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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler

11th June 2003 Volume 1 Issue 7

WORKgateways e-newsletter is written for UK working travellers whether you are in the UK, impatiently awaiting your departure date or thinking about going in the future….scroll down to view this month’s topics, articles and info.

Contents

Introductory Comments: Spilling the beans….

What’s New:

In the UK!

  • Focus: Working with your UK recruitment consultant: get the most out of this essential relationship
  • Your UK interview: UK Interview Questions: what to expect…

Still in Australia/NZ/SA/Canada?

In Every Issue:

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Introductory Comments

Well, what to say this month…glad to see everyone is still travelling to the UK by the plane load. Summer is in full swing.

Ok, I can’t do it. I just have to spill the beans. Stay tuned for VERY exciting changes to WORKgateways website and service!!

Already we are really happy to be able to provide a clear & concise website for UK working travellers. It’s already unique and helpful (people tell me this, I didn’t assume) and we will actually be expanding on it.

In response to feedback from YOU and our recruitment partners in the UK – you will soon be able to search for current UK jobs on-line. This is just one more way that WORKgateways builds a bridge between the travelling job-seeker and the UK recruiters and employers.

Stay tuned to www.workgateways.com website! I will also be sending out a special edition e-newsletter acquainting our subscribers and current candidates with the new features as soon as the new site and service is launched. Fingers crossed, approximately mid July.

JS
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What’s New:

1) Some Industry Updates…..

Good news! The UK recruitment market is as busy as ever in MOST areas. Main industries that need to be updated are Construction, Accounting and Trades - Electricians.

Construction: The construction job market is slightly slower than usual. No one is exactly sure why as this slight downturn is also slightly unexpected, taking most UK recruitment agencies by surprise. The main reason is thought to be trickle-down effects of the general economic downturn. This does not mean there a no positions available. This means that the less-experienced, or the pickier job hunters, may wait longer for employment. We’ll keep you posted- at this point it does not look to be long term at all and in fact there seems to be no rhyme or reason as many massive projects are already well underway.

New for Electricians travelling to the UK for work: as of February this year you will need to be JIB (Joint Industry Board) registered before working on site in the UK. The JIB will issue you with an ECS card once you have had your overseas qualifications validated and also taken a 2 day course familiarising you with the rules and regulations of the UK industry. Your UK recruitment consultant will help you with this.

Accounting: Accounting jobs in the UK are in short supply at present. The demand for these jobs is still high with plenty of accounting-experienced travellers heading over making competition pretty tough. This slowdown has been happening for at least a year now and an upturn is expected as the UK and global economy seems to be turning the corner.

The recruitment industry for Health Professionals as well as for Education Professionals is still going strong with no changes to report. Engineering design recruitment is as busy as ever; same goes for Town Planning.


2) For June’s best trip idea: Win a bottle of Aussie Red delivered to your door in the UK; Barossa Shiraz anyone? Email: jane@workgateways.com.

Past issues of WG e-News are on-line past issues of WG e-News are now on-line http://www.workgateways.com/newsletter.


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In the UK!

Focus: Working with your UK recruitment consultant: get the most out of this essential relationship

The UK is a whole new country and new job market to which you have probably not yet been exposed. It can be challenging enough to find a new job in your own backyard let alone on the other side of the world. You may not even have ever worked with a recruitment consultant before. There is so much to consider when planning for your overseas trip that it is not often possible to learn everything there is to know about your industry in the UK. So it would be pretty normal to feel a little like you’re being thrown into the deep-end, however your UK recruitment consultant is essentially your helping hand, or your lifeguard in the stormy seas of a foreign and competitive job market.
While WORKgateways provides all the basic information on your UK industry for you on-line and helps to connect you with these essential UK contacts, it’s your UK recruitment consultant who knows who’s who, and who’s hiring, in your industry.

Key hints to getting the most out of this relationship: WORKgateways puts you in touch with your UK consultant prior to departure. Depending on your industry; the best time to do this varies – ideally you will be in phone or email contact before you arrive. If you are in email contact don’t be afraid to take the initiative to pick up the phone and call your consultants before you leave home. Also once you have arrived it is important to get in touch and introduce yourself, put a face, or at the very least a voice, to your resume. Even in the good times you need to stand out for the 100’s of names that land on their desks each day. Most importantly, get a mobile phone as soon as you can after arrival in the UK. Some people will use their home mobile, on international roaming, until they set-up a UK mobile phone account. Message machines on your home phone are not ideal - things can happen fast in the job market and you don’t want to miss out!

Do:
(Before you land your first job)

Ring your consultants regularly (You be the judge of how often). Ideally have a reason for calling – but if not – make it quick – they are busy and will appreciate your understanding. Provide updates of changes in your phone or email contacts.

Provide more than enough information on your CV; your UK consultant needs all the info in order to represent you accurately to the UK job market.

Be honest to yourself and open to your consultant about what types of jobs you’ll consider – location, pay rate, job type etc. Find out if your expectations are realistic. Being open to new ideas can pay big dividends – remember the UK is a huge economy and there are opportunities which you may never have realised.

Contact your consultant promptly after a job interview to give them your thoughts on the job/interview.
Amazingly, people often don’t do this – please DO! You will be doing two things:

1. Allowing your consultant to address any problems with the job or interview that can be easily resolved
2. Giving feedback to your consultant establishes rapport and gives greater confidence to the consultant that you are working together.

Don’t:

Go missing in action; it’s frustrating for someone trying to get you a job.
Don’t call everyday, unless necessary. Ideally there will be two-way communication – initially a few times a week. You will know when it’s working.

Except in extreme circumstances where you honestly can’t help it, don’t accept a job and then pike out at the last minute. Be open if you are considering other positions – you’ll feel better and you will also get better results from your recruitment consultant.

If you have an offer but are just ‘seeing what else is out there’, you will be better off to be open about that.

Remember:

• Keep an open mind about jobs/locations that you will consider.
• Take your job search seriously but enjoy it at the same time.
• The benefits of building good relationships with your UK recruitment consultants will come back to you tenfold throughout the duration of your UK stay.

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Your UK Interview:

This Month: UK Interview questions – What to expect

Contract
If this is an interview for a contract position, you may find your interviewers get right down to the nitty gritty and ask you about specific experience, skills, knowledge or software usage. The responses to these types of interview questions must be specific examples. i.e. what software package, what type of project, how long, what was the outcome etc. Leave your interviewer with a very clear image of your skills and experience that relate to the job.

What you can bring to the team and relevant project experience is essential for a contract position; you will be expected to hit the ground running. Whereas it is usually assumed there is more of a chance to settle in and learn the ropes in a permanent or salaried role.

Permanent
However an interview for a permanent position can be more of a good chat. Your interviewers will want to know about your plans for living and working in the UK, about your career plans and location preferences. They will of course ask you about your previous work experience.

Hint: when answering questions in an interview, keep a clear idea of what the job required in your head at all times. Answer with relevant examples and relate them directly to the job, company or question. Don’t just assume that others will make the connections for you, especially if you are the second or third interview!

Key Question: “What do you know about relevant UK regulations?” (or similar in your industry) Most job seekers from overseas will not know much. Either offer any tidbit you do know or acknowledge your ignorance and express your hope for, and dedication to any training provided.

When it’s your turn: Remember to always ask lots of questions. People love talking about themselves. Keep the questions open like “How do the teams work on a new project”, and try to refrain from asking closed questions like, “Is there an opportunity for me to do overtime”. The response to the latter may be NO. On the other hand the response to the first question will probably enable you to ask more questions.

As a general rule, you should try to resist the temptation on a first interview to ask about pay rates, salary, overtime, office hours, dress code before being sure you have sold yourself first. Questions like that are usually discussed after there is a clear indication from the employer that they would like to take your application further or in other word are interested in making an offer of employment to you. In most cases you will be at interview through a recruitment agency and it is normal to refrain from discussing pay rates or expectations with the interviewer directly, leaving those details to the negotiating expertise of a recruitment consultant.

Next Month: Interview Attire: what is expected of you…


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Still In Australia/NZ/SA/Canada?

FAQ of the month:

Q. Is it at all possible to obtain a working holiday visa or temporary working visa whilst overseas? Or is it mandatory to return to Australia before being granted a working visa? Elizabeth, Australia

A. This answer assumes that you would normally be eligible for a UK working holiday visa in your home country (i.e. Australia, New Zealand etc) but you are travelling overseas at present. Whilst UK embassies and consulates in Commonwealth countries (and some other countries) can process a UK working holiday visa for someone who is eligible, you will have to be ‘normally and legally’ resident in that country. That means you can’t just be travelling through. Therefore, it is not mandatory to return to Australia if, for instance you are doing a working holiday in Canada or Ireland where you could get your visa processed.

(Please note: We are not a Visa Agency and you should check with official UK government information at www.ukvisas.gov.uk)


When to Travel, When to Work? Workable Trip Planning Options

This Month: Trip Plan 3: Trip Plan 3:

Straight to the UK, do not pass go. Tour Ireland, Scotland and England whilst you wait for your WORKgateways UK recruitment consultants to email you with news of job interviews. After you have settled in and earned some pounds and enjoyed the pommy way of life for a while – take two to four months off. Many tour options exist at very reasonable prices departing London. You can easily do six weeks in Africa or tour Russia and Mongolia. Return to the UK to work for another extended period, and then do it all over again. You could get use to this!

For cheap fights from the UK check out www.planesimple.co.uk


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In Every Issue:

Trip Idea #7 Ben Bagging

Here’s your riddle…

This pastime is not illegal and hurts no one, not even Ben. Ben bagging, though sounding a bit dodge, is actually a kind of Scottish outdoor challenge. In reality, it is called Munro Bagging (Munro invented it) but I thought Ben (the often used Celtic name for peak) sounded more intriguing. And your final clue…. well known Bens include Ben Nevis, Ben More and of course Ben Lomond of the famous Loch.

Bear with me…for all the hikers, trampers, bushwalkers and anyone in general who feels like going walkabout in the UK – this could be your chance to join those bearded, kilted Scotties up in the real Highlands.

The West Highland Way

The easiest way to get out and top some peaks is to follow all or part of the excellent West Highland Way.

As we’ve already mentioned, the Scottish, or Celtic name for Mountain or Peak is ‘Ben’.

The full trail stretches from Stirling to Inverness in Scotland and traverses many Glens as well as a few Bens. The full trail will take you from Glasgow to Fort William, about 95 Miles and 7 or 8 days. Of course you can choose to complete any portion of the trail.

You can find all the information you need at the visitor’s centre where the trail starts at Milngavie, a suburb of Glasgow or at any of the visitor’s centres in the main towns along the way such as Fort William or Loch Lomond. To research before actually setting out – probably a good idea – visit www.west-highland-way.co.uk.

Along the way you will take a stroll along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and the ski hills around Fort William where Ben Nevis, the highest Ben in the United Kingdom rears it’s windswept head.

You can camp but most people will wish to stay in hostels along the way. Some night stops are in towns that have many hostelling options (Fort William) whereas at other night stops you’ll whisper a prayer of thanks to that deity of simple backpacking comfort, YHA, who have nicely plopped a hostel or two down in the middle of nowhere.

Be aware, in these busy summer months; you must BOOK AHEAD; particularly for the hostels in the more remote regions. Things obviously fill up quickly during this precious window of warmer and drier weather on the trail.

Something for the history buffs….

Climbing to the top of every Ben in Scotland is a popular challenge that some nutters do undertake. The Scottish sport of ‘peak bagging’ began in 1890 when Sir Hugh T. Munro made his famous list of Scottish peaks over 3000ft (914m). There are officially 284 peaks, or ‘Munro’s’ in Scotland. The first completion was in 1901 and the number remained small until the 1980's when interest grew and "Munro bagging" became a common and even respected pursuit. Now there are over 2000 "completists" or "Munroists" who have made the trek to all the summits. Completing the list entails walking about 1,000 to 1,100 miles with about 412,000 feet of gain depending on the route. The peaks have been done in winter and also as one continuous journey of 66 days doing the 277 peaks listed at that time.

For a complete list of the 284 Munros in Great Britain go to www.peakbagging.com/Peak%20Lists/Munro.htm

Happy hiking!

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Your Say: email your say to jane.stewart@workgateways.com

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In the Next Issue: 11th July 2003 (Happy belated Canada Day! If you are in London (regardless of your Nationality) get along to the ‘Maple Leaf” in Covent Garden – have a Blue for us eh.)


Trip Idea #8 – What great trip experience do you want to share with others? Submit a great trip idea and you could win a bottle of Kiwi white delivered to you if you are the selected contributing travel writer for July. Cheers!


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