Looking for a job


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17/02/2009 at 10:07


My name is Florian Neuschwander I am german and I have been in London since 2 weeks because my girlfriend is working here and I want to be with her.
At the moment I have a temporary job there but only  for 2 weeks.

so I am looking for a job in the London area from 23th February.

Before I went to London I was a retailer in a big sports store in Munich (in the running area).
While my trainee as a retailer in 2007 I managed  one of our sports stores in germany  with 8 other trainees for 3 weeks.

I although studied sports in Germany for 3 years.

Yesterday (15th February) I won the Tunbridge Wells Halfmarathon in 1h08:48 min.

I would like to work preferable in a running shop as I did it in Germany.

I could although imagine to coach runners or assume other things in the running area.

Hope to get a few answers

Thanks a lot !!


Edited: 18/02/2009 at 12:06
18/02/2009 at 16:19

Try some of the better running shops - where they might value your running ability and knowledge..some potential places:

Runners Need

Run and Become

Flora London Marathon Shop

Good luck

18/02/2009 at 17:18


 I tried this already.....

Not so easy to find  a job at the moment..... 



18/02/2009 at 17:24
Sweat Shop?
18/02/2009 at 17:29
"Not so easy to find a job at the moment....."

I think a few hundred thousand others would agree with you as well........
18/02/2009 at 17:46
Try Germany.

Then the Brits can get the British jobs, luvvie.

18/02/2009 at 18:38

*waits in anticipation*

18/02/2009 at 18:51
Is Anticipation the name of a running shop and the wait caused by the lack of staff?
19/02/2009 at 14:33

Sorry, can't help you other than to try Yellow Pages and just get on the phone and ask. I'm sure there are lots of shops who would wlecome an enthusiastic employee who can also help coach etc.

Good luck, and ignore the comments of some above. They probably don't realise that Germany has more working Brits in than any other country abroad. I'm sure you don't recommend they all come back to Britain.

And well done on the TW win, you would have lapped me if it had been a marathon!

19/02/2009 at 14:43
Aliard - very diplomatic. I'd have called the earlier contributor a f***ing nasty Mail-reading little-England bigot onanist, which would obviously be a disgraceful thing to do.

Good luck Florian - there's got to be a chance of a shop owner/manager coming across this thread who could do with your expertise and maybe a quick runner for their club.
Edited: 19/02/2009 at 14:43
19/02/2009 at 15:51

Silent Roar, your comment is quite frankly horrific and you should be ashamed of yourself.  If you're having difficulty finding a job, perhaps it's your attitude.  I've heard there are a few jobs on Pluto - I'll buy you a 1 way ticket.

Florian - we're not all like that, don't worry.  Have you tried Runners World, which is an independent running shop with 2 branches in West london (one Asics specific) and the other in East London.  I don't wish to dampen your spirits, but you may have to widen your search slightly as jobs are a bit tricky at the moment.  There are, I'm sure, sports associations, local councils and clubs that might be looking for people.  Alternatively, start in any retail role you can, and that'll stand you in good stead, then you can move on from there.  Good luck and happy running

19/02/2009 at 16:20
I wonder if Silent Roar would refuse to be treated by an overseas GP?
19/02/2009 at 16:38
Silent Roar probably couldn't even talk to me, cos my mum isn't English.  I tell you what, I'll pop over to my folks' place later and get her sent back overseas
19/02/2009 at 18:13

JuanaH  - "Silent Roar, your comment is quite frankly horrific and you should be ashamed of yourself.  If you're having difficulty finding a job, perhaps it's your attitude.  I've heard there are a few jobs on Pluto - I'll buy you a 1 way ticket."

A silly reply in the present economic circumstances of this country, JuanaH. What do you want me to do, roll out a welcome mat for all and sundry?

The headline rate of unemployment in this country is about two million people and is estimated to grow to three million locals by the end of 2009. The actual rate, unmeasured, is probably nearer the six or seven million mark.

My comment, "Try Germany. Then the Brits can get the British jobs, luvvie." isn't horrific in the context, and there's no reason for me to be in the least bit ashamed of it. It's a perfectly reasonable response to a foreigner who rather tactlessly starts a thread looking for UK employment in the middle of a recession bordering on a depression on a running site which isn't a jobfinder site, and which is likely to get people's hackles up.

We don't need more and more people from other countries piling into this country just now, taking the jobs that the locals could be doing, and thereby bumping up our own unemployment rate. Unfortunately because English is taught in schools around the world, this country is too readily a target for migrants. They already speak English, so they aren't going to go to Spain or France or Russia, to look for work, are they?, they're going to come here. The Government did little to stop the influx of hundreds of thousands of Poles, Rumanians, Bulgarians, etc, and the foreigners continue to come, and they consider it's perfectly fine to carry on doing so irrespective of whatever the effect of that is on the countries they are migrating into or the fact they are depriving locals of employment. The locals aren't protected.

Maybe it isn't obvious to you, but we don't need the likes of Florian Neuschwander coming here just now, and I'm happy to say so when provoked.  Her friend comes here, she comes here, next week it will be another friend, sleeping on their floor, and so on and so on, because, you know, it's zo ver hart to find work in Munich and London is such lofley place. Typically the sort of people who come here are twentysomethings rather than older - attractive to employers on account of their youth - so the older, unemployed people in this country are pushed to one side. They don't have a chance at getting a job, faced with the young, pretty, English speaking immigrant competition that typically arrives, planeload after planeload and takes the jobs.

How many immigrants are going to come here? There is no limit, and there is no protection of jobs for the people who live here. Anyone can pile in here from the 26 countries of the EU, no questions asked, as of right, whether we need them or not.  Anyone else, from some other country outside the EU, can pretend to be an asylum seeker, root themselves, and stay. And the British government does next to nothing to protect the locals from that process.

19/02/2009 at 18:13

Florian Neuschwander will doubtless take the job a British unskilled worker could be doing instead if she went home. Does that fact bother her? I don't suppose so for one minute. I'm happy to point out to her that her coming here is depriving a local person of a job. It's her who should feel guilty about doing that, not me for daring to comment.

It isn't a level playing field either. Most Germans will have learnt English at school as it's the main international language of the world, so, already speaking the language, it's easy for them to travel here, especially if a friend is here already. Few Brits learn German as it isn't such a useful language in life. So they come here to take our jobs but it's far more difficult for Brits to migrate there and take their jobs.

This isn't a job-finder site either.  It's something of an abuse to use it as a job-finder site.


19/02/2009 at 18:26
SR - if you are going to have a xenophobic rant about Florian you would do yourself a very big favour if you did your homework first

Florian is male

19/02/2009 at 18:46

or she is running a bloody fast HM for a girl... hahaha...

it is a little ironic for SR to accuse Florian of being "insensitive" ...

in any case... there is a lovely male forumite here who has a German girlfriend and is considering to move to live with her and hence obviously work over there.... i.e. exacly what Florian has done but the other way around.  I sincerely hope that if and when he does he won't encounter too many people of the likes of SR.

Florian, welcome!  Have you thought of trying some of the larger online running shops, such as Start Fitness, Sportsshoes.com etc.  Good luck. 

Edited: 19/02/2009 at 19:03
Farnie    pirate
19/02/2009 at 20:42

what a sad sad sad post SR.

You should get out more, and as FB said do your homework.  I couldn't help but giggle at the constant references to Locals, ha haa do you live in Royston Vasey?

There is nothing stopping the unemployed people here moving (with their friends) to go and live in Germany.  And the fact they don't speak the language says more about us a country than it does about everyother one that bothers to learn a sencond language.,

There are plenty of people in construction and engineering who (and not speaking 'their' language) have travelled abroad and got 'locals' jobs......

19/02/2009 at 23:12

Not much more to say about SR's post - breathtaking ignorance - i particularly enjoyed the wholly false summary of how the uk deals with asylum seekers - I just hope it's a wind up

 My regret is that we weren't 'swamped' with 'pretty' high-cheekboned eastern europeans a few years earlier when i was young and single - i just have to settle for occasional quiet lechery these days

Edited: 19/02/2009 at 23:15
20/02/2009 at 00:11
What a pity the roar wasn't silent
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