Could London Olympics help your chances of securing hospitality jobs?

With London gearing up for this weekend's (June 3rd) Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games in July and August, those seeking temporary work in the hospitality sector are likely to find plenty of employment opportunities in the capital.

Reports state that more than 12,000 London-based job-seekers have been offered paid roles at the Games this summer, which will include catering jobs and work in the security, retail and cleaning sectors.

Olympics organising committee Locog has been holding job fairs around the city to entice individuals to sign up to temporary work roles, with the hopes that these short-term jobs will help people find long-term employment, the Evening Standard reported.

London mayor Boris Johnson commented: "There are thousands of people in the host boroughs getting jobs – school-leavers getting positions in catering, security and cleaning jobs. They will have on their CVs an Olympic qualification for the rest of their lives and there is no doubt it will lead to long-term employment."

So if you want to get a job at the Olympics, how do you go about it? The first step is to identify where your skills lie and what kind of position you'd like to pursue, so do some research into the various employment opportunities available.

They range from all manner of hospitality jobs – such as preparing food for the Olympic catering, working behind the bar serving Games attendees and ensuring supplies are delivered to the right locations.

There are also a number of management roles available in the catering, cleaning and waste aspects of the Games – so make sure you know what kind of employment you want before you apply.

Those who manage to secure hospitality jobs ahead of the Olympic Games will be required to learn about contingency plans put in place in case deliveries are not made on time.

Earlier this month, TfL demonstrated the knock-on effects a temporary road change can have on delivery times. With several roads being closed for the Olympic Route Network, cafes, bars and restaurants may find their deliveries are not getting to them when they are supposed to.

Meanwhile, London's Leicester Square – which is where thousands of visitors congregate to grab a bite to eat before heading off to the theatre district – has reopened this month after a £15.3 million facelift, which could create further hospitality jobs for those seeking work in the bars, cafes and restaurants in the area.

Some 250,000 people head to Leicester Square every day, providing plenty of trade in that part of London. Next month the historic Hippodrome building reopens as a casino in the square, which again could offer new bar vacancies for those wanting to make some extra money over the summer.

Robert Davis, deputy mayor of Westminster City Council, commented: "This ambitious regeneration project has breathed new life into the square and has given it a vibrant new feel which is more in-keeping with its international reputation.

"Central London deserves a state-of-the-art cultural destination, particularly in this Olympic year, and we hope Londoners and visitors alike will be impressed with the results," he added.

Find bar work with Berkeley Scott, the specialist hotel, hospitality and catering recruitment agency

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