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...

ABBA: Super Troupers

A must for any ABBA fan, this exhibition celebrates the Swedish pop sensation as they take over 1970s Britain. An immersive, ambitious exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker (a long term fan), it was developed alongside the Abba Museum in Stockholm, and brings fans...

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...

‘Silicon Valley is coming…’

‘Silicon valley is coming’ said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in his April 2015 annual letter to shareholders. Nearly three years on, most would suggest that he was right ‘on the money’. The context of this statement is that he was suggesting there will be a huge...

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...

Charles I: King and Collector

Treasures reunited at the Royal Academy During his reign, Charles I acquired and commissioned a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures, including pieces by Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck, rendering him one of the most significant art collectors (and...

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...

Modigliani at the Tate

During his short and tumultuous life, Modigliani produced some of the most extraordinary paintings of the 20th century. This exhibition at the Tate contains the largest selection of his nudes ever reunited in the UK, as well as his lesser known sculptures and...

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...

Impressionists in London

This exhibition presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots. In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and...

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...

A Hotel Stay to Remember

The Ned has made a huge impact on the City from dawn ‘till dusk. The hub of the City now has a great hotel which is part of Soho House group. They have outstanding restaurants – and every whim is catered for,  it’s a vibrant and happening place with the chicest rooms...

New Year Around The World

New Year around The World   Much like Christmas, the New Year is celebrated differently around the world.   As 2018 sweeps across different time zones, (starting with Samoa and Christmas Island) we can witness the global phenomenon of the Times Square ‘ball...

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...

Merry Christmas

We have just come back from India and our visit prompted me to think of how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Well in India, it’s relatively quite a small festival – due to the number of people who are Christians (about 2.3%) compared to people of other...

A Family Recipe

Mince pies   My dear Granny Grange would arrive for Christmas with the very best present possible, trays of her special mince pies.  Going through her ancient and lovingly written receipts we have been practicing this time honoured tradition and now wish to share...

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...

Locanda Locatelli

Locanda Locatelli at the Hyatt Regency in Marylebone, Digby had chicken parcels made from the finest pasta in a consommé, then a risotto with black truffle followed by cinnamon ice-cream. Another late night but so much fun, somebody's got to do it. You need a white...

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...

G&T at The Ned

The new Ned has made a huge impact offering outstanding restaurants, a lively vibe and the chicest rooms in the Square Mile. Their rooms are so fabulous, based on the 1920 designs, staying on a Sunday night last week was a great luxury, having had lunch on the roof...

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...

Christmas Preparations

We’ve been dazzled by some of the stunning Christmas decorations that are popping up all over London. Here at Aldrich & Co , we are also getting into the festive spirit. Tinsel is being hung across desks, catchy jingles are being played and the office Christmas...

The Ferryman

I thoroughly recommend you to go and see the play. Headlined as EPIC – now that’s quite something to live up to.  The play was set on one long day in a farm kitchen, there were children – the youngest was just 9 months, animals; rabbits and geese, being geese. 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...

India: 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...

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...

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...

Trafalgar Square – 5 Facts

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 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...

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...

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...