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Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK.

Wanted: Special Effects Artist

Special Effects Artist – London

Kieran wants a special fx make up artist to transform him into Voldemort (from Harry Potter) for his Halloween costume.  Think you have the skills to take on this scary opportunity? Apply here.

Opera Singer – Surrey

Put your opera singing skills to use at a wedding this Christmas in Surrey.  James wants your voice to make his big day a special one.  Apply now for all the details.

Jewellery Designer – London

Mary is looking for a self-employed, experienced jeweller in London or the East Anglian region. You will be working with precious jewels and must have an eye for designing and making your own pieces of jewellery.  Contact Mary now to grab this great opportunity.

Mountain Leader – Wales

Do you love getting out in the fresh air for a hike?  Mark needs help to supervise an expedition in the Black Mountains.  It’s a 2 day hike starting next Monday October 8th.  The group consists of 12-15 students and 3 staff. If this sounds like your ideal couple of days then send Mark a message now.

Costume Designer – London

Samantha is on the look out for a highly skilled costume designer who wishes to show off their talent in many elaborate and interesting ways.  Projects will be for theatrical costumes within a budget.  No restrictions on creative – any materials, any technique.  Interested?  Apply now with some sample work.

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Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK.

Photographer – London

Samantha is in search of a photographer that can help her produce extremely creative and inspirational works of art.  You need to have access to a studio or a range of good locations and be willing to put in the time for storyline photography.  Contact Samantha today to chat more about this interesting opportunity.

Dressmaker – Huddersfield

Are you a whiz with a sewing machine?  Emma needs 4 bridesmaid dresses and she’s having trouble finding exactly what she wants in the shops.  So now she’s looking into getting them made.  Contact Emma today to see exactly what she’s looking for.

Web Developer – London

Izzy needs someone to build and integrate a web application of a virtual clothing store to a WordPress website.  If this sounds like your area of expertise apply now with a quote.

Cake Decorator – Birmingham

This sounds like a dream job – making and decorating cakes!  Sid is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic cake decorator for his busy patisserie in Birmingham.  You will be baking and decorating cakes to a high standard but also working with the team creating new and exciting cakes.  Apply now to grab this sweet opportunity.

Ukulele Teacher – London

Jennifer is looking for someone to teach people how to play the ukulele!  Preferably you’ll be accessible to central, north and east London.  Contact Jennifer now to show your interest.

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Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK.

Chef – Hull, England

‘The East Riding Room’ are in search of a chef to join their team.  It is essential that the candidate demonstrates a keen interest in developing traditional British dishes and has a proven track record of delivering high standards.  If you think you have what it takes – apply here!

Music Producer – London, England 

Samantha is searching for an experienced music producer who would be willing to do something original.  She’s looking to create an atmospheric and rich sound based around metal and rock to fit with her opera vocals.  Interested? Apply here.

Composite Laminator – Oxfordshire, England 

Calling all Formula 1 fans!  Siobhan is looking for a composite laminator, trimmer or fitter for a Formula 1 company in Oxfordshire.  If you have previous F1 or motorsports experience get in contact with Siobhan for more details.

Singing Teacher – Nottingham, England 

Katie is looking for a singing tutor in Nottingham.  If you have the experience to help Katie improve on her voice and breathing techniques then get in touch now for all the details.

Barista – London, England

‘Potters Bar’ has a great opportunity for barista’s in London.  You’ll have the chance to develop your barista skills and learn how to deliver exceptional customer service.  Contact Samantha today if you’re interested.

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“SkillPages Is Full Of Talented People”

Editor’s note: This is part of a series highlighting member stories on SkillPages.  Gus is a film director using SkillPages to find the various skills he needs depending on what type of film he’s shooting.

Never Knowing What Skill I Need Next

Film making is a truly collaborative process.  So many different skills are required depending on the type of film you’re shooting, both behind and in front of the camera.  My latest film is a surreal darts comedy called Double Top.  It prominently features one character who sketches throughout, offering a parallel commentary on the action and the characters.  As the sketches were going to be an integral part of the film I was keen to get a skilled illustrator involved at the very early stages of pre-production.

A friend recommended SkillPages, I signed up and posted an opportunity.  Pretty soon I started to get replies from potential applicants.  Many of them included links to their portfolios and examples of their work.  This was just what I needed to narrow down a shortlist of artists who had styles that fitted my vision.

Finding The Perfect Candidate

After some emailing back and forth with a few potential applicants, to get a feel for their personalities, I invited a select few to rehearsals.  I asked them to create ‘live’ sketches of the actors as we worked on scenes.  Before long I found the perfect candidate – Zoe Delautre, a French artist living in London.  Zoe really got the spirit of what I was trying to do and became a regular participant at rehearsals, producing scores of sketches and working through various ideas and styles.  Some of these drawings appear onscreen in the film, while others became an invaluable part of the development process.  I was very impressed with Zoe’s ability to interpret my requests and the work she produced was exceptional, showcasing a variety of styles and a deep understanding of the collaborative and creative process.

Filming went extremely well and Double Top is now in post-production.  I hope to start submitting it to festivals this autumn.  I’m really grateful that SkillPages was able to connect me to a brilliantly talented artist for such a key role.  I will definitely be coming back to SkillPages again when recruiting for future projects.  You never know what type of skills you’re going to need next and SkillPages is full of talented people.

– Gus Alvarez, Film Director

Innovating In The Cloud With AWS

Delivering a product that is used by millions of people on a global scale takes a quite a lot of effort and resources.  At SkillPages, we decided early on that we wanted to put our efforts into creating great software that delivers value to our members and not get overly stretched with building out and managing platform infrastructure.  Of course, the underlying platform has to be scalable and flexible enough to accommodate our requirements as we learn and evolve.  This is principally why we chose to cloud-base the SkillPages platform on AWS.

From the success we have had so far with AWS, Amazon have invited me to share our experiences at their upcoming London event.  The event is an introduction into what AWS can offer your business.  If you’re involved in a start-up looking to scale out your venture I highly recommend attendance.

What Will You Learn?

  • Learn about how AWS helps you get to market faster and also stay agile
  • Discover how to implement AWS to power a lean lifecycle when running, scaling, and iterating your product
  • Learn from existing AWS customers about their experiences with Amazon Web Services
  • Network with AWS technical representatives and executives and local technology leaders

Who Should Attend?

  • Founders, co-founders, technical and business-minded entrepreneurs
  • Startups building scalable, lean applications

When?

September 26th 13:00-18:00

Check out the AWS events page for registration and full details.  See you there!

Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK.

Dog Groomer – Plymouth, England

Calling all dog-lovers.  Jon has an opening for a dog groomer in Plymouth.  If animal care is your passion and you can shampoo a dog in your sleep apply now!

App Developer – UK

Do you know everything there is to know about iphone app development?  If so, Phil wants to hear from you!  And the fact that you have to sign an NDA to get the brief makes it all the more exciting.  Apply now to get more details.

Gardener – Holywell, Wales

Chelsie is looking to revamp her garden and needs an experienced landscape gardener to take on the task.  The main feature will be to add a pond and fencing.  If you think you’re up to the task – contact Chelsie today.

Drummer – London

Danny is looking for a dedicated drummer to join his rock band.  The group are also influenced by reggae, blues, electronic music and metal.  If you’re interested in regular gigs and recording your own music contact Danny for all the details.

Search all opportunities on SkillPages to find one that matches your skills!

Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK.

DJ – London

Would you like to DJ at some of London’s biggest clubs?  Ryan already has the dates booked, now he’s looking for experienced or up and coming DJ’s to fill the slots.  Apply now with a link to one of your mixes to grab this great opportunity.

Dancers & Graffiti Artists – Surrey

Interested in making a difference in young people’s lives?  Surrey Clubs for Young People are on the lookout for enthusiastic street dancers and graffiti artists to work with their group of 11-19 year olds.  Get involved by contacting Sarah today.

Acting Coach – London

A large community production is looking for an acting coach to come on board.  The main responsibilities will involve dialect and voice training, auditioning, casting and improv lessons among others.  If you have the array of skills required – apply now!

Head Chef – Yorkshire

Colin is offering a fantastic opportunity to join a growing company as head chef.  It’s essential that you can control a fast paced kitchen while also training and nurturing junior members of the team.  If you have the experience necessary apply here.

Kick Boxing Trainer – London

Jessica is looking for a fun and enthusiastic kick boxing trainer in South London.  You’re needed for 2 classes a week and the sooner you can start the better so contact Jessica now for all the details.

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Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK .

Private Yacht Staff – UK

We’re already jealous of people who take up this opportunity!  Kenneth is looking for a full crew for a private yacht – a captain, deck hands, a cook, engineers, waiters and the list goes on.  If you have one of the many skills needed and are interested, and lets face it who wouldn’t be, apply here.

Singers – London

If you’re looking for a break in the music industry this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  Des is offering his years of professional recording experience to some ambitious singers preferably in soul, pop, R & B or funk styles.  Apply now with your demo!

Fashion Designer – Sheffield

A Sheffield based clothing company is looking to bring in a new fashion expert to update their designs.  Storyboarding and garment cutting are essential skills for this opportunity.  If this sounds like you get in contact with Graham today.

Dancers – London

Rosie is looking to get a dance group together in London and needs 3 male and 2 females to complete the crew.  Contact Rosie for all the information and to show your interest.

Saxophone Player – North Lincolnshire

‘The Little Phat Band’ are in need of both Alto and Tenor Saxophone players for their function band.  With paid gigs already lined up they’re eager to get the ball rolling, so don’t hesitate – apply now.

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Top Opportunities This Week – UK

Editor’s note: Every day over 100,000 skilled people are presented with new opportunities on SkillPages. This post highlights some of the top opportunities recently added in the UK .

Set Designer – Brighton

Work on a feature film – yes please!  ‘Relentless’ is being filmed in Brighton and they are looking for a set designer to come on board.  The film promises to be action packed and thrilling, apply now to express your interest.

Military Fitness Instructor – Liverpool

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to bootcamp but I’d hardly call it fun…unless you’re the one inflicting the pain!  And that’s exactly what Rob is offering.  He’s looking to recruit some military type fitness instructors in Liverpool for stimulating, safe and ‘fun’ group fitness sessions.  Tough guys – apply here!

Video Editor – London

Christine has an opportunity that just opened up for a video editor of a talk show being filmed in London.  Sounds like an opportunity to meet some very interesting people!  If you have the ability to weave video clips into a compelling story then Christine wants to hear from you.

Beautician – Birmingham

Are pamper parties and nail designs your kind of thing?  Michaela is looking for an experienced beautician in Birmingham for some fun pampering events in August.  Get in touch now for all the details.

Android Developer – London

Who doesn’t want to work with one of the most well known brands in the world?  Well if you’re an Android developer now is your chance.  Adam is keeping very quiet about the details but I’m sure he’ll tell all once you apply.

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Rekindling An Old Skill

Editor’s note: This is part of a series highlighting member stories on SkillPages.  James Creagh used SkillPages to find a new band after a 10 year break.

Crimson Clocks from left to right: Colin Cooke (bass), Jo Luckett (violin and oboe), Linzi Cooke (vocals), Steve Joliffe (drums) and James Creagh (guitar and backing vocals)

Years ago I moved from London to Birmingham, and with the move I lost the band I played with. As a computer programmer, playing guitar and finding a new band was never a necessity. Now, 10 years later, I decided it was time to get back into it, with the hopes of joining a new band.

After redundancy, job searching led me to SkillPages – a place where you can find new opportunities related to any of your skills.  Since registering I’ve received many email alerts about people looking for guitarists and musicians.  Out of those I noticed a local band looking for a guitarist that sounded like a good fit for me so I got in touch straight away.

Following some initial correspondence they invited me to audition along with 2 other guitarists. The audition went great and it was brilliant to be back playing.  I was delighted to get a call the next day asking me to join the band!

The band, Crimson Clocks, started rehearsing every weekend and after a few months we had lined up 2 gigs, one at a local festival.

We had our first gig at The Roadhouse – a local rock venue.  There were five bands in total and it was a ‘Steampunk’ evening.  After a few initial glitches it went well and we picked up some new fans.  The 2nd gig was a week later.  This time we stormed it!  The sound was nice and clear and we had quite a few compliments afterwards.

The next step in our plan for world domination is to put together a demo recording of about 5 songs to get more gigs.

It feels great to be part of a band again!

– James Creagh, Guitarist