India and the World : A History in Nine Stories

I’m just back from Mumbai having seen an extraordinary exhibition, a collaboration of between the British Museum, The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum (CSMVS) and the National Museum of Delhi. Five years in the making, the exhibition opened with fanfare on the lawns...

Remembering Rae

It has been 96 years since we initiated the poppy to remember fallen military personnel, with Saturday 11th round the corner, we are looking back on the extraordinary war tale of Major Keith Rae – a gunner officer with the 97th (Kent Yeomanry). June 12 1940, on the...

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...

Rex Whistler

I recently had the pleasure of having lunch at the Rex Whistler Restaurant at the Tate. Named after the famous artist of the 20th century, Whistler was commissioned to paint the mural called ‘The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats’ and the stunning restaurant has...

Garden Party in the City

Located in the heart of one of the City’s rare garden squares, next to the famous St. Botolph church, The Ivy City garden transports you to a different era. A classic style bar envokes sentiments of the 1930’s Art Deco movements, and the feeling is compounded by the...

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...

For Soldiers. On Horses. In armour

Home to the glorious Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Queens Life Guards, the ‘dramatically modern and uncompromising’ Barracks are quite a sight! The historic landmark was constructed in 1785 – four years before the French Revolution! The stables though,...

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...

Bake and sell from home!

Passionate about baking? Have a consistent need to churn out those yummy carrot cupcakes? Start a baking business from home! It’s not as daunting as it sounds – so long as your goods taste absolutely scrumptious, the rest is attention to detail! So how do you go about...

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...

The Western Canon

‘Avid reader’ you write on your CV. This opens up the opportunity for all interviewers you meet to ask you what you are currently reading. You would be shocked at the number of candidates who are apparently ‘avid readers’ but haven’t read a full length book since...

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...

5 Facts you didn’t know about Trafalgar Square

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was born 259 years ago today!   We wanted to celebrate Nelson by sharing 5 little known facts about Trafalgar Square with you.   Nelson’s column Built in 1843, Nelson’s column was built to honour Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and...

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...

The Meisner Technique

“The Sanford Meisner Technique is defined as the simple act of doing – of action borne on emotion, which takes place one honest moment at a time.”  – Sanford Meisner This is the beautiful, frustrating, gloriously simple principle of the Meisner Technique, an approach...

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...

Cocoa May

About half an hour ago, we received a box of handmade brownies. At the time of writing, there is not a single one left. The author looks not unlike Bruce Bogtrotter. This blog is a homage to the chef, entrepreneur and caramel alchemist Rosie Yates, the founder of new...

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...

Build your website from scratch in 10 days

One of the biggest issues facing entrepreneurs and business owners is time scarcity. Often, we're the head of finance, the marketing master, the chief decision maker, the key account manager and the sole implementer. So when we decide to tackle something new on our...

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...

Fastnet Race 2017

Ed who has been working for us this summer tells us about his experience in the Fastnet race 2017: “Last week I competed in The Fastnet, a 650 mile offshore yacht race, that has been described as the “Everest of sailing” which presents an enormous challenge to all...

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...

Vagabond

‘Did I just make more money on wine barrel futures than I did on the stock market?” -Suze Orman Fine wine boasts one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years – this is the perfect excuse to literally try before you buy! Here at Aldrich we appreciate...

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...

Silicon Valley and Seneca

Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” Fortune‘s “40 under 40”, and an early-stage technology investor/advisor, who saw the success of Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba (and 50+ others) before anyone else. He’s the author of...

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....

Bank on Safety

In the same way that Freakonomics style studies have proved swimming pools more dangerous than guns, the proximity and familiarity of the junction at Bank undermines its status as one of London’s most dangerous intersections. Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City...

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,...

Ride Mail Rail- The London Postal Museum

As much as we all hate the tube at this time of year, you must make your way back down to the Postal Museum rides opening this September. The museum portrays the immense role the underground Mail Rail played after it was built 90 years ago. The Mail Rail was first...

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...

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, on at the V & A until February 2018

The V & A is currently showcasing pieces from one of the biggest names in fashion, Christobal Balenciaga. The exhibition highlights some the designer’s most profound achievements and is a great opportunity to admire beautiful clothes. From ball gowns to work...

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,...

Jean – Michel Basquiat

Recent attention has been paid to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat following the record breaking sale of his work ‘Untitled’ last month. The work sold for over $110 million (£85 million) to Yusaka Maezawa, an unprecedented price tag for any American artist. Prior to...

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...

‘Time alone will prove an honest man’- Reputation and Sophocles

‘Time alone will prove an honest man’. Though Sophocles wrote these words two and half thousand years ago, they are still undoubtedly true today. Some may argue that the emphasis on bringing ‘honour to one’s family’ as a warrior, athlete or orator is less relevant...

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...

Shrouds of the Somme

Many people are aware of the extraordinary loss of life during World War I in the Somme campaign; over 1 million men died and a further 300,000 were wounded.   Few know that the bodies of 72,396 of the British servicemen who died there were never recovered or marked...

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...

Giacometti At The Tate Modern

It’s impossible not to be captivated by Giacometti. One of the great painter-sculptors of the 20th Century, he was a restless innovator who experimented with a range of styles, historical sources and materials, whilst honing his unique artistic vision. This Tate...

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...

AMFAM

The 25th of May 2017 was not your average Thursday. We were all excited about participating in AMFAM DAY   but there’s a huge difference between reading the mission statement A MEAL FOR YOU = A WHOLE YEAR OF SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR ONE CHILD and actually believing it’s...

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...

Oil Painting to Kitesurfing: Notes from the Bottom of Your CV

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ― Richard Feynman All Aldrich candidates have a desire to excel professionally, however, strewn across the bottom of most CVs are Interests, hobbies, moonlit...

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...

AMFAM – A Meal for a Meal Day

On the 25th of May, Aldrich & Co will be participating in AMFAM - A Meal for a Meal Day. This extraordinary initiative harnesses the simple demand for lunch in the in the City and makes it the driving force behind tackling malnutrition in India.  We contacted the...

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...

Operation Smile

Having spent nearly two years with Operation Smile, most recently on a medical project in Morocco, arriving at Aldrich’s office near Moorgate was quite a change. The buzz of industry in the City is palpable and could not have been more different from the dusty streets...

Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers

Livery Companies trace their origins from their craft: making fans for instance in the 15thC was a prolific industry (for cooling the brows of elegant ladies in their tightly girdled gowns), the Fan Makers now support the aerospace industry. Emily and I are members of...

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,...

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

The Queen was born in Bruton Street Mayfair on the 21 April 1926, she is 91 today and has been on the throne since 6th February 1952.  Her birthday will be marked publicly by gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and the Tower of London at midday.  Here at...

Lunch with Kate…

Say the word diet and I can't help thinking die with a t. If it involves eating like a rabbit for weeks on end, I struggle at the thought. That is of course until I discovered Rabbit on Kings Road in Chelsea where vegetables are now a complete revelation alongside...

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...

Augustus Harris

What a find. The Aldrich team were introduced to Augustus Harris this week.  We skipped over to Covent Garden for drinks after work and were so impressed we thought it worth writing home about.   A table for 12, superb service, excellent wine and absolutely delicious...

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...

Boat Race

I’m a regular on the tow path running throughout the year between Barnes and Putney Bridges generally early in the morning.  So I’ve got to know the tides, being out in all weathers and experiencing the changing seasons, the ebb and flow, river life, the wildlife –...

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...

Milk and Two Sugars?

My first job in the City, 30 years ago, was in Plantation House. How things have changed!  I look about the City today and wow, what a transformation.  Cranes everywhere, glass and steel decked buildings replacing natural stone. Lunch options were limited to...

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...

Friday at the Fox

When Aldrich first moved in to Finsbury Circus, our local umbrella shop was the world renowned Fox Umbrellas. Their reputation for creating the finest of umbrellas was second to none: handmade, customised and maintained ideal for swashbuckling across London Bridge –...

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...

Richard Mosse at the Curve, Barbican

The Barbican has a new exhibition on in The Curve by documentary photographer and film maker Richard Mosse. Mosse has created a series of images and films documenting the refugee crisis in Europe and Northern Africa using a military grade camera, which allows him to...

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...

KÊU

In the City there are lots of options to choose for lunch, too many, in fact. From numerous chains and coffee houses to unique, edgy delis to City institutions like Birleys, the options are endless.  I was always intrigued by KÊU, a Vietnamese deli which offers Saigon...

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...

BeyondMe – A Profile

Over coffee at South Place’s Chop House I caught up with Kawika Solidum to talk about his work as Chief Executive of BeyondMe.  BeyondMe is a social enterprise that brings together professionals, businesses and charities to make a meaningful impact on the world beyond...

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...

Change is in the Air

We are seeing a lot of change in the City at the moment and it’s an exciting time to be here. From the development of Crossrail to the growing pressure to deal with air pollution, the City of London is at the cutting edge. Some of the changes going on around us at the...

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...

You Say You Want a Revolution? Exhibition at V&A

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be treated by friends to a surprise visit to the V&A’s Records and Rebels 1966 - 1970 exhibition. The exhibition is fantastic; its focus is the counter-culture that brought the changes that took place during the sixties. The...

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...

Shabu Shabu

Cold, dark winter nights require a little bit of shaping up. We would recommend Shabu Shabu – it is a Japanese one pot dinner cooked at the dinner table using a portable gas stove (or revive the fondue burner!) with a pot called a Donabe (a wok would also work...

Supporting Wounded Veterans

I spent last weekend with the Business Challenge, Supporting Wounded Veterans.  With the slopes deserted after Davos’ World Economic Forum and our skis sharpened, we had the playground to ourselves.  The event was Skiing with Heroes.  Some of London’s leading asset...

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...

Eiichi Kono – A Profile

In 1916 Edward Johnston revealed the type he had been commissioned to create by Frank Pick three years earlier to be used by London Transport on the public transport system. The iconic lettering and bullseye logo he created, which we see every day, has become...

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...

Nice Fish

Nice Fish. Even the title draws you in. It’s now into its final month of the run at the Harold Pinter theatre after transferring from a sold out season in New York and stars the man of the moment Mark Rylance. The story follows two men fishing on the ice pack on a...

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...

Art

Over the past couple of weeks at least half of our office have been to see Art, the play currently running at The Old Vic. Starring Rufus Sewell (Serge), Tim Key (Yvan) and Paul Ritter (Marc) and directed by Matthew Warchus – this is the 20th anniversary of Yazmina...

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...

Wreath Making at Christmas

Everyone seems to be doing it this Christmas, Instagram feeds are jam-packed with homemade wreaths and last week, Kim got stuck in. She spent an evening at a friend’s home doing a wreath making class run by Louise at Garland Flowers – a florist based in Muswell Hill....

The Aldrich Cocktail

Everybody has a favourite cocktail and I think they say quite a bit about the person, though it’s not one of our usual interview questions! Cocktails have been around since 1688 when for ‘the health of the nation’ King William of Orange reduced taxation on...

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...

William Kentridge at Whitechapel Gallery

Thick Time is the brilliant exhibition on at The Whitechapel Gallery at the moment, running until 15th January 2017. William Kentridge is a South African artist who is well known for his animated sketches and collages which explore the troubled history of South...

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...

Catherine Awards for Inspirational Women in Business

Yesterday, I mentioned that Kim and I were invited to the Grosvenor House Variety Club’s Catherine Awards for Inspirational Women in Business. Their inaugural event was sponsored by the Evening Standard. The winners were so inspirational. Charlotte Pearce was first up...

Variety Catherine Awards

Emily and Kim have been shortlisted for the Professional Service Award at the Variety Catherine Awards and so tonight they are off to the Grosvenor House where, along with 8 other categories which aim to highlight professional achievements across a range of sectors,...

Rickshaw India

“A 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower” “Why not?”, I asked myself. This crazy idea does actually exist, and it’s called The Rickshaw Run. Loosely organised by The Adventurists, this trip sees dozens of teams navigate themselves from...

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...

Book of the Week

A quick weekend read to get totally lost in. A friend recommended this book to me this summer and it sat on my shelf for a few weeks after buying it, the cover is not that appealing and I was mid-way through last year’s Man Booker winner, the epic Brief History of...

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...

The Libertine reviewed by Natasha Hotung

Dominic Cooper takes on the role of the libidinous and John Wilmot, playwright and poet, the Second Earl of Rochester in The Libertine, currently showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. This enticing narrative of a hedonist, living life recklessly to the full in the...

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...