Boss Your Future

An Interview with our Inspiring Boss Your Future Young Learners

Despite declaring that she is “a very hardworking and motivated person,” given that Lexi began our conversation by talking about the opportunity given to her by Signature Living, shows how important the Boss Your Future scheme is to young people who are ‘Neet’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

The Boss Your Future scheme is an incredible opportunity for young people labelled as ‘Neet’ and are also interested in a career in the hospitality industry.

A unique chance to gain experience and make connections; over the next 5 months, we’re going to be checking in on Lexi and the rest of the groups’ progress – which consists of aspiring hoteliers, philanthropists, restaurateurs and bar owners – and seeing how they develop over time.

Boss Your Future and the Group’s Aspirations

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Trying to pinpoint exactly what he wanted to achieve with the Boss Your Future programme Ben, despite revealing he had “bad” anxiety to the group – which took amazing courage to do so, it must be said, exclaimed:

“I wanted to do the Boss Your Future programme because I’ve had bad anxiety for quite a while; Signature Living is very out there, and I wanted to throw myself in the deep end and gain more confidence and experience.”

You know when talking to Ben who, like the rest of the group is ‘Neet,’ that he will flourish and prosper on the programme. Indeed, he also revealed that he would like to own his own bar one day, adding: “I hope to get the experience and confidence required for that here, at Signature Living.”

Another aspiring bar owner and restaurateur is Brandon who, despite being quite reserved, had no problem in describing his career aspirations and what he was looking forward to the most: “Food and beverage – mainly the kitchen,” said Brandon who, like Ben, is labelled as ‘Neet,’ before continuing: “I’m aiming to be a chef and own a bar or restaurant.”

I’m going to work my backside off to be successful” said Mia, the youngest member of the group who, in spite of sharing the ‘Neet’ label with Brandon, Lexi and Ben, shared none of their career aspirations: “I’m looking forward to working with the homeless and organising events.”

It’s clear to see that Mia and her co-workers are passionate about their future which, because of Signature Living and Lawrence Kenwright, they are now the boss of.

The Influence of Lawrence Kenwright and Signature Living

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What comes across so prominently as our conversation developed was just how motivated and single-minded this group is, although they did say that they were inspired by our chairman, Lawrence Kenwright.

Speaking for the group, Mia was not shy in pointing out our chairman’s impact on her thinking. “I’ve been expelled, so when Lawrence said when he was my age he was in a similar position to me, that’s what made me think: If he can do it, then I can.”

Lawrence is extremely passionate about creating both new and unique job opportunities in Liverpool, but he is also passionate about seeing these young adults succeed.

A Career with Signature Living

Boss Your Future

Over the next 5 months, we’re going to be checking in on Lexi, Ben, Brandon, Mia and the rest of the group in what will be a monthly feature; tracking their progress, development, ups and downs.

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith just like these amazing young people did, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies. And, why don’t you also check out what it’s like to work here, with us.

Make sure to check back to the blog soon to see how the Boss Your Future programme is developing and, to enquire further about our latest events, contact our friendly team on 0151 236 0166.

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5 Easy Tools to be Productive this September

Is September the second New Year? January is a herculean month, what with the post-Christmas slump, disastrous weather and almost no sunlight whatsoever: so, it’s no wonder so many people look for tools to be productive come September.

Maybe that’s why September is now seen as the ‘second New Year,’ the time when people decide to make positive changes in their lives, knowing they have the tools to be productive.

So, as the sun is still just about shinning, we thought we’d take a closer look at how to make September more productive.

Tools to be Productive: Get Saving

 

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With summer behind us and Christmas coming up, there’s no time like the present to get saving. Just like every routine ever, it takes time to change any bad habits and avoid them altogether.

Tools to be productive such as budget planners, calendars and diaries are a great way to help you manage your outgoings. Watch as your debts tumble like autumn leaves with these useful tools to be productive.

Top Tip: Start with the most important things and work backwards – budgeting as you go.

Tools to be Productive: Be More Positive

 

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Being positive and optimistic is an ideal foundation for making your life full and happy. Alas, if you’re happier you’ll be more productive.

Positive thinkers cope with stress more effectively. In fact, they are less subjected to stress in general. Tools to be more productive such as these let you be more focused and concentrated.

Importantly, optimistic people usually live happier and more productive lives.

Top Tip: Surround yourself with positive and confident people.

Tools to be Productive: Organise Your Space

 

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Interior design expert Bobby Derk says, “coming home to a tidy, pulled together space will help everything in your life feel the same way” – and we couldn’t agree more.

Whether you like it or not, the physical space in which you live has an important impact on how we think and feel. Your environment has a huge impact on your mind; therefore, keeping your space tidy, organised and clean is important and can boost your productivity.

Top Tip: Start with something simple like organising your books or sorting your wardrobe.

Tools to be Productive: Look for Inspiration

Instead of drudging through the gut of people making their way to work, headphones plugged in, every morning, why don’t you look around and plan the day ahead. Inspiration lurks around every corner.

When given the tools to be productive, the best employees will find inspiration much easier and be more effective in the process. Allow inspiration and innovation to inspire your performance.

Top Tip: Unplug. Sometimes your best ideas will come when you’re doing nothing.

Tools to be Productive: Find your 2 Peak Hours

 

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Some people are morning people, others are night owls. That said, the modern working environment doesn’t always accommodate that.

The best thing you can do is identify patterns and when you could engage in deep, uninterrupted work for longer periods of time. When you have identified your optimal working time, you’ll be guaranteed to be more productive.

Top Tip: Note down when your productivity peaks and organise your time accordingly.

A Career at Signature Living

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So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to work at Signature Living? We are always on the lookout for like-minded, productive people.

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of our vacancies and, for more information, email us at careers@signatureliving.co.uk or check out our Facebook page.

5 Words to Describe Working at Signature Living Hotel Group

Every employer strives to create a good working environment for their employees, none more so than us at the Signature Living Hotel Group.

Family orientated, unique, daring, imaginative; all words used to describe Signature Living Hotel Group and what it’s like to work here.

So, we asked our employees to give us 5 words to describe Signature Living Hotel Group, and this is what they said.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Exciting’

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Signature Living is an exciting place to work; it is an ever-changing, dynamic – a word our own chairman, Lawrence Kenwright, used to describe Signature Living – environment in which to work.

We work on numerous projects throughout the year and pride ourselves on that subsequent output, however, it’s not all work and no play here – as you’d expect from Liverpool’s leading party venue supplier.

 

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We provide in-house games including table tennis, pool and air hockey, while we also regularly treat our employees to pizza parties, gin, doughnuts and mega discount.

There’s no doubt about it, Signature Living is an exciting place to work.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Scouse’

 

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Lawrence described Signature Living as ‘Scouse’ – and we couldn’t agree more.

Signature Living embodies everything we love about Liverpool, whether it’s our charitable exploits, live-and-let-live attitude or willingness to laugh at ourselves we, as a company, are extremely proud to call Liverpool home.

And why wouldn’t we be. The amazing 30 James Street is at home next to the three graces, while both The Shankly and Dixie Dean Hotel’s celebrate two Everton and Liverpool titans.

Signature Living isn’t just Scouse, it’s proud to be scouse.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Demanding’

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Yes, we’re an exciting, lovely and entertaining place to work, but we’re also demanding, hardworking and we expect our employees to give everything they’ve got – and then some.

We want you to be creative, ambitious and above all, hardworking. Sure, there’s fun to be had – a lot of it – but we also work extremely hard and hold our employees to a high standard.

That said, if you’re as ambitious and assiduous as we are, you’ll fit right in!

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Ever-changing’

With countless hotels, restaurants, bars, wedding venues and more, Signature Living is an ever-changing environment in which to work.

In addition, though, no two days are ever the same. Some days you’ll be working with a human statue covered in gold paint and on other days, you’ll be liaising with hugely important people in any of our incredible hotels.

This ever-changing environment is what keeps the job interesting – because nobody wants to do the same thing every day.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Rewarding’

 

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A reward here doesn’t have to be monetary or promotion based; sometimes even a simple verbal recognition is all that’s necessary to spur employees’ motivation.

At Signature Living, we reward hard work and duly recognise when our employees go that extra mile. Such mindset is healthy because our employees are always willing to go above and beyond.

A Career at Signature Living

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So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to work at Signature Living? We are always on the look out for people who are mad enough to be brilliant.

Make sure you don’t miss any of our vacancies and, for more information, email us at careers@signatureliving.co.uk

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5 Reasons to Apply for Our Amazing Dixie Dean Hotel Jobs

Signature Living employs nearly 2,000 people in Liverpool and has recently opened a brand-new venue: The Dixie Dean Hotel. In what is an invigorating time to work for Signature Living, you’d be mad not to check out the amazing Dixie Dean Hotel jobs on our website.

Not convinced? Here’s 5 very persuasive reasons to work at The Dixie Dean Hotel.

A Stunning Environment in Which to Work

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There’s no doubt about it, The Dixie Dean Hotel is absolutely stunning. Having a gorgeous place in which to work is so important. Employees appreciate the necessary equipment they need to do their jobs to the highest possible level, but they also appreciate a nice environment to work in.

The Dixie Dean Hotel has been designed using opulent gold ornaments, exposed brick, tub chairs and plush couches, while deep royal blues dominate the colour scheme.

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When employees get to work in such a stunning environment, is there any wonder why so many people are interested in the various Dixie Dean Hotel jobs we have available.

Various Dixie Dean Hotel Jobs are Available

This may seem a somewhat basic reason, but there are numerous Dixie Dean Hotel jobs on offer.

Are you a talented cook or maybe you’re a beast behind the bar? Are you a warm and welcoming host or maybe you can supervise a bar like nobodies’ business? There’s never been a more ideal time to work at The Dixie Dean Hotel. From bartenders to top level managerial positions, as you can see we’re building our team from scratch.

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So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to work for The Dixie Dean Hotel? Check out the list of Dixie Dean Hotel jobs and upload your CV here and take the next step in your career – you won’t regret it.

Signature Living is Liverpool’s Fastest Growing Hotelier

Recently, Signature Living was named on the London Stock Exchange’s list of ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.’ Furthermore, Signature Living is proud to have created over 2,000 jobs in Liverpool alone, and to have contributed to the 11,100 jobs created over the past two years by business based in the North West.

What we’re trying to say is that the tourism industry is large and ever growing – and Signature Living is at the forefront of that expansion. Being a part of such a rewarding, quick paced environment is one of the many reasons why you should check out the Dixie Dean Hotel jobs that are available.

Internal Promotion Prospects

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A company that stands out is one that frequently promotes from within. This is a sure sign that we value hard work and acknowledge internal talent when we see it. So, when applying for a job at the hotel, just think, you may be running it someday.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at our interview with Tyra Leeming – our inhouse photographer. In her own words “[Tyra] helped scrub the floors at The Shankly Hotel before it opened.” She was then promoted to hostess, before our chairman, Lawrence Kenwright, asked to see her photography work. He liked it and instantly asked her to be Signature Living’s inhouse photographer.

This reason alone should inspire you to apply for one of the Dixie Dean Hotel jobs that are available.

Easy to Reach City Centre Location

Nobody likes commuting, although there are ways of making your journey more productive. That said, one of the key features that makes The Dixie Dean Hotel an appealing place to work is its central location.

Located close to Liverpool’s main public transport links, The Dixie Dean Hotel is central, accessible and a practical place to work. So, whether you take the train, bus or even walk to work, there’s no reason not to check out our amazing hotel jobs.

A Career at Signature Living

So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to work at The Dixie Dean Hotel? We, at Signature Living, are on the lookout for talented bartenders, chefs, hosts and hostesses and general managers.

Make sure you don’t miss any of our vacancies and, for more information, email us at careers@signatureliving.co.uk.

Tips on What Not to Do in a Job Interview

By far, the easiest way to blow a job interview is to get on your interviewer’s nerves. Knowing what not to do in a job interview is therefore, absolutely vital.

Obviously, no one sets out to annoy his or her potential boss, but knowing and recognising those red flags is not always easy.

From bad manners, avoidable faux pa’s and sentences you should never say, take a look at what not to do in a job interview below.

You can thank us later.

What Not to do in a Job Interview

Talk Way too Soon About Money

 

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Money makes the world go around, but in an interview it should be the last thing on your mind. When asked why you want this job, remember to stay clear from saying so you can pop bottles on the weekend – no matter how true it is.

Although it’s important to know your worth, you should never bring up your salary before your employer. Like we said, knowing what not to do in a job interview is important – and bringing up money is an immediate no-no.

Be too Early – or Worse, Late

 

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Knowing what not to do in a job interview is valuable, but knowing what not to do before a job interview is equally as important.

Arriving late, not turning up at all, or not being flexible are huge annoyances – signalling to an employer why they shouldn’t hire you. Lateness is unforgivable, especially when you’ve known about the interview well in advance.

That said, arriving too early can also send a bad sign – not that we agree. According to Rita Friedman, you shouldn’t “diminish your desirability by appearing desperate”. That said, as long as you don’t turn up an hour early and stink up the waiting room – what’s the worse that can happen.

Working too Hard is my Greatest Weakness

Here’s the thing: spouting the same old tired, overly rehearsed cliches is unimaginative and, quite frankly, annoying. When looking at what not to do in a job interview, phrases such as ‘perfection is my greatest weakness’ and ‘my problem is, is that I work too hard’ come across as extremely irksome and should be avoided.

Stay clear of cliches and motivational quotes as they don’t provide a true insight into your work or personality. So, you’re best unfollowing all those motivational Instagram accounts and just be yourself.

Not Asking Any Questions

Asking questions illustrates your interest and passion for the position; it also highlights your attentiveness and your ability to think on your feet.

What not to do in a job interview, however, is not to ask any questions.

Be inquisitive, forward thinking and ask questions that stretch your interviewer. Indeed, don’t wait for a sudden bolt of inspiration – prepare strong questions in advance, even if you already know the answers.

This is your chance to get your revenge so to speak.

Don’t Bad Mouth a Former Employer

 

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In an interview you want to be the most positive person in the world; you want to be Mr. Positive, the mayor of positive town. What not to do in a job interview, however, is to be negative – especially about a former employer.

Airing your dirty laundry in public, no matter how reasonable your complaint, is a big no-no. “Remember, it’s a job interview, not a therapy session” – we couldn’t agree more.

A Career at Signature Living

So now that you know what not to do in a job interview, you can go ahead and apply for our latest vacancies at Signature Living. And, in the meantime, check out how you can be more productive on your commute to work – when you get that new job, of course.

To enquire further about our latest events, contact our friendly team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook page.

We hope you enjoyed our tips on what not to do in a job interview.  

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Chef Jobs in Liverpool: Work at Alma de Cuba, The Shankly and Dixie Dean Hotel

Looking to land a career as a successful chef? The best way to secure your dream job is to put together an outstanding CV that is certain to secure you one of the best chef jobs in Liverpool.

An impressive CV which highlights your in-demand expertise and culinary knowledge, is guaranteed to get you noticed by employers and ensure you land interviews for the very best chef jobs in Liverpool.

At Signature Living, we have a large culinary team who work tirelessly behind the scenes in some of the biggest hotels, restaurants and bars in the country – namely The Shankly Hotel, Alma de Cuba and The Dixie Dean Hotel. And now, you can join the team.

We understand the importance of a good CV – and so we should, we see hundreds every single day. So, to help you secure a job as a cook in either Alma de Cuba, The Shankly Hotel or The Dixie Dean Hotel, we’ve put together a few helpful tips that are sure to secure you one of the best chef jobs in Liverpool.

Don’t pad out your CV with Pointless Information

 

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When applying for kitchen jobs, whether you’re a pot washer or an executive chef, don’t pad out your CV with pointless information. Of course, employers want to hear about your hobbies and interests, but they don’t want to hear about the perfect piece of toast you made when you were 6-years-old.

Make your previous roles and achievements clear to show potential employers – like us – what they’d be getting if they were to hire you. On your CV, you need to show employers in a clear and precise manner that you are the solution to their problem.

So, if you want to secure one of the most sort after chef jobs in Liverpool, you need to streamline your CV and explain to employers what you can do in the kitchen.

First Impressions Count

As a chef, you’re presenting a piece of yourself on the plate – and your CV shouldn’t be any different.

The average recruiter spends around 5-7 seconds looking at your CV, so it’s important that you stand out from the crowd. Working in kitchens can be extremely harsh and tough, so you need to have a good work ethic in order to succeed. You may be able to cook the most amazing, delicious food in the world, but without a good work ethic, you won’t be able to secure one of the many chef jobs in Liverpool.

And, as Harvey Specter said: “Get it through your head, first impressions last.”

Never Stop Learning

 

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One piece of advice any successful chef would give you is that, you should never stop learning. Whether you’re Gordon Ramsey or at the very start of your career, you should never stop learning.

So, don’t act like you know everything when writing your CV. Employers like to see humility and a willingness to learn. Now, we’re not saying you need to point out your weaknesses on your CV, but don’t shy away from expressing your desire to learn, be it from the kitchen assistant or the head chef.

Develop your Own Style

 

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If you want to go on and become a world-renowned chef and make your mark, the most important thing is to develop your own unique style and talk about it on your CV. Have you developed your own signature dish, or maybe you’ve owned your own restaurant? Whatever it is, employers want to hear about it.

Be authentic and let your personality shine through both your food and your CV and hopefully, this should secure you one of the chef jobs in Liverpool that are up for grabs.

But also Learn the Basics

 

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Apparently, there’s a tendency amongst some people who want to be chefs to run before they can walk. They want to be Jamie Oliver before they’ve learnt how to boil an egg.

Ensure you understand the basics and you have a strong foundation from which to build your career on before applying for chef jobs in Liverpool.  What we’re trying to say is, do the hard work, put in the hours and you’ll reap the rewards when applying for chef jobs in Liverpool.

A Career at Signature Living

Fancy working as a chef at The Dixie Dean Hotel, Alma de Cuba or The Shankly Hotel? We at Signature Living are on the lookout for talented chefs of all abilities to work for us so, to apply, please email your CV to careers@signatureliving.co.uk.

Make sure you don’t miss any of our vacancies and, for any updates on new roles and company news, check out our Facebook page.

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How to Make Your Commute to Work More Productive

Whether you drive, cycle, bus, bike or walk, the average person spends around 98 minutes commuting to work – that’s more than 300 hours a year. That said, your day-to-day commute to work needn’t be a complete drag.

Now you could squander your commute to work on social media, Candy Crush or weirdly breathing on people on the train, or you could take a look at our suggestions on how to make your commute to work somewhat more productive.

Create a Schedule

 

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Successful people begin the day knowing what they want to achieve come 5:30pm.

Use your commute to work to decide on the two or three most important tasks for the day and plan on how you’re going to tackle them.

Complete your most important tasks in the morning when you’re fresh and energised – and don’t waste your energy on unimportant emails. Planning may not be the most explosive start to your day but, given you’re stuck on a train or in a car anyway, what else are you going to do.

Mix Up Your Transport

 

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It’s easy to get stuck in a commuting rut – jumping on the same train, driving the same route or riding your bike every single day. While it may add more time to your commute, consider breaking up your monotonous routine.

By mixing up your morning routine, you’re sure to feel more creative and happier. So, maybe try mapping out a new bike or walking route or try catching an earlier train because, you know what they say, a change is as good as a rest.

Listen to an Interesting Podcast

 

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For many, the commute to work is just part and parcel of travelling to and from work each day. How you use that time is, of course, up to you. However, listening to a podcast is a hands-free way to entertain yourself when travelling to work.

From inspirational and informative Ted Talks to interesting interviews and gleeful sketch shows, listening to a podcast is the perfect way to unwind before work – plus, it gives you something to look forward to in the mornings.

Our favourites include ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, the gripping ‘Criminal’ and the hilarious ‘How Did This Get Made.’

Avoid the Commute to Work Altogether

 

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The easiest way to enjoy your commute to work? Avoid it completely.

Now we know that not everyone can work from home, but, provided that you have the option, why struggle through the morning hustle and bustle when you could stay in bed. Indeed, over 70% of employees now work from home at least once a week.

So, the next time you have the option to work from home and avoid the commute to work, relax, unwind and begin your day from the comfort of your bed.

Relax and Prepare

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Sneak in some meditation to help you start your day calm, refreshed and focused – as long as you’re not driving or riding a bike that is.

Even just a few minutes of contemplation and relaxation can reduce stress and improve concentration and memory. Plus, the good thing about meditation is that you don’t always need a fancy app or expensive gadgets – just disconnect, let your mind wander and float into work feeling zen.

Actively Seek Inspiration

 

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What were you doing at 8:30 this morning? Let us guess, you were probably sloughing through the gut of people making their way to work; and already looking forward to 5:30.

Instead, why don’t you put your phone away, unplug your headphones and observe your surroundings and ponder the day ahead. Inspiration lurks around every corner.

Also, make sure to embrace randomness. Your commute to work may not be as banal and mundane as you think.

A Career at Signature Living

Fancy commuting to work for Signature Living every day? Make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies. And, in the meantime, check out what it’s like to work for Signature Living here.

To enquire further about our latest events, contact our friendly team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook page.

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to make your commute to work somewhat more productive.

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An Interview with Tyra Leeming: Our In-house Photographer

Pouring over Tyra Leeming’s work makes you realise the extraordinary extent to which she has created what Signature Living looks like.

As we start to chat, it’s clear to see that our in-house photographer is passionate about her work – although she did begin our interview by showing me “the boring side of her job.”

As she sits at her desk, the photographer remembers her first forays into photography, shares her aspirations for the future – and reveals why she loves what she does.

Tyra Leeming – Photographer

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First and foremost, “I helped scrub the floors before The Shankly Hotel opened. I started by taking Breakfast up to Lawrence and Katie Kenwright‘s room, then I was promoted to hostess – that built my confidence.” There is a hint of a smile on Tyra’s face when she speaks of how far she has come in such a short space of time. You know talking to Tyra that she was never going to leave her career to luck; although she is quick to acknowledge just how lucky she was that Lawrence and Katie “got wind” that she was “into photography.”

“They asked to see my work, they liked it – and then they asked me to be the photographer.” Prior to this, however, Tyra was studying photography – the ‘Photography Higher National Certificate’ to be exact, which enabled her to work and study at the same time. Suddenly we dial back, and she relates how her workmates once came to her aid:

“I had to write a 5,000-word dissertation and I lost my USB stick the day before I needed to submit it. The next day, I came in to work and told Paul Ashcroft who set me up in a room with a computer – he kept checking on me to see if I was okay and helped me write the whole essay.” She turns suddenly nostalgic and adds: “It was amazing. Everyone said don’t work, just get the essay done.”

It’s Not Corporate, It’s Family

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Tyra describes a dream of almost epic proportion when asked what she loves about photography and what the future holds for her: “I want to launch a company that hires young, aspiring photographers and teaches them how to work in the industry and not with fine art.” She passionately continues: “You’re not taught how to work in the real world, they don’t teach you how to take a picture of a bottle of Coca Cola or how to style flowers properly – nothing that makes you money. I want to team up with companies like Signature Living and train young photographers.”

What comes across so prominently as our conversation develops is just how much Tyra loves her job, although she did say she “didn’t know” why she loved it at first, before exclaiming: “I find it quite therapeutic, I like being creative; it’s nice – I like that part.”

As for Signature Living, Tyra is keen to praise the company and its ethos: “It’s not exactly what you’d consider corporate, it’s family; they take care of the staff like family,” a sentiment Claire McGinnis – the new General Manager at Shankly Preston – echoed when we last spoke.

As our chat drew to a close Tyra, despite her reluctance to answer what she said was a “cheesy question,” described Signature Living in one word: “Fun.”

A Career With Us

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith just like Tyra did, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies. Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

To enquire further about our latest events and deals, contact our friendly and successful team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed our interview with our in-house photographer Tyra Leeming.

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5 Things Successful People do Every Day

If you want to be successful, one of the best ways to do so is to emulate other like-minded, successful people. While everyone is unique, there are a lot of common patterns, tropes and behaviours that are sure to make you more successful if you were to adopt them.

There are no secrets to success. Whether you’re a business person, parent or student, take a look at what it takes to be successful – no matter how you interpret success.

1. Set Boundaries

The word “no” is as powerful and important as the word “yes.” Successful people quickly realise that they cannot say “yes” to everyone and every venture – they know they sometimes need to take a break or, vice versa, need to work harder. If you want to be a successful person then set boundaries and know when to say “no.”

Of course, if you can say “no” in a creative manner that leaves the door open for future opportunities and doesn’t annoy your friends, then you’re onto a winner.

In essence, if you say “no” just as much as you say “yes,” be sure to watch your success rate rise.

2. Keep Failure in Perspective

Not to sound like a corny Facebook post from an account with a lion as its profile picture but, you learn more from failure than you do from success. Success is built on a series of failures and lessons learned. Successful people learn from failures every day and they certainly don’t let failure hold them back. Take a leaf out of our very own Lawrence Kenwright’s book who bounced back from bankruptcy to build Signature Living. 

Provided that you address your failures, keep them in perspective and ultimately learn from them, then you’re on the road to success; so much so that C. S. Lewis once said: “Repeated failures are the posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Wannabe successful people take note.

3. Exercise

Some of the most successful people wake up early and exercise. Former-president Barack Obama exercises for 45 minutes every day. Richard Branson, when asked how he stays productive answered: “work out.” While editor-in-chief Anna Wintour plays tennis at 5:45am every day. These people are successful people.

So, if some of the most powerful and successful people in the world can find the time to exercise, so can you.

4. Take a Leap of Faith

The main reason why people don’t succeed is because they don’t try to; they find comfort in the ordinary and banal and criticise those who don’t. Don’t be one of those people who never take a leap of faith. Start that business, leave that job you hate and work harder than you’ve ever worked before, it may transform your entire life.

Successful people fail – we’ve established that. But what successful people don’t do is entertain people with tales of what could have been. Don’t be that person.

5. Focus on Productivity

Time does not equal success. If you are always busy but never productive, then you are not successful. We live in a ‘pay by the hour’ world, however, if you want to be a successful person, you need to use your time wisely and, more importantly, productively.

When your productiveness outshines the busyness of those around you, then you are truly indispensable and, ultimately, a successful person.

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If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith we spoke about earlier, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies.

Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

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We hope you enjoyed these five pointers on how to become a more successful person.

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The 7 Best Ways to Destress from Work

From torturous tasks to mundane memos, a lot of us take our work home with us and that means we take our stresses home too. Despite the amount of motivational Instagram accounts that say we need to “hustle 24-hours a day,” it’s important to take a step back, pause and unwind. Rather than making the most of our time spent not at work, we instead waste our time on stress and tension.

Not sure how to destress? From meditation to mindfulness, here’s our pick of the best ways to destress from work.

1.Create a Post-Work Routine

Having a post-work routine is a wonderful way to help yourself unwind and destress after a hectic day at work. Not sure how to destress? A post-work routine does the work for you, so you don’t have to.

Your routine may consist of something as simple as taking a deep breath but, no matter what it is, make it a habit and watch your post-work stress disappear.

Create a post-work routine and re-focus your attention to your existence outside of work.

2. Enjoy Your Commute Home

Nobody enjoys their torturous commute to work by virtue of what it is, but you can enjoy your commute home. Rather than being another obstacle to overcome before you can unwind, your commute home, be it on a train or a bus or in a car, can be pleasurable.

Loosen your tie and loosen up by listening to a podcast or audiobook, or simply celebrate the fact that you’re going home. Nevertheless, your commute home doesn’t have to be stressful when it can be enjoyable.

Maximise your commute home and unwind and destress

3. Meditate

Even if you love your job, the pressure of deadlines and the tenseness of workplace stresses can create unwanted stress. So, when you come home from work, you want to relax and destress; but it’s not always as easy as it seems.

When you return home, though you may want to unwind and relax, your brain may not want to. That’s where meditation can become a valuable tool. Meditation can help you achieve a peaceful state of mind and, if you feel that the urge to work is too robust to repress, you can use the time to deal with your stressors so that you feel productive – if you must.

For those of you who don’t know how to destress, meditation is an ideal way to find inner peace.

4. Mute the WhatsApp Group

What started out as a useful way to organise work drinks or a co-worker’s baby shower has now turned into an extension of your desk. The continuous spew of notifications from your co-workers about their stresses is guaranteed to add to your own problems.

So, when you clock out, make sure you mute that WhatsApp group. Plus, it stops you from saying something you seriously shouldn’t have said.

5. Stop Feeling Guilty About Doing Nothing

Doing nothing is often unfairly labelled as being lazy, but in fact it’s probably the best way to destress sometimes.

Most of us spend our time either at work, commuting to and from work or thinking about work, so, why is it then that when work doesn’t cross our minds for a matter of minutes we feel an horrendous sense of guilt?

Richard Branson once said that “there is no reason why people can’t work less hours and be equally – if not more – effective.” So, if it’s good enough for Branson then it’s good enough for you.

6. Exercise

Whether it’s a brisk walk or a front room workout, exercise is one of the best ways to destress from the 9-5.

Exercise releases endorphins that are guaranteed to make you feel happier and more positive and therefore, a lot less stressed.

So, the next time you feel stressed, do some exercise and sweat your troubles away.

7. Take a Relaxing Bath

One of the best ways to destress is to wash away the tension from your body. Try a lovely, long bath to help your muscles unwind followed by a cool splash of cold water to liven you up.

So, the next time you’re wondering how to destress, spark some aromatic candles, pour yourself a drink and let the water work its magic.

You certainly wont regret it.

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If you’re looking for a career change and you think Signature Living may be right for you, then make sure you don’t miss our latest job vacancies in Liverpool on our jobs page.

Also, why don’t you check out our blog which gives the lowdown on a week working at Signature.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Career Productivity

The party season is over and it’s time to get back to work. Now, if your anything like us and January is not the driest month of the year or you’ve avoided joining the gym because it’s “always busy” come January 1, then you’re probably searching around looking for a New Year’s resolution to forget about in a week or two.

Maybe if you were more productive you would have found one by now.

Easier said than done we know, but that’s why we’ve put together a selection of handy pointers on how to increase your productivity in 2019.

Keep Your Workspace Clean

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Are you a hoarder or maybe an untidy worker? Then it may be time to tidy your workspace and start anew in 2019.

It doesn’t take long to clean your desk and, by doing so, you’ll boost your productiveness as you won’t be wasting time searching for a scrap piece of paper that was on your desk but is now somehow lost to the rubbish dump you call a workspace.

Simply by knowing where things are keeps you on top of your game.

Ensure You Work for Someone who Inspires You

Our mindset determines how we approach work. Productivity tends to blossom when you work for someone who inspires you.

Here at Signature Living we work for Lawrence Kenwright, a chairman who inspires us to be more productive every day.

Working for Lawrence, or anyone else who inspires you, is a sure way to boost your productivity and embolden you to work hard.

Update Your Resume

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Whether or not you’re in the market for a new career, January is the ideal time to update your resume. Updating your curriculum vitae enables you to not only browse the job market, but also to evaluate and remind yourself of your achievements thus far.

Nothing boosts productivity more than a boost in your morale thus emboldening your go get it demeanour.

Leave Your Phone at Home

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Let’s be honest, if your phone wasn’t constantly vibrating from the steady spew of notifications, you’d be able to focus more and be more productive.

Boosting your productivity doesn’t mean head down, blinkers on, madly working until you burnout. It means connecting with people, networking and making new contacts.

Leaving your mobile phone at home may be somewhat of an overstatement but locking it away on occasion could improve your output.

So, the next time you can’t find your phone don’t panic, it may be a good thing.

Work Harder and Smarter

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The proverb goes: “work smarter not harder,” but why can’t you do both?

By working smarter, be it adhering to a routine, stopping procrastinating or communicating clearer, you’ll have more time to work harder thus boosting your productivity.

It doesn’t have to be an either or choice, you can both work extremely hard and cunningly smart while at work.

Meditate

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Again, meditating may be somewhat of an overstatement but unwinding in the wake of work is imperative so that you can be more productive.

The issue of unplugging is particularly relevant in the working world as technology has made it easier to bring your problems home.

So, unwind, read a book, meditate and prepare yourself for a productive day ahead.

A Career with Signature Living

If your looking for a career change and you think Signature Living may be right for you, make sure you don’t miss our latest job vacancies in Liverpool over on our jobs page.

Also, why don’t you check out our blog which gives the lowdown on a week working at Signature.

To enquire further about our latest networking events or co-working space, you can get in touch on 0151 588 0017.