How To Get Noticed on LinkedIn

Recruiters are constantly scanning LinkedIn to find top candidates.

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

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

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

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Fill Out the Summary Section

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

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

Use a Good, Professional Photo

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

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

Add Your Location

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

Create a Strong Headline

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

Always Include Your Educational Background

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

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

List the Industry You Work In

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

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

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List Your Current Position

Having an outdated profile can put recruiters off.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

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

Don’t Forget to List Your Skills

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

Endorse Some of Your Connections

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

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

Join a Networking Group

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

Spelling and Grammar Check

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

Working for Signature Living

Signature careers

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

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

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

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

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Cover Letter Mistakes You Should Avoid

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

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

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

Starting with Your Name

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

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

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

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

Lack of Attention to Detail

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

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

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

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

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

Rehashing Your Resume

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

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

Too Short or too Long

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

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

Highlighting Inexperience

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

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

Sending a Generic Letter

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

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

Over Sharing or Over Explaining

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

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

Going off Brand

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

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

Not Providing Concrete Examples

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

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

Don’t Skip It

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

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

Working for Signature Living

Signature careers

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

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

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

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

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Signature Living Submits Plans for Our First Manchester Hotel

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

The Plans for Our Manchester Hotel

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

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

Manchester Hotel

Tim Groom Architects

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

Developing in Manchester

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

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

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

Residential Accommodation in Manchester

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

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

Experts in Restoring Listed Buildings

Manchester Hotel

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

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

Manchester Hotel Job Opportunities

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

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

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

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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!

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.

Alma de Cuba to host 2017’s Food & Drink Festival Awards

This year, Alma de Cuba is set to host the glitzy Liverpool Food & Drink Festival Awards 2017. The greatly anticipated festival will be celebrating its 10th year offering Liverpool foodies the best of food and drink.

Honouring the city’s fantastically creative independents, the ceremony honours local talent and hardworking businesses in style.  The dazzling awards ceremony is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

Attendees can look forward to 12 categories this year including Street Food King or Queen, Best Signature Cocktail and Best Hangout for Families.

Since taking ownership of Alma de Cuba earlier this year, we’re hugely proud and excited that Alma has been nominated for Best Social Media Presence, Liverpool’s Favourite Place to Eat and Most Popular Signature Cocktail.

Since giving Alma a sprinkle of Signature style, the iconic Liverpool nightlife venue now includes the showstopping Samba Afternoon Tea as well as magically mystical Voodoo Saturdays.

Remaining true to the much-loved Alma brand, the striking building itself and its stunning features have been carefully maintained, ensuring that the venue doesn’t lose its fantastically historic character and charm.

Dominic Levi (owner of Neon Jamon, Tribeca and Three Piggies), Danny Murphy (owner of Berry and Rye and Jenny’s Bar) and talented duo Oliver Press and David Williams (the brains behind Independent Liverpool and the Baltic Market) have all been shortlisted this year for the Outstanding Contribution to Liverpool’s Food and Drink Scene award.

Affectionately known to locals as ‘the Polish Church’, Alma de Cuba is one of Liverpool’s best-loved venues in the heart of the city’s nightlife scene. Formerly standing as 1700s St. Peters Catholic Church, the unique venue offers guests a truly unforgettable experience from start to finish.

The stylish contrast of contemporary style and opulent original features including the awe-inspiring alter and beautiful stained class windows. Renowned as one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool, Alma is a go-to venue for perfectly crafted cocktails and plenty of expertise from the talented team.

A fusion of colourful Cuban culture, Alma de Cuba has attracted locals and visitors to the city for a number of years, bringing something wonderfully exciting to Liverpool.

The Food and Drink Festival will fill picturesque Sefton Park on the 16th & 18th of September. Make sure you don’t miss out on an array of tasty sweet and savoury treats washed down with a diverse selection of drinks.

The awards ceremony follows on from the festival, so you can vote for your favourite independents until 21st September.

 

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 Reveal Plans for Croxteth Hall Transformation That Gives Back to the Community

Signature Living have revealed ambitious plans to transform the historic Croxteth Hall into a luxury hotel and wedding venue, with a training centre and donations to the Croxteth community.

The plans are set to include a hospitality training centre in the hall for local people and an estimated £500,000 from the project will be given to the Croxteth community each year.

Liverpool Council have stated they can no longer afford the upkeep and running costs of this once magnificent Grade II* building and are therefore on the lookout for a new operator to take it on.

With a proven track record of transforming derelict and empty listed buildings into high-end luxury venues, Signature Living are excited about the prospect of boosting the Croxteth community.

Croxteth Hall transformation

Croxteth Hall

A Centre of Excellence

As well as the development plans, Lawrence Kenwright’s vision will see local people from the Croxteth area given the chance to train and learn skills within the hospitality sector.

A centre of excellence will be created with a vision of training future Signature Living employees, which will also help boost employment figures. Lawrence said:

“There are a lot of unemployed people in Croxteth, we have just taken on 30 people from there in the last six months and some of them are our best workers.

“This means people from Croxteth could work in our sites in Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast and all these great cities – they can move up the chain to be anything they want to be, anywhere they want to be.”

Signature Living pride themselves on looking after their workers and ensuring they get the best opportunities available.

Giving Back to the Community

The Signature Living boss has also promised that if his proposals are successful, 33% of its pre-tax profits would go directly to local people in the form of charitable donation.  This has been estimated to around £500,000 per year.

Lawrence has said:

“The idea would be to set up a charitable board of six people and unlike other grant funding for charities, this will be used for whatever we want to use it for and will be more about people – it will be a quick and easy process.”

Lawrence

Lawrence Kenwright

The Plans

Signature Living have proposed to transform Croxteth Hall into a luxurious hotel, spa and wedding venue.

Set to take just one year to complete, the plans include a unique Signature Living stamp with ‘glamping’ and ‘Hansel and Gretal treehouse’ rooms.

These ambitious plans are typical of Signature Living and Lawrence’s ambition to create a successful hotel and wedding venue outside of the city centre:

“You’ve got to have an edge – you can’t just open and say we are here – it’s got to be something that is different from everywhere else – but these are not things we can do without the say so of the council.”

Weddings are a huge part of the amazing new plans.

Croxteth is already a functioning wedding venue, however, currently they are few and far between. Lawrence sees the number of weddings per year increasing from 20 to 200.

He also stated that the addition of a luxury hotel will increase the appeal for wedding planners, as guests will have somewhere to stay afterwards.

Croxteth Hall transformation

Croxteth Hall

The Future of Croxteth

Signature Living are passionate about saving an asset like Croxteth Hall, redeveloping it for the better and opening it for the local community.

Currently, Croxteth Hall is open just 25% of the time and they charge £6 to get in, when it’s a hotel it will be open to everyone all the time.

“All the good stuff with the wood panelled walls, paintings and great views – that will all be open to the public – these places can’t be museums anymore as there isn’t the funding for them.”

Liverpool council have made it very clear that they will only hear bids that respect the listed status of the building and have a strong vision of maintaining the heritage of the site. They have also stated the importance of maintaining public access to the grounds.

Lawrence is also very passionate about this:

“It will be interesting to see if the others have the same understanding of listed buildings that we do – when it comes to taking listed buildings from semi-dereliction to hotels, I don’t know anyone that does what we do in the UK.”

The council is currently inviting developers to put their ideas forward and it is hoped a bid could be selected within three months.

Kick Start Your Career: Chef Summer School in Liverpool

Are you ready to cook up a storm this summer? If you’re an aspiring chef with a real passion for the kitchen, Signature Chef Summer School is calling your name.

At Signature Careers, we’re looking to guide and encourage talented, enthusiastic school leavers who are ready to kick start their culinary career with success.

We’ll be taking young chefs behind the scenes of some of the best restaurants in Liverpool for a hands-on experience that could define the next years of your career.

Though this is a summer course, we have an amazing opportunity for chef apprenticeships in Liverpool awaiting at the finish line, so it’s time to slip on your apron and get stuck in.

Chef Summer School in Liverpool

Throughout the course, our team will provide you with invaluable experience in the real working world.
You’ll learn what it’s like to work with professionals, picking up tips and tricks in fast-paced, exciting kitchens alongside our head chefs.

At the end of our Chef Summer School, you’ll find yourself equipped with an extensive range of skills and solid confidence in the kitchen.

And of course, you may be in with the chance of joining our fast-growing company, as we’re looking for the Liverpool’s next superstar chef to join our wonderful team.

What’s the Process?

  • Aspiring chefs apply and attend our open day
  • Chef selected for 1 of 2 places
  • Chef summer school will begin
  • All successful chefs will receive £300 at the end of the course
  • We’ll be offering chef apprenticeships in Liverpool or even a full-time job to outstanding performers.

Signaure Living

At Signature Living, we’re passionate about apprenticeships in Liverpool and dedicated to helping young, talented people to achieve their full potential.

We’re a multi award winning company, based in the heart of Liverpool city centre and dotted around a variety of established venues!

From Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant to The Bastion and Alma de Cuba to Arthouse, we’re home to a multitude of Liverpool’s most highly-rated restaurants and most popular spots in the city.

Our highly skilled chefs ensure that our restaurants continue to flourish every season of the year, crafting imaginative, creative menus tailored to our customers.

Meals at our venues are produced with fresh and homely, high-quality ingredients and of course, they’re always cooked with care and consideration.

We hope to see you showcasing your culinary skills with us soon! We’re hugely excited about the start of the Signature Chef Summer School and are ready to build a solid foundation for Liverpool’s aspiring young chefs.

We’ll see you in the kitchen! 

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.