The struggle of finding engineering jobs in the UK and Worldwide.


When searching for work, regardless of what the industry is, it’s always difficult to find the one that’s right for you and to filter out the ones that you really want to avoid. You want to find the opportunities that have the right salary for you, the right location, the right employer, or the right level you are qualified for.

It’s the same for employers and companies that are looking to hire. You can be bombarded with hundred of applications for a single role, and filtering out the good from the bad is very time consuming.

According to the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Skills and Demand in Industry 2014 report, 44 per cent of firms are not content with the skills level offered by applicants, which is a massive increase since 2010. This means that there is high demand for the people that are efficiently qualified; leaving less experienced engineers like recent graduates unemployed and represses their job search. It also means that companies and recruiters are competing with one another and often missing out of chances of employing engineers with the skills level they require.

That’s why I have found that the new Engineering Jobs and Work website is very useful for both of these parties as it makes the recruitment process easier to handle and insures that the best prospects are found.’ is an engineering specialist job board with career opportunities for people in all sectors of the engineering industry providing work in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.


The personal touch of interest and enthusiasm they put into their matches means that the best talent can find the top recruitment, and vice versa. Notably, they have many branches available including automotive engineering jobs, mechanical engineering jobs, civil engineering jobs, aerospace engineering jobs, electrical engineering jobs, chemical engineering jobs and many more.

The website also offers unlimited job posting trials for the new clients, meaning that they can take the website for a test without having to commit unless they are satisfied.

I found that the overall website was simple to use and convenient for trying to find the top engineering jobs that suit you best.


Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Journalist








The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment


If you are a person who really enjoys working independently and love the idea of being your own boss, self-employment might be the perfect route for you. More and more people are opting to create their own business, with statistics showing that self-employment in the UK is at a 40-year high. 4.6 million people worked for themselves as their main job in 2014 – but is becoming self-employed the right move for you?  

To be able start up a business, it is not only important to have a clear vision of what you’re doing to do, but you also need strong motivation. The rewards can truly be great, but its best to weigh the risks involved as well.


Choosing your own hours/availability
This is one of the greatest benefits of self-employment – no matter whether you are a night owl or a morning bird, you can work during the hours that you know work best for you, when you are most productive. You could even be super healthy, and throw in a quick 30min run or jog in your day too, to boost your energy and endorphins!
Greater independence and freedom of trying new ideas
Having creative freedom is super beneficial, as you can test out a wide range of new ideas that you might have, without having to get an okay from anyone. This increased freedom allows you to do what you think would work best.
Being able to reap the rewards of your own efforts
Sometimes, the feeling of being able to thoroughly covet the rewards of your own personal hard work beats out any other feeling. And this ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’ moment of happiness happens a lot if you are self-employed.
Increased job satisfaction
All the little pros add up – being able to have creative freedom as well as avoiding the stress of daily commute or the drama of office politics definitely create a much happier work environment for you!

Money worries
This is probably the biggest obstacle that those who are self-employed have to face. Especially in the beginning, with the entire success of the business riding on your shoulders and most likely the shoulders of your bank account too. You may have to go a few months without any earnings as you build up your business.
A lack of free time
Although it’s nice to be able to fit work around your family and social life, being self-employed can also mean never switching off your work life. Think about the well-oiled machine that is a business, and all the parts required to ensure that it runs smoothly – all those tasks are on you, so you need to be available pretty much 24/7 to safeguard your business! Running your own company means doing all the parts that you might enjoy normally enjoy, but also dealing with the responsibilities of others tasks you might dislike, like accounting and filing your own taxes.
No company benefits are offered
There are no paid holidays, sick days, or pension. If you are not feeling great one day, unfortunately there is no one to fill in, and the same thing happens for vacation time – you are solely responsible for earning your living. Any insurance or retirement coverage must also be paid for yourself, all of this which can be very taxing.


Only you know what’s best for you. Becoming self-employed and starting your own business can be super stressful at first, but can prove quite lucrative in the end. But if you know that you have the gumption and confidence to see it through, being your own boss has plenty of benefits which you will thoroughly enjoy.


MaryEllen Fenton | Journalist







Remembering the works of Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Following the death of one of the best comic actors of our time, his fans are grieving. The 63-year-old father of three was declared dead at his home on the 11th of August.

Well known for his performances and talent in both comedy and drama, here are my five favourite picks of the best works of Robin Williams.

Mrs Doubtfire

“My first day as a woman, and I’m getting hot flashes.”

Now who doesn’t know this one? Williams’ character Daniel learns that his soon to be ex wife is looking for a housekeeper, and in order to stay connected with his children, and gets the job disguised as the Scottish nanny Mrs Doubtfire. Robin Williams plus pearl earrings plus stocking plus a latex masked face equals hilarious!


“Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck.”

This was probably my all time favourite motion picture as a child. Everyone has to admit that the hilarious voicing of the genie by Williams and his quirky personality is the highlight of this animated Disney movie. With one delightful monologue after the other, the genie steals the show with his on point impersonations like of Elvis Presley. Williams brought the ‘quirky’ into Disney.



“Twenty-six years ago, you played a game with a little boy down the street. A game with drums.”

Apart from the mayhem of the effects and creatures that emerge from the board game, the story is a touching tale of second chances and childhood. It might be deemed a children’s film, but I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Come on, it has it all; comedy, action, romance…

Good Morning, Vietnam

“Goooood morning, Vietnam! Its 0600 hours. What does the ‘O’ stand for? O my God, it’s early”

Another classic example of the manic monologues Robin Williams brings to his characters. Some even say that this is the role that proved Williams’ brilliant acting capability along side his comedic skills. It is also a brilliant model of his ability to perfectly balance comedy and drama as it reflects on the solemnity of the war.

Dead Poets Society

“No matter what anybody tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

This Oscar winning drama celebrates the importance of inspiration. Robin Williams portrays a kind teacher showing a more sensitive side in comparison to the comic in some of his other well-known roles. The story challenges you to think and encourages you to be more than average.

Dead Poets Society


Let us know in the comments what your picks would have been


Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Journalist








5 Tough Jobs in the World that are Underestimated



With the constant fear of working in an environment that can be subject to collapse, miners undoubtedly have the toughest job. You would think that given the 21st century working laws and rights people are supposedly due to, mining disasters would be a thing of the past. It is also an industry where the workers often pick up illnesses like black lung disease.

Ranging from the death of 29 miners in West Virginia, US, in 2010 to over 300 people in Soma, Turkey 2014, the mining industry can lead to atrocious catastrophes if the necessary steps are not taken to prevent them. Additionally in 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped for 17 days in San Jose, but left with sever traumas like night terrors, memory loss and a fear of the dark.

2. Factories

factory workers

The textile and garment companies are often condemned for the conditions the workers face labour under to meet the high demand manufacturing of the industry. These near sweatshop settings not only are demeaning on the employees work and pay rights, but can lead to many health and safety breaches too all in order to get products across to Western high-street retailers.

Most recently the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013 with more than 1,000 people dying in the disaster. Similar conditions are found in India, Philippines and Pakistan, like the fires in September 2012.

3. Farming


Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers have long work hours, and rarely have days off. Crop farmers work from sunrise to sunset during planting and harvesting seasons while livestock producers have to work throughout the year as they have to feed and water animals as well as milking cows three times a day. They also have to attend to the health of the herds, including birthing.

It seems as they face one of the most physically tiring and patience demanding jobs. The work can also be hazardous as it includes operating heavy machinery like tractors and handing necessary chemicals.

4. Cab Driver


Being one of the most popular occupations in the world, especially for inner city life, it is still a rough job to do. It is both a physically and mentally exhausting career as drivers have to load and unload the trunks, drive for long periods of time in densely populated areas, and have to be aware of all road conditions all the time.

There are also high reports of drivers facing robbery and assault, and are often killed. It is a given that drivers have to deal with rude customers from time to time and need patience when dealing with passengers.

5. Policing


Police work is known to be dangerous. Apart from having confrontations with criminals, police officers have to be alert and ready to deal with threatening situations. Sometimes they would have to bare witness to death or accidents, which can be demanding on their emotional stability.

The work hours can be long and they can be called into a shift when they are needed, including weekends, holidays and nights. Officers also have the burned of carrying weapons and working during various weather conditions.


Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Journalist







Motoring and Automotive job awards

car dealer

Strike-Jobs clients, Perfect Placement UK Ltd, are among the prestigious winners at Car Dealer Power Awards 2014

They fought off tough competition to win the award for Recruitment Agency of the Year, as voted for by hundreds of car dealerships across the UK.

Strike-Jobs are proud to have such a successful company amongst their clients, who are being recognised for their hard work and great service. Perfect Placement have over 2,800 jobs advertised on Strike-Jobs located all across England and Wales in 12 sectors, from engineering to sales, marketing and administrative

Perfect Placement jobs can be viewed here. 


Claire Coward | Journalist
















5 Quick Tips for a Better Job Search Right Now!



1. Set targets to meet – but don’t be too hard on yourself!

Let’s be real – time is a valued yet extremely rare commodity in our lives today. With what free time we do have, all the little things that need to get done build up until we realize we are back at the beginning of not having enough time to finish everything.

Start simple, start small. It’s a common thing to get yourself into a frenzy and set a million goals for yourself, then feel disappointed when you haven’t done the whole million. And as tweaking your CV and creating awesome cover letters that are specifically appealing to each individual hiring company takes quite a bit of time, don’t be hard on yourself. You can do this.

Try saying that you’ll apply to 2-3 jobs a day. Or maybe, if that’s not your pace, say 2-3 a week. That’s totally fine! What matters, at the end of that week, is that you can look back and be proud of the steps you took. Because every journey of a thousand miles will begin with a small, single step.

2. Be ready for a video interview.

The younger generation (made up of hiring employers and job seekers alike) are becoming more and more comfortable with the technological world, and because of it, are using it for everything – including the steps along the career path!

A lot of companies are now conducting interviews over the computer, via Skype or some sort of video chat. This may leave some people scared, as they are unsure how to present themselves across this platform. It takes all the important things we are taught about interviews – a steady handshake, direct eye contact, a fantastic professional outfit – and skews them.

But it’s also super important to ace, as it could show a potential employer that you are embracing this technology rather than being afraid of it. You can still use that great business outfit to amaze them in the interview though – and don’t forget to smile! Some tips include could include practicing a mock video call with a friend to get used to how it works. You could even record it to see how you come across via a video chat. On that day, make sure your surroundings look clean, and that you are in a closed off, quiet location – I’m not usually a betting gal, but I’d go ahead and say that I don’t think the employer would want to see your flat mate walking around in the background in his underwear, just waking up.

BONUS: Cheating is allowed?! Have a paper with important news about the company, potential talking points, or any questions that you might want to ask.  Obviously don’t read it word for word – but just know that if you get a little nervous, it’s okay and you have your notes there for a quick glance and reassurance!

3. Make sure your qualifications stand out on your CV!

It’s important that you don’t just write tons of generic bullet points of responsibilities for each job/work experience – really make them stand out and highlight your accomplishments and skills! Studies show that now a days, on average, employers only spend about 8-10 seconds looking at a resume. If yours appears too generic and doesn’t stand out enough, they might just fly right by it.

Write maybe only 3 or 4 per job, and remember: employers know what the basic duties of the job that they’re hiring for are. It’s up to you to show them how you really went above and beyond to make these ordinary tasks extraordinary!

For example – instead of: 

- Answering Telephones
- Greeting Clients 
- Data Entry
- Oversee the Office Supplies

Try this:

- Answering telephone in a highly efficient, professional, and friendly matter and connecting the calls to the correct person.
- Ensuring all clients and guests are greeted in a warm and timely manner, and ensuring their happiness and comfort while they wait for their appointment.
- Proficient in entering data across Microsoft Office programmes, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc to maintain records and organize documents.
- In charge of organizing and maintaining all office supplies, and making sure to order them to ensure that company’s always well-stocked.  

4. Don’t over-apply to jobs!

Be careful! Contrary to what you might have been told, don’t apply to every single job you find! In the end it will honestly do you no good.

If you apply to a literal mind-numbing amount of jobs, the chances are that your cover letter writing skills and fine tuning of details on your CV will decrease until the point where, let’s just say it, they are terrible. 

A huge thing that employers are looking for is your enthusiasm about the company. How can you retain this enthusiasm when you’re on your 567th cover letter and your eyes are kind of going weird? If you’ve been copy-pasting a generic letter, odds are that the companies might notice and therefore think you’re not 100% behind working for them.

It’s important to give your full attention to each one that you write, and make sure that it not only highlights your skills but also highlighting their company. Customize it and include a little blurb about what you like about the company, and why you think you’d be their perfect fit.

5. Try something new – use Twitter to find more job postings!

Job postings aren’t free – and to call them cheap would be lying. Whether companies or recruiters advertise on websites or in print, it costs them a lot of money for that ad space.

And sometimes, searching through all those online postings on the same job sites can kind of drive you crazy – you can crave something to shake up the monotony!

Here’s where Twitter comes in! A lot of hiring employers have now turned to the very strategic and very free platform of Twitter. They can post hundreds of jobs across all sorts of sectors, reaching an audience of millions in just a few seconds.

Try using it, and browsing through different hashtags for whichever sector you are interested in – like #healthcarejobs or #salesjobs. You can also try a more generic hashtag like #jobsearch or #findajob as well if you are unsure!

It’ll provide a fun way to click and find applications, and a lot of times the recruiters and companies throw in some fun humor on their pages as well to keep you motivated.

Try following @StrikeJobs for both humor and job postings!!!


Good luck! You got this. Remember that if you don’t get the job, it’s not a complete failure, it’s just a valuable lesson. The real failure is not trying.

You’ll be okay :)

MaryEllen Fenton | Journalist







Fictional jobs we wish were real

Let’s be honest now, there are plenty of people who wish they had more exciting jobs. How many of you have read a book or watched a film where you thought “I wish that was real, I would like to do that”?

We can all dream, right?



Want to be in an awesome gang with a sweet ride? Your duties would be to spend you days hunting down slimy ghosts with a nuclear powered gun attached to your back when everyone knows who you are and loves you for saving the world. In essence the job is similar to being a hyped-up exterminator, leaving your client a bigger mess and when you stepped into the premises.

The biggest plus to this is how little chances of death you have compared to all the high risk fictional jobs there are out there. The ghosts barely put up much of a fight.

Adventurer/ Explorer:


Would you not want to own a fedora hat and bull whip like Indiana Jones or to explore mysteries like the Tomb Raider?

The requirements for this position is to have excellent survival instincts, outstanding climbing abilities and jumping skills, and must be able to run very fast. It is a necessity to be able to travel to exotic places on short notice.

Very high risk of physical injury.




This here is the perfect role for people who love computers and it totally beats sitting in an office cubical from 9-5 every day. You are relied on to generate exists, objects and weapons while keeping an eye out for the codes to watch over those still in the Matrix.

Since the operator is working from the Zion, the risk of death is quite low unless Cypher or the Sentinel’s are involved.

Jedi Knight:


Who can honestly say this didn’t cross their mind? You get to fight for the Republic with super cool light saber’s, the most badass weapon in history.

You grow up in Padawan training with robots and a kick ass little green mentor. And who could forget the perk of accessing the Force, lifting things with your mind, and the power to convince people.

There is a high risk of death or gross mutilation of one of more of your limbs, not to mention the temptation of being swayed to the dark side. Jedi’s don’t have a long life expectancy, especially when you get promoted to a Jedi Master.


Iron Man:


Genius scientist, ridiculously wealthy billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and superhero dedicated to saving innocent people from maniacs.

You get to spend your day flying around in an armoured talking suit blowing up things with impressive weaponry. Not only that, but unlike Bruce Wayne’s cold emo attitude, you actually have a sense of humour.




Auror’s are highly trained specialist officers of the Ministry of Magic. Your duties would include investigating crimes related to the Dark Arts, detain Dark wizards and witches such as Voldemort.

To apply for this position you must have a minimum of 5 N.E.W.T.s preferably in Potions, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Herbology and Charms and have undergone the relevant training.

The Doctor’s Companion:


Occupation? Fun.

Being able to gallivant around inverses and centuries in a blue box that is bigger on the inside is the perfect role for those who wish to travel while they work. Human candidate is preferred but not a requirement.

Saving worlds and assisting the doctor is literally worth dying for… possibly more than once.


Captain of the Black Pearl:

black pearl

The job description here is pretty simple: wear cool clothes, and maybe a little too much eyeliner, carry a sword and drink rum.

The ideal candidate must have a ten year curse of the un-dead, experience in being eaten by cannibal natives and the Kraken (or any similar giant squid), and must have been arrested by the Royal Navy at least once.


What would you guys wish was really a job?


Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Journalist