6 Ways to Check if an Employer is the Right Match for You

When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to get caught up in worrying if you’re the right fit for a role. But what’s just as important during a job hunt is checking if the employer is the right match for you and the progression of your career.

Career satisfaction in the UK ranks as some of the lowest in the UK, with an estimated 47% of  employees regularly considering leaving their jobs in 2018.

If you’re offered a job, you should be thinking hard about whether you’ll be happy, comfortable and successful working for that company, otherwise you’re unlikely to enjoy the job! It’s important to check that the company you’re about to join with fits with your values, ethics and ambitions.

Here are some things to consider about when you’re deciding if an employer is the right fit for you…

Size of Company

Different people thrive in different environments. If you like being a big fish in a little pond, working for a multi-national co-operation that employs thousands of people probably won’t be a good match.

Employer right match

Equally, if you prefer a bit of anonymity at work, joining a start-up with 2 other employees might not be the best idea.

Before you take a job, consider what you’re looking for in a company and how its size will affect your career and your enjoyment of the role.

Company Culture

Companies come in all different shapes and sizes, and many have different methodologies, ethics and attitudes to overcoming challenges and moving the business forward. Make sure that the company you’re about to work for aligns with your values.

The best way to get a feel for a company’s atmosphere is to ask. During your interview, discuss aspects of the business’ working culture  with your interviewer: Do they have Friday drinks? Is it a hard-working office environment? Are they OK with flexibility of working hours?

 

If you’re keen to find out what the office environment is like, ask for a short tour at the end of your interview. It will help you get a feel for if it’s a social workspace or a studious, quiet office.

A great way to find out how a company operates is to simply search its name on google and check out any news articles about the firm – you’ll quickly get an idea on how other businesses perceive them as a brand and if you’ll feel comfortable working for them.

 

Office Location

Location is a key factor to consider when taking a new job.

If you enjoy lunch at a buzzing restaurant on a Friday, working in the suburbs is probably going to become tedious quickly. It might not seem important, but the environment around your office is where you’ll be spending most of your days –  so make sure to get a feel for that, alongside the office itself.

The Commute

The location is perfect, your future colleagues are friendly and the salary is excellent – but it’s going to take you an hour and a half to get to the office every morning.

It’s easy to brush the length of a commute under the carpet for what seems a perfect job opportunity, but the reality is that commuting times take their toll on both your working and home life.

A study by the University of the West of England found that every extra minute spent travelling to and from work reduces job and leisure time satisfaction and worsens mental health.

Your Work/Life Balance

If you’re successful in securing a job, you’re entitled to ask for a few days to think about it. Use that time to consider whether the career is what you want for your professional  development and if the intensity of the job will enrich your life.

In 2017, 53% of US employees stated that a role which allows them to have a greater work-life balance and better personal well-being was ‘very important to them’.

Some companies work long hours and repay with sustainable financial rewards – but money doesn’t buy happiness for everyone.

A job doesn’t have to be your whole life: consider your work/life balance and how the job will fit around your existing commitments.

Most companies are happy to be flexible – don’t be scared to talk options through with a recruiter!

Training

If you’re keen to progress in a career, make sure you check out what training your employer can offer.

In a 2017 study, a whopping 87% of millennials said that job-related training and development opportunities were a very important part of their decision to stay at a company

Attending in-house or external courses will boost your CV and make you a valuable asset that the company has invested in.

Always ask what opportunities are available at interview if you’re keen to develop as an employee and actively search for jobs that will allow you to fulfil your potential.

 

Signature Careers

It’s important to remember that no job is likely to tick all the boxes – but you should always feel 100 per cent comfortable that a career move is benefitting you as much as the employer.

Here at Signature Living we have maintained a strong set of visions and values since our inception in 2008 and we’re always looking for new additions to our friendly, vibrant and diverse team.

Our employees have been integral to building our incredible brand that exists today, and we’re confident that they’ve found the perfect match with us!

 

If you’re looking for a job in our city, don’t forget to check our vacancies pages to see if Signature might be the perfect match for you as well.

 

How to Change Your Career Path with Success

If you’re stuck in a rut and looking to change career, then worry not! Though it can be a stressful time, we have just the guide for you.

It’s never late to update your skills, hone the skills you already have and find a job that makes Monday mornings bearable!

So join us as we take a look at how to change your career path with success…

List Your Skills & Interests

Take some time to list your key skills, especially those that can be adapted to other roles. For example, if your role requires communicating well with others, this widely transferable skill should be one for the top of your list.

Meanwhile, your interests should also be priority. If you’re looking to change career, the chances are you’re in search of a more fulfilling, enjoyable or rewarding role.

So, what have you loved about past jobs or voluntary experiences? It’s also worth considering your personal hobbies and taking a look at the industry around them. Just imagine if a hobby you love became a job you love.

Consider Your Current Industry

It may also be beneficial to take a broader look at the industry you’re currently in. If there are aspects of your job that you enjoy, there might be roles in a similar field that could prove more suitable.

For example, if you work in Marketing, you could consider the different roles that fall within the industry, from SEO and copywriting to design and PR.

Brainstorm Your Options

If you’re not sure where to start, a good old-fashioned brainstorming session could do the trick. It’s always useful to get your best ideas down on paper and delve a bit deeper.

This may help to narrow it down and with a clear layout, you can show it to friends and family when looking for their insight and advice.

Take Time to Do Research

Once you’ve got some great ideas to run with, it’s time to do some research!

This could mean finding honest advice from those that have loved and hated the job you’re considering. It could require browsing Google for facts and figures, or even purchasing some key books on the topic.

You may also want to think about who you know and how they could help. Has a friend of a friend worked in a similar role? Consider approaching them for their thoughts and advice so you can ask any questions you may have.

Go and See For Yourself

Arguably the best thing you can do is to go and see for yourself. If you’re not sure if it’s the right path for you, set some time aside to walk in the footsteps of those who have taken the path before you.

You could look into shadowing someone of a similar job title, taking on some voluntary work at the weekend or if it’s a hands-on sort of job, simply giving it a go.

Network, Network, Network

If you can’t shadow someone, why not begin to network? Whether that’s attending a Signature Works event for inspiration and tips or joining our co-working office space.

Placing yourself in the right environment can be hugely beneficial when you’re looking to make a change and could do with a push from like-minded people.

Enhance Your Skills

If you don’t have the right skill set for the job you’re after, it’s not too late to enhance your skills and give your CV a new lease of life.

Whether you search for a night class, gain voluntary experience or even think about heading back to University, all your hard work is sure to pay off the in the end.

Believe That You Can Do It

If you don’t believe that you can do it, who will? Self belief and motivation can go a long way, especially in the world of business!

So find a positive mantra, note each success along the way and you’ll soon be on your way to the career change of your dreams.

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

How to Write a Winning Hospitality CV

If you’re in search of advice for how to write a hospitality CV, Signature Careers has got you covered.

In fact, we may even have your next job awaiting with our range of dynamic hospitality jobs in Liverpool.

But first things first, applying for a new role can be daunting. So, if you’re looking to expand your horizons, look no further than our guide to crafting a winning CV.

“The customer is always right” coined Harry Gordon Selfridge. And while the catchy phrase was popularised throughout the early 1990s, customer service is just as vital today.

That being said, fantastic customer service and hospitality skills can be tough to showcase through the written word.

But worry not! follow our steps on how to write a hospitality CV and you’ll be well on your way to success…

Showcase your experience

If you can’t mention those weeks of work experience on your CV, then when can you?

Make the most of your experience and don’t be afraid to showcase it. That voluntary work you did might not be directly related, but there’s usually a way to make it count.

Make a list of what you learnt during each experience, whether it was a full-time job or casual experience.

Did you learn organisational skills? Maybe it helped shape you into the punctual, reliable person you are today. If, so don’t forget to shout about it!

Hone in on key skills

So, you’ve talked about your skills overall. Now it’s time to hone in on the key skills you’ll need for getting that job.

For hospitality, you’ll want to focus on your ability to connect with customers, but simply saying you’re great at customer service isn’t really enough.

Be specific about your interpersonal skills, from listening and persuading customers and to forming friendly connections. These are the hospitality skills that will take you to the next level.

You may also want to think of a time that you’ve dazzled a group of people with strong leadership or talk about your sound knowledge of hygiene and safety.

If you’re a fast learner and can take feedback on board, those are a bonus too.

Show your enthusiasm

Enthusiasm will set you apart from the rest of the candidates, so it’s important to prove that you care.

Take some time to research the company. What are their core values? How do you align with their values?

Explain why you’d be the perfect fit for the team and why you’ve chosen this company over the seas of others. After all, who doesn’t love a good compliment?

Learn as much as you can about their history and successes over the years. This is also great practise for your interview, which could be just around the corner!

What makes you different?

Recruiters or managers are likely to look through a multitude of hospitality applications, so it’s important that your CV makes its mark on their memory.

How would your friends best describe your qualities? Decide what makes you unique and embrace it. The reader will be looking to get a feel for your personality.

Talk a little about what makes you the wonderful person you are. What are your hobbies? What are you interested in?

If you’re sociable and motivated, these qualities go hand-in-hand with hospitality, so it’s well worth giving them a mention.

Presentation is everything

Presentation is everything when it comes to writing a hospitality CV. If your font size is always changing and the layout is a strain on the eyes, it’s unlikely that you’ll get too far!

Set aside some time to take a look at your layout and place yourself in the shoes of the person reading it. How would you want to see a CV structured if you were recruiting? What would you prioritise?

Our advice is to start with your personal contact details and work your way down the page from there. Begin with a personal summary and then move on to listing academic qualifications, career/voluntary experience and a section to state if you have references available.

You can also find plenty of CV layout inspiration online for a better understanding of what recruiters look for. Recruitment websites including reed.com provide downloadable templates to get going.

So, we hope you enjoyed our advice on how to write a hospitality CV. We suspect you’ll be showcasing your skills and charming customers in no time! 

Don’t miss out on our Featured Jobs section of Signature Careers, where you’ll discover the latest exciting hospitality jobs in Liverpool across Signature Living venues.