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Where to find UK construction jobs

Construction work can incorporate many different careers, from planners and engineers to builders, roofers and bricklayers. All of these jobs in construction are skilled trades which need to be learned over a period of time, and when fully qualified, the opportunities for work are immense. This article provides a guide to finding UK construction jobs.

Local community

In the local community, there are many sources of employment in the construction industry. The first place to look at is the local job centre which will have an up-to-date list of the most recent vacancies. Consult the local newspapers which will have a jobs feature at least once a week. You should also look at local noticeboards in shops and supermarkets. Local building, roofing or kitchen fitting companies may also be contacted for suitable vacancies. The local authority may advertise for architects, structural engineers or building inspectors and therefore, you need to check their jobs sections on a regular basis.
Check in your local area if there are any housing developments being planned as they will always be looking for new construction staff when the development begins.

The internet

Typing into the internet search terms such as roofing jobs, trades jobs, surveying, builder or mechanical jobs, a range of construction specific jobs websites will be displayed. Alternatively, you could search general jobs websites such as the following: - Monster - Direct.gov - Graduate jobs websites - The Guardian jobs - Fish4jobs - Total jobs - Reed Recruitment The internet will provide a vast amount of information about finding jobs in the construction industry and will also provide information if you wish to progress in your career, or undertake further qualifications.

Self-employment

If you are particularly experienced in a trade, then you could opt for self-employment. However, it is up to you to find and maintain your workload. Setting up your business and becoming established may take time and effort on your part in order to find customers and create a steady work flow. This can be achieved through marketing. You should effectively advertise the services that you are offering, place leaflets in shop windows and on noticeboards and undertake a leaflet drop to local properties in you area. You should also set up an online presence with a website with links to social networking sites whereby customers can leave reviews and where you can post photographs of your work.

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