Administration jobs often require people to be well presented, and possess good written and spoken communication skills.
Have you done / got any of these – if so include them in your CV.
- Staffed reception
- Meet and Greet
- Answered calls and directed them to staff
- IT skills
- Word, Excel, powerpoint
- Managed databases
- Typing speed
- Managed the collection of mail
- Liaised with Royal Mail
- Filing, electronically and physical
- Prepared for meetings
- Organised refreshments
Catering is a demanding job, you need to be able to work in a busy kitchen as part of a team and work quickly to meet orders.
If you have done these include them in your CV
Have you worked in a:
Cafe, restaurant, school, hotel, fast food chain?
- Cleared away
- Washed up
- Put away
What? Where? For/with whom?
- Food and Hygiene
- Health and Safety
Some specialist websites
If you love helping babies and young children develop and learn then this might be a good job – but you do need qualifications.
- You will need a minimum level 2 NVQ qualification
- You will need a CRB Check
A good start would be to volunteer for a while at a local children’s centre.
There are specialist sites
If you want to be a childminder in Newham go to
And type childminder into the search engine for lots of information.
Have you cleaned:
Offices, houses, industrial sites, tube stations, roads?
- Emptied bins
- Recycled contents
- Dusted and cleaned surfaces like desks
- Washed or Mopped floors
- Cleaned windows
- Washed and dried cups and crockery
- Loaded and unloaded a dishwasher
- Cleaned kitchens, hobs, fridges, kettles, cupboards
- Cleaned and disinfected washrooms
- Refilled tissues and toiletries
Did you have sole responsibility for any area?
Did you work in a team?
Are you trained to use appropriate equipment?
Do you have:
- Knowledge of COSH
- Qualified: floor cleaning equipment
You could work on big building sites, housing developments or road building.
To be a labourer, you will need to be fit and have a basic knowledge of building methods and materials. You might also need a head for heights.
Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Many building contractors will require you to have a CSCS card to work on their sites. The card is proof of your skills and ability to carry out the job. To get your card, you must:
- pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test
prove your occupational competence (by holding appropriate qualifications).
NB Keep your CV focused on your construction experience and let the employer know all the specific skills you have.
You don’t need a personal statement for a construction CV, but you do need to give details of the employers and projects you have worked on.
Keep it clear, clean and simple.
Hospitality – reception
Taking hotel reservations, helping guests, providing advice, are all part of hospitality. You need to be well presented, IT savvy, and have an open, friendly approach. Excellent communication skills and a willingness to provide real service to customers are essential
Have you worked in a hotel? Convention Centre?
If you worked at Reception did you?
- Meet and greet people
- Welcome guests
- Use computerised booking systems
- Take payments
- Provide keys/keycards
- Advise on room service
- Take room service orders and relay them to the kitchen
- Arrange for assistance
- Offer advice on local amenities
Working in a shop means selling to the public so you need to be well presented, friendly and approachable with a positive attitude and enjoy working with people. You will be part of a team and often representing a company..You will need to be reliable, honest and responsible as well as helpful and polite.
If you have done any of this, include it in your CV
Have you worked in a department store, local shop, supermarket, designer shop or high street fashion?
Have you sold food, clothes, make-up, beauty products, white goods, mobile phones?
- Advised Customers – on what?
- Served Customers – with what?
- Helped Customers – how?
- Dealt with cash payments
- Taken card payments
- Re-stocked shelves
- Designed Displays
- Carried out stock checks
- Kept an area clean
If you want to work in a particular shop then check out their own websites.
Retail websites include
If you are keen on safety and security this job could be perfect for you. Security officers make sure that buildings, valuables or people are safe and secure. They help prevent theft and damage. They also deal with emergencies.
You don’t need academic qualifications to start work as a security officer but a good standard of general education will be helpful. You will need a Security Industry Authority license for most jobs.
A security officer needs to be mature and responsible. It will also help if you’re a polite and helpful person.
Do you have any of the following?
(Remember to include reference and expiry date)
- SIA License
- Recent CRB check
- First Aid Certificates
- Health and Safety
- Full UK Driving License
If you have done any of these, include them in your CV
- Checked ID Documents to check the age of those entering the facility
- Manual and video surveillance
- Protection of patrons
- Protection of cash and other valuables
- Breaking up fights and other incidents
- Removal of those who are in violation of the rules
- Handling any complaints or passing them on to a manager
- Using observation methods
- Maintaining a state of calm to minimise risk of disruption and injury
You will need to be well presented, clean and tidy, able to provide good customer service
If you have done any of this then include it in your CV.
Have you worked in restaurants, or cafes?
Have you worked at events?
- Taken accurate orders from diners
- Used computer systems
- Relayed orders to kitchen
- Served food
- Served canopes
- Advised on drinks
- Served drinks
- Dealt with cash and card payments
- Cleared away
- Set Tables for different courses
Are you trained in Silver Service?
Do you have a Food and Hygiene Certificate?