How to land the perfect summer internship?

Summer is on its way. You are thinking what you should do during those free months. Should you take additional course or just relax and have a nice holiday? Or maybe take an internship? Of course, holidays sounds the best for you because you are tired of working and studying.  You do not want to hear the word: WORK. Think again! Think what will be the best for you and your career in the future. Do you want to be the one who will complain that it is hard to find a job because of the lack of experience. If yes, do not even bother to read more. If you care about your future and how you are going to survive on your own in this tough job market, keep reading.

Having a perfect internship on your resume will be very useful for your next big job search. Here it is why:

  1. The internship will enhance your CV and resume. How else do you think you will be able to get experience? It is rare that employer would take an employee without experience in this day and age. It is good to get as much experience as you can.
  2. It is brilliant way to acquire new skills and use your knowledge in practise.
  3. Being in the office environment and working in specific industries will help you decide what you like and dislike.
  4. During your internship you will meet a lot people and that will improve your contact list.
  5. You may get a job offer. Even if you will not get immediately after internship, the employer will have you in mind in the future.
  6. You will get a recommendation which can be very useful in the future.

That’s it! You decided to take the summer internship. You are happy and you will do something useful during summer. One thing you need to remember that you should think carefully which internship to take. You do not want to make copies of documents all day long or preparing coffee for everybody. You want to do something interesting and challenging. So, how to land that perfect summer internship that will help you in the future? Here I will provide some guidelines for you on how to do it.

  1. Industry. First of all, you should decide in which industry do you want to work. You should follow your passion and what interests you. You do not want to end up working in a field of work which is boring for you.
  2. Company. Brainstorm a big list of companies where you would like to work. Then narrow it down by the location, the structure of the company and the internship programme they are offering.
  3. Work. Check what kind of job you will need to do in the company. Will you be interested in that work? Will you acquire new skills? You do not want to end up running errands or organizing document. The internship should be worth of your time and not be something that you would regret later.
  4. CV and cover letter. Write standing out CV and cover letter. Mention  projects you took part in, any volunteering work and etc. Think on how to be different from everybody else.
  5. Follow up. After applying try not to be shy and take initiative to make calls or send e-mails. You could ask did they receive your CV or do they have any questions regarding your application.

When choosing your internship, do not forget that there is an option to travel abroad. Having an international experience can help you in the future. Taking internship abroad has a lot advantages:

  • You would experience new culture;
  • You will be able to travel while you are not working;
  • You will expand your global network by making new friends in different country.
  • You may learn a new language or improve your language skills. The best way to learn a language is by talking  in it and hearing it majority of the time.
  • It would be the perfect lesson in independence.
  • You will gain cross-communication skills. Which can be a huge advantage for you in the future.

I hope these guidelines are helpful for you. So now all you need to do is just grab your computer and start searching for the perfect summer internship. This is something you definitely won’t regret doing.

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Brand New Catering Job Board – – as part of Strike Jobs!


At we are dedicated to a broad variety of different sectors and industries, and now we have a brand new website and job board dedicated to the catering and hospitality sector, We already have more than 1,500 jobs listed, and there are over 500 new candidates registering each day looking for work!

At, we offer free unlimited job posting for new clients, for the first 30 days. There’s no contract, and it’s incredibly simple to join. On each new job vacancy you submit, you will be able to list your company logo and an industry related image so you can really stand out and inspire any potential new candidates.

The website currently has catering & hospitality jobs posted from all over the UK, and even some from as far away as Kenya and Australia, so there’s no limit to where you can target your vacancies. We cater to all levels of applicant, in over forty different roles, from entry level positions such as bar staff members and waiting staff, to upper management roles and executive chef positions, so you can be confident that you will find the right person for any positions you have to offer.

The website comes equipped with plenty of information and help for job-seekers who need any extra information, ensuring they will be well-informed and enthusiastic about any positions they apply for.

Signing up will also mean any jobs you post on will also be posted on our Strike Jobs LinkedIn page and the dedicated catering and hospitality LinkedIn group which currently has over 1,000 members, ensuring you reach the widest possible audience. We also have social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, so that customers are frequently reminded to check for postings that could come from you!

You will be able to post positions on the Strike-Jobs job boards as well as an on! If you continue to use us after your free-trial has ended, you will also have access to our CV database. And if you use a multi-poster, we are integrated with Broadbean, Logic Melon, Jobmate and Idibu. We have been described as “the best board we currently use,” with “first class” customer service. So please e-mail us at or call us on +44 (0)20 7493 4993 to sign up today, or for any more information!


Louis Clayton | Journalist







What Careers are there in the Fireworks industry?

Remember, remember the 4th of December. Or was it the 6th of September? WRONG. It’s today. And although there have been plenty of fireworks going off over this week, today’s the day they’ll probably be the biggest. A lot of work goes into a fireworks display, from the creation of the fireworks, to the designing of the show, and it can prove to be an interesting and challenging career that you may not have thought that much about before. If you always gazed up in awe at the colourful explosions, or felt dizzy with wonder when you saw a catherine wheel, have a look at the ins-and-outs of the fireworks industry.


Before you begin.

A solid understanding of science is an important grounding for any pyrotechnical career. It’s good to have the right a-levels and a relevant degree to stand you in good stead, as you’d be dealing with highly volatile chemicals, and it’s important to know how they go together and what will happen if they do. An in-depth knowledge of chemistry is vital for this, and knowledge of physics is highly important to understand aspects of a fireworks show, such as trajectory and wind. There isn’t any formal qualification, such as a degree in fireworkology no matter how much that sounds like fun, but it is possible to get qualifications from the British Pyrotechnists’ Association, which is incredibly useful.

From there, you can find work in a number of different areas. From designing the fireworks themselves, to choreographing any firework display you can imagine. These displays can happen anywhere, from birthday parties to royal weddings, so there is room for growth and progression within the industry. You can even design the pyrotechnics for a rock band’s stage show, or orchestrate the explosions in a movie.

What would you be doing?

A lot of being a firework technician involves wiring the rockets into the rig, so that you can set fireworks off at the push of a button, while crawling around in the mud. It’s not a glamorous start to the day, but the real thrill of the job is seeing it come together at night, to see your work and your vision delighting an audience.

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You would also have to be well prepared for anything to go wrong, as well. Fireworks might fall over, be aimed slightly wrong, not go off at all or all go off at once. It’s up to you to make sure that everyone is kept safe and that you can adapt quickly and efficiently to any potential technical problems. You are playing with fire, after all. So don’t get too attached to your eyebrows.

Fireworks have come a long way, which is good, since they have existed now for about a millennium as one of the nicer early uses for gunpowder. This means that you can be much more visionary with your designs. Synchronising fireworks displays with songs and music is a popular display for more private functions, but you can still scale that up to performances at Wembley. Displays have even become popular during the day, with specialised fireworks that work well in the sunlight.

How do I start?

The best way to get things moving, is to get in touch with various firework display companies, as they will often be happy to bring you along to a show to see the pyrotechnics in action. It’s a good way of seeing if you think it’s right for you.

And since it’s fireworks day, if you’re over 18, why not pop out, buy a couple, and see if you can set up a great show in your garden to get a taste for it.


And here’s a helpful interview with a senior display supervisor to hear what it’s like first-hand.

Louis Clayton | Journalist







What Are the Recession-Proof Industries?

The recession hit the economy hard. After all, that’s sort of what it does. When the Lehman Brothers folded in 2008, life as we knew it changed forever and phrases like “credit-crunch” haunted our every steps. HMV, Zavvi, even Woolworths folded, making buying DVDs on the high street nigh-on impossible. But not every industry goes into the red during a recession. Some survive, even flourish during difficult economic times. But which ones? And why?

3955973259_2d49c40616_zTattoo artists, for example, do surprisingly well during the recession. Maybe because they provide a luxury, but a relatively cheap one. Because even in an economic downtime, people want to have a permanent depiction of a Chinese character for courage on their arm to show that they are courageous enough to get a tattoo. And during hard economic times, alcohol and tattoo removal services also thrive to aid the tattoo industry.

A lot of services that flourish during a recession are professions such as restoration and repairs. After all, impulse purchases for things like cars and watches become less frequent, but being able to fix them thrives as an industry because people aren’t looking so much to purchase any more. So restoring items, from antiques to televisions becomes an even more viable business venture as people look to restoration not retail. Business like furniture repair are less affected, while furniture purchase suffer, particularly as people aren’t buying so many houses. Electronic repairs also do just fine, as technology has a tendency to break constantly and people are less likely to purchase the latest technology. Particularly since it’s often hard to find the improvements over last year’s latest electro-rectange.

Another industry that isn’t too damaged during the recession is farming. After all, people are always going to have to eat. But you don’t need me to tell you that. While more luxurious food and culinary companies might run into complications, the basic food produce itself is always going to have to come from somewhere. In the last year raw materials from farms was up over twenty percent, while construction industries have been in decline, including selling lumber and other construction materials. So if you want a job that lets you get your hands dirty, maybe consider picking up a pitch fork rather than a sledge hammer.


Industries that are constantly needed also do just fine during a recession. Funeral services, waste disposing and vets for example, all survive during difficult times because the need is there and they’re not impulse purchases. Unless fixing Rover’s broken leg is something you consider being a bit too decadent. You monster. If you can find an industry that is never going to go out of style, and is constantly required by the public, you should find yourself in a strong position no matter what the economic climate.

Temp work has become a great pursuit during the recession. While a lot of people have been let go, and it is expensive to take on any new staff, there’s still a lot of work businesses need done. Especially paperwork, so you can always consider spreading yourself like professional marmalade across a lot of businesses to solve your recession woes.


Supposedly the recession is over, thanks to changes in a graph that are so small if they were pins they wouldn’t even hurt to tread on. But it’s always important to consider the industries largely unaffected by the recession still as the country finally begins to rid itself of the proverbial shackles of economic downtime and poke its nervous head into what will hopefully be a new golden age of business.

Louis Clayton | Journalist







Six Tips For Effective Job Searching

So you’re looking for a new job. Maybe it’s been a little while now and you’ve signed up to so many job board websites, your e-mail inbox is starting to become bloated with updates from sites you can’t even remember visiting, advertising jobs that are entirely wrong for you. What can you do? Here are six tips to help you in your search for professional fulfilment. Because people like lists.

  1. Take a good look at yourself.

    Not a long hard look in the mirror, you already look great. But consider your strengths and weaknesses to help you refine what jobs you look for. What are you passionate about? What experience and skills do you have? It doesn’t always have to be professional experience either, if it demonstrates a relevant skill such as leadership or creativity it’s still important.

    From there you can refine which job board websites you sign up for. Look for more niche ones that list jobs in the sectors that you are looking for, and some larger more general ones to balance things out. Make sure to check any e-mails you get from these websites as well, as they will suggest recently posted jobs that may be relevant to you.

    Ask yourself what you want to get from a job to help you refine your searching. What salary are you looking for? What kind of hours? Will you need training? Remember these when you’re looking to apply for a job.Shes drawing on your screen

  1. Organise your time effectively.

    Don’t be afraid to give yourself a daily schedule. It’s what you’ll have at work, anyway, so why not get used to it now? Set yourself daily targets and meet them each day. How many jobs are you going to apply for each day? Are there any improvements and refinements you can make to your CV or covering letter?

    If you can’t find any jobs that match your skills and interests, you can always spend time researching the areas that interest you to track down relevant vacancies. Maybe there are more specialised job-boards hidden away on the web, or magazines geared towards your skills and experiences that are currently advertising jobs. And don’t forget to keep track of where you’ve applied for jobs and when, so you know when to follow up applications.

  2. Personalise your CV and covering letter for each application.

    For every application you make, spend a bit of time adjusting your CV to match the criteria the employers are looking for. This doesn’t mean writing a new CV, that would be mad. Unless being mad is directly beneficial to your job search. But if they are particularly emphasising excellent team-working skills and that applies to you, you can bump that up your CV a little. Take a look at the job listing, look for the things they’re looking for, and emphasise these attributes in your CV and covering letter. And make sure to trim any excess flab from your CV, if things aren’t particularly relevant to the position.

    You can even adjust your interests & hobbies to highlight relevant past-times you participate in that might impress employers or add activities you’ve done in the past, search as performing a play or coaching a football team that might not necessarily impress every employer but could give you that extra personal edge if it matches skills you might want to demonstrate that are needed for the job.

  3. Follow up applications with a phone call.

    You’ve sent your CV, you’re really excited about the job, why not call them and put a voice to your application? Employers can get a lot of applicants, and hundreds of CV’s, and they may not even get round to looking at yours. Even if it is fantastic and beautifully formatted (and if it isn’t, spend some time making sure it is!). Don’t be afraid of being too pushy either. You can wait 24-48 hours and call them up, let them know you’re really excited about the opportunity and ask them if they have received your application. This way you can be sure that they have taken a look at your CV, rather than sitting around twiddling your thumbs and hoping that they have.

    You can also e-mail them an article you’ve read that is interesting and in some way relevant to the job you’ve applied for. This can spark a debate, and show that you have really been thinking about the current vacancies.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  4. Utilise the social networking sites.

    There are all sorts of websites you can use to help you in your job hunting. If you don’t already, get yourself a account and start to network. Join any relevant groups you can, start discussions. You can get your name out there, and impress potential employers. You may also talk to others on the site that can point you in helpful directions to assist you in your search.

    Social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook can be fantastic for building up an online presence. Stand out. Approach employers and relevant companies, ask them about vacancies, show them that you’re incredibly keen and it’s more likely they’ll remember you when you apply for anything.

  5. Don’t give up!

    It’s difficult to find a job, particularly with the economy the way it is, but keep trying and don’t get disheartened. You can do it!


Louis Clayton | Journalist







Websites With Free Job Posting


Strike Jobs allow you to post an unlimited number of jobs for FREE for 30 whole days! This free trial allows you to explore our services, begin posting advertisements immediately and provides you with full use of our CV database to discover candidates. Our website,, receives over 100,000 users per month so your jobs are sure to be seen by applicants and potentially your new employee.

Free Job Posting Trial

There are other options out there; some websites allow you to post jobs for free for different lengths of time or with certain packages. Here are 9 alternatives:

1. Strike Jobs-

Post all of your jobs and use our CV search as much as you want for free for your first month with Strike Jobs.

2. Job Mate-

Job Mate provides a 3-day free trial in order to test out their services. There is no further obligation once that trial is complete. Following that, registration costs £365 per year, and applicant tracking is included for free for the first year.

3. Free Index-

Free Index allow you to create a company profile and post your job advertisements on their website for free. The website is only for advertising, so you cannot search through a CV database, but it is a good way to spread the word.

4. LinkedIn-

LinkedIn is a great way to connect with other people, including potential candidates. Strike Jobs have sector specific groups on LinkedIn with 1000s of members. You can post your jobs to these groups for free and connect with members who are interested in and active in that career path.

5. Indeed-

You can post your jobs for free on Indeed. However, they encourage employers to pay to sponsor each of their ads. You are paying for superior placement of your job when a candidate makes a search. You set a budget for the job or at campaign level, and pay per click. Most clicks cost between £0.12 and £0.70. There are no joining fees or commitments on Indeed.

6. Best Jobs UK-

You can register, post jobs and search for CVs for free with Best Jobs UK. Jobs are posted and then reviewed by their staff. They keep your jobs on their website for 3 months before removing them, and you may remove your advertisement any time before then.

7. Free Ads-

You can post a job for free on Free Ads for 60 days. After that your job will be removed, or you can renew it but with an upgrade which must be paid for. 3 months costs £24.99, 6 months is £32.49 and 12 months costs £44.99. Free Ads is similar to Gumtree in that the website hosts advertisements for a broad range of products, not just jobs.

8. Jobs 365-

Jobs 365 have a limited number of free memberships that they can offer companies. Employers can register and apply for a free job posting account to post up to 3 job vacancies as a trial of the website. Following that, one job post costs £89 + VAT for a 1 month advert. Their Basic package is £199 + VAT which includes 25 job posts. The Premium package is £299 + VAT to post unlimited jobs.

9. GetJob-

GetJob allow you to post job advertisements with full contact details, search CVs and contact candidates directly free of charge.

10. Now Hiring-

If you choose the silver package with Now Hiring you can post 1 job per month for free. Included in the package is candidate screening, an applicant management system which allows you to communicate with and track candidates, and you can list your company in the advertiser directory.

Miriam Beard | | Journalist

Home or Away?

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how to find local jobs

For jobseekers, it can sometimes seem like trekking to the big city with its bright lights is the only answer to our job search… Until one encounters the commute. Hot, sweaty, angry passengers on a long, uncomfortable journey. Or when frustration arises as the enormity of the job market in the city becomes clear, and where to begin becomes extremely unclear. That experience may not be worth the job you find away from home, especially since your perfect job might be right around the corner.

So what are the advantages of keeping your job search local?

Of course your commute will be shorter or perhaps it will barely even exist! Staying local means more time with your friends and family, in an area you are familiar and comfortable with.

Furthermore, many of the job opportunities in your local area will be in smaller companies. This is an advantage for a number of reasons. You are more likely to meet your potential employer much quicker, and therefore will be able to persuade them you are right for the job in person, rather than with an anonymous piece of paper. You are more likely to be able to communicate with the company directly rather than through a huge human resources office. You may also have a better chance of getting opportunities to climb the company.

Many jobs require or would highly appreciate someone who has a good knowledge of the local area. You will already have contacts and connections in that area; you will know where to find resources in the surrounding area; you will be able to discover local clients and will better understand their requirements for example.

What are the disadvantages?

Since local often means smaller scale, the amount of jobs in the area may be far fewer and consequently competition may be much higher. Local jobs may go much more quickly so you must be on the ball. Do not hesitate when you spot a local job that takes your interest.

There might be a smaller range of jobs available. There may not be jobs fit the kind of job you are looking for. There may not be vacancies for the niche area you are looking for, or there may only be niche jobs when you are looking for a more established role or a more general position that allows for developing your skills.

How to find a job

There are a multitude of ways to find jobs in your local area:

  • The Job Centre have a number of social media platforms that you can use to interact with your local employment agency and the jobs that they have. You can then even message or tweet them for help with your job centre online application form.
  • Twitter is a great resource for discovering jobs because you can follow local companies that you would like to work for as well as jobs websites and vacancies will appear on your timeline ready for you to review.
  • Your local county council will have a website which is likely to post local jobs. There may also be a website for your area too which can have a list of jobs on it.
  • Search for a Connexions website for your local area. As well as posting jobs, they offer CV workshops and appointments for job application advice.
  • Be bold and email companies you would love to work for. Most businesses will have contact details on their website or on business cards in their office. Preferably find an email for the person in charge of recruitment for the company and write to them enquiring if they have the position you would like available. Attach your CV with a cover letter and hope they reply! Many local businesses will at least reply either way, and lots will promise to alert you when a vacancy appears if they are impressed by your CV. Your dedicated and enthusiasm by actively seeking them will impress them and show that you really want to work for them.
  • The easiest and most useful way to find a local job is to register with a recruitment website. Set up a job alert with your specifications of location and job type. You will then receive jobs that fit your description via email and you can apply immediately. 
  • Of course you can go out into your local community with your CV in hand and enter companies you would like to work for and hand our job application to the manager. You can make your first impression here, in person, and talk over your skills with them directly.

Most importantly, decide what you really want and where you want to be. Stay firm and committed to meeting those goals and you will see results.


Miriam Beard | | Journalist