Richard England's Blog (16)

​Large Corporate Transactions: How to Staff Up for Success

Over the last two decades, the financial sector in Scotland has witnessed many large-scale corporate actions. Acquisitions, mergers, outsourcing, insourcing, transformational business wins – they have combined to fundamentally reshape companies and the way they do business.

With more high profile consolidation set for this year, the role of…


Added by Richard England on December 14, 2018 at 6:43am — No Comments

Reducing Time to Hire: How Long Is Your Piece of String?

Everyone knows the recruitment process is getting longer and longer, particularly within the financial sector. 

And everyone recognises the problems that come with such a protracted process: rising costs and…


Added by Richard England on December 13, 2018 at 9:18am — No Comments

Graduates: Benefits of Using a Recruitment Consultancy

Securing a job after graduation is a daunting task. The opportunities seem endless, but how do you find the career of your dreams? Job hunting is difficult to begin with, but with no experience and limited advice, the task can seem impossible. 

It may be difficult, but it’s easier than you think.

With the help of a…


Added by Richard England on December 12, 2018 at 9:06am — No Comments

Career Satisfaction: Does company size matter?

Is it better to work for a small or a large company? This is an important question when considering changing jobs. To help answer, we spoke to two people who have worked for both, each with slightly different experiences.

For anonymity purposes, we’ll name them Aidan, who has recently moved from a large to a small company, and Emma, who has…


Added by Richard England on December 11, 2018 at 4:18am — No Comments

How to Recruit Commercial Real Estate Solicitors in a Difficult Market

Commercial real estate solicitors are hard to find. This is a problem Scottish private practice law firms have been facing for decades.

With little sign that the recruitment of commercial property solicitors is set to ease, employers need to think more creatively. Simply holding out for a like-for-like hire may not be the best option.



Added by Richard England on December 10, 2018 at 5:31am — No Comments

How to Succeed at an Assessment Centre

If you’ve just been invited to attend your first assessment centre, you may not know what to expect. The thought of being assessed for an entire day or more can feel daunting.

This article helps you understand what an assessment centre involves and how you can succeed.

What is an assessment centre?

An assessment centre is a stage…


Added by Richard England on December 7, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

The 12 Steps of the Ideal Executive Search Process

We explore the recruitment specialism of executive search and examine the steps involved in conducting a successful process. 

What is Executive Search? 

Executive search (or sometimes referred to as headhunting) is a specialised recruitment service focused on sourcing candidates for senior level or executive…


Added by Richard England on November 28, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

Investment Operations Certificate: A Guide

What is the IOC?

The Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) is a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI).

What does it cover?

The qualification gives you a solid understanding of the financial services industry, the bodies, rules…


Added by Richard England on November 1, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Solicitors

Much has been written about the millennial generation and its impact on the workplace in general. But what, specifically, can you do as a law firm to engage with this demographic group? And what changes can you make to ensure you're recruiting and retaining the very best of…


Added by Richard England on October 23, 2018 at 7:24am — No Comments

Competency-Based Interview Questions: Practice Bank

Elsewhere we have written about the competency-based interview and how to structure your answers to do well. We also included some…


Added by Richard England on September 25, 2018 at 5:53am — No Comments

What to Take to a Job Interview (And What to Leave at Home)

A successful job interview requires a lot of preparation. You need to prepare what to wear, what to say, and even what to bring with you.

To make the preparation a little easier, here are our top tips on what you should take to your next job interview, as well as a…


Added by Richard England on September 11, 2018 at 4:00am — No Comments

5 Benefits of Becoming a Contractor Early in Your Career

Many people hold a misconception that contracting is only for very experienced professionals.  

But if you have a few years of experience under your belt, contract work could be a lucrative option for you.

Here are five benefits – and three considerations – of stepping…


Added by Richard England on August 7, 2018 at 4:34am — No Comments

5 Benefits of a Career in Investment Operations

If you’re at the start or in the early stages of a career within financial or professional services, you should consider Scotland’s investment operations sector. A complex and fast-paced area, it presents a credible long-term career option.

Here we look at five reasons why you can have a successful and rewarding career in investment operations.

1. Less competition

Many candidates interested in joining the fund management industry desire…


Added by Richard England on June 18, 2018 at 4:00am — No Comments

How to become an investment analyst

Many enthusiastic graduates express an interest in becoming an investment analyst. It is, after all, a role which can conjure up images of prestige and wealth. But vacancies are few and far between – particularly in Scotland - and asset management companies that are hiring can have very specific requirements. So what does it take to…


Added by Richard England on June 5, 2018 at 4:52am — No Comments

Anatomy of a Successful CV

Writing your first CV or updating an old one probably feels like a daunting task that will take hours or even days to complete.

There is a massive amount of advice you can find about writing CVs, whether it’s how to make your CV stand out or five different templates that will get you an interview.…


Added by Richard England on April 12, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Recruiting Fund Managers: Time to diversify?

The asset management industry in Scotland – and the rest of the UK, for that matter – is grappling with a problem that cuts to the very heart of its existence. No, it’s not the pressure on fees. Nor is it investors growing love affair with passively-managed funds. 

Fund managers are suffering from a dearth of fund managers. If not tackled robustly, the problem may persist for many years…


Added by Richard England on March 7, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments


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