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Reaching Heights!

The City of London is home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture. Ranging from 11th Century medieval fortresses like the Tower of London to impressive feats of modern engineering like The Shard that have been completed in the since the turn of the 21st...

Happiness at work

Martin Seligman’s positive psychology in the work place: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-in-mind/201802/happy-work Positive psychology can be used in a variety of ways to increase happiness and satisfaction in the workplace. To put this into place,...

Philosophy in Business?

Philosophy and Business don’t necessarily appear to be closely linked. However, they are! Our purpose in life is to flourish and seek the good for human life, bringing fulfillment as Aristotle’s phrase Eudaimonia captures.  A good business pursues the goal of...

The Wonder Drug or Bug!

Fitness trends come and go, and the nation is embracing the benefits of keeping fit if the inclusion of gym wear in the latest RPI/CPI basket of goods says anything.  Possibly the fact that, recently, scientific research has determined that being super fit is likely...

Enquire to Acquire

It is important to make sure you have questions to ask in your interview as this will allow your interviewer to feel that you are really engaged with the role and are enthusiastic to learn more. Although every interview is different, there is no doubt that an open...

Do Your Research

If you want to ace an interview, make sure you do plenty of research in advance. Stating the obvious, it is so important that you are well informed; interviewers will judge your knowledge about the firm as an indicator of your interest. A quick scoot through Google on...

Mistakes

Anyone can make a mistake, it is entirely normal.  What you learn from your mistakes is the critical element of learning. It is inevitable – because if you fear failure you won’t progress. Our most effective lessons are from great mentors or experience and yes it’s...

Change

Before you start interviewing for new roles it is most important to prepare yourself. Arriving at the decision to change jobs brings a sense of excitement, some trepidation and opportunity. Our advice is to really think through this big step to enable you to make the...

The Landscape of Recruitment

The landscape of Recruitment is going to be vastly different in 20 years’ time. According to PwC up to 30% of existing UK jobs could be impacted by automation by the early 2030s. In a rapidly changing world, embracing the human element and putting it at the core of...

What not to say in a job interview

When preparing some of our excellent candidates to go out for interviews with our clients we may give advice on how to ace the interview. This could be extra insight into the firm or the interviewer, particular strengths that the candidate has or clear constructive...

Work to your strengths

‘Each man delights in the work that suits him best.’ – Homer, Iliad, Book XIV Developing one’s skills is central to workplace success. Although it is of course necessary to try to turn one’s weaknesses into strengths, it is hugely important to recognise that, to a...

Memory

‘Memory is the mother of all wisdom’ - Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound With the rise of the internet, professionals in huge numbers have moved away from maintaining excellent factual knowledge of their area of expertise because the information is all available online, a...

Staying focused

It is all too easy to let time fly.  January is coming to a close, it’s important to continually take stock and have a conversation with yourself. Set your sights high – be ambitious in your goals, but don’t ignore what it will take to get there.   You will need to be...

Leadership

Following on from last week and our discussion of the importance of team work, this week we are turning our attention to what makes an exceptional team leader? Perhaps one of the most notable examples is Winston Churchill. Churchill, a wartime hero, had nothing to...

The Value of Team Work

With the New Year upon us we wanted to kick start our Career Blog with a focus on what matters most: teamwork. We spend on average 47 hours per week at work, your team are who you share, breakfast and lunch with and will support you through both success and times of...

Meeting the team at Aldrich & Co.

After completing a full-time masters in October 2017, I started my job search. Recent reports of rising inflation, declining value of the sterling, slowing economic growth and a stagnant job market were enough to put even to most optimistic job searcher on alert. I...

The Art of Oratory

Kennedy to Churchill, Castro to Cicero: The exceptional ability to command, persuade and inspire using the power of the spoken word is the common thread that unites these leaders.   Public speaking is still as relevant today, and using this specific kind of...

Leadership Vs Management

Is it more important to be a good leader or a good manager? It’s important to specify that while they’re certainly not mutually exclusive, the relationship between the two isn’t quite as symbiotic as it might appear. Management and leadership require entirely...

General Data Protection Regulation

All businesses handling personal data are assessing their procedures and the financial services sector is certainly no exception as the new data protection law comes into force in May 2018.  The penalties are considerable – potentially 4% of annual turnover for...

Homer: An Ancient Innovator?

Homer is widely considered the father of all Western literature. He is famed for his two epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, describing in beautiful dactylic hexameter the rage of swift footed Achilles and the siege and destruction of Ilium at Troy as well as the...

Work Experience at Aldrich & Co.

This year we have hosted fortnight long (or too short in most cases!) work experience programmes for candidates of all levels, from school and university graduates, gappies, inbetweeners and returners. The experience scheme aims to provide a broader understanding of...

An insight into Asset Management

I had the absolute pleasure of spending two weeks temping on the reception desk for a Global Asset Management Firm in the City. The notion of working for such a well renowned firm filled me with such exhilaration and enthusiasm, which only doubled in size when I...

Women in World War 1

With Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th, we wanted to take an opportunity to think about the impact of the service given by women across the UK during the First World War, and the role it played in reshaping the employment market. Between 4-5.5 million soldiers were...

Recruiting with a passion!

Over the years I have come across many recruiters and hear some outrageous stories but more often some exceedingly humbling and heart-warming stories on the subject.  Good recruiters have the skills and the abilities to maintain balanced relationships with both...

The Power of the MBA

Is an MBA the key to success in the business world? Most people would probably answer that question in the affirmative, and with good reason. The top MBA programs in the UK; London Business School, LSE, Oxford, Wawrick etc. all have extensive alumni networks that...

Decision making under pressure

We have all been there, the clock is ticking and you are being pressed to make a decision, do you “just trust your gut”, what exactly is this instinct? Decisions made unconsciously before our rational mind interferes are often better – but returning briefly to the gut...

Finishing Education?

Finishing education is one of the most celebrated events of one’s younger years; this allows for a great sense of achievement and self-pride.   However, following this is the much-anticipated job search which may seem daunting when one hasn’t experienced looking...

Alternative Studying

Most people working within Financial Services in the UK follow a very streamlined educational path. GCSEs, A-Levels and then a Bachelor’s degree, occasionally with a gap year in between A Levels and university. Although this is the traditional educational route, some...

Recruitment: Caesar to the City

Recruitment  -  an industry with a long and rich history that dates back to at least 55BCE. The first recorded consultancy arrangement was during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar. In 55BCE Julius Caesar signed a decree stating that any soldier in...

Dressed to Impress

What exactly should you wear to work? In a simpler time, employers would issue strict dress codes, banning certain colours, garments and even some hairstyles. However, in today’s ever-changing world, the official dress code has taken a back seat and left people...

DON’T PANIC

As you head into your final year at University, big decisions need to be made. It has finally dawned on you that it is time to address the career issue :-/ Fortunately, all the key indicators of what you enjoy and will be good at are probably there already – it’s just...

Kim St John

Kim has been at the forefront of the Temp Business since the founding of Aldrich & Company in 1995 and has worked tirelessly to build Aldrich & Co into one of the premier recruitment firms in the City of London today.  However, after 37 years in the...

“What is your definition of success?”

What a tricky question to be asked in an interview! This is more than merely a test to see if you think on your feet. Your definition of success reveals a multitude of unspoken values, and if you hadn’t previously taken the time to really consider your answer, you...

A Level Results Day!

Results day can be a stressful time for school leavers but there is no need to worry! This year university applications are down on previous years and so it is a “buyers’ market”: if you have missed your grades then you may be able to find some good options through...

Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin The late Howard Hodgkin, ‘one of the greatest British artists of the past few decades’. Hodgkin who was knighted in 1992 for his impressive career as an artist passed away in March earlier this year. Hodgkin dedicated much of his career as an artist...

Want an investment role?

Rathbones is one of the leading investment management firms in the UK. With an established reputation for integrity and excellence, it holds some of the most sought after jobs in the City. To illuminate the path of aspiring asset managers, support staff and graduates...

GOOD MORNING CITY!

With time increasingly precious, there is no better way to see friends, clients, and set yourself up for a super productive day than with an early breakfast meeting.  Welcome to our Aldrich Guide to the best breakfast spots in the City: Hawksmoor...

Keep safe in the age of cyber crime

Cybercrime has fast become the most common form of fraud and cost UK businesses over £34bn last year. Businesses and individuals have been victims of all types of crime from online scams to catastrophic viruses created by sophisticated hackers around the world....

The Importance of Sleep

On average 36% of your life is spent sleeping. In perspective that means by the age of 90 you will have spent 32 years of your life snoozing – seems a lot doesn’t it? Sleep is undeniably important; countless reports stress the importance and necessity for sleep,...

Flexible Working and ‘The Gig Economy’

In light of the discussion between Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Business Secretary and Uber, on the back of a major report on workers’ rights in the ‘Gig economy’ heard on Radio 4 our Wednesday blog this week is focussing on flexible employment.   The ‘gig...

5 Tips for impressing at interview

Turn up early. Bring all the required correct documents. Switch off your phone. Stern tone intended. Presentation: First impressions count, and the devil is in the detail. Posture: Shoulders back - imagining an invisible thread running from the crown of your head to...

Aldrich’s top tips for writing your CV

Job hunting is a tough process and we want to help. Improve your prospects by marketing yourself and here are our top tips. Consistency, accuracy, grammar; when employers have hundreds of CVs to review so don’t let yours be put aside because of poor continuity,...

A Level results – ‘The be-all and end-all’ ?

With the final A Level examinations finishing this week, thousands of school leavers will be thinking about what the future holds for them. Many students will have certain grades that they need to obtain to attend the University of their choice and those that have...

The Office Group

Today Kate and I had the great pleasure of meeting clients in a really stunning office, a shared space oozing great energy. We signed in and out registering on an iPad, photo and id were taken swiftly and we moved into a very smart open area. Sat around a shared...

Productivity: Work smarter, not harder

Countless studies have shown us that productivity is key to overall performance at work. We know that working hard and for long hours doesn’t always make you better at your job, what you should really be doing is working ‘smarter’. Here at Aldrich, we like to work...

Today’s EA / PA

Broadly, the EA / PA of today needs to develop their skills and strategic focus to best support their Executive.  Self-develop, stay motivated, stay informed and whether the core is the diary and complex travel, most PAs cry out for more involvement. There’s no point...

Communication Skills

Great communication skills are expected in almost all jobs today. Being able to quickly get information to your team, clients and customers is incredibly important.  Speaking multiple languages to a fluent standard is back in vogue and our clients are hoovering up the...

University – Getting Started in the City

Goodbye…? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again? - A. A. Milne Time is invaluable – particularly when starting a career in the City. Starting a career within the City can be daunting, is there a right a way to commence our journey...

Apprenticeships – Getting Started in the City

Getting one’s first serious job before or without going to university can be rather difficult. Employers generally look for candidates with relevant experience but you can’t get experience without being hired for jobs. This is where apprenticeships can provide a great...

Vida Consultancy

The way we work One of the legacies of the 2008 financial crisis was the downsizing of staffing that naturally occurs for an interim period leaving office space empty. The way forward is to create co-working spaces, sharing is a positive and inspiring thing to do,...

Career Moves

My story started with redundancy in February 2016. Two months down the road my circumstances hadn’t changed. I was chasing a rainbow apparently - trying very hard to find a "non-classical" EA role. One sunny day in April 2016 I received a call from Aldrich about a...

Appraisal Planning Tool Kit For Managers

The appraisals can be successful in motivating employees and enhancing their performance. An effective appraisal will require planning. Keep your facts straight, record keeping is essential, no people manager has a perfect memory, so instances where an employee has...

The Power of Advertising

When a business draws up its advertising campaign the first rule of thumb is to know your audience, perhaps this is why we can see a continued growth in online and social media advertising.  In today’s market we are increasingly inundated with fresh fashion and new...

Appraisals – get it out in the air

Appraisals are a vital career management tool which can be handled in a multitude of ways. Whether it be your first “appraisal meeting” since you joined your company and you are drawing towards the end of your probation period, or if you have your feet well under the...

Emma Bowman – A Profile

This week, Emma Bowman, who works in the COO  team in Global Corporate at Lloyds Commercial Bank kindly sat down with me to discuss the merits of the Returnship. Emma  spent 15 years in investment banking as an Asian Equity sales person broking to UK and European...

Moving to London

Nine months ago I graduated from Reading University and I’m not embarrassed to say that the idea of life and a career post university unnerved me. I am a typical child of the millennium generation: I expected London and a job opportunity to happen immediately. My time...

The Current Job Market

What is going on in the job market? Recent reports suggest that the number of permanent admin and secretarial positions is decreasing in London. At the same time, indicators show that there is an increase in service roles including hospitality, food, accommodation and...

My Career

Eighteen months ago I reached a crossroads in my career and decided to look for a change. A friend from university who worked for Aldrich recommended I meet with Eva and the team to talk through my options and ask their advice on next steps. A week later, I had handed...

Developing your career

Education is the key to developing your career and a great way to broaden your outlook. A really good resource for online learning with affordable courses in a really wide range of sectors is www.coursera.org. Investing in your self-development is so important and...

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have been a traditional route into the workforce since the Middle Ages and they are back in favour supported by government initiatives.  An Apprenticeship must offer a combination of work and training and has been a fashionable way to recruit school...

Returning to Work

I’m not alone in recognising the importance of team diversity in a business. At Aldrich we spend much of our time attracting the bright new stars to the City and placing them in great jobs where they have no experience but so much potential. Their skills are yet to be...

Work Experience

Eight days into my work experience at Aldrich & Company I thought I’d take the opportunity to report on how it’s been going.   Firstly some background:  Aldrich & Co supported Team Archie’s charity www.teamarchie.org and my Dad bid for the work experience lot...

Cracking the Interview

Life is an interview! Everyone you come across will be left an impression of you and your best self is the one you want to leave them with. None of us are perfect but there are moments in life when you realise that to achieve your goal you really will need to be...

New Year’s Resolutions

With two weeks off over the Christmas period, it is inevitable that people do some soul searching and question what they’re doing regarding their career. January is the opportunity for a fresh start, whether that means looking for a new job or exploring development...

Writing your Cover Letter

We see around 300 applications every day. Put simply, the most effective covering emails are well constructed and succinctly detail the applicant’s objective.  A concise and well-formed cover email is absolutely critical. A few things to bear in mind are: You are...

Writing your CV

Your CV is your marketing document, the first impression a recruiter or future employer will have of you. It must perfectly display your experience and what you will bring to the table. The tone needs to beautifully sum up your experience, skills and education. We...

Client Career Focus

We have had a huge amount of interest and comment from our readers on the subject of finding out what makes you tick and what you want from your career. It’s obviously a topic we’re all thinking about on some level. One of our readers who had been working for a large...

The Power Hours

The first two hours of your day are likely to be when you are most effective. Are you working efficiently or do you feel swamped? To start with: Plan your day the night before Recognise that the greatest distraction is your inbox; draining time and efficiency You have...

Mentors

You are growing your career and you need support and guidance from an experienced business professional.  At any stage in your career it’s important to seek a mentor who you can learn from. Someone who you can bounce ideas off, discuss your strategy with and explore...

Aldrich & Company 22nd Anniversary

Today we celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the incorporation of Aldrich & Company. With 56 days to go until we opened the office in Salisbury House we were busy designing stationery, signing leases, hiring staff and working out what the internet was and whether it...

Map your job search

If you were building a house, you would start with a professional: an architect, then a structural engineer, historic building consultants before moving the specialist crafts, interiors, lighting, etc. Prior to embarking on a project of this scale you would have given...

So you are an undergrad and considering your options…

It’s mid-October.  First Years — have you got a spring week sorted out? If not, how on earth are you going to get an internship after your second year? Second Years — have you got an internship lined up? If not, what are you doing with your lives? Grad scheme offers...

Work Experience

In July this year I finished my last year of school and I came to the daunting realisation that one day, one day very soon, I was going to have to get a job! To get my foot in the door, I went to Aldrich & Company for 2 weeks to gain some work experience. The fact...