objectives. Special acknowledgement is given to Dean Foster, for sharing his cultural expertise. (http://www.learnaboutcultures.com) ISBN 1894890205

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS JOB-SEARCH RESOURCES ........................................................................................................ 4

    ONLINE JOB SITES.................................................................................................................. 4 GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED EMPLOYMENT OFFICES .................................................. 7 JOB FAIRS AND CAREER EVENTS ...................................................................................... 8 STAFFING AGENCIES AND TEMPORARY HELP FIRMS ............................................... 10 EXECUTIVE RECRUITERS AND SEARCH FIRMS ........................................................... 12 NEWSPAPERS THAT PUBLISH JOB ADVERTISEMENTS .............................................. 14 OTHER RESOURCES ............................................................................................................. 16

    EMPLOYMENT TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES................................................................. 17 GENERAL TRENDS ............................................................................................................... 17 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY .......................................................................................... 18

    Certification and Education Requirements ........................................................................... 18 Organizations and Trade Associations.................................................................................. 18 Labor Unions ........................................................................................................................ 20 Publications........................................................................................................................... 21 Other Resources .................................................................................................................... 21

    ENGINEERING ....................................................................................................................... 21 Certification and Education Requirements ........................................................................... 22 Organizations and Trade Associations.................................................................................. 24 Labor Unions ........................................................................................................................ 24 Publications........................................................................................................................... 25 Other Resources .................................................................................................................... 25

    ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE ............................................................................................ 25 Certification and Education Requirements ........................................................................... 26 Organizations and Trade Associations.................................................................................. 26 Labor Unions ........................................................................................................................ 27 Publications........................................................................................................................... 27

    GENERAL BUSINESS............................................................................................................ 28 Certification and Education Requirements ........................................................................... 29 Organizations and Trade Associations.................................................................................. 29 Labor Unions ........................................................................................................................ 30 Publications........................................................................................................................... 30 Other Resources .................................................................................................................... 31

    HUMAN RESOURCES ........................................................................................................... 31 Certification and Education Requirements ........................................................................... 32 Organizations and Trade Associations.................................................................................. 32 Labor Unions ........................................................................................................................ 33 Publications........................................................................................................................... 34 Other Resources .................................................................................................................... 34

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND RESOURCES...................................................... 37 BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS AND TRADE COUNCILS................................................. 37 CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE .............................................................................................. 38 TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES ................................................................................................ 48 MAJOR TRADE PUBLICATIONS......................................................................................... 49

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    OTHER RESOURCES ............................................................................................................. 50 EMBASSY LISTINGS................................................................................................................. 54 FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS ............................................................................................. 61 WORK PERMITS AND VISAS .................................................................................................. 65 JOB APPLICATION GUIDELINES ........................................................................................... 69

    RSUM / CV GUIDELINES AND SAMPLE ...................................................................... 69 INTERVIEWING ADVICE ......................................................................................................... 73 CULTURAL ADVICE ................................................................................................................. 74

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    JOB-SEARCH RESOURCES In the United Kingdom, the best way to begin a job search is by contacting various recruitment agencies and responding to advertisements placed in local and national newspapers. Some of the many recruitment agencies in the United Kingdom are small, niche companies that often specialize in specific occupational areas such as secretarial, marketing, or Information Technology (IT). Other larger companies have numerous offices throughout major cities as well as regional areas and generally cover many different sectors and occupations. Usually, recruitment agencies fill a role in one of three ways: on a temporary basis (half a day to five days a week for an indeterminable length of time), a temp-to-perm basis (a temporary contract is treated as a probationary period with the role becoming permanent after a specified length of time), or a permanent position. It is not unusual for temps to find full-time work through agencies, nor is it unusual for individuals working on a temporary basis to be taken on permanently. Job or career centers provide vacancy boards for all types of work. They change quite frequently, making regular visits worthwhile. The staff can arrange for interviews for suitable vacancies and of