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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...