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.

 

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5 Tips for Securing Your Dream Graduate Job

From networking, to gaining valuable experience and realising your strengths, there are so many things you can do to get one step closer to securing your dream graduate job.

At Signature Living careers, we wanted to give you a helping hand with these 5 handy tips.

Happy job hunting!

Choose a career path and focus everything on it

It’s a well-known fact that employers don’t like vague applications. Pick something that best suites your interests, experience, skills and passion. If you can demonstrate these things when applying for a job within that sector, you’ll always do better than if you try and cover all bases.

Attend relevant networking events and careers fairs

Having a good set of networks is really beneficial when searching for a graduate job. Make an effort to join professional groups and familiarise yourself with professionals who you respect for their work and behaviour. Whether that’s at a networking event or a careers fair, it’s the perfect way to get your foot in the door.

Signature Works is all about bringing people together in an environment that engenders collaboration, networking and skill-sharing. They regularly hold informative and innovative networking events that are sure to help you meet new people, learn new skills and boost your employability.

Gain experience in your field, paid or voluntary

Remember, your first job probably won’t be your job for life, everything is a stepping stone. Therefore, if you can build your experience and offer more to your first employer, it will put you in a much better position when it comes to progressing in the world of work.

Whether it’s paid or voluntary work, showing enthusiasm for the sector you want to work in is vital to securing your first job. It will allow you to stand out from the crowd and remember it is not necessarily about the role you have done, but the transferable skills you have developed.

Don’t feel limited by your degree

You don’t have to be an English teacher just because you studied English! Lots of employers are looking for graduates from all disciplines and are mostly interested in the skills and abilities that graduates can bring to their organisation.

Don’t fall into the age-old trap of thinking you have to do a job that is directly related to your degree subject. Your degree has developed more than just your subject knowledge, so there may be opportunities out there which you are ideally suited to, you just haven’t realised it yet.

Harness the power of social media

In this day and age, social platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter can be used to find jobs and they are a great platform for showing more of your personality and interests to potential employers.

Research suggests 40% of employers use social media to screen candidates, so it’s important to keep your online profile clean. It can either be a friend or foe, so make sure you use it to your advantage. Employers have been known to check up on a candidate before inviting them for interview, so it’s important to ensure you keep all publicly accessible information employer-friendly.

Signature Careers: Graduate Job

We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 5 tips on how to secure your dream graduate job. If you’d like more information on current vacancies and opportunities at Signature Living, follow our Facebook page or upload your CV here and our friendly careers team may be in touch!

Today, Signature Living employ over 700 people, providing secure jobs across a wide range of sectors with no zero-hour contracts. We have revolutionised the accommodation market and hope to expand even further throughout the UK and abroad.

Calling All Writers! Junior Copywriter Job Vacancy in Liverpool

At Signature Careers, we’re in search of a new wordsmith to join our growing Content team!

So if you’re a natural when it comes to the written word, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

Junior Copywriter Job in Liverpool

What We Do

As Signature Group continues to grow, our fantastic Media team is always evolving. We’re the brains behind some of the best hotels in the UK.

From Signature Living apartments and 30 James Street to The Shankly and Dixie Dean, each of our hotels offers something truly unique.

When we’re not working on our local venues, we’re busy growing venues outside of the city. This includes The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and an array of heritage hotels in Belfast.

Collectively, the Media team works on everything from new website designs to stylish menus, eye-catching brochures and establishing a strong social media presence.

The Content Team

Due to the growth of our venues, we’re in need of a helping hand. As our new Junior Copywriter, you’ll join the Content team in our Liverpool office. Based in the heart of Liverpool city centre, you’ll work within a tight-knit, supportive team of writers with a passion for the written word.

As our ideal candidate, you’ll showcase some recent writing experience. Whether that’s a blog of your own, guest writing or experience in an office environment, we’re looking for someone who is ready to write and enhance their skills.

You may be an English or Journalism graduate or have developed your writing at college. Our Junior Copywriter should have a natural talent fuelled by a love for great copy. You’ll have a keen eye when it comes to the finer details, impeccable grammar and the creativity to brainstorm.

On a day-to-day basis, you’ll be responsible for writing compelling blogs across a multitude of websites. The varied of our venues ensures that each day is different. You may find yourself working on a what’s on guide one day and a history piece the next.

About Signature Living

Signature Living first welcomed guests back in 2008. Since then, the company has grown rapidly year after year.

We started with one apartment in Liverpool city centre and over the years have established a unique party brand alongside a plethora of large-scale heritage developments.

When it comes to group accommodation, we really are the experts. After filling the gap in the market in Liverpool, the party element of Signature Living is bigger than ever.

Alongside all the work we do with accommodation, we’re also known for Morgan’s Spa, exquisite restaurants (Carpathia, The Bastion) and Signature Weddings.

Our luxury spa venue is a local favourite and also attracts guests from across the country. Situated in a Grade II* listed building, Morgan’s Spa is one of a kind.

Meanwhile, Signature Weddings offers customers an array of versatile venues for the wedding of their dreams. From Liverpool’s iconic Alma de Cuba to the Cunard Building, each of our locations is truly spectacular.

As you can see, we really do have our hands full! But this makes working on the Media team a lot of fun.

If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you. You can apply for our Junior Copywriter role in Liverpool here.

Christmas Jobs Liverpool: Join Santa’s Team of Elves!

This Christmas, we’re in search of a festive bunch filled with Christmas cheer to work in Santa’s team of elves!

If the thought of the yuletide season leaves you feeling merry and bright, you could be just the person we’re looking for.

Over the festive period, you’ll be based in the iconic Cunard Building. The stunning venue is one of the world famous Three Graces along the Liverpool waterfront.

This is set to be one of the most exciting Christmas jobs in Liverpool. So as Buddy the Elf would say, don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!

Christmas Jobs Liverpool: Become one of Santa’s Elves

This year, we’re creating the most spectacular winter wonderland within The Cunard Building.

Spreading a sprinkle of Signature magic around the waterfront venue, we’ll be hosting the most fantastic grotto and Christmas experience.

It’s a busy time of the year for Father Christmas, so he’s looking for a talented team to fill all departments.

After all, he can’t run the show by himself. With so much to do and so many children to see, you’ll play an integral role in the festivities.

As one of Santa’s helpers, you could spend your time handing out festive gifts and spreading joy.

You may also be in charge of guiding our little guests to Mary Christmas, who will be telling enchanting stories.

And for those that are fond of a Christmas tune, you could showcase your best elf talents on Santa’s stage.

All Santa requires you to bring along is plenty of confidence, great communication skills and sleighs full of Christmas cheer.

The Cunard Building

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working in one of the most iconic buildings in Liverpool.

The Grade II* listed building is located at the Pier Head. You’ll find it neighbouring the Liverpool Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

At the Cunard, you’ll be based in the heart of the city centre, with the most famous attractions right on your doorstep.

With the Christmas markets along the Pier Head, you’ll have plenty of to see and do in between your working hours.

This fantastic venue radiates history, charm and character that can’t be found elsewhere.

What better spot to spend Christmas in a winter wonderland?

Signature Living

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

Since 2007, we’ve successfully revolutionised the accommodation market. And we’re renowned for hosting exquisite events.

With luxury hotels, bars and restaurants dotted around the city, we’re always busy creating more local jobs in Liverpool.

We’re the brains behind leading Liverpool venues including Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street Hotel.

Our dynamic bars and restaurants include The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant and Vista.

Apply to Join Santa’s Team

So, if you think you could be just the elf we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

You can let us know why you’d be the perfect addition to Santa’s team by contacting tom.barrie@signatureliving.co.uk.

The first Santa’s helpers workshop will commence on Saturday 30th September at the Cunard Building from 10:00am.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New Liverpool Restaurant Coming to the Cunard Building

At Signature Careers, we have more exciting news for the flourishing, vibrant city that we’re lucky enough to call home.

Our presence in Liverpool is perpetually expanding and our passion for cultivating the city’s best loved buildings with a lasting purpose in the city is only continuing to grow.

This week, we revealed more about our plans for one of the stunning Three Graces, the Cunard building.

Set to create a multitude of new jobs in Liverpool, there’s plenty to look forward to.

The beautiful Grade II* listed building is located at the Pier Head, along Liverpool’s picturesque waterfront.

The bustling area attracts tourists and locals throughout the year, offering breathtaking views of the city and the perfect balance of history, culture and entertainment.

The Cunard couldn’t be in a better location for special celebrations and scenic days out. That’s why we’re planning on transforming the 18,000 sq ft ground floor of the Cunard into a spectacular restaurant.

Signature Living founder Lawrence Kenwright told the press he “absolutely” expects the restaurant to be the best in the city, so local foodies can certainly get excited.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, he shared:

The ground floor is Grade II* listed so we have had to do a report with a heritage specailist. We are not knocking anything down, but it is 18,000 sq ft so we need concertina doors to give you the flexibility.

That means you can open up the full 18,000 sq ft for some events, but then have break-out rooms for smaller events, without that it doesn’t work.

The Cunard is undoubtedly one of the best spaces in the city, so it couldn’t be more fitting for a high quality restaurant. Visitors to Liverpool will be able to dine in luxury without compromising on gaining an atmospheric feel of the city.

Discussing ambitions for the new project, Lawrence emphasised:

The London Carriage Works is currently the best restaurant in the city with two AA rosettes. It’s our intention to get three or four rosettes – we absolutely want this to be the best restaurant in Liverpool.

Of course, this is fantastic news for readers of Signature Careers. An array of jobs in Liverpool will stem from our plans for the Cunard. And what better venue to work in?

Make sure you don’t miss out on the progression of this project and new hospitality and management jobs in Liverpool by checking back soon. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with our plans. 

Meanwhile, you can get the latest news straight to your timeline over on our Facebook page. 

Signature Living Plans 3 New Hotels in Ireland over 18 Months

The future of Signature Living is looking brighter than ever. Our latest plans for new hotels in Ireland have spurred exciting headlines and ignited plenty of promise for fresh opportunities.

We’ve recently announced that we’re setting out to build three Belfast hotels within 18 months. And that’s only the beginning of our ambitious plans to transform stunning yet neglected buildings in Ireland.

Sharing plans for the future, Signature Living founder and property developer, Lawrence Kenwright told the Irish News:

“It could be seven (hotels in Belfast), it all depends on deals that can be found, the right property for the project that we want. We hope to have all four open in 18 months, certainly three. I can’t see the fourth yet as we haven’t nailed the fourth, but certainly three can be open in 18 months.”

After achieving an unrivalled presence in Liverpool, Signature Living has risen from strength to strength over the years.  Beginning with with our party apartments filling a gap in the market, we now specialise in restoring historic buildings that are deeply loved by communities. We’ve learnt how to give a new lease of life to buildings, restoring them with a long-term purpose in the city.

Only recently, we reopened the doors of Cardiff’s grand former Coal Exchange. The building holds profound sentiment in Cardiff, and now stands proud again, carefully restored as The Exchange Hotel.

Our significant investment of between £80 million and £110 million in Belfast has been welcomed with open arms by councils, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin laying the foundations of our plans and putting them into action.

Though only two of our projects have been shared in detail with the public so far, there’s certainly plenty to get excited about as proposals continue.

The first image showcasing plans for Crumlin Court House hotel

Following announcements, the public have expressed great enthusiasm for our new hotels in Ireland, including the £15 million George Best themed hotel at the Scottish Mutual Building along with the £25 million redevelopment of the historic Crumlin Road Courthouse.

It’s safe to say that we have our fair share of experience when it comes to weaving a story around a building, firstly with Liverpool’s 30 James Steet Hotel – Home of the Titanic, secondly with our Bill Shankly-themed Shankly Hotel and of course most recently, Cardiff Bay’s Exchange Hotel.

Expressing what has been learnt from building the Shankly, Lawrence Kenwright emphasised:

“One of the main attributes we learnt from the Shankly was the stories that resonate in every room. So in George Best as you can in Shankly you’ll see a story by a personal friend or an ex-footballer,”

“The idea is you’ve got to reflect the DNA of the building along with the person that’s in there so George is coming into the Scottish Mutual. It will be high-end with a bit of a racy feel. We know the designs, we know what we’re going to do, but we’re still working on it at the moment.”

As for Crumlin Road, at Signature Living we’re currently waiting on planning approval, yet ideas are well underway and we’re very keen to begin working on the site as soon as possible. Similarly to Cardiff’s Coal Exchange, we know we’ll be faced with a lot of rubble that will need removing, scaffholding that will be required to secure the walls and plenty more to do before winter arrives.

However, at Signature Living we’re never afraid of a challenge, and it’s Crumlin Road that Lawrence Kenwright is really looking forward to getting stuck in to.

Until then, Belfast locals can look forward to up to 400 full and part-time jobs across the four new hotels in Ireland, along with plenty of hands-on jobs required for construction.

So at Signature Careers, the next few years are filled with promise and fantastic opportunity. And we couldn’t be more excited to bring you along for the journey.

 

Signature Group Hosts Recruitment Day to Find the Next Stars of The Garden of Eden

Signature Careers has continued to revolutionise the recruitment process with another fun filled and unique assessment day. This time, the search was on for outstanding catering and banqueting staff for the beautiful and ever popular Garden of Eden venue, situated on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel.

Signature Living is dedicated to finding the best staff for all our iconic business ventures. We know that it is our employees who make Signature Group the benchmark for the hospitality sector and we’re extremely proud of the high quality of staff that choose to join the Signature family.

Having revolutionised the accommodation and hospitality market, we’re now paving the way for a better process to find the employees that can help us deliver the amazing service we’re known for.

Our assessment days help us to see past a one-page CV and a pressure-filled interview to get the very best out of the hopeful applicants.

The Assessment Day

Louise Riley, Recruitment Manager for Signature Group, organised and orchestrated the day, leading the potential recruits through a series of tasks to demonstrate their suitability for life as a representative of the sought-after venue.

Signature Careers recruitment day

Louise was joined by C&B manager Lucy Woodford, Bar Manager Adam Taylor and Eden Supervisor Michelle Hopper to help find the future Signature Stars. The first task saw the candidates create mood boards that they think represented Signature Group, and the team at Table One stole the show with their observations on the importance of food and beverages at Eden. Our iconic and amazing Afternoon Teas are a stand-out fixture at all our developments and the importance of these was demonstrated incredibly well by Table One.

Signature Careers recruitment day

The next part of the lively session was an interactive questionnaire. Each hopeful was given a task to identify key members of Eden’s, and The Shankly Hotel’s, team and find one interesting, unusual or unknown fact about that person.

The hotel’s General Manager was the first piece of the puzzle, and the applicants were delighted to discover Duncan Stewart has a penchant for dressing as The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Frank-N-Furter. Wedding Co-ordinator Ciara Martin was harder to crack and only one team managed to find out she has a love for playing the drums.

A Venue to be Proud of

The Garden of Eden is the ultimate rooftop venue for events, boasting unrestricted views across the city of Liverpool with a stunning and elegant backdrop to weddings, conferences, parties, showers and Afternoon Teas.

With a 360-degree glass exterior, a rooftop garden that has to be seen to be believed and plans in place for a 100ft outdoor slide, Eden is the perfect place for a magical and truly unforgettable time.

For a venue as magnificent as Eden, Signature Group needs the highest calibre of staff to ensure our guests receive only the best service and care throughout their journey with us. From making sure drinks never go unfilled, plates never go empty and requests are fulfilled to helping deliver a truly unforgettable experience, our C&B staff are the pinnacle of excellent service.

Signature Group

Since our conception in 2008, Signature Group has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most successful developers and hospitality businesses in the country. Throughout our journey, our core values of creating real value for our guests and building long-term relationships have not changed, helping us to fuel our vision and bringing together the very best teams to do so.

In Liverpool alone, we employ more than 400 people across a range of roles to give our visitors and guests the best experience possible.

Investing in our Employees

Our employees are a big part of what makes all our developments must-visit destinations, that’s why we believe in a solid employee investment plan, from ongoing training to an unrivalled support network, talent maps to internal role advertisement. There’s even the opportunity to earn specialised NVQs.

We also have ongoing apprenticeships across a range of roles, helping to prepare Liverpool’s bright young minds for a world of work in the hospitality and leisure sectors.

We also reward a generous 20% discount across our amazing developments, our landmark accommodation, bars, restaurants and spas are all must-visit places in Liverpool that give our employees a product to be proud of.

Signature Careers recruitment day

If you think you’re mad enough to be brilliant, our rapid growth and continuing success mean we’re always on the lookout for talented and ambitious workers to join our family. With new ventures being developed across the country, including in Belfast, Preston and The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff, keep an eye on our Facebook page for the next assessment day near you.

To find out more about careers at Signature Living and to apply for jobs at any of our locations, visit our careers site signaturecareers.co.uk. Our family is growing and we’d love to have you join us!