How To Get Noticed on LinkedIn

Recruiters are constantly scanning LinkedIn to find top candidates.

Having a below average profile, which is essentially your online resume, could mean you’re missing out on job opportunities.

If you maximise your LinkedIn profile you may not be looking for your next job, it could come and find you.

To help you get noticed on LinkedIn, we’ve put together a few helpful tips on how to stand out from the crowd.

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Fill Out the Summary Section

The summary section on LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your achievements and professional goals. In fact, recruiters consider it the most important section of your profile, according to LinkedIn.

Use it to talk about your experience, motivations, interests and skills.

Use a Good, Professional Photo

Profiles that include a clear photo are much more likely to be viewed than those without one.

According to LinkedIn, a profile with a photo is nine times more likely to receive connection requests and messages.

Add Your Location

Lots of recruiters screen by location, they want people who are close to the jobs. By adding your city or country, you will boost your chances of being seen.

Create a Strong Headline

You have 120 characters under your name on your profile to sell yourself. If you can, don’t just mention your job title but show how you solve a problem.

Always Include Your Educational Background

By adding your school, college or university, hiring managers and former classmates are more likely to find you in searches.

Profiles with completed education fields receive 17 times more messages from recruiters.

List the Industry You Work In

To come up in relevant searches, you need to list the type of industry you work in, or the one you’d like to start working in.

It also helps LinkedIn connect you with the right job listings, events and trending articles.

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List Your Current Position

Having an outdated profile can put recruiters off. They might think you haven’t updated your page, you aren’t active on the site and wouldn’t return their messages.

Updating your page is quick and easy to do, and it’s a great way to show your professional trajectory. Be sure to include your current title, company and start date.

Don’t Forget to List Your Skills

Employers are looking for people with skills, so listing as many as you can is a big help. According to LinkedIn, you should include five or more skills to showcase your different talents.

Endorse Some of Your Connections

If you endorse some of your connections, more often than not you will return the favour.

If your top skills start rising in endorsements your visibility will also start to improve.

Join a Networking Group

Joining relevant industry groups on LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your expertise. Recruiters will often search groups looking for strong candidates – show them you are one by proving thoughtful answers and comments.

Spelling and Grammar Check

Always check your writing for spelling and grammar errors, if a recruiter spots a mistake, they are more likely to move on to someone else.

Working for Signature Living

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Signature Living is one of the top companies in Liverpool to work for, whether it’s surrounding hospitality, events or even marketing.

We’re always in search of fresh new talent to join our team.

Signature Living is renowned for amazing venues such as Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

Whether it’s hospitality, marketing or construction, make sure you check out our current job vacancies in Liverpool to take the next step in your career.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Top Tips from the Signature Living Recruitment Team

There’s nothing quite like being a part of a big family. At Signature Living, ours is growing every day and we’re always looking for the best and brightest stars to join our ever-expanding team. If you’re looking for hotel jobs, why not work for the fastest growing and most exciting business in Liverpool?

Whether you’re wanting to be on the front line in our bars or restaurants, behind the scenes at head office or making our buildings what they are with the construction team, there are hotel jobs for everybody at Signature Living.

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We pride ourselves on being the best of the best, with some of the highest rated hotels and restaurants in Liverpool, we need the best staff to help ensure our guests get the amazing experience they come to expect from Signature Living.

It’s a hard task finding the Signature stars that make our working family so special. Each and every member of staff has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them the perfect fit for our hotels, restaurants, spas, bars and other adventures.

It’s hard to put into words, but we’ve rounded up some of the features our incredible staff possess that make them perfect for hotel jobs with us.

Hotel Jobs with Personality

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We believe that personality goes a long way. There’s a reason we ask all our candidates if they’re mad enough to be brilliant!

We’re not saying you have to be mad to work here, but it helps! Everyone in the Signature family has a personality that shines above all else, we like to keep a lookout for people with a dynamic edge that will really compliment our style.

After all, we do have some of the most unique and talked-about hotel suites and apartments in Liverpool. Why should our staff be any different?

Willing to Take a Risk

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Having the courage to speak up and say what you think is an important factor when working in a fast-paced environment like signature Living. Expressing your own ideas to benefit the business and, most importantly, our guests can be really beneficial in our atmosphere of constant improvement and innovation.

All our hotel jobs are hugely rewarding and require a certain level of inner strength. Every day is different at our hotels and apartments, so be prepared for anything!

Undertaking new challenges is key to progression and you’ll never be short of something new to try. Whether you’re helping our guests, renovating our projects or dazzling on social media, our innovative methods are sure to keep things exciting.

Are You Mad Enough to be Brilliant?

Fresh new talent is always welcomed at Signature Living. With many new and exciting developments in the pipeline, there’s something for everyone.

From writing a cover letter to revealing interview tips, we’re here to help you along the way and make sure we’re getting the best out of all our applicants.

Once you’re clued up on everything we look for in the perfect applicant, head to our job vacancies page and start your journey with us today!

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Cover Letter Mistakes You Should Avoid

It’s the first thing your employer will see and the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent, and yet cover letter mistakes are very common.

An effective cover letter can prove that you write well, think clearly and possess the qualities you need to succeed in the job.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together some of the most common cover letter mistakes that you should always try to avoid when applying for a new job.

Starting with Your Name

‘My name is John Smith and I want this job because…’ – this is a big no in the job world.

You should write your cover letter as if it was a real letter, the sign off will tell them your name, plus it should be on the top of your resume anyway.

What you Should do:  Always start with a relevant qualification that sells your talents to your potential employer.

So, maybe you’re a recent graduate with a passion for computer programming, tell them. Or, perhaps you’re a marketing professional with over 5 years’ experience in the industry, introduce yourself that way and tell them how it relates to the job you’re applying for.

Lack of Attention to Detail

This is probably one of the most important cover letter mistakes you should avoid.

Submitting a letter with grammar and/or spelling errors is a sure way to get screened out straight away. It shows you don’t have attention to detail and have probably rushed the application process.

You should always check facts such as the employers name, the exact job title and if you refer to the company, make sure you spell it correctly.

What You Should Do: Always use the spelling and grammar checking tools on your computer to identify some of the mistakes, but never just rely on that. Check back through and read it out loud to yourself, to make sure it flows well.

Lastly, always get someone else to proof it for you before submitting your application, a fresh pair of eyes will always pick up on mistakes you’ve missed.

Rehashing Your Resume

Your cover letter should never contain exactly the same information as your resume. It’s the first thing your potential employer will see, therefore you need to really sell your best attributes in a short and concise way.

What you Should do: Focus on two or three examples of your previous work or experience. By giving a bigger picture about how you achieved the skills you have, it will help your employer to understand more about you and how you would fit in their team.

Too Short or too Long

There are sometimes exceptions to the rule, but in general, cover letters shouldn’t go over a page and should usually fill that page. Employers won’t have time to read pages and pages, so you need to make it easy for them to pick out the main attributes and skills you possess.

What You Should Do: Always keep a cover letter concise and wrap it up after around 3 paragraphs. Remember, you don’t need to tell them everything you’ve ever done, just the best snippets to convince them to invite you to an interview.

Highlighting Inexperience

It’s easy to feel vulnerable when applying for a job, especially if you feel that your skills don’t exactly match the specifications. However, starting off a cover letter by underselling yourself or drawing attention to the skills or knowledge you are lacking is never the way to go.

What You Should Do: Be confident and always emphasise the skills you do have, rather than highlighting things you don’t know. You need to impress your employer, not show them your weaknesses.

Sending a Generic Letter

One of the most common cover letter mistakes is to send a generic copy to a range of different job titles. Employers can tell a mile of if you’ve just written one letter and sent it to everyone.

What you Should Do: A good cover letter will be tailored to the specific job you are applying for. Carefully read the job specification and try to refer to most of the points and how your skills will help you to excel in that particular job.

Over Sharing or Over Explaining

There is some information that you don’t need to include in your cover letter. You never need to explain why you want to leave your current job, or why you were let go from a previous employer. There is also no need to include personal details, such as relationship or illness, the recruiter doesn’t need to know this information.

What you Should Do: Your potential employer is looking for details about what you can offer them and how you will fit into their company, so always explain this rather than looking back to the past. Always steer clear of negativity towards a previous employer or job.

Going off Brand

Think of your cover letter as your sales pitch to your future employer. It’s the introduction to your resume, so make sure your cover letter matches up with it in terms of font, design and colour palette. Probably more important for creative jobs, but doing this still shows potential bosses that you’re consistent and have a creative side.

What you Should Do: Make sure your cover letter and resume match up, in terms of design and presentation. It should have the same header as your resume, the same font and size, plus always check the contact information is consistent.

Not Providing Concrete Examples

Expressing empty opinions about your strengths will generally not convince employers about your suitability for the job. You need to back up your skills with clear examples from previous jobs or training.

What you Should Do: Back up your statements by referencing a job or role where you successfully employed that strength. For example, instead of simply stating ‘I possess strong writing skills and an outstanding work ethic.’  Use an example – ‘Strong writing skills enabled me to revise a proposal and secure £10,000 in additional funding from the Jones Foundation.’

Don’t Skip It

Last but not least, if your employer asks for a cover letter, or even if they don’t, never skip it. The only reason you shouldn’t provide a cover letter is if they explicably ask you not to provide one.

A cover letter doesn’t have to be complicated, but you must include one.

Working for Signature Living

Signature careers

Signature Living is one of the top companies in Liverpool to work for, whether it’s surrounding hospitality, events or even marketing.

We’re always in search of fresh new talent to join our team.

Signature Living is renowned for amazing venues such as Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

Whether it’s hospitality, marketing or construction, make sure you check out our current job vacancies in Liverpool to take the next step in your career.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Signature Living Set to Open Cunard Building Restaurant

This month, we announced some exciting news regarding our next Liverpool venture!

At Signature Living, we’re set to transform the ground floor of Liverpool’s iconic Cunard Building.

Ready to take the hospitality world by storm, our culinary vision will bring the city a new, high-end dining experience.

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Signature Living is one of Liverpool’s most successful and exciting companies, continually growing and expanding across the UK.

Our current development projects are set to bring the Signature brand to leading cities including Belfast and Manchester.

And though we have our sights set on growing a worldwide presence, Liverpool is first and foremost where it all began.

Renowned for creating a wide range of jobs in the city, our fields of employment range from hospitality and marketing to construction.

The Upcoming Restaurant

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In the heart of Liverpool city centre, the Cunard Building is the perfect location for a luxury restaurant and events venue.

With the hope to open the ground floor doors in Spring 2018, it’s definitely the time to start getting excited!

This is set to be a fantastic opportunity to work within one of Liverpool’s most historic buildings.

Situated along the Pier Head, there’s no doubt that the restaurant will attract locals in search of something special and visitors from around the globe.

While we have already started recruiting for our main kitchen roles, we’ll soon be in need of a helping hand from a talented team.

With restaurants including Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant and The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, at Signature Living we really know our stuff.

Our wealth of experience means that you can guarantee working for a fantastic team with plenty of perks to the job!

So it’s well worth taking a regular look at our Hospitality page for the latest job vacancies.

A One of a Kind Venue

The Grade II* listed Cunard Building boasts a fascinating maritime history, originally standing as the headquarters of the Cunard Steamship Company.

Neighbouring the Royal Liver Building, the opulent venue was designed by architects William Edward Willink and Philip Coldwell Thicknesse.

It was constructed between 1914 and 1917, and has played an integral role in the city ever since.

Inspired by Renaissance Italy’s grand palaces, we can’t think of many more spectacular buildings to work in, especially with such a view!

Top Chef Ernst Van Zyl

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We couldn’t be more excited to begin working with Ernst Van Zyl, who we’ve appointed as Executive Chef at the Cunard.

Ernst is set to wow our visitors from start to finish with his truly impeccable dishes and extensive experience.

With a number of AA rosettes and some of the biggest names in the business under his belt, it was only natural that Ernst should take centre stage.

If you’re looking elevate your career within the hospitality business, this is a truly unmissable chance to work the very best.

Come Along this Christmas

In the meantime, why not join us at the Cunard this Christmas?

From From 27th November – 24th December, we’ll be transforming this enchanting building into the most festive winter wonderland.

Santa Claus himself along with his trusty team of helpers will be throwing Christmas parties throughout the winter season.

Party guests will have the chance to enjoy everything from meeting Santa and the Elves to visiting our Reindeer Ranch.

The yuletide celebrations will kick off with a family friendly Christmas disco, plenty of festive food and drink, Christmas classics and even a Pier Head land train.

Set to bring a sprinkle of magic to the Liverpool waterfront, Santa’s Christmas Party is the ultimate Christmas experience.

Perfect for the whole family, come along and get a feel for the Cunard for yourself.

Book your tickets here to become a lucky party guest!

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Signature Living Submits Plans for Our First Manchester Hotel

Signature Living is expanding quickly, with hotels already in development in some of the most exciting towns in the UK, and now we’re turning our attention to one of the North’s most influential cities to create our first Manchester hotel.

The Plans for Our Manchester Hotel

In partnership with fellow Liverpool-based property developer Iliad Group, we have just submitted the planning application to turn the former Commercial Hotel in Castlefield into a 39 room development.

The buildings, 123-125 Liverpool Road, are both grade II listed buildings and we plan to continue our ethos of transforming protected buildings into luxury hotels and developments that people of the city can enjoy.

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Our Manchester hotel will be no different. Although the proposed plans request to demolish some features, these features are not part of the original building. The protected building will be carefully and sensitively restored to make the Manchester hotel a beacon for tourism in the area.

Developing in Manchester

Creating a Manchester hotel has always been a dream of Signature Living’s, as an important city in the north and a hub of tourist activity, it was only logical that we’d eventually bring our unique flair to the city.

Castlefield, in the south-west of the city centre, is the industrial heart of Manchester that has been transformed into a trendy and attractive area.

Being close to Deansgate and within easy reach of all the shopping and nightlife on offer, it makes the perfect location for our very first Manchester Hotel.

Residential Accommodation in Manchester

Earlier this year, we also submitted plans for our first residential development outside of Liverpool, at Victoria Mill in the thriving Miles Platting area.

Featuring one and two-bed apartments with the signature touch throughout, with residents benefitting from a 24-hour concierge service and with great transport links to the city centre.

Experts in Restoring Listed Buildings

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This isn’t the first time we’ve taken on the task of restoring a listed building to its former glory. 30 James Street in Liverpool, the former home of White Star Line’s headquarters, was a shadow of its former self and now stand proud once again as one of the most beautiful buildings on Liverpool’s waterfront.

We also took on the mammoth task of transforming The Coal Exchange in Cardiff, the building was in a desperate state after being left to rot. It is now the premier destination for a luxury stay in the city after Signature Living lovingly restored it into The Exchange Hotel.

Manchester Hotel Job Opportunities

The plans are still in the early stages of development, but we pride ourselves on the people that help to make our guest’s experience truly unforgettable.

The Manchester hotel will create plenty of jobs in Manchester. With an internal construction team, service staff, waiting on staff, bartenders and porters all paramount to the successful running.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on our exciting Manchester hotel development and be the first to know when we begin our search for Signature stars to help us make our new hotel as successful as the last.