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Career Change – Top Tips For Securing a New Job in A New Sector

If you dream of a new job in a completely different sector to the one you currently work in or have trained for, it’s helpful to know what obstacles may stand in your way. A career change can be exciting and invigorating, but it can also be scary and overwhelming.

However, it’s only natural for us all to look for a change from time to time. Figures issued by the London School of Business and Finance show that 47% of the UK workforce say they’ve considered changing careers at some time, with a staggering 66% of young people stating they are actively looking for a new job in a new field.

So, if you’re looking to follow a new path in your working life, here are some top tips to securing a new job in a completely new sector.

Bridge the Skills Gap

One of the hardest challenges you’ll come up against when looking for a career change is how you showcase your training and experience. To overcome this, why not start looking into training opportunities within your new chosen field. You could even be entitled to financial help with retraining in the form of a loan, grant or bursary.

Doing this research will also help you to gain some relevant knowledge that will help you on your new career path. Read trade journals, online resources, join LinkedIn groups and even start conversations to really get your brain engaged with your new field.

In terms of your CV, the best way of smoothing over the unrelated work history sections is to put your skills first. It’s much easier to find transferable skills, rather than focusing on your career past. It’s often a much better way for prospective employers to get a sense of what you can offer them.

Network with People

One of the best ways to really understand a new business field is to talk to those that are currently employed in it. From junior to senior employees, ask them questions about their jobs, discover how it works in their sector and find out whether you could make it in their world.

This not only helps you understand their particular sector, it will also give you the right terminology to use and you could even find a professional mentor.

Over-prepare for Interviews

Researching the company or sector you want to work in could be the crucial factor that sets you apart from other candidates with more experience. Make sure you prepare lots of questions to ask in your interview, to show you have a genuine inquisitiveness about the role.

If you’re feeling brave, you could also focus on how you would go above and beyond to improve or add value to the business. Always highlight your strengths and make sure one of them is that you are a fast learner.

Demonstrate Your Unique Value

Rather than apologising or highlighting your unconventional background, celebrate it. Make it clear that your unique experience and skills are not only different but add something unusual which isn’t replicated by ‘identikit’ candidates.

You’ll have to push open more doors than candidates with predictable CVs but do so with informed enthusiasm. One of the most important attributes during an interview is enthusiasm.

Be Patient and Stay Motivated

Finding a new job in any field is time consuming and can be disheartening. Maintain your motivation by laying out a realistic timetable for the next few months to get you through the stages of searching, applying, interviewing etc.

Finally, try not to lose hope that your career change will happen. It may take a lot longer and a lot more applications than you had ever imagined just to get that first shot. But don;t worry, if you keep going and remain enthusiastic, the right role will come along.

A Career Change with Signature

If you’re 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.

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

Signature Staff Take Part in New Advanced Coffee Training

At Signature Living, we think it’s important that our staff have access to the very best training. That’s why in June we began working with local coffee roasters Adams and Russell to learn everything there is to know about making the perfect cup of coffee. Coffee is one of the most important things on earth to us and we know just how passionate our guests are about it, that’s why we’re on a mission to become coffee aficionados with our new advanced coffee training programme.

In order to raise the standard and the passion for coffee within the Signature Living team, we will be following a detailed two-tier program alongside Adams and Russell’s head Baristas to ensure our staff have an expert knowledge of coffee making. We have already completed most of the Level 1 training with the expert team at the roasting plant, so it’s time to move on to the more advanced techniques!

Coffee training

A few weeks ago, a lucky group of staff from our food and beverage team went along to the roasting plant based in Birkenhead to start their advanced Level 2 coffee training and we went along to learn a few things ourselves!

New Advanced Coffee Training

Since June, around 65% of our front of house food and beverage staff have now taken part in the Level 1 hot drinks course with Adams and Russell. This means the standard of coffee and Barista service across all of our venues has already hugely improved.

However, a few weeks ago a group of around 11 staff returned to the roasting plant to complete their Level 2. This course included a demonstration of how to blend our very own Velvet coffee to perfection, learning advanced coffee machine maintenance and helping our staff to understand the coffee making process.

We also enjoyed a coffee tasting session which featured a large selection of coffees from different countries across the world, this really helped our team to understand the difference in blends and widened our knowledge of coffee flavours.

This in depth Level 2 course also featured lessons in grinding, dosing and tamping, knowing the function of milk and the effect of different fat content, hygiene health and safety elements and latte art.

It’s safe to say the coffee training course has been hugely enjoyed by everyone, and we will soon be taking the next group of staff to complete their Level 2 courses!

The Adams and Russell Coffee School

Every coffee school course from Adams and Russell is run in partnership with the ‘Speciality Coffee Association Authorised Trainer’ Andreas Constantinou. He has an in depth of knowledge and experience in coffee, brought up in Greece, he successfully introduced speciality coffee to the public through coffee shops and restaurants throughout the North West.

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Andreas and Adams and Russell are brilliant at imparting knowledge which really excited and enthused our staff.  They provided a detailed understanding of how to entice the very best from every ground coffee bean and continually look to produce the best cup of coffee possible.

The Signature Style

We pride ourselves on being the best of the best, with some of the highest rated hotels and restaurants in Liverpool, we need the best staff to help ensure our guests get the amazing experience they come to expect from Signature Living.

It’s a hard task finding the Signature stars that make our working family so special. Each and every member of staff has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them the perfect fit for our hotels, restaurants, spas, bars and other adventures.

At Signature Living, we’re always on the look out for talented front of house staff that can bring the Signature personality to our venues.  Our guests continually come back and recommend us, and a big part of that is the incredible people who help keep the wheels turning.

Sound like something you can get on board with? Take a look at our vacancies page and begin your journey to joining the Signature family today! Follow our careers Facebook page for regular updates on vacancies.

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Labourer Jobs Liverpool – Boost Your CV & Apply Today

If you’re in search of labourer jobs in Liverpool, look no further. Signature Living is one of the fastest growing companies in Liverpool. An award-winning hotelier, we’re looking for site labourers to join our ever-growing team.

You’ll be working 40 hours a week from 7:30am – 5:00pm including Saturdays. We’ll also have overtime hours available.

Labourer Jobs Liverpool

What We’re Looking For…

Our ideal candidates will be capable of working with minimal oversight and showcase the ability to follow directions closely. Ideally, you’ll also be familiar with construction safety standards and procedures, ensuring project security.

Desirable:

  • IPAF License
  • CSCS card

Personal qualities:

  • Awareness of health and safety issues
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Being physically fit for the job
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Knowledge of materials and building methods
  • Able to work effectively within a team
  • Can demonstrate good interpersonal abilities
  • Good communication skills

The foundations of Signature Living are hard work, passion and personality. We’re a great bunch to work for and heading in a very exciting direction.

If you’d like to join the Signature team and think you have what it takes, we’d love to hear from you!

You can apply for labourer jobs Liverpool here.

Build the Perfect Construction CV

An ideal construction CV should highlight your core skills and most relevant experience. The format of your CV can be kept simple and concise, showcasing your ability to meet the job specifications.

Typically, a well formatted construction CV would begin with a brief introduction, outlining your personal profile and giving an overview of your experience in the industry. This is also the chance to incorporate some personal qualities, whether it’s your motivation, reliability or hardworking nature.

Following the introduction, you may want to include a skills section, clearly listing each of your relevant skills to the job. This could include everything from construction and Blueprint reading to machinery operation and taking accurate measurements.

The next sections of your construction CV should highlight your relevant work experience, including the name of companies, time period of employment and a general outline of your role. It’s also important for your construction CV to list your education and qualifications, whether this is college qualifications or a university degree.

Labourer Jobs Liverpool – Work for Signature Living

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Signature Living is without a doubt one of the best companies to work for in Liverpool. We’re always looking to expand in different directions, taking on a wide range of development projects.

Starting with unique party apartments in the city centre, the company has grown at a rapid pace. We’ve recently celebrated our 10th anniversary and the year ahead is certainly looking like an exciting one!

We now take on large-scale heritage developments as well as expanding our apartments and suites across the city. 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic is a prime example of one of our best-loved restoration projects. We restored the Grade II* listed building to its former glory, opening its grand doors to the public once again.

Next on the horizon, we have the upcoming George Best Hotel in Belfast. Our development of Belfast’s historic Scottish Mutual Building will see the building transformed into a luxury hotel.

To keep up with the latest news, developments and jobs at Signature Living, make sure you check back soon or give our Signature Living Careers Facebook page a like. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Shankly Hotel: Our Experience as an Autism Friendly Hotel

At Signature Living, we’re passionate about the experience we offer our guests and customers. We strive to ensure that everyone’s Signature experience is a special one.

In 2016, The Shankly Hotel became the first autism friendly hotel in Liverpool. And we’re setting out to spread the message, helping the city to develop a better understanding of this lifelong disability.

Our staff at The Shankly and the hotel’s Bastion Bar & Restaurant attended specialist training and awareness programs. This equipped our staff to develop the skills and understanding required to adapt and assist autistic guests and their families.

Recently, we had a lovely little boy and his parents join us for a stay at The Shankly. And our very own Adam Garvey was able to put his training to the test and engage appropriately and effectively, leaving plenty of smiles on faces!

So, we sat down with Adam to find out a little more about his training and most recent experience…

What does it mean to be an autism friendly hotel?

Basically, where it all started was when we got invited to a training session and when we went along there was a lady there and her son was autistic. She explained about how to deal with certain situations, coping with outbursts and things like that. Something that you would never ever know unless you lived with someone or knew someone with autism.

To work here knowing what we learnt, you can now see, things come to light now when guests come in and it’s being able to adapt to those guest’s needs so that they have the same experience as everybody else.

What did the training that you received involve?

It pretty much focused around her story of how she’s experienced her son growing up and noticed behavioural differences and things like that. And then obviously she was trained and went to mentoring on how to deal with her son and how to calm him down, just to make them as happy as they can be by learning more about what they need.

What happened with the little boy that came to The Shankly Hotel last week?

Yeah so, he was staying with his family because the hotel has jacuzzi baths. He can’t get a shower because he doesn’t like water on his head as it makes him distressed and things like that. Now, he was put into an accessible room, which only had a shower. On his booking, it wasn’t mentioned that he didn’t like showering, so we never knew this. They just presumed that every room had a jacuzzi.

So, when they came to the desk his mum told me about the situation, she wasn’t complaining, she was lovely. She just wanted to let me know that obviously he’s not had the experience that they thought he would. And straight away I knew he was autistic, before his mum actually told me.

Adam Garvey and our guests

To try and rectify the disappointment of him not having the jacuzzi, I thought how can I make it better? And then that’s when I spoke to the little boy and asked him what he likes. He said he really loves Toy Story. So his mum said they were going shopping for a bit and would be back to see me to pay the car parking. So I thought in that time frame, go out, get something for when he comes back.

And his little face when he came back! I just walked over with the Disney bag and he literally shot up off his chair. He didn’t even know what was in it, he was just really excited!

It’s so great that your training has helped you to recognise these things without having to be told…

Yeah, I think with illnesses and disabilities, you know, there’s loads of things that go on, that you don’t always know about. They’re not always visible. I mean we could have a guest in a wheelchair or on crutches and that’s visible. But with mental illnesses and things like that you just don’t know unless you’re told or trained on what to expect.

Is there anything you’d advise people to do to gain a better understanding of autism?

For me its so beneficial. Personally, I don’t know anyone who is autistic. So, for me, I was thinking whats the point. But that was the point. To be able to see a situation and notice it, that’s everything. His mum and dad were so surprised when I told them that I had been trained and that I knew how to deal with situations like it, they were over the moon. I knew how to speak to him and everything. They couldn’t believe it. And they were even more shocked that the Shankly is an autism friendly hotel, because it is something that is quite rare.

The Shankly was the first autism friendly hotel and there are a few more now in Liverpool, but it’s still very rare. Would you agree?

Yeah definitely. For us to get the certificate, I think there was about 50 of us that did the training and all of us where literally gob smacked with what was being said because you just don’t realise that these things go on.

What would you say the main skill is that the training gave you?

Just being able to make that guest happy. I now know how to communicate with that guest and how to be with them, whereas, before I could have said something totally wrong and could have upset him and thankfully that didn’t happen.

So, I think in the future, across all of our sites it would amazing if we could have that training. And you know, it wasn’t just me who would have seen that little boy, the housekeepers could have, the restaurant staff, so I think its important that everyone learns these skills.

Looking to the future, do you think this is something that should be implemented across all of our sites?

Yes definitely. Because I mean, that little boy will go home and tell is friends. His parents will tell other parents and it’ll start to sell itself really.

If you’re planning a stay with us and someone in your group is autistic, please don’t hesitate to get in touch beforehand and let us know of any particular requirements. Our team are always on hand to listen and assist.

In the meantime, why not check out our latest job vacancies? We’re always on the lookout for talented, hardworking staff with a Signature sparkle. 

 

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Life After Kingsway House – Derek and Brian’s Story

In the winter of 2017, as Liverpool was facing a peak in the number of homeless and vulnerable people living on its streets, Signature Living opened a unique homeless shelter, Kingsway House.

It all started after Chairman of the company, Lawrence Kenwright, purchased Kingsway House earlier in the year and came face to face with the homeless crisis on a new and personal level. People had been using the building for shelter and warmth, the reality of the issue really hit home with Lawrence and he couldn’t turn them away.

With freezing temperatures and countless people in doorways, Lawrence Kenwright decided to make a change and open Kingsway House to everyone who needed help. During this time, he was approached by David O’Keefe, a self-confessed hippy stuck in a dead-end job, with enthusiasm he dreamed of putting into the city.

Together, David and Lawrence opened the doors to the vulnerable people of Liverpool and soon the residents of the shelter became a close-knit family. Two of these vulnerable residents have since become employed by Signature Living and now are the proud owners of a business.

Both Brian and Derek came to Kingsway House seeking shelter, warmth and a family. They found everything they needed, but sadly when the harshest months of winter were over, the shelter was forced to close after facing pressure from the council.

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Derek and Brian

Before Kingsway, Brian lived in a doorway on Old Hall Street, which was how he became known as Mr Old Hall Street. Always seen with his signature top hat and a friendly smile for every passer-by, Brian is famous in Liverpool. Derek is originally from Ireland, he travelled to Liverpool looking for work but after he broke his leg, he found himself vulnerable and in need of help. He heard about Kingsway House, met Brian and the rest is history.

The pair have now embarked on a new and exciting journey as entrepreneurs, so we sat down with them to discover what happened after the shelter closed and what life is like for them after Kingsway House.

 

Where did it all start with Signature?

Brian – I was living on the streets and was friends with David (O’Keefe). As the winter was getting closer, we were looking for someone like Lawrence who had property that could possibly help the homeless. We found Lawrence. He offered to let vulnerable people like us stay at Kingsway House, a building he had just bought.

Before we met him, we had never heard of Signature Living. But I’m so grateful to him. He’s such a great guy, I’m so glad we found him.

Derek – I was familiar with the hotels yeah. When I first came to Kingsway, it was a new experience for me you know. My aim was to help out as best I could and hopefully get a full-time job at the end and a place to live. And you know, it’s worked out well in the end.

 

What did you get from Kingsway that you didn’t get from similar shelters?

Brian – I’ve never actually been in other shelters, but I’ve heard stories about them. Kingsway House gave me hope and gave me confidence. It brought the real person out in me. I got love and respect from everyone at Kingsway, we were a family. And Lawrence knows everyone by name, he’s just a fantastic man, he made you feel part of it all.

Derek – When I came to Kingsway House, I was so happy with how different it was. Usually, at other shelters you have to do an assessment. They assess you, ask you lots of questions and decide whether you’ll be let in.

They might offer you a hostel from it, but not always. I was actually in another shelter a year ago because I had broken my leg playing football and needed help. When I first got there, I was assessed, and they told me I had to go back to Ireland. They even gave me a ticket. They said it was because had no connections in Liverpool and so they couldn’t house me.

But the difference with Kingsway was that they accept anyone in and there’s more fun in the hostel. They have music playing, there’s dancing, everyone gets on well as a family. I know there’s a lot of arguments as well but, you know, that’s family life!

You also got free meals three times a day, clothing donations and warm beds. Signature really made a difference and were fantastic in helping the homeless.

 

What happened after the shelter closed?

Derek – When the shelter closed a lot of people were disappointed because they made it their home. But, Signature did everything they could, they were obviously under pressure from the council and in the end, they had to close it.

Brian – It was sad to see. A few of the people have gone back to living on the street. When they first came into the shelter, they were ill and unhealthy, but when they came out they looked so good! I think some of them have gone back to their old ways now because there’s nowhere else for them to go.

Derek – But Signature did more than good for everyone, they really helped all the homeless people. They got them hostels, they gave around 15 of them jobs, they gave them every bit of support. They were fantastic.

Brian – Yeah, they gave them love.

 

And of course, you two are now entrepreneurs! What’s the best thing about owning your own business?

Brian – It’s fantastic, you know, because I get to tell him (Derek) what to do!

Derek – No you don’t!

Both laughing

Derek – No, of course it’s a proud moment and something that we never thought would happen. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. It’ all thanks to Lawrence Kenwright and Sue Wright, they gave us the opportunity to get on our feet and really do well for ourselves.

So, we now run the car park and a cleaning business next to Kingsway House. We’re not going to become millionaires but we’re doing well!

As business owners we have been able to give a few more of the homeless people jobs and help out our friends who are in need. It’s been amazing and such a great opportunity for both of us.

Brian – It’s the best car park in Liverpool and the happiest!

Derek – And the cheapest! The car park is full every day by 8.30am, Monday to Friday and still does well on the weekend. From the money we made, we bought a jet wash machine, a proper petrol one so we can jet wash any cars that need it whilst they’re in the car park. All of our customers are more than happy with our work!

It sounds like an easy job, but it’s challenging. You need to be very organised. I know every customer that comes in, make sure I keep spots for staff and always treat the customers well every time.

Brian – He’s great at the business side and dealing with the customers. . . *singing* “He’s got personality, personality, personality.”

Lawrence and Brian

Brian and Lawrence Kenwright

 

What does your typical day look like?

Brian – Oh I just look forward to getting up every day now, being out with the people and having a laugh. I love making people smile. I’m just over the moon, I’m so happy. I’ve never been so happy in all my life.

Derek – I feel like I have my life back on track now, I wake up every morning and I’m glad for the routine. I appreciate what I have, I just hope I never find myself in the situation I was in ever again. I look forward now and not back. I just hope to keep on building what I have.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Liverpool?

Brian – The people. The people are fantastic, unbelievable. They saved my life when I lived in the doorway every day.

Derek – Definitely the people. The amount of generosity that was shown, the amount of food, clothes and bedding that was brought to the shelter was amazing. I find them similar to the Irish people, they’re outgoing, easy going, living to help others and that’s what Liverpool is all about and that’s the reputation they have.

Brian – Yeah, they talk to the homeless, they don’t ignore them. Everyone needs that little helping hand to get them off the streets and it’s just nice when you’re seen as a human being.

 

We know you like to have a dance Brian, what songs make you smile?

Brian – It’s got to be Street Life hasn’t it. Street Life by Randy Crawford. *sings* “Street life, it’s the only life I know.”

But I like loads of different kinds of music. I like going to raves and I like a bit of the eighties stuff.

 

What inspired the way you dress?

Brian – It’s so I can get noticed, you know, to highlight the homeless. I get a lot of people stopping me and saying, why’ve you got that suit on and I’ll say it’s for the homeless. Basically, that’s why I started wearing my top hat first. I’ve had my hat for over 12 months now, people never used to notice me, but with my hat they see me. It’s become my trademark now.

Derek – I need to get a signature look I think. I did have a dell boy hat, but I left it in the pub last week!

 

If you could all have a super power for one day, what would it be?

Derek – That’s a hard one, but I think I’d love to be able to fly. You could get to any destination you wanted so quickly, quicker than an aeroplane and cheaper! You could see the world and explore new places, that would be amazing.

Brian – I would want to be able to spread love. Everywhere and to everyone.

 

What are the best things people can do in Liverpool to help the homeless?

Derek – Give them food and clothing.

Brian – And speak to them, say hello to them. It’s not about money. You sit there for hours and hours and not one person says hello to you. Giving them money is the worst thing to do.

Derek – Yeah, a lot of homeless people have problems, addictions, so giving them money won’t help. The best thing you can do is give them warm clothing, food, bedding and material things that will help them to live. And obviously help them to find access to a shelter or help to open a permanent shelter for vulnerable people.

Brian – Being homeless is very lonely, it’s a lonely and sad world. I just think the government should do more, they don’t do anything.

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Kingsway House

What are your hopes for the future?

Derek – I’d like to continue what I’m doing, continue working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come up. We’re on a contract with Signature now, so I just hope it carries on.

Brian – My hopes are to have my own place, just be able to have a shower and all that in peace. And, of course, I’ll always carry on helping the homeless.

Derek – Yeah Brian is so brilliant with the homeless, he goes out every Tuesday and Friday and gives sandwiches out to them. They all stop and say ‘Hi Brian’ – he looks after them, he’s an ambassador for the homeless if you ask me.

And yeah, of course I dream about having my own place too, maybe down the road or something.

Brian – Make sure it’s down the road from me!

Derek’s a good cook you know.

Derek – Yeah, I like to cook anything and everything. I just cook the basics really, but I enjoy it. Maybe one day I’ll be a chef!

 

Kingsway House saw lots of people take a new path in life, with somewhere to live and a better support system. The shelter also offered more people the chance to gain a better understanding of homelessness in Liverpool.

At Signature Living, we are proud to help the vulnerable people of our city and do all we can to make Liverpool a safer and better place for the homeless. Brian and Derek have changed their lives around, they now have jobs and have accommodation. Our shelter gave the people of Liverpool a spark to make a change and we’ll continue to do all we can to help. 

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5 Tips for Securing Your Dream Graduate Job

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

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

Happy job hunting!

Choose a career path and focus everything on it

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

Attend relevant networking events and careers fairs

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

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

Gain experience in your field, paid or voluntary

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

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

Don’t feel limited by your degree

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

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

Harness the power of social media

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

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

Signature Careers: Graduate Job

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

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

Our Signature Sailors Have Set Sail for Tall Ships 2018

This week, our Signature sailors set sail on a Tall Ships adventure. We chose 5 lucky Signature Living employees to take party in this unforgettable experience.

We’re sponsoring our team to join 9 other trainees and 6 skilled crew members to travel on the ‘Maybe’ tall ship.

Tall Ships 2018

Sailing from Dublin to Scotland, the team are set to spend 7 days on board. And we can’t wait to hear all about it.

A fantastic self-development opportunity, this voyage will test commitment and build upon leadership and teamwork skills.

TS Maybe

TS Maybe boasts a fascinating maritime history. Built in 1929 and owned by Jan Jacob Van Rietschoten, TS Maybe spent years sailing the world, and famously won the Whitbread Round the World Race twice.

Notably, TS Maybe took part in the first ever Tall Ships Race back in 1956. Today, she is one of few boats still competing in the Tall Ships Races! So, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our Signature Sailors jumping aboard.

Source: Maybe-Sailing

While on board, our team and the rest of the crew ensure that Maybe sails smoothly 24 hours a day. Working together with a three watch system, keeping watch is split into Red, White and Blue.

The system means that everyone has to work together. The ship can’t sail safely without everyone pulling their weight.

Each crew member has the chance to keep watch, steer the ship, learn traditional sailing techniques, log book entries, plot the course, set the sails and of course, catch some beautiful sights and have plenty of fun along the way.

The Structure of the Ship

The TS Maybe ship is a gaff ketch. According to maybe-sailing.com, this means that the sails of the ship are four cornered, fore-and-aft rigged and controlled at its peak by a spar (pole) called the gaff.

The key characteristic for distinguishing if a boat is a Ketch is that the mainmast (the forward of the two masts) is bigger than the after mast. TS Maybe has a total of 7 sails. The length of the ship overall comes to 28m in length while the height of Maybe’s main mast is 25m.

Maybe-Sailing describes the ship as ‘a strong sea worthy vessel build with extra strength by using steel frames, a hardwood hull and teak decking.”

When it comes to the inside of the ship, TS Maybe is split into three key areas. You’ll find a 6-berth cabin and shower room located in the forepeak of the ship.

In the midships area, crew will discover the galley, saloon, 4 more cabins and another shower room.

Last but not least is the ‘dog house’ section of the ship. This sleeps 2 crew members and is also home to the navigations and radio equipment, as well as the engine room.

Working for Signature Living

Signature Living is without a doubt one of the fastest growing companies in Liverpool, with a growing presence across the UK.

With new venues set to open in Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and beyond, it’s certainly an exciting time to become part of the Signature gang.

Covering everything from marketing and media to hospitality, sales, construction and managerial roles, we employ a wide range of people with a variety of skills.

To keep up with the latest Signature Living job vacancies and news, check back soon or find us on Facebook!

The Best Ways to Boost your Employability

In today’s competitive landscape of businesses and careers, there’s a tough fight for every vacancy. So, you need to know the best ways to boost your employability and get hired!

Everyone is looking for the best and most unique ways to ensure they stand out from the crowd and these handy tips are the perfect starting point to bagging your dream job.

Format Your CV Properly

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It might seem obvious, but having your CV formatted correctly is one of the most important and straight forward ways to boost your employability.

On average, employers only spend 5 – 7 seconds looking at your CV and that’s only if it passes through the resume scanning software that most companies and recruiters use these days.

So, if your portfolio doesn’t match certain specifications, there’s a chance it won’t even be seen by a human. That’s why you need to make sure the file you submit is properly filled, formatted and named. Get restructuring, reformatting and ready to see a lot more responses to your applications.

Get Some Relevant Work Experience

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Work experience of any kind can boost your employability, but obviously it’s best to target experience which relates to the field you’d like to get into.

It makes you stand out from the rest, shows commitment to that profession and demonstrates that you know something of the area/role in which you are seeking work.

Whether it’s voluntary or paid work, work experience will develop your skills and knowledge, whilst either giving back to the community or improving your income.

Increase Your Productivity

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If there’s one single thing that can help you to boost your career prospects the most, it’s increasing your productivity and eliminating procrastination.

Procrastination won’t just negatively affect your job performance, but if you’re looking for a career or job change, it will stop you being as focused and on the ball as you need to.

Boost your employability by taking on some freelance work, achieving more in your current job or completing a course.

Improve Your Online Presence

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Since many employers these days use social media platforms to find the right candidates, you should make every effort to get noticed on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

LinkedIn is the perfect place to reach out to potential employers, get noticed and really enhance your CV with endorsements, blogs and by sharing your views on relevant issues.

If you can show your personality and uniqueness in a positive way online, this will definitely stand out to potential employers.

Attend a Signature Works Networking Event

It is obvious that in today’s digital world, information is being shared through websites that cater to social causes and needs.

Having a good set of networks is critical to enhance your professional development.  Make an effort to join professional groups to familiarise yourself with professionals who you respect for their work and behaviour.

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

Working For Signature Living

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Signature Living has transformed the quality of accommodation in Liverpool. What started off as a single apartment in Liverpool city centre has turned into a multi-award winning business which operates over 350 luxury rooms, from unique party suites to a plethora of large-scale heritage developments.

Created by husband and wife duo, Lawrence and Katie Kenwright, Signature Living has always taken a personal approach, ensuring the guest’s needs are placed above and beyond anything else.

After being tired of dull hotel rooms and shocked by expensive hidden charges, the Kenwright’s set out to create an aparthotel which provided guests with a luxurious home from home in fabulous city centre locations.

With a strong vision and a passion for providing excellent customer service, Signature Living was created.

Alongside our stunning hotels, we’re also known for Morgan’s Spa, exquisite restaurants Carpathia, The Bastion and Alma de Cuba, Signature Weddings and a collection of brand new hotels which are currently under construction.

We believe that the key to achieving the very best service is through our employees’ behaviour. Our team members make all the difference every day, through what they do and say in each and every interaction with our guests. To make that happen, they are empowered to ‘bend’ the rules and procedures if they feel a particular situation demands it.

We are not a hospitality company with great customer service. We are a great service company who happens to be in the hospitality business.

If you’d love to be a member of the Signature gang, check out our careers page and see if there’s a vacancy that’s perfect for you. 

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Cunard House Begins Search for Front of House Staff

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With the plans for turning Cunard House into a fine-dining experience like no other in Liverpool, the time has come to begin the search for the very best front of house staff. While award-winning chefs, such as the amazingly talented Ernst Van Zyl, may be the ones creating incredible dishes for the people of Liverpool to enjoy, the front of house hospitality jobs are the icing on the cake of a unique experience.

At Signature Living, we pride ourselves on the outstanding customer service delivered across all our hotels, restaurants and venues and the ground floor of Cunard House is set to be no different. Our core values of building long-term relationships with guests and diners, while still maintaining real value is a key part of who we are.

At Cunard House, Ernst Van Zyl is planning to shape the future of food in Liverpool. With a fine-dining experience offering 6 to 8-course tasting menus that offer seasonal food with a delicate twist, blending the traditional with the contemporary for an amazing experience.

Front of House Jobs at Cunard House

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The search is still on to complete the team of innovative and dedicated chefs, but every level of Front of House staff is needed as well to ensure this innovative experience is the very best it can be for all who dine with us this year.

From hosts/hostesses to waiting on staff to bartenders to food runners and everything in between, we need a full team of hospitality stars.

Executive Chef Ernst Van Zyl needs a talented team to ensure his ground-breaking and much talked-about food is served to perfection to the guests at Cunard House.

Our Plans for the Iconic Liverpool Building

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The Cunard Building has sat on Liverpool’s waterfront for 100 years as one of the stunning three graces, and now, Signature Living are bringing a breath of fresh air into the beautiful events space. After successfully restoring another of Liverpool’s well-loved historical buildings – 30 James Street – we plan to only enhance and improve on an already amazing building.

The restaurant will revolutionise the way that food is served in Liverpool, as well as a fine-dining restaurant, there will also be the opportunity for banqueting for up to 700 guests in the 19,000 sq ft facility.

Once improvements are completed, the ground floor of Cunard House will become the premier destination for weddings and events in Liverpool. Where else could be better for a special event than in one of the icons of Liverpool’s waterfront? With some of the best wedding venues in Liverpool already in our portfolio, Cunard House is set to be an exciting addition to our reptoire.

Speak to Us about Hospitality Jobs in Liverpool

We’re always on the lookout for rising stars in hospitality and there’s no better place to start your career than at Cunard House catering to hundreds of people in a fine dining environment.

Upload your CV to our page or send us a message on Facebook to find out more about this amazing opportunity to join a fantastic team in a beautiful building in 2018.

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How to Become the Perfect Bartender

There are a whole host of skills you need to become the perfect bartender, from being an expert mixologist to getting your customer service spot on, it’s a job that is far from easy.

So, to give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a handy guide to the most important skills and attributes you need to become the perfect bartender.

This is one of those jobs in which your success depends on your personality just as much as your skill behind the bar.

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Know Your Drinks

Mixology skills are an essential quality of a great bartender. Bartenders should know off-hand how to make the most common drinks, but not be afraid to consult reference books as needed to make drinks that they are not familiar with. If you’re working in a bar that specialises in a certain drink, do your homework.

Good Customer Service Skills

The perfect bartender must possess outstanding customer service skills, the very nature of the job is to serve customers and make sure they have the best experience. You should have a personality that connects with customers and keeps them coming back to the bar.

Keep a Clean Bar

Nothing screams unprofessional or sloppiness like an untidy, dirty bar area. If you constantly clean your area, you’ll maintain a clean work space and improve customer experience. Turn bottles to face forward, wipe the bar-top and straighten the stools.

Have a Good Attitude

To be successful, you need to maintain a good attitude no matter how bad your day is going and treat every customer the same. Simple things like a smile, greeting the customer when they sit down and thanking them when they leave can make the biggest impressions.

Suggest Drinks

If you get a customer who isn’t sure what to drink, suggest something they may like. This is a great way of showing your experience and love for your work, increasing the chance of you getting a tip.

Maybe start by asking what their favourite spirit or type of tipple is and go from there.

Have an Excellent Memory

When you’re a bartender, you won’t be able to write down orders, you’ve got to remember everything! Having a good memory is a key skill to becoming the perfect bartender.

Good Money Handling Skills

Bartenders also act as cashiers and must be good handling money. They should be able to quickly make calculations and figure out change, so the serving process is fast and efficient.

Always be Professional

It is important for you to project a professional attitude and appearance. Customers will trust you and come back again if they had a great experience.

Keeping the conversations friendly, wearing clean clothes appropriate for the establishment, and maintaining a professional attitude will create an environment that patrons and management alike will appreciate.

Organisation and composure

A great bartender works quickly and efficiently. When serving multiple customers, speed is an important quality to have.

What we’re looking for . . .

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Working behind a bar is fast paced, exciting and hard to get exactly right, but if you follow those rules and do your homework it can be one of the most rewarding jobs around.

At Signature Living we’re looking some brand new bartenders to join our growing team.

We are in search of an extremely customer centric and outgoing personality. Our candidate is required to showcase a strong bar background, be prepared to embrace working in a fast-paced environment.

Our mission is to provide the very best customer service we possibly can.

Are you always ready for lights, camera, action? We need you!

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Requirements for Cocktail Bartender:

  • At least 1 year experience in similar role in a busy bar
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Excellent customer service
  • Presentable and well kept
  • Thrive on customer satisfaction

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

With many new and exciting developments in the pipeline, there’s something for everyone.

Once you’re clued up on everything we look for in the perfect applicant, head to our job vacancies page and start your journey with us today!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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.

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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

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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.