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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.

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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.

A Career With Us

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.

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

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.

A Career with Signature Living

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.

To enquire further about our latest networking events or co-working space, get in touch today on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook Page.

9 Things That Happen in Every Office

9 Things That Happen in Every Office

Offices are funny places, aren’t they? A menagerie of many different personalities, work ethics and standards on what makes a socially acceptable meal to cook in the microwave. We’re looking at you, Bob. Put the mackerel away.

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll know these nine things are true.

1. Everyone Gegs in on Your Diet

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You’ve noticed an increase in the number of snacks around the office and are convinced Sandra from accounts is secretly trying to taunt you.

Your work besties are all trying their best to support you, though. They’ve championed your dedication to soup and carrot sticks. It’s all fun and games until you realise they’ve all been sneaking to the kitchen to eat biscuits.

2. You Never Get That Room You Booked on Time

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No matter how hard you try, that meeting room is never available when you need it. You’d usually stand awkwardly within view to try and guilt-trip the culprit out, but it’s been 15 minutes now and you just look weird.

3. There is Never Enough Milk

Mmm. This milk-less tea is delicious.

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Where does it all go? Is there a black hole created specifically for dairy produce?

4. Time is a Mystery

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3 pm on a weekend? Why, it’s the middle of the day, let’s do all the things!

3 pm at work? Naptime.

5. You Have a BA Hons in Procrastination

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You’re highly skilled in the art of doing 20 minutes of work in 8 hours and 8 hours of work in 20 minutes. All that work you needed to do on Friday you said you’d do on Monday.

It’s now Monday and you’re busy thinking about how many sloths you could fit in the bin by the door, you’ve made a secret handshake with yourself and have now created a spreadsheet ranking all your favourite dog breeds.

6. There is no Need for Verbal Communication

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It is completely normal for you to have entire conversations with people a mere five feet away via Slack. No time to talk, plenty of time to type. It’s also easier to show them all of the memes this way. Productivity!

7. You Could Happily Marry Your Lunch Break

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Ah, lunch. The most glorious time of the day. You love to say hello but hate to say goodbye. Sometimes it all gets a bit too much and you eat everything you’ve brought in by 10 am.

It all becomes particularly exciting when it’s the day after payday and you can hear the faint calls of “Deliveroo” coming from your corner of the office.

8. You Get Very Invested in Work Gossip

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You’ve no idea who any of it’s about, but you’re happy to get involved regardless. After offering up your skills in Facebook stalking, you are currently going through Denise’s brother’s girlfriend’s profile with a fine-toothed comb.

9. (Other People’s) Birthdays are the Highlight of Your Week

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Why thank you, a man from IT with whom I have never spoken, I would love some of your birthday cake. Here is your card that we all signed. You’ll see that I haven’t addressed you by name, and that is because I forgot it. Happy birthday.

Want to try and stop putting off every task that comes your way and work more productively? Well, look no further than our guide to boosting your career productivity.

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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.

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My First Week at Signature Living

 

Starting any new job can be a daunting prospect, especially when that first week doesn’t go so well. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re always going to be known as the newbie – no matter how many cuppas you’ve offered to make.

To avoid this, it’s important to find company who will make this new-starter thing feel as easy and natural as possible, without the need for any unnecessary worry. This way, you can start looking forward to Mondays instead of wanting to throw your phone straight out of the window as soon as your alarm goes off.

An Employer With A Difference

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In all seriousness, it’s important to work for a company who fosters a work environment in which you can feel comfortable no matter how long you’ve worked there. In doing so you’ll be able to excel and flourish in your new role from the day you walk in the office door. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

That’s where I think a Signature Living job comes in. As a new starter here at Signature Living HQ, I wanted to share some insight into how that first week might go with any potential newcomers. The practicalities may be different for some, but the sentiment will stay the same. Signature Living are a family-run business, and their constant push to bring a sense of belonging and unity throughout the company really shines through.

Part of Something Bigger

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Before heading into the office, I spent two days with a handful of other new employees from across the business learning about all things Signature Living. Regardless of role, we were all given a thorough run through of every facet of the company. This meant that no matter whether we were a chef at Carpathia, employee at head office or someone working in a customer-facing role at The Shankly, we all got to get a real understanding of everyone’s part to play and how important we all were. Something that really stood out to me was what Managing Director Sue Wright said when she popped in to chat to the group;

“You’re not just a number to us,” she said. “We value each and every one of you in this business as individuals.”

We learnt about everything from the origins of the business to the ever-expanding repertoire of Signature Living – even food hygiene and allergy information. The main message across both days? That we were all responsible for the representation of the company no matter what position we held. It felt personable and informative – and the group setting allowed for plenty of questions, discussion and even a full-blown treasure hunt around Liverpool.

For us new staff members, this quickly fostered a real feeling of camaraderie, despite the entire team being made up of 900+ individuals across the board. It became clear that the company hires individuals who are definitely talented in their field, but almost more importantly people who are friendly, open and full of personality.

Getting Stuck In

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After the induction, I started my new role as Copywriter and Social Media Executive at head office. The two training days had diminished most of my anxieties about my new job, however naturally those first-day nerves still prevailed. They very quickly disappeared, though, as my new managers welcomed me onto the team and made sure I felt right at home. It was the same as what I’d found during the induction; every one of my colleagues was friendly, hospitable and ready to help with any questions I had.

Within that first week, I’d already been given the autonomy to work on articles and blogs across the entire Signature Living portfolio. The atmosphere in the office was – and continues to be – calm, comfortable and productive. The staff are trusted enough with their workload to break into a chat or two, whether it be about people’s weekend plans or what everyone wants to do when we all get together for the staff night out. All of this, combined with the fast-paced nature of the business, make for a really great work culture in which you’ll never be bored.

Moving Forward

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Two weeks later, and in the best way possible, I can say that I feel like I’ve been here a lot longer than I have! I’m excited to see what the future holds for Signature Living as a company but also for me and how my contributions will evolve within the workings of the business. There are so many new opportunities to grab hold of no matter what your role, so there are always going to be chances for personal and professional growth.

If you were thinking about applying to a Signature Living job, I hope that you’ve been persuaded you to go for it. You won’t regret it!

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Signature Careers Team Recruiting at the Belfast Job Fair 16th May

Soon The George Best Hotel will become Belfast’s latest and greatest accommodation experience, contributing to the noted rise in Belfast’s tourism trade. We want the best of the best people in the hospitality industry to come and join our team so the Signature Careers representatives are taking a trip across the Irish Sea this month and they couldn’t be happier about it.

They will be in the city at the Belfast job fair taking place in Clayton Hotel on the 16th May, looking to recruit the brightest stars in the tourism industry.

Here’s the kind of thing our team will be looking for.

A Bit About Signature Living

Starting out in 2007 Signature Living have revolutionised the hospitality market by introducing a new style of group accommodation and combining it with uniquely themed leisure and entertainment facilities.

Our existing venues in Liverpool and Cardiff have been created inside iconic buildings and structures that were in need of renovation and revitalising.

Thanks to the unique approach Signature Living bring to the table, we’ve been able to adapt our style of business to suit and we are able to offer a wide spectrum of job roles within each new project we embark upon.

Jobs For All Skills

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If you have excellent people skills and are always willing to go above and beyond expectations then a job in hospitality is definitely for you.

All the staff at Signature Living go the extra mile to make sure every guest experience is unforgettable and unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

Our locations and facilities are only part of what makes staying with Signature Living so memorable. It’s our people that make the difference and we know Belfast has a huge pool of talent that could be waiting to take the next step into promising future careers.

Working with Signature Living is fun and challenging as no two days are ever the same and there’s always something going on.

Whether you are considering a role on reception, in guest relations or perhaps you have management in your sights, Signature Living will have space for you in what is set to be Belfast’s most exciting hotel yet.

What Are We Looking For?

We need people to fill every role in the business.

Could you be the first face that our guests see when they walk through the door? Or are you a dab hand at whipping up clever and creative cocktails?

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No matter what there’s a place for every skill set in Signature Living at The George Best Hotel.

Our experience with The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool has given us an idea of what to expect in The George Best Hotel in Belfast. The Shankly Hotel welcomes die-hard football fans, families on short city breaks and groups of guests coming to sample the best city nightlife.

We want people who can help all our guests create lasting memories of their stays in Belfast and we know how important every person is. From the head of house-keeping to the night porters and kitchen staff, every individual can contribute a special something to each guest stay.

Who Will Be There?

The Signature Career representatives who are coming to the Belfast job fair will be on hand to discuss all vacancies and potential employment opportunities at The George Best Hotel. They will also be happy to answer any questions about our vision for The George Best Hotel and how it will change the face of Belfast’s accommodation market.

These are people who have watched Signature Living grow from a small company operating serviced apartments to the fastest growing accommodation provider in the UK. They have been a part of the driving force that has helped Signature Living develop into the national company it is today.

Signature Careers Representatives coming to Belfast job fair

Each representative of Signature Careers also knows exactly what it takes to become a Signature Living employee. They will explain what is expected of each and every member of staff at Signature Living and all the benefits that come with working for Signature Living.

Better still, some members of Signature Careers started out in different parts of the business and because Signature Living actively promotes internally if you have your sights set on a future in hospitality management you can work your way up to your dream job with Signature Living.

For details of the Belfast job fair in Clayton Hotel check out our Signature Careers Facebook page.

The fair will take place on the 16th May 10 am – 2 pm, bring a copy of your CV along and see if you can become a part of the Signature Living Team at The George Best Hotel.

Web Designer Vacancy: 10 Tips from Media Manager Paul

If you’re looking for web design jobs in Liverpool, look no further! We may have just the job for you.

At Signature Living, we’re in search of a creative, friendly designer who’s always up for a challenge.

As our new Web Designer, you’ll work on an array of exciting projects and be the brains behind the branding of some of the UK’s most exquisite venues.

From heritage buildings and wedding venues to unbeatable party apartments, you’ll find that every day brings something new.

So to help you prepare and learn a little more about what we do, we asked our Media Manager Paul 10 questions to gather some top tips and deeper insight…

10 Questions with Media Manager Paul

1) What sort of experience are you looking for?

Previous experience working in a web agency or internal web role, working on multiple projects simultaneously is essential.

2) 3 words to describe the perfect web designer?

Open to ideas.

3) What sort of person would be a good fit for the team?

Someone with a good sense of humour!

4) List some common mistakes you see in interviews…

Not bringing a portfolio and examples of work (for a design job!).
Being unprepared – be ready for questions relating to you skills, creative process, inspirations and work.
Not researching the company.

5) How would you describe working at Signature Living?

Busy, fun and challenging!

6) What is the best thing a web designer can do to improve?

I think the best way designers improve is by working alongside other talented designers and creatives. It gives you the opportunity to see a fresh approach to a problem and opens you up to different styles and techniques.

Also, get your work critiqued regularly and listen to the feedback. Rather than see it as an attack, take on board the comments use it to improve your work.

7) How should a web designer present their work in an interview?

Bring an iPad or laptop (make sure it’s charged!) and be sure your work is presentable offline – don’t assume you will be able to join the companies network to show off your web skills!

Have a portfolio that talks about how you came to the final design, and be prepared to explain why you made the decisions you did. Where possible make your portfolio relevant to the position you’re applying for.

8) Would you say the office environment is more formal or informal?

Our team works similarly to a design agency so we prefer an informal approach, no shirt and tie necessary!

9) What sort of projects will the designer be working on day-to-day?

Holding pages and full website designs for our hotels, landing pages for offers and events, social media campaigns and email newsletter/templates.

10) What is the best thing about being at web designer for Signature?

Signature Living has two distinct brands – Party and Heritage, because of this you have the option to work on distinctly different styles and the freedom to try whatever you feel fits the brief.

We do everything in-house ranging from photography, to video and CGI work ensuring you always have great visuals to work with, and if we don’t have it then it can be requested and the team will create it for you!

So, are you up to the challenge? If this sounds like your the design job for you, we’d love to hear from you today. You can submit your CV here.

More about Signature Living

Based in the heart of Liverpool city centre, Signature Living is best known for bringing Liverpool truly unique accommodation. From Signature Living suites and apartments to hotels including 30 James Street and The Shankly, we’re leading the way when it comes to luxury accommodation with a twist.

We’re also the name behind top bars and restaurants including Alma de Cuba, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant and Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant.

In the past year, we’ve broadened our horizons to The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and multiple upcoming hotels in Belfast. Going from strength to strength, at Signature Living we’re significantly building upon the fantastic heritage side of the brand.

With so much diversity within the Signature brand, our team can always expect something new and exciting to look forward to. You’ll never find yourself stuck for things to do!

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. 

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Land Your Dream Job: 5 Common Interview Mistakes to Avoid

So, you’ve found your dream job and you’ve got yourself an interview. That’s the first bit all boxed off. But if the interview itself seems a little daunting, we’ve got you covered.

At Signature Careers, we want to help you land the perfect role, so if you’re feeling a little rusty when it comes to acing your interview, look no further for steps to success…

1) Forgetting to Do Research

Research is key when it comes to a successful interview. When you’re busy rehearsing talking about yourself, it’s easy to forget that it works two ways. You need to know your stuff when it comes to them. This simple factor could set you apart from other candidates with similar experience.

So, take some time to research the history of the company and keep an eye out for any brand values or mantras. How can you align with them? Knowing what the company stands for and what their foundations are can help you to tailor how you present yourself. This all gives you a fantastic opportunity to relate your personal qualities and professional experience to their values.

2) Feeling too Underdressed

These days, it’s not too tricky to figure out what to wear for interviews. But make sure you take a moment or two to double check. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. But what you’re wearing can help you with your confidence, so make sure it’s comfortable.

Taking a scroll through the company’s social media pages may help you to gage what sort of clothes current employees wear and what the culture is like. If it seems formal, keep it smart. But if it seems a little more relaxed, you may want to add some personal touches to your outfit to express who you are.

3) Not Asking Any Questions  

Though the purpose of an interview is largely for the company to see if you’re a good fit, it’s also a chance for you to see if the job really sounds right for you. And if you don’t have any questions to ask, you won’t find out everything you might have wanted to know before you started the job.

Not forgetting, if you don’t ask questions, you may risk seeming unenthusiastic.  If another candidate has prepared some thoughtful questions and shows more interest in the role, it could be that they’re more memorable afterwards.

4) Forgetting About Body Language

Body language says a lot. Though its a subconscious communication, it can be just as important as talking. In fact, your body language could be a deal breaker from the moment you arrive.

It’s important to remain conscious of how you’re presenting yourself, without giving it so much thought that it seems forced. The key is to relax, act naturally and think about the qualities you admire most when you’re speaking to others.

Using with your hands while you talk can be persuasive and engaging; it may also make you feel more in control and reaffirm that you know what you’re talking about.

In the meantime, eye contact is also a winning factor. If you can maintain a strong level of eye contact throughout, your interviewer will see that your answers are genuine and that you have confidence in yourself. Again, this should all feel natural. It’s not a staring contest!

5) Over-preparing Your Answers

Just as your body language should feel natural, so should your answers to questions. It’s great to feel prepared but it’s better to think of your interview as more similar to a Powerpoint presentation than a speech. For example, while presenting you may have clear bullet points to support you, but you don’t need to solely rely on them to carry on going.

It may sound a little too robotic if you’re relaying answers from memory. Plus, if you’re asked something that you haven’t prepared an answer to, it’s likely that you may feel thrown off and find yourself unable to think on the spot.

So, we hope you’ve found our guide to Interview Mistakes to Avoid useful and wish you the best of luck. We think you’ve got this!

If you’re looking to apply for a job with Signature Living, make sure you don’t miss our latest job vacancies in Liverpool over on our jobs page.

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Fun Festive Temp Jobs at Signature Living

At Signature Living we’re on the look out for some special festival helpers to assist us during this busy Christmas period.

With a number of festive temp jobs available across all of our sites in Liverpool, we are eager to find this year’s yuletide talent.

Are you looking for a fun, fast paced temporary job in some of the most spectacular venues in Liverpool?

If you love Christmas and the thought of jingle bells and Santa leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you could be just the person we’re looking for.

Our Festive Temp Jobs

We are always ridiculously busy during Christmas, with our Hotels, bars and venues getting fully booked up months in advance.

That’s why we really need some enthusiastic hard workers to help us out over this merry time.

As part of our hospitality team, you’ll be ready to dazzle our customers with an array of fantastic skills and a shining personality that leaves a lasting impression.

At Signature, our employees are renowned for having a real passion for the city and an emphasis on fun, we’re a great bunch to work for.

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We are looking to fill the roles of:

Bar Backs

As a bar back you will be expected to maintain a clean and tidy bar area, prep ingredients for cocktails, carry out stock rotation, check in deliveries and actively assist the bar tenders throughout the busy service.

Bar Tenders

We also need talented bar tenders who’s duty it will be to greet customers and make them feel welcome, provide a brilliant drinks service, handle cash, keep the bar area tidy and ensure they have a full knowledge of all items on the menu.

Waiting on staff

Waiting on staff are crucial to the smooth running of all of our busy venues. In this role you will be expected to greet customers and show them to their table, serve them food and drinks, tidy tables, deal with payments and above all maintain brilliant customer service throughout.

Runners

As a runner you will be expected to make sure every dish that leaves the kitchen is perfect, be polite, assist the waiting on staff with making sure the tables are tidy and provide an excellent service.

Hosts

Lastly, we are looking for talented hosts to ensure our guests are greeted and attended to. This role will involve meeting guests with a friendly, professional approach adopting the brand standards set, working alongside the team and management to deliver a high quality service, have a working knowledge of MS office and cash handling experience.

What We’re Looking For

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When looking for the perfect fit for our roles, our recruitment team will be looking for some particular skills, do you have them?

  • Work well under pressure in a busy environment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good time keeping
  • Professional and friendly personality
  • Smart & tidy appearance
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Must be able to work until 5am over the weekend
  • A great team worker
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to learn

The Benefits

All temporary staff are employed on a contract, at Signature we don’t have any zero hour contracts because we want to be able to provide people with guaranteed hours over the festive period.

These opportunities are a great chance to kick start a career in hospitality by gaining more experience in different areas such as waiting on, bar tendering and events.

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It’s the perfect time of year to really get stuck in and test yourself under pressure.

We work with you, so if you’re still in college, university or have other commitments, we will plan around your availability.

Plus, if you really impress us there’s a possibility of being employed permanently if we have any vacancies available.

Working For Signature

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 our amazing restaurants, bars and customer service.

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.

So, if you’re ready to showcase what makes you perfect for Signature, we’d love to hear from you!

7 Interview Tips for Landing Your Dream Job

If you have an interview for your dream job, it’s only natural that you want to do your very best.

You may have spotted the perfect role for you on Signature Careers and now find yourself unsure where to begin.

But worry not, that’s where we come in to land a helping hand.

So from preparation to leaving a lasting impression, our 7 interview tips have got you covered.

Winning Interview Tips

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Preparation is key when it comes to breezing through that daunting interview.

So, make sure you put pen to paper, brain storm the key questions that you’re likely to be asked and make a brief note of your key responses.

Writing long, specific answers down risks causing panic when you slip up and can’t remember the full answer.

So instead, make a list of the key points you want to emphasise for each question and you’ll find that your answers flow much more organically.

After all, they don’t say “practise makes perfect” for nothing!

Showcase Your Research

While your potential employer will be looking to find out more about you, it’s essential that you know as much as possible about them.

Set some time aside to take a look at the history of the company. What are their brand values? What do they pride themselves on?

If you can showcase your knowledge about the company and explain why their values appeal to you, they’re far more likely to feel that you’re the right fit for the job.

You may also want to keep a couple of basic questions in mind to ask your interviewer. This way, you won’t find yourself lost for words if they ask you if you have anything to ask.

Spend Time on Your Appearance

No, we don’t mean you have to spend hours getting ready or wear a full face of make-up!

But it is a good idea to look and feel your best. Try and decide how formal or informal you should look.

And if you can’t decide, go for somewhere on the smarter side.

As Oscar Wilde once said, “you can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Leave Plenty of Time to Spare

It may sound a little obvious, but timekeeping is key for making sure your interview day runs smoothly.

Though you may have planned your bus or train route, you need to leave time for the unexpected to happen.

If there’s any delays or changes of plan, you’ll want to have left yourself plenty of time.

Give extra nerves a miss with great time keeping and you’ll breeze through your journey.

Think About Your Body Language

Body language plays an important role in interviews. After all, your interviewer only has a short amount of time to make a judgement.

Preparation will help you to relax and loosen up more naturally. However, nerves can get in the way.

So, make sure that you maintain eye contact, sit up straight and are ready to shake hands with your potential employer when you arrive and when you leave.

These small details are much bigger than you think. Avoid folding your arms and try and relax your body while you’re talking.

Your body language goes hand-in-hand with your experience and your answers. All of these qualities combined will leave a lasting impression!

Take On Your Feedback Positively

Whether you’re the successful candidate or not, all feedback is good feedback.

If you don’t get offered the job, it’s a good idea to politely ask for some feedback to help you prepare for your next interview.

It’s also an idea to send thanks to your interviewer for meeting with you and the opportunity, as you may want to apply again in future.

You never know when landing your dream job may be just around the corner, but all experience will help to ease you through the process.

Working for Signature Living

At Signature Careers, we’re always in search of fresh new talent to join our team.

Signature Living is the brains behind leading Liverpool hotels and venues including 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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Hospitality Recruitment Day at The Exchange Hotel

The Exchange Hotel is on the lookout for some of the best people in hospitality and catering to join us at our in-house restaurant.

The luxury heritage hotel in Cardiff has triumphed as one of the best places to visit in Cardiff.

Since our opening earlier this year, the former Coal Exchange has gone from strength to strength and November sees the launch of our restaurant’s new home.

While Culley’s has been dishing up some of the best food in Cardiff for the past few months, the final piece of the puzzle is in place and the official restaurant will soon be opening.

On the Hunt for Signature Stars

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The big move for Culley’s means we’re now recruiting for even more staff to join the incredible hospitality team at The Exchange Hotel.

We pride ourselves on putting our visitors above everything else, and all of our service roles are filled with driven and talented people who help us to deliver the outstanding service that’s expected from The Exchange Hotel.

We need a full team to be able to continue giving customers the best experience of their life while staying with us in Cardiff. Waiting on staff, mixologists, front of house and conference & banqueting staff are all an integral part of making sure we maintain our high standard of customer satisfaction.

Hospitality Recruitment Assessment Centre

Following the success of our previous hospitality recruitment days, this week, we hosted Cardiff’s first ever assessment centre at The Exchange Hotel

More than 40 hopefuls attended the two-hour long session to get to know the hotel and to see if a place on the hospitality team at the Exchange Hotel would be a good fit for them.

The day was a chance for us to get to know the hopeful candidates and for them to get to know us as a brand, a company and a hotel.

It’s also really important that everyone who comes on board understands the importance of the Signature DNA and what it means to work at one of our iconic heritage sites.

Like with previous assessment centres, the attendees were tasked with creating a mood board that represented Cardiff as a tourist destination and how The Exchange Hotel fits into the city. The teams had to create their board using newspaper and magazine cutouts to make something beautiful about their city.

Then came Pictionary, a favourite for everyone. The fun but challenging game helped establish everyone’s communication skills and helped to demonstrate the importance of clear communication.

The Future of Recruitment at The Exchange Hotel

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While it may be easy to assume that The Exchange Hotel is well-established and an imperative part of Cardiff’s culture, thanks to the premium service and beautiful restoration, the hotel has been open less than 12 months and is only the beacon of quality it is today thanks to the incredible staff that work hard to make it so.

We’re always on the lookout for the best of the best and the management staff in Cardiff are set to host even more recruitment days over the coming months as the hotel expands.

Keep an eye on The Exchange Hotel Facebook and the Signature Careers hospitality vacancies page to keep up to date with any exciting opportunities across all of our hotels.

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Signature Careers’ Recruitment Day for Cunard Hospitality Staff

The Cunard Building has stood proudly on Liverpool’s waterfront for 100 years as one of the iconic three graces.

Now, Signature Living has acquired the building to bring a breath of fresh air into the beautiful space.

The Cunard Building is Liverpool’s most glamorous events space and Signature Living are set to enhance and improve an already amazing location.

To help us recruit the perfect Signature stars to join the family, we hosted one of our famous recruitment days to get to know all the potential new hospitality staff that will work front of house in the bar and restaurant.

Assessment Activities

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The session proved so popular that the hopeful applicants had to be split into two sessions to accommodate for the unprecedented interest in working on the front line in the Liverpool landmark. Led by Signature Living’s recruitment officers, Michael and Rachel, the candidates were tasked with three activities throughout the two-hour sessions.

These activities are the perfect way to bring the best out of everyone and to see how they interact with a team and how they use their heads to solve common problems.

The first task saw the group split into teams for Pictionary-style charades, sculpting playdoh to illustrate Signature’s core values. There was one catch to the fun activity – no clues. While there was plenty of laughter during the game, it helped to demonstrate an important point: communication is key. It was hard to guess the sculptures (very hard in some cases!) and without communication, it was nearly impossible.

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Next was a tower-building challenge. The premise was simple: build a tower out of paper that is strong enough to hold something of substantial weight. Of course, we weren’t making things easy and for this task, the teams were only able to use one hand per person, resulting in the need for effective communication and teamwork. It was a test of patience too, a skill that is required in a fast-paced industry like hospitality.

Finally, was the ever popular Connection Web. This was an immersive team building exercise that required everyone to find something in common with someone else in the group. Once a connection was found with the first person, a ball of string was tossed to the person who had the connection. This created a physical web of similarities between the large group.

The Signature Personality

At Signature Living, we don’t do things by halves, and it’s that mindset that is encapsulated in all of our staff across all roles.

Personality is massively important and our staff are what makes us stand out in the crowd. Everyone’s bubbly personality and extra-mile attitude are what makes our guests have the time of their lives and return for more.

Our core values are cemented in building long-term relationships with our guests and diners while creating value for them. Hospitality staff are some of the key players in achieving impeccable customer satisfaction.

A Liverpool Icon

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The Cunard Building at Pier Head is a Grade II* listed building, nestled between her two equally famous sisters: The Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

The lasting impression that the stunning building leaves on all who set eyes on it is unrivalled. The interior is equally as awe-inspiring with luxurious décor and exciting plans in place to make it even better.

What could be more exciting than working in one of Liverpool’s most famous buildings?

Keep an eye on our Facebook and hospitality recruitment page for all the latest job opportunities at the beautiful Cunard Building.

 

Patisserie Chef de Partie

 

Do you have diverse bakery experience, a large scoop of organisation and a sprinkle or two of passion? If this sounds like you, then our new Patisserie and Bakery could be your next exciting adventure.

Set to become the cherry on top at the Cunard Building, the up-and-coming Patisserie and Bakery will be based in the heart of the city. As a majestic piece of the Three Graces, you’ll work with the Royal Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building as your friendly neighbours.

At Signature, we’re known for doing things differently. The fantastic Patisserie and Bakery will offer the city sweet and savoury treats as well as a wondrous chocolate room that Willy Wonka would be proud of.

As Chef de Partie, you’ll join a talented team of staff and always be prepared to get ready, set, bake! You’ll have the experience and knowledge to keep a cool head and ensure that all baked goods are prepared and presented to perfection.

The key ingredients of this role include the ability to work in any section of the Patisserie and Bakery and the imagination to showcase innovative ideas alongside the Sous Chef and Head Chef.

In addition to these skills, you’ll also be confident in mentoring junior members of staff and possess the dedication and knowledge to adhere to food and health and safety regulations.

We won’t sugar-coat it, we’re a great bunch to work for. Signature Group is renowned for creating dynamic jobs and successful long-term brands in Liverpool and beyond.

Starting with one apartment in 2008 and plenty of ambition, Signature Group is now the company behind leading Liverpool hotels, bars and restaurants, including Signature Living party apartments, The Shankly Hotel, 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic and Carpathia Bar & Restaurant.

Set to open in 2017, this is an unmissable job opportunity to become our Signature star baker! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Job Purpose / Summary:

  • Assist and support the kitchen management team by ensuring a smooth efficient service of all baked goods from preparation, cooking and presentation.
  • Able to work in any section of the Bakery and demonstrate methods and recipes.
  • Manage a section of the kitchen, producing exceptional level of food quality.
  • Assist the Sous Chef and Head Chef in developing new innovative and creative baked goods.
  • Mentor and coach junior members of the team at any opportunity.
  • Ensure your areas of the kitchen is clean and tidy with the highest sanitation, storage and handling procedures. Champion this within other areas of the kitchen.
  • Provide a high standard of food that complies with food safety regulations.
  • Ensure and maintain a safe working environment for all team members.
  • Comply with Food and Health and Safety regulations.
  • Achieve company standards.
  • Deliver any other reasonable duties as required by your line manager.

Required Knowledge/Skills: 

  • Experience working as a Chef de Partie / Commi.
  • Ability and experience in working in a patisserie / bakery.
  • Knowledge of luxury hotel or restaurant standards.
  • Must have a good understanding / knowledge of baking breads, chocolate work and Patisserie.
  • Commitment to food / bakery innovations.
  • Immaculate presentation, outgoing, passionate, and excellent customer service skills.
  • The ability to anticipate customer needs, change goals and direction quickly whilst multitasking.
  • Capable of using independent judgment / solid decision-making skills ability.
  • Demonstrates sound organisational, coordinating and personal interface skills.
  • Proven comfort and experience to interact effectively with all levels of management, guests, associates, and clientele, both inside and outside of the organization.
  • Activator, self-motivated to accomplish goals, with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Proven job reliability, diligence, dedication and attention to detail.
  • Must be flexible with working nights, weekends, and holidays.

Patisserie Commi

 

Do you known for your baking brilliance? Do you have a real passion for the kitchen? At Signature Group, we’re looking to hire a Patisserie Commis to become the icing on the cake at our exciting new Patisserie and bakery.

Opening in 2017 within Liverpool’s Grade II* listed Cunard Building, the up-and-coming bakery will be located within the heart of the city. As a majestic piece of the Three Graces, you’ll find Liverpool’s world-famous landmarks and flourishing business district right on your doorstep.

Set to fill the Cunard with the scent of sweet and savoury treats, the real golden ticket will be the bakery’s wondrous chocolate room, certain to attract tourists and locals exploring the best of Liverpool’s waterfront.

As Patisserie Commis, your role will complete the perfect mixture of skills within our team of talented staff. Assisting our Head Chef, Sous Chef and Chef de Partie, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in breads, chocolate work and patisserie.

The main ingredients to this diverse role include assisting the kitchen management team with overall tasks and providing a fantastic standard of food. You’ll also have the confidence to keep a cool head, ensuring that all stations are set out to the highest standard.

As part of your dynamic role, you’ll be dedicated to meeting food and health and safety regulations, paying close attention to detail to sanitation, storage and handling procedures throughout the day.

Demonstrating a natural flair for customer service, you’ll have excellent communication skills mixed with an outgoing personality. You’ll be keen to add a sprinkle of friendliness to the experience of our hotel guests and bakery customers.

Let’s not sugar-coat it, at Signature Group we’re a great bunch to work with. The ever-growing company is of the in Liverpool to work for and renowned for creating long-term, successful brands in the city.

We’re the brains behind luxury hotels and restaurants including 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic, The Shankly Hotel and Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant. Our new venture will offer customers an exceptional standard of baked goods and a lasting impression.

Job Purpose / Summary:

  • Complete daily tasks as requested by the kitchen management team and assist in overall execution of duties in assigned sections
  • Ensure all stations are properly set out, prior to service and necessary corrections are made, in needed
  • Ensure safe usage of all equipment by staff
  • Champion good customer relations are maintained
  • Ensure fridge and food storage areas are maintained and that products are properly stored
  • Assist and support the kitchen management team by ensuring a smooth efficient service of all baked goods from preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Ensure areas of the kitchen is clean and tidy with the highest sanitation, storage and handling procedures
  • Provide a high standard of food that complies with food safety regulations
  • Comply with Food and Health and Safety regulations.
  • Achieve company standards
  • Deliver any other reasonable duties as required by your line manager

Required Knowledge/Skills: 

  • Experience working as a Commis previously
  • Experience in working in a bakery
  • Knowledge of all kitchen equipment and operations
  • Immaculate presentation, outgoing, passionate, and excellent customer service skills
  • Proven job reliability, diligence, dedication and attention to detail
  • Must be flexible with working nights, weekends, and holidays

Patisserie Head Chef

 

Do you have diverse and dynamic Patisserie Chef experience? If you feel most at home in the kitchen and are best-loved for your passion for baking, you could be the Patisserie Head Chef that we’re in search of.

As an experienced Patisserie Head Chef, you’ll be the cherry on top at our exciting new Patisserie and Bakery, set to open in 2017. Based within the iconic Cunard Building, you’ll work in the heart of Liverpool city centre. A majestic piece of the Three Graces, you’ll work with world-famous landmarks to your left and your right.

Serving an array of sweet and savoury treats and equipped with its very own chocolate room, the fantastic bakery is set to sweeten the day for Liverpool’s business district and visitors to the city.

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to keep a cool head while turning up the heat. During the busiest of days, you’ll showcase a natural flair for leadership and plenty of confidence, ensuring that everything we produce is served to perfection.

You’ll display the expertise to add a sprinkle of inspiration to all day to day operations, staff and food preparations. The key ingredients of your role will also include controlling food costs within budgets, overseeing adequate stock levels and complying with food and health and safety regulations at all times.

You’ll show the dedication to pay close attention to detail and strive to achieve the very best company standards. In keeping with the innovative design of the Shankly Hotel, you’ll blend together a fantastic mixture of creativity and passion while crafting imaginative seasonal menu ideas throughout the year.

We won’t sugar-coat it, over at Signature Group we’re a brilliant bunch to work for. We take pride in creating diverse, long-term jobs in the heart of Liverpool and beyond!

Best known for being the brains behind Signature Living, The Shankly Hotel, 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic and restaurants including Carpathia Bar & Restaurant, we’re renowned for offering our customers a unique, unforgettable experience.

If you could be our star baker and the leader we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you!

Job Purpose / Summary:

  • Managing the efficient and effective running of the day to day kitchen operations, staff and food preparations
  • To ensure that the preparation, cooking and presentation of all baked goods is of a high standard for all our guests
  • Come up with new and seasonal menu ideas for all Patisserie dishes
  • Provide a high standard of food that complies with food safety regulations
  • Control food costs within budgets and keep adequate stock levels of food and supplies
  • Achieve all budgeted food gross profit
  • Support, train and develop the kitchen team
  • Create a safe working environment for all team members
  • Monitor and control key departmental costs and controls
  • Comply with Food and Health and Safety regulations.
  • Achieve company standards
  • Deliver any other reasonable duties as required by your line manager


Required Knowledge/Skills: 

  • Experience working as a Patisserie Chef
  • Strong Knowledge of luxury hotel or restaurant standards
  • Must have a good understanding / knowledge of baking breads, chocolate work and Patisserie
  • Superb Culinary Skills
  • Commitment to food / bakery innovations
  • Immaculate presentation, outgoing, passionate, and excellent customer service skills
  • The ability to anticipate customer needs, change goals and direction quickly whilst multitasking
  • Previous experience managing a team of employees through motivation, coaching and development.
  • Capable of using independent judgment / solid decision-making skills ability
  • Demonstrated sound organizational, coordinating and personal interface skills.
  • Proven comfort and experience to interact effectively with all levels of management, guests, associates, and clientele, both inside and outside of the organisation.
  • Activator, self-motivated to accomplish goals, with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Proficiency with general office PC applications (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, databases)
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven job reliability, diligence, dedication and attention to detail
  • Must be flexible with working nights, weekends, and holidays

 

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Vista Bar & Restaurant: A New Style of Dining & Drinking

Signature Group is known for being one of the most innovative and exciting brands in the hospitality sector and our new deli-style restaurant, Vista, is no different.

The deli will be a part of the unique and modern Signature Works, a co-working office environment that brings businesses from all sectors together for stronger professional relationships.

In order to make the deli as successful as our top rated hotels, bars and restaurants we’ve scouted the finest calibre of staff to deliver the outstanding service that guests and visitors have come to expect from Signature Group.

Vista Bar & Restaurant enjoyed a soft opening earlier this month, inviting everyone to come and get a taste of what’s in store when the kitchen takes shape and starts dishing out tasty and irresistible food.

Unique Food for Every Taste

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Based in the Bling Building on Hanover Street, the brand new Vista will bring together a fusion of Mediterranean food and relaxed dining to create a must visit destination in the city centre. Opening from breakfast until dinner, with a cocktail menu that will take you into the late hours.

There’s set to be a bakery on site offering freshly baked pastries for a filling and tasty breakfast that can be grabbed on the way to work. While for lunch, diners will be treated to unique, specialist food boxes that can feed two people and can be eating in or taken away.

There’s also an extensive range of cheeses that will change seasonally for a mouth watering cheese board that can be served with specially selected port or red wine.

Cocktail Choices to Surprise and Delight

In addition to what will be some of the best food in Liverpool, the bar’s immensely talented mixologists have crafted some unusual but devilishly tasty cocktails.

Try out Smokey Joe, a blend of sweet and bitter tastes with Vanilla vodka, Khalua, coffee and tobacco liqueur. Or if you’re looking for something sweeter, dive into a taste sensation with the Figgy Jam, made with real fig jam!

Trendsetting Design

As well as stunning cocktails and incredible food, Vista amazes the eyes with it’s stylish and trendy interior.

Furnished with sleek and stylish polished wood floors and exposed metalwork furniture, as well as bright neon lights with highly instagrammable phrases, it’s definitely the sort of place you want to be seen.

Signature Group are always on the lookout for talented and hard-working hospitality experts to join our rapidly expanding team, not only at Vista but across all our Liverpool venues and further afield. Check out our hospitality vacancies page to start your Signature journey. Are you mad enough to be brilliant? Take a look and you could be part of the Signature family.

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. 

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!