How to win over Dad this Father’s Day!

An experienced Silver Swan Butler who specialises in mixology has given us the inside scoop on what cocktails are the most popular with the older gentleman. Below are our recommendations on which tipple to treat your dad with this Father’s Day.

Old Fashioned

A firm favourite amongst refined gentlemen, The Old Fashioned is also the cocktail of choice of Don Draper, the lead character on the Mad Men television series, set in the 1960s. It is also one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

How to make:

• 1 sugar cube

• 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

• 2 oz of bourbon whiskey

• 1 strip of lemon or orange peel

Place sugar in an old fashioned glass. Cover with bitters and add a few drops of water. Add the whiskey and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Add several large ice cubes and stir quickly to chill. Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop the peel in the drink.

Manhattan

The Manhattan is one of the oldest cocktails out there, originating in the early 1870s. In Some Like It Hot (1959) Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe use a drumstick, cymbal, and a hot water bottle to mix a Manhattan while travelling on a train! This iconic cocktail is a winner for men all over the world, your Dad will love it.

How to make:

• 2 oz rye whiskey

• 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

• 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

• 1 maraschino cherry

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled coupe glass and top with a brandied cherry. A Manhattan may also be served on the rocks in a lowball glass.

Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour cocktail has an incredible and timeless taste that so many have loved throughout the decades and centuries. It is claimed that the drink goes all the way back to 1872, where it was invented by the British steward, Elliot Stubb. This tried and tested drink is a firm favourite amongst sophisticated men.

How to make:

• 2 oz whiskey

• 1 oz fresh lemon juice

• 1 tsp sugar (or ½ oz simple syrup)

• 1 maraschino cherry and half an orange slice

• Put all of the ingredients with ice into a shaker and shake hard for 20 seconds to chill the liquid fully. After, strain the mix into a glass filled with fresh ice and top with the cherry and orange slice

Negroni

Loved by Andy Garcia, the famous actor and director who played Vincent Mancini in the Godfather III, and Terry Benedict in Ocean’s Eleven, the Negroni is sure to be a firm favourite of Fathers everywhere. It is widely reported the Negroni was first created in Florence, Italy, in 1919 in the (now named) Caffè Roberto Cavalli.

How to make:

• 25ml Gin

• 25ml Campari

• 25ml Sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica, Cinzano Rosso, or Punt e Mes)

•1 strip of orange peel

Mix all three ingredients in a glass over very cold ice until blended. Strain into a rocks glass over a large block of ice and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Dry Martini

Whether your dad prefers his Dry Martini shaken or stirred, this is a firm favourite of gentlemen everywhere, including George Takei and, of course, James Bond.

How to make:

•2 1/2 oz Gin

•1/2 oz dry vermouth

•1 green olive or lemon twist

Add all the ingredients with ice into a mixing glass and stir until very cold. When fully chilled, strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass and finish by adding the olive, or garnish with a lemon twist.

Godfather

The Godfather cocktail is the favourite cocktail of American actor Marlon Brando who played Vito Corleone, the “Don,” in the 1972 film The Godfather. This ‘manly’ drink will be appreciated by fathers, and godfathers alike, celebrate how fantastic your Dad is with this incredible cocktail.

 

How to make:

•2 ounces Scotch or bourbon

•1/2 ounce amaretto

Fill a glass about two thirds full of ice, then add both the whiskey and amaretto. Stir the mix for around 20 seconds until well chilled and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

10 tips to secure your dream job

Here at Silver Swan Recruitment we’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to looking for a job, and we wanted to give back to help everyone learn from the mistakes of the few. At the request of our followers online we’ve been regularly sending out little nuggets of information, but here is our first compendium of our top ten job hunting tips so far.

Check your email address

If you’re looking for a job, we highly recommend making sure you have a suitable e-mail address. If you’re embarrassed to hand it out, it’s probably not appropriate and could paint you in a bad light, regardless of your fantastic experience. If this sounds like you – change it. Trust us, future you will thank you.

Be careful with your private settings

If you’re looking for a job, we highly recommend checking your privacy settings across all your social media. We all know social media is just for a bit of fun, but nowadays all recruiters check you out online to see what kind of person you are before putting you forward for a role. You can make your IG private, maybe think about this if you don’t want recruiters to see your photos.

Don’t apply for every job

Looking for a fab new job? You’ll often find more luck getting an interview if you focus your search on jobs that you’re qualified for, rather than sending your CV to every single role you find on google. Before you start job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job you’re seeking, and really focus on those roles which you know you have the experience to really nail.

Smile!

If you add a photo to your CV, make sure you look happy in it! Your CV should convey your character as well as your experience and skills. Keep your passport photos to boring ID forms and add a happy smiling photo to your CV instead! Often employers are faced with a selection of very similar candidates, and it really can come down to who they think they will enjoy working with most, if you look miserable on your CV, you may not be hired. Do yourself a favour and swap over your straight-faced CV photos today!

Don’t list all your old school grades

When applying for a role, it looks much better to recruiters and prospective employers if your CV says ’10 GCSEs from *insert school name here*’ rather than listing every single grade you got for each subject. Especially if the grades don’t reflect how incredible you are, and particularly if you’ve got a few years’ work experience under your belt and are looking for a senior level role. Always remember, you want your CV to paint you in the absolute best light possible and to make you stand out from the crowd.

Update your CV regularly

If you gain more experience, even if it’s only a few days, update your CV and resend it to your agents. CVs quickly go out of date, and a big gap at the start of your resume doesn’t paint you in the best light. By resending an up to date CV to your agent, not only are you letting them know about your new experience (which might make you the perfect candidate for one of their new roles!), you’re also reminding them that you’re available and looking, suddenly your name and resume are fresh in their minds.

Don’t be naked in your photo…

This one should be fairly self-explanatory, yet we still often get sent CVs with photos attached showing applicants seemingly naked as the day they were born… It certainly lightens the mood in our rainy London office, however, I think it is important to note that this will not help you secure a job as unfortunately we cannot forward your CV to clients if you look nude in your photo! Instead, attach a simple smiling headshot. NB. The same applies to awesome insta-worthy bikini shots…

Reword your CV

All it takes is a few minutes to slightly reword your CV to gear it towards each job you apply to – that little extra effort could be all it takes to get you the job. Focus on enhancing your experience and skillsets which directly correlate to the necessary skills and experience required for the role to which you’re applying. If you sound PERFECT for the position, the recruiter would have a hard time finding a reason not to put you forward to the client.

Don’t stretch the truth

Today’s tip of the day isn’t a fun one, however, it’s a very good one to bear in mind. It’s important to make yourself sound as good as possible on your CV, just make sure you don’t stretch the truth too much. Within the recruitment industry, everyone knows everyone, and we do cross check your previous experience with your old employers. Lying may make you look fantastic on paper, but in reality, it will ruin your reputation. If you don’t have enough experience, instead sell your personality, integrity, and work ethic.

Answer the phone politely

So often when you get a call from an unknown number it’s spam, telemarketers, or someone asking if you’ve been in an accident recently. However, when you’re on a job hunt, remember to answer the phone as if it’s your future employer – because it could well be.

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Best 15 UK Summer Music Festivals

The weather is warming up, the sunny season is fast approaching, and it’s time to think about what festival to grace with your ready to party presence this summer season! Whether you’re into EDM, heavy metal, indie or urban beats, there is certainly something for everyone. With Secret Garden Party Festival ending last year, and Glastonbury having a fallow year to give the land, local population, and organisers a break it’s easy to be discouraged, but worry not, there are plenty more festivals out there to enjoy! Below is the list of our top fifteen favourite summer UK festivals of 2018!

Download Festival 2018

Where: Donnington Park (Derby)

When: 8th – 10th June

A world famous heavy metal and rock festival where around 150 acts appear over five stages over the three days of the festival. The fancy dress theme for 2018 is ‘supervillains’.

Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Where: Seaclose Park (Isle of Wight)

When: 21st – 24th June

Isle of Wight Festival, one of the UK’s most famous rock and pop music festivals, and has been named Family Festival of the Year on two occasions, thanks to its relaxed, inclusive atmosphere

TRNSMT Festival 2018

Where: Glasgow Green (Glasgow)

When: 29th June – 1st July, plus 6th – 8th July 2018

Whether you want to come along for the day, enjoy the full weekend of music, or even treat yourself to the VIP option, there are a range of ticket options available for you to tailor your festival experience.

Wireless Festival 2018

Where: Finsbury Park (London)

When: 6th – 8th July

Wireless Festival is the UK’s premier urban music festival, held inside London’s Finsbury Park for three days in July. Now one of the capital’s musical highlights, Wireless has become London’s go-to festival for those after the urban side of mainstream.

British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival 2018

Where: Hyde Park (London)

When: 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th July

Do you want big names? They’ve got them. Come party in London’s Hyde Park to some of music’s biggest names!

Latitude Festival 2018

Where: Southwold

When: 12th – 15th July

Taking over the idyllic English countryside, Latitude is, as its tagline proclaims, much more than just a music festival. With DJs hidden in the woods, colourful sheep roaming the tufty fields, opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, clowns under canvas, actors treading the boards, local ales, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, there’s something to keep whatever age entertained. Oh, and there’s a full programme of music too.

Lovebox Festival 2018

Where: London

When: 13th – 14th July

London’s beat lovers, freaks and hipsters convene for an annual party created by Groove Armada. A colourful mix of dance dons, rock gods, vintage markets, bespoke bars and fairground tides, Lovebox is a carousel of creativity.

Bestival 2018

Where: Lulworth Castle (Dorset)

When: 2nd – 5th August

It’s fair to say that aside from top music and comedy acts, the biggest draw of Bestival is that it’s positively bonkers. Fancy dress is a massive deal at Bestival, with each colourful event centering on a different theme (this year’s will be ‘circus’ and will apparently feature a human cannonball act). This summer festival strives to celebrate creativity, diversity and general lunacy.

Boardmasters 2018

Where: Newquay

When: 8th – 12th August 2018

Boardmasters is a music and sports festival in Cornwall, mixing a diverse musical lineup with surfing, BMXing, skating and wellbeing. Mixing electrifying music from some of the world’s biggest names along with high-octane sports, it brings with it a unique atmosphere of sheer excitement year on year.

Boomtown 2018

Where: Winchester

When: 9th – 12th August 2018

A boiling pot of vibrancy, theatre, fantasy, escapism and camaraderie, Boomtown Fair is a hub of diverse and non-commercialised musical movements whose roots stretch far and wide. Consisting of nine districts with a different emphasis, you may be chilling to some folk one minute, and then travelling at 180 BPM to some drum & bass the next.

RiZE Festival 2018 (V Festival replacement)

Where: Hylands Park (Chelmsford) and Weston Park (Staffordshire)

When: 17th – 18th August

The summer music festival formerly known as “V” is another of the top choices to replace Glastonbury as the biggest and best UK festival of 2018. Celebrating its very first year, RiZE Festival are bringing together an exciting mix of the very best music from classic indie, pop, urban, dance and new upcoming talent across four stages.

Creamfields 2018

Where: Daresbury (Warrington)

When: 23rd – 26th August

Creamfields has long been the UK’s best summer dance festival, promising the biggest acts in EDM, house, trance, grime and D&B. Organisers promise an incredible line-up, spectacular light shows, and pyrotechnics for 2018

Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018

Where: Little John’s Farm (Reading) and Bramham Park (Leeds)

When: 24th – 26th August

As per tradition, Reading and Leeds take place simultaneously over the August Bank Holiday and the line-up is the same across both sites as the bands perform on a rotation to cover both festival sites.

South West Four 2018

Where: London

When: 25th – 26th August

A coming together of the EDM world, their understudies, and up-and-coming stars, the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica will fill your ears for the evening before you head out to one of the countless after parties.

Festival No.6 2018

Where: Portmeirion, Wales

When: 6th – 9th September

Almost every festival claims to be ‘unique’, but in the case of this North Wales’ curiosity it’s a fairly solid claim. Partly due to its setting in a faux-Italian village, and partly because of its intriguing programme of music, arts & culture, debates, workshops, food & drink, comedy and more.

 

Information sourced from the following blogs amongst other sources:

https://www.stubhub.co.uk/magazine/uk-music-festivals-2018-line-up-schedules-dates

https://www.festicket.com/magazine/discover/top-20-music-festivals-in-the-uk/

 

The secret lives of staff within Buckingham Palace

Working inside a Royal Palace is an incredible experience, one you cannot get anywhere else, so to better understand what it is like to work in such an incredible household we’ve interviewed two royal footmen who used to work inside Buckingham Palace. As an agency, we recruit staff for Royal Palaces as well as for prestigious Private Households. Discretion and confidentiality are paramount to us so to respect the privacy and protect the identity of our contacts, the names have been changed.

Day to day workings inside Buckingham Palace are incredibly varied, Thomas tells me, “I worked for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as a senior footman for many years. It’s a really multi-faceted job, one day you could be looking after military uniforms and the next day you could be wearing pink tights walking alongside the Queen’s golden carriage wearing an incredibly heavy, golden uniform that is older than the Duke and Queen themselves, surrounded by thousands of adoring fans.

Being a Royal Footman is a very flexible job. If it’s busy you’ll be working a normal shift, but if it’s a quiet day with nothing to be done, you can take the day off and enjoy the Private Staff bar inside the Palace (which has since been taken away after one too many morning drinking sessions I’m told). Thomas goes on to tell me “you might end up just working 10 mins at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, but that was the nature of the job. Many times, I’d get into uniform just to go meet a beautician coming from Harrods or one of the spas just because Prince Andrew was getting his nails clipped. I’d have to get into uniform, wait at the side door, take the poor woman who was shaking like a leaf because she was going to meet one of the royals, and then I’d have to wait for them to clip his nails and then escort her out again.”

Working inside Buckingham Palace you get to experience things you’d never even imagine. Thomas tells me one thing that really surprised him was “how up close and personal you really are with The Royal Family. Within my first day I had already met the Queen, and to think that I was at home one day and the next I’m living in Buckingham Palace, face to face with The Queen, it blew my mind.” Peter, another Royal Footman who worked at the Palace adds “occasionally, I spoke with the Queen, she is a completely open book, just as you see her. She is very kind and realises everyone is nervous when meeting her, so always does her best to make you feel at ease.”

It’s so easy when seeing the Royal Family on TV, to forget that they are real people with very private intimate lives behind closed doors which only themselves and their staff see. Thomas disclosed “the most surreal thing was actually seeing the Queen on Christmas Day, and seeing them open their presents on Christmas Eve. To watch them prepare for Christmas day was hilarious! Prince Harry didn’t have batteries for his toys, and I had to take the batteries out of my alarm clock to give to him for his Christmas presents. I was thinking, ‘how many households up and down the country have got no batteries for their toys and are doing the exact same thing!’. He adds “it’s always interesting to watch how people prepare, watching the Queen and the Duke and the whole royal family behind the scenes getting ready to go out to the public. The Queen adjusting the Duke’s naval uniform, just nice husband and wife moments, but then her getting ready to be the Queen for the public.”

Peter laughs as he tells me that once when on a night out he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and got beaten up in the streets, he then fell asleep on the night bus and woke up in Peckham and had to find his way back to Buckingham Palace. The next day he woke up with a big black eye and no doubt a very sore head too. He was promptly told by his superior that he had to serve tea to the Queen. He said “she looked at me, and of course, the Queen would never have said anything, but you could see the horror on her face. I was so embarrassed and couldn’t understand why my line manager made me do it. I still don’t to this day!” When I asked Thomas about any shenanigans he and his colleagues got up to during their time at Buckingham Palace he simply replied, “some of our parties made the papers.” Life inside the Palace seems to be a healthy mixture of learning, hard work, and lots of fun.

Working and living as a close-knit group of co-workers, the experiences of the staff while working for the Royal Family seem to be so much more memorable. Thomas says his favourite memory from Buckingham Palace was touring Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica on the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Tour. He smiles when thinking back and says the best bit was getting to see three very different countries and sunbathing with his fellow teammates in Jamaica.

Hearing Peter talk about the inner workings of the Palace is so surreal, thinking of all the incredible people the staff get to meet on a daily basis, to the point that it becomes commonplace. He says that he enjoyed serving dinner to the President of Finland and looking after Nelson Mandela in the Belgium Visiting Suite (the same rooms President Obama and the First Lady stayed in on their recent visit). He fondly recalls that Mr Mandela was “very charming, very kind and very gentle”. Thomas reveals “I met the Dalai Lama once when all the religious leaders of the world were around the same table, and I thought to myself at the time, ‘we could end world war at this point’. Instead, Prince Philip finished the 4-course meal in about 20 mins like he normally does! Get in-get out. It’s always good when the Duke is around because you’re never working late.”

I asked Thomas how he felt when he finally left Buckingham Palace, and he replied “I felt the same amount of pride as I have now. Knowing that I was part of something that was everlasting”. “I was on the Jubilee Golden Coach, or ‘State Coach’ as it was known, and marched it out of Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queens Golden Jubilee, it was hard to keep a straight face and concentrate and keep up with the horses when you just want to laugh and say ‘Mum! I’m on the telly!’, My Mum was immensely proud that day!”

Nowadays it takes three years to get your Footman’s Certificate. During this time you’ll be given cellar training, pantry training, valeting training, and if successful you’ll then be given your certificate by the Master of the Household. Peter says of his time there “it was a truly amazing experience working there, it would suit anybody. If you were looking to get into this line of work, it’s great as it lays out all the basics and more”. “It’s probably the closest thing to military training without actually carrying a gun” Thomas adds. “It’s run on a military system, we spit polish shoes, and we press our own uniforms just as much as we do other peoples’.”

“Being a footman there would really help you move into private service as it covers all the bases you need to be a butler or house manager” Thomas reveals. “You will have vast experience coming from Buckingham Palace which will help you move into Private Households, especially if you get your head down and work your way up and do the foreign trips. In my role now, I go all over the world, and it’s all experience I’ve gotten from the Palace.” It’s important to add that as a recruitment agency who recruit for similar roles, having experience at a Royal Palace looks fantastic on your CV. This experience will really propel your career, and help you work up the ranks in Palaces all over the world, or in exclusive Private Households of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI), earning incredible salaries.

At the end of my chat with Thomas, I asked him what he thinks of when looking at Buckingham Palace, he smiles, and simply replies “home”.

Buckingham Palace is currently recruiting for a number of positions within the Royal Households. Click here to see if there’s a job for you!

Summer Jobs for Teenagers

Retail Jobs

During the summer months, high street shops are always in need of extra pairs of hands to fill in and help bulk out their staff during the busy season. Shops often advertise their roles in their shop windows or online on job boards. Keep a keen eye out and ask family and friends to keep you in their minds when out and about as often these roles are on a first come, first serve basis. Turnover can be very quick in retail, you could be having an interview on Monday, and back in the shop starting work the next morning. The majority of shops pay minimum wage but come with added benefits of having staff reductions, so working for a company where you often shop is a smart move.

Bar/Restaurant Work

It is very common for bars and restaurants to hire younger workers as waitresses, bartenders (must be over 18), or as pot washers. These are very sociable workplaces and you’ll get to meet all sorts of people and will develop a great friendship with your colleagues. Legally you can only work part-time until you’re 16, but working in a restaurant can be easy work, and you’ll usually get a share of the tips from the customers.

Working as a waitress will give you fantastic experience for future roles in the hospitality industry, including working as a shift manager, chalet or villa host, or as a steward or stewardess on a yacht.

Internships

Some companies offer part-time internships for short-term placements for students, these are usually unpaid, but the experience gained on an internship is worth its weight in gold and will help you gain future employment. If you impress your boss when on an internship you will be given invaluable references that will help you secure a fantastic future career, and you may even be offered a full time paid position in the company the following summer. The best way to get an internship is to ask around. If you’re willing to work for free, ask your relatives who own companies, local businesses, and nearby clubs if they’d accept an intern, the likelihood is, someone will have a role that would be mutually beneficial.

Flyering/Leafleting

Handing out flyers is easy work, doesn’t require any kind of training, and usually pays by the hour. It can either involve standing still in a high street distributing leaflets or walking door to door posting pamphlets through letterboxes. Blast your favourite tunes through your headphones, smile, and before you know it you’ve got a handful of cash in your pocket for very little mental effort.

Landscaping/Gardening

Often landscaping and gardening companies rely on young workers. They do this to keep their costs down, develop their business, and is also an opportunity to train potential future full-time workers while on the job. Give your local gardening or landscaping companies a call and introduce yourself, they may have just the position for you. This is the perfect role to try your hand at without getting tied into a long-term contract as you’ll be hired on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis, meaning you can work the job around your summer schedule.

Experience working as a landscaper or labourer looks fantastic on your CV as it shows that you’re willing and able to learn new skills and work hard. This kind of experience can lead you down a great career path which could end up in a very lucrative role working for a private household.

Tutoring

If you have a particular passion for a subject at school and have done very well at it in your exams, you may want to consider teaching. Passing on your skills can be incredibly satisfying and makes all that revision worth it! Tutoring younger students can pay very well, and if you get on with the child and their parents, it could turn out to be a regular job. Most tutoring work is found through word of mouth, so make a good name for yourself in your area, and soon you’ll be filling your summer holidays teaching many lessons to the whole neighbourhood. You can get the word out by using printed adverts in your local shops and newspapers, or online in local Facebook groups.

Having tutoring on your CV can really help with your university application and will set you up well for future employment as a teacher, or tutor working abroad.

Sports Coaching

If you’re passionate about sports and have great experience playing for many years you could become a sports coach. This is a fantastic part-time job, and with hard work and dedication, you could get the qualifications needed to become a sports coach from the age of 16. There are a range of places that offer training and qualifications for sports coaching, and once qualified you could find work coaching in summer camps or for local sports clubs.

Babysitting

Babysitting is a fantastic little earner for those happy to stay up late, eat all the food in your neighbours’ fridge and watch TV to your heart’s content. Usually, the children are fast asleep by the time you arrive and all you have to do is relax, browse Instagram, and make sure the children are still fast asleep when the parents return. Babysitting is paid by the hour, increasing with experience and responsibilities, and can add up quite nicely over the course of an evening. The best way to get babysitting work is to ask around your friends, neighbours, and family, as the majority of babysitting work is through referrals.

Babysitting over the weekends and summer holidays is a fantastic way to save some spending money, add experience to your CV, and shows future employers that you are trustworthy. Babysitting experience can lead to some fantastic positions down the line, working as a nanny for the rich and famous across the world, for example.

Dog Walking

Love dogs? Enjoy walking? This is a super easy job for anyone with a little experience with dogs. Most dog walkers are expected to go for just an hour long walk, and often this is on the lead, so no need to worry about the dog running off or escaping. You can choose which dogs you agree to take and not, and you can take a couple of dogs at the same time, maximising your profits. Pet owners are very protective of their fur babies, so the majority of dog walkers are hired on a word of mouth basis. Knock on your neighbours’ doors, keep an eye on who is hurriedly walking their pets before work in the morning, and ask them if they’d like your help.

Work at a Festival

Working at festivals is unpaid, but what you get in return is arguably better than a little pocket money. In return for a few short shifts helping give directions, answering questions, keeping an eye on the campsites and assisting at the entry gates, you will receive a free festival crew pass worth hundreds of pounds. To volunteer at a festival, you need to be at least 18 years old when the festival starts. This is a fantastic way to spend your summer, especially as groups of friends are welcome to apply together, so you can apply with your friends, and the festival will arrange your shifts so that not only will you work together, but also enjoy your time off partying at the festival, together too.

Pet Sitter/Plant Sitter

Many people don’t like sending their pets to the kennels or cattery and would prefer if they could stay at home with a trusted neighbour to look after them. Pet sitters are required to feed the animals, and either let them out in the garden or take them for walks. The best thing about pet/plant sitting is that you can completely fit it around your own schedule, and you don’t have your bosses with you breathing down your neck. Often pet sitters are paid a daily rate, and you can pet sit for many people at the same time, maximising your earnings.

Cleaning

Anyone can clean, but most don’t enjoy it, which is why there is always work available for those willing to do it! Cleaners are paid at an hourly rate and usually are hired for more than two hours at a time on a regular basis. Cleaning materials are usually provided, and all you have to do is turn up, hoover, wipe down some surfaces and maybe scrub a toilet or two. Cleaning isn’t glamorous work, but it is a steady, regular income that you can do locally for neighbours or family friends, and you can often set your own working hours.

Cleaning experience looks fantastic on CVs as it shows you’re happy to get your hands dirty and work hard. This kind of experience can also set you up for a great position working as a housekeeper for hotels, yachts, or within private households of VIPs.

 

28 Winter Sports to try instead of Skiing or Snowboarding

Think winter resorts are only good for skiing? Think again! Below is our list of snow sports for you to try when you’re next in a winter resort, whether you want to do a season in a ski resort, can’t yet ski, or would prefer to do something different with your time off.

Dog Sledding

What could be better? Snow, beautiful landscapes, and dogs! Dog sledding is a fantastic way of seeing the gorgeous landscapes around you on a personal tour across snow and ice. Sliding along in a sleigh is a dreamlike experience where you can experience nature and all the wonders it has to offer up close and personal.

Snow Shoeing

Snowshoeing is the fasted growing winter sport in the world, primarily because it is simple to get to grips with, inexpensive (compared to other snow sports!), and is a great way to burn off all the vin chaud and tartiflette you just had! There are many levels of snowshoeing, whether you want to hike for pleasure, trek through the backcountry, or competitively race. Snowshoeing is a fantastic alternative for skiing, especially if you like running!

 

Ice Climbing

Ice climbing is pretty much what it says on the tin – climbing ice. Ice climbing is very similar to rock climbing and uses ropes and crampons to ascend beautiful icefalls, frozen waterfalls, cliffs and frozen rock faces. In most resorts, you can take guided climbing lessons, which everyone can do providing you’ve got a good level of fitness. 

Snowcat Tours

If you fancy an afternoon off from snow sports and exercise, jumping aboard a Snowcat is a fantastic way to see the incredible sights your resort has to offer, all while not lifting a finger! Often these tours will include regular stops for photo opportunities, so jump on in and unleash your inner travel photographer.

Ski Biking

This is an awesome sport to try if you’re a skier or snowboarder and fancy trying your hand at something a little different. If you’re a big fan of mountain biking, you are sure to love ski biking too! It’s similar to mountain biking, except on snow, with mini-skis instead of wheels, and you break and slow down by digging your feet into the snow! When on the nursery slopes, ski biking is really easy, it only starts to get more difficult when on steeper routes (make sure you pack some bravery in that rucksack of yours!).

 

Helicopter flights

This is the perfect way to see the sights and take in the whole stunning landscapes from above. Great for those who want a rest from sports, fancy trying their hand at aerial photography, or if you’re a couple looking for a romantic afternoon activity.

Ice Skating

A fun activity with the kids, a silly activity to try after a few drinks, or a fantastic innovative date idea, ice skating is great fun for children and adults alike. However, if you’re a bit unsteady on your feet, just make sure you take a good friend you can desperately cling to!

Swimming

Need to rest your tired and wobbly ski legs, but also want to work off some of yesterday’s raclette? Swimming may be the perfect solution…

Mountaineering

Mountaineering (otherwise known as alpinism) includes a whole host of activities, including climbing, trekking, scrambling, and even crossing glaciers. Each resort comes with its own unique terrain ready to be explored and discovered, just make sure you do your research before setting out. You can head out with someone experienced, or join a local tour group, either way, don’t go out alone if you’re a novice mountaineer.

Paragliding

All the lovely floaty fun of skydiving, without the terrifying free falling first. Most resorts have a selection of experienced paragliders that can take you out on tandem flights lasting hours and traversing tens or even hundreds of kilometres! Paragliding isn’t a cheap activity, however, it is an incredible experience, and worth every penny!

Ski Joëring

Also known as ski joring, is an activity where you’re on skis and then pulled along by a horse, dogs or a vehicle. When pulled by a horse or vehicle all you need is a tow rope, and it works very similar to water skiing, however, when pulled by dogs, a little more effort is required by the skier by providing power by cross-country skiing and using poles.

Speed Skating

So, you’ve nailed the ice rink without falling over too much, and think you’re ready to play with the big kids now? Try your hand at speedskating! This is an Olympic sport which combines running and ice skating in a race against the clock around an oval ice rink.

Ice driving

Imagine a race track…made from ice! Many resorts have this incredible experience on offer, where you can jump in a selection of luxury cars, each fitted with studded tyres to traverse the icy surroundings at breakneck speed. This is not the sport for the timid, so pack your big boy boots and try your hand at one of the most fun driving experiences the world has to offer.

 

Ski Touring

Are you physically fit and keen for an adventure traversing untouched snow? Give ski touring a go! Ski touring is similar to backcountry skiing and is normally done off-piste and away from ski resorts. It has links to hiking and wilderness backpacking and often lasts more than one day. Ski touring involves sliding up a mountain wearing skins over your skis. When you reach the top you can enjoy a brief moment to take in the beauty of the world, and then have an awesome off-piste adventure skiing down again. If you’ve never done ski touring before, make sure you head out with an experienced team as it’s important to have good navigation skills, an awareness of the risks of the mountain, and you must be able to assess the snow conditions to reduce the risk of avalanches.

Snow Tubing

Snow tubes are large inflatable rings that you can sit in and lay across and slide down the mountain at high speeds. An adrenaline filled, (usually!) safe activity suitable for all ages! Simply walk up the slope with your tube, climb on in and have the ride of your life!

Under Ice Diving

Ice diving is a potentially dangerous activity and must only be done by or with experienced divers. Ice diving involves diving in freezing waters under a solid sheet of ice, using only a single entry and exit point, as such often divers are tethered so they can avoid getting disorientated under the ice and losing their way back. This sport isn’t for the faint of heart but is an incredible way to push the limits of your body and see parts of the world previously unseen.

Sledging

Also known as sledding or tobogganing, sledging involves sliding down a snowy mountain while sat on a whole host of things, including traditional wooden sledges, plastic trays, and can be done solo, or on longer sleds (sledges) that can accommodate many people sat in front of each other. This is a fantastic activity to do with your family, children, or after a vin chaud or three…

Snowmobiling

This is a motorised vehicle akin to a quad bike except with tracks at the back, and skis at the front instead of wheels. You can hire these by the hour and drive them around open terrain or trails for an awesome wintery adventure. Also known as a motor sled, motor sledge, or snowmachine, snowmobiles can sometimes accommodate more than one rider, however, it’s more common to have one each, and go out as a group.

 

Yoonering

A yooner is a mix between a go-cart and skis, it’s a seat 20cm off the ground with one fat ski attached underneath and a big handle in between your legs which you can pull to break. It’s a simple way to glide down the piste with very little training or experience and is suitable for all ages.

Relaxing in the Spa

A personal favourite activity within resorts is a cheeky visit to the local spa. After a long day’s skiing (or a long night’s partying!), why not treat yourself to a visit to a luxury spa? Check yourself in for a sauna, massage, and manicure all under one roof – you deserve it!

Winter Segway Rides

Learning to ride a Segway is relatively quick and easy, and whizzing around on a Segway is a fantastic way to explore the resort at speed with minimal effort. Not to mention…it’s really, really fun!

Luge/Wok Racing

A luge is a small one or two-person sledge on which you lie down face up and feet down, and speed down a thin icy track. This is an Olympic sport, however, a fun alternative that has been developed is racing down an Olympic bobsled track on a Chinese cooking wok. They reinforce the base with epoxy and coat the insides with foam to reduce bruising, and to reduce friction the racers wear ladles under their feet. This sport sounds a silly amount of fun, but is also incredibly dangerous, and as such the participants wear large protective clothing, similar to ice hockey equipment.

Champagne in the hot tub

Skiing isn’t for all, but this is something that everyone can get behind. A bubbling hot tub, surrounded by snow, enjoying a tall flute bubbling with delicious champagne, all while taking in the gorgeous mountain scenery surrounding you. Idyllic.

Ice Fishing

For a more relaxed activity, you could try your hand at ice fishing. Ice fishing is where you fish with a line and hook through a hole in the ice. This can either be done out in the open or in a heated enclosure, some of which have beds and amenities inside for when fishing for long periods

 

Try an Olympic Sport

There are plenty of winter Olympic sports that you can have a go at, including bobsleigh and curling. Different resorts have different options available, so have a look online to see what your local resort has on offer!

Enjoy the local food

Ski resort food is usually bad for your waistline, but good for your soul – and if you’ve been skiing all day you’ll need the extra calories. Meals vary from the typical carb heavy and dripping in cheese options, such as tartiflette, raclette, or a dirty cheeseburger which can be found at most resort restaurants. Alternatively, you could opt for the slightly healthier, spicy beef stew or French onion soup (a speciality at the Folie Douce in Val D’Isere). If, however you relish the chance to try out the delicacies from exciting new chefs, many resorts have Michelin starred restaurants, including L’Atelier d’Edmond in Le Fornet, France, St Hubertus in the Rosa Alpina hotel in South Tyrol, Italy, or the Engadin valley in Switzerland which boasts 5 Michelin starred restaurants.

Après-ski

Whether you’ve been skiing all day or not, everyone deserves a fantastic après-ski! Après is the socialising, drinking, and partying that usually starts in the afternoon within ski resorts. Whether you prefer a mulled wine or a cheeky Jägerbomb (or 5!), there is space on the dance floor for everyone! Just make sure you get a good night’s sleep ready for an early morning and full day of activities the next day!

 

Go out and play in the snow!

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1 or 101, everyone can have an awesome time playing with and in the wonder that is snow! Creating snow angels, having snowball fights, making snowmen, or building a snow fort…the possibilities are endless. Get out there and have fun!

 

Finishing your ski season? What next?

Fed up of the cold and craving some sunshine? Want to travel the world? As we are getting to the end of the ski season, it’s common for seasonaires to wonder what to do next and how to progress their careers during the summer season. Never fear, we’re here to answer that question! Below is a selection of options we think would be great ways to fill your summer, develop your experience, all while having lots of fun!

Option One – Stay in the alps – Come work in a summer chalet!

You’ve fallen in love with the mountains over your ski season and couldn’t think of living or working anywhere else – who could blame you? There are certainly jobs available for chalet staff over the summer period, they’re a lot rarer than ski season roles, however, they are out there! Morzine, Les Gets and Chamonix are just as busy during the summer as the winter, and with a whole range of summer sports to get involved with, whether it is hiking, cycling, climbing or photography, there’ll always be an adventure waiting for you.

We currently have a selection of roles in the alps and get more requests for staff every single week. Click here to see what we have available now: www.silverswanrecruitment.com/ski-chalet-jobs/

Option Two – Stay in Europe – Come work in a summer villa!

Work in a summer villa is very comparable to chalet work, the staff roles are similar, and the positions are completely transferable, unlike in a private household. The wages are slightly higher too, on average £100 more a week, this is usually to account for a lift pass not being included in the pay packet. Working in a villa is the perfect way to fill your summer, save up some money, and progress your career ready for when you can hit the slopes again.

We get new summer vacancies in every week for all sorts of roles! Come check them out here: www.silverswanrecruitment.com/villa-jobs/

Option Three – Leave the Alps – Come work in a private household in the UK!

If you’d like to continue a hospitality role but be back working in the UK during the summer, we’d recommend starting your career in a private household. The roles are fairly similar to chalet jobs, yet the salaries are almost double! It’s important for private household applicants to already have lots of 5* hospitality experience.

The easiest way to start a career in a private household is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Very few private households will recruit a medium or high-level staff member without previous experience within a private residence performing a simpler or similar role. The normal progression is from a Housekeeper, Nanny and Cook, to Head Housekeeper and Chef, to House Manager, Butler, PA and even Estate Manager. If, however, you have lots of experience as a Chalet or Resort Manager, you may be eligible for an entry level House Manager role within the private industry.

The salaries possible within a private household are definitely worth the long days, and hard work climbing the ladder, and the experience gained will catapult your career onto a whole new playing field. Private household roles are generally all permanent positions and can be either live-in or live-out, depending on the family, so you have the freedom to select a role which suits your lifestyle and needs. This is also a good opportunity for couples who would like to continue working together, there are many homes who like to employ a couple to manage the household.

We have a large selection of jobs available within Private households. You can see them all here: www.silverswanrecruitment.com/private-household-jobs/

Option Four – Leave the Alps – Gain further experience!

Another great option if you’re a  seasonaire returning to the UK is to develop your CV working in hotels and restaurants. The majority of luxury, high end winter chalets require a few years of 5* hospitality experience. If you’re looking to work your way up the ladder in the hospitality industry, we recommend spending the summer gaining further experience to really help you get those top end, well-paid jobs within the industry.

We don’t usually recruit for hotels or restaurants, but if you are interested then it is always worth sending your CV expressing an interest in this kind of role and we can notify you when new roles come in. Remember to send and resend your CV to us at enquiries@silverswanrecruitment.com as soon as you have a new role to add to it, to apply for all future roles!

 

Option Five – Leave the Alps – Come find an office-based role in the UK!

You love the ski industry, and now have experience working within it, but after working all those odd hours on your feet you’re now ready to settle down with a permanent position in an awesome office.

There are often positions working in the UK for recruitment firms, or for companies that work within the ski industry that need staff who have personal experience working a ski season to help sell holidays, find future staff, or help sell chalets out in the Alps.

These jobs get snapped up quickly, so do keep an eye on our FB page as we post new roles every single day! Come follow us here to be the first to hear about all our new positions as soon as they become available: www.facebook.com/SilverSwanRecruitment/

Option Six – Leave the Alps – Come work aboard a yacht for the summer!

This option takes a little bit of forward planning, as you need to be certified before you can work aboard a yacht. All members of yacht staff need to have an STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) Certificate. In order to gain this qualification, you must do a 5-day course which costs approximately £800 – £1000. You must also get an ENG1 Certificate from your local GP, this is a free, seafarer medical fitness certificate. If you don’t yet have these certificates, you’re a little late to get a yacht job for this summer due to the time it takes to accomplish the course and receive the paperwork. However, if yacht work does take your fancy, we recommend doing the courses this summer and contacting us next February once you have a little experience to apply for our summer yacht roles.

If you do have an STCW certificate but are completely new to yachting it is important to note that it is rare that a yacht will pay a recruitment agency for someone without any yachting experience, regardless of the amount of private land-based experience you have. This is because they can easily pick up candidates new to the industry from the docks, so as an agency we won’t be able to help at this stage. But don’t worry! There are plenty of yachts who are happy to employ new yachties, they just can’t justify paying an agency for the introduction.

We recommend checking into a crew house for a couple of weeks in Antibes or Palma and go dock walking to meet boats face to face while being around and socialising with other yacht staff. This is often the easiest route into your first position, and once you then have a little experience, agencies will be much more likely to be able to place you.

If you already have your STCW and have at least one full season of experience working on a yacht, we’d love to hear from you. Please click here to view and apply for our yacht roles: www.silverswanrecruitment.com/yacht-crew-jobs/

Option Seven – Go travelling!!

The world is your oyster, why not go explore the four corners of the world and visit places you’ve only ever seen in photos! Just make sure you send us your CV in the summertime, so we can find you a job to come home to next winter season. By May 2018 we will have a whole range of positions available for ski chalets in France, Austria, Switzerland and further. Make sure you add the following link to your favourites so you can check out your future job options while on the road: www.silverswanrecruitment.com/ski-chalet-jobs/

How to Show Off Your Superpowers on Your CV

When applying for a job, perfecting your CV is one of the most important steps to success.

Your CV is often the first thing prospective employers or recruiters will see, and if they have been spending all day looking through hundreds of CVs you need to make your CV stand out from the crowd.To do this, there are two aspects to consider, the design of the CV and the content within the CV.

When designing your CV ensure to keep the layout as clear and concise as possible, and try to keep to just two pages. Nowadays, it is so much easier to make your CV visually effective by utilising colour schemes, illustrations and other design elements. If you can make your CV more than just a word document, it will be sure to help you stand out from the crowd. Just remember to tailor the design to your audience – if you’re applying for a creative role then the more imaginative the better, but if you’re applying to a company with more formal and traditional practices stick to just adding in some subtle flairs.

It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to actually writing your CV, but the key thing to remember is that you want to show off your talents and achievements and relate these back to the role you are applying for. Key points to include on your CV are a brief ‘about me’ section and highlights of your previous experience, your major skill set, and how this relates to the roles you are interested in applying for.

One of the difficulties people have when writing their CV is boasting about themselves. Boasting is something that is a generally frowned upon in everyday life, but when applying for a job it is crucial to shine a light on your achievements and talents. After all, if you don’t know one else will.

With this in mind, we decided to look to the superheroes for inspiration on how to show off our own superpowers in our CVs. With the new Avengers: Infinity War movie set to hit the cinemas in April, we have created CVs for some of the most iconic Marvels characters to provide you with inspiration on how you can highlight your own superpowers.

Have a look at our superhero CVs below to gain some extra motivation for your job seeking mission.

Spiderman

Captain America

The Hulk

Black Widow

Thor

Iron Man

Black Panther

Hawkeye

Looking for your next role? check out our exciting vacancies across ski chalets, summer villas, private households and yachts.

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Everything You Need to Know About Recruiting Millennials in 2018

It was recently revealed that millennials will have on average 15-20 jobs in their lifetime. That is considerably more than the amount of jobs gen x or baby boomer workers will rack up in their lifetime – with these generations generally considered more loyal workers.

With it costing £18,000 to replace each millennial employee, the thought of a job-hopping young workforce is a frightening prospect for employers. However, there are positives to be taken from this news.

With millennials more ambitious and pro-active in the job hunt than generations before them, this means there is an incredible pool of young talent open to the right opportunity. In fact, one study found that 6 in 10 millennials are open to new jobs.

So once you’ve hired them, the question is how do you keep them? Contrary to popular opinion millennials are not simply flaky, disloyal employees – they simply have a clearer idea of the career progression and workplace goals they wish to achieve. If you can provide a millennial employee with the career they’re looking for they can indeed be one of the greatest assets to your workplace.

So, as we begin the New Year we have analysed an array of data sets and surveys to find out everything you need to know to successfully recruit and retain millennials in 2018. Have a look at our findings in the infographic, below.

Infographic about recruiting millennials in 2018

Key Insights

From our analysis there were a number of recurring insights that stood out to us as key in successfully hiring and keeping millennial employees in 2018.

Ambition

One of the most important traits of millennial workers is that they are ambitious. Our research continually shows that career progression is important to millennials, with over half saying career progression is their top priority, while 87% say development is important in a job.

Ambition can certainly be the reason why many millennials are known for job-hopping, but ambition shouldn’t be a bad trait in an employee unless you’re unwilling to nurture it.

To keep new millennial employees invested in your company make sure to set a clear career path for them so they know what the next steps are and how they can progress within your company.  Promotions and pay rises are likely not something that is always going to be possible in quick succession of an employee starting but taking small measures such as ensuring millennial employees’ opinions are heard and taken on board, allowing them the opportunity to run a meeting, or giving them a small project to lead on, can help ensure your millennial employees feel they are progressing within the company. It is also key to invest in ongoing training and development opportunities for your millennial employees.

Technology

Millennials have grown up with much of the technology which baby boomer and gen x employees have learned in the workplace. Therefore, it is interesting to note that millennial employees are the first generation to enter the workplace with a better grasp of key tools than more senior workers. More often than not millennials will pick up new technologies quicker and easier too.

It’s not surprising then that technology is important to millennial employees both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you’re looking to recruit millennials make sure to take your candidate search online.

Most successful recruiters are already aware of the importance of online recruitment with 98% of recruiters using LinkedIn as a sourcing tool. If you want to get ahead of the curve add Instagram and Snapchat to your candidate seeking social media tools. In 2017 there was a 3% rise in recruiters using Instagram and this is expected to increase further in 2018.

Once millennials are in the company, they expect technology to be a part of their work day – both for personal and professional use. Over half of millennials say they prefer to communicate electronically at work and this tech-savvy generation are already having an impact on workplace communications with live chat tools and collaboration boards starting to replace the traditional email in many workplaces.

You may wish to also review your policy on use of personal technology, as 56% of millennials say they wouldn’t accept a job from a company that bans social media.

Relaxed Work Environment

Millennials expect a workplace far-removed from the traditional corporate office. For millennials a sociable and fun workplace is a high priority when looking for a job with 90% of millennials saying they expect their workplace to be social and fun, while 88% consider positive culture an important aspect of their dream job.

This can mean many things for millennials, from social events to open work spaces and flexible working hours. Millennials feel that hierarchies in the workplace are outdated and ineffective with 65% saying rigid hierarchies fail to get the most out of young workers.

With a growing number of millennials working freelance and as part of the gig economy, those who do work in an office environment expect flexibility with working hours and place high importance on maintaining a good work/life balance. In fact, 95% of millennials say work/life balance is important and 69% feel office attendance is unnecessary on a regular basis. If you want to keep your millennial staff in-house in 2018 you may wish to look at offering a flexible-hours policy rather than a standard 9-5 working day.

Keep an Open Mind

The key takeaway from our research is that millennial employees can often get bad press, but actually the facts shows that millennial employees could be one of the greatest assets for your business in modern times.  The generation will make up 50% of the global workforce by 2020, so it’s time to start snapping the best ones up now.

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A Day in the Life Working on a Private Estate

To some, working on a private estate may seem something out of date, ‘Downton Abbey’ esk and generally something from the past. However, this booming industry is far from it. With more and more individuals training and working towards this luxurious hospitality life style, I thought it would be a good idea to write a short piece about what is actually involved in some of the key roles responsible for running such prestigious estates.  This ‘Day in the Life’ blog will explore the kinds of roles available to you, the day to day chores involved and how it could lead you into a full and fruitful career.

Estates can vary in size from just a few acres to hundreds, therefore roles and responsibilities can vary massively. For the sake of this blog I am going to discuss a 35-acre state with 1 Estate Manager, 1 House Manager, 1 Chef, 1 Butler, 1 Housekeeper and a Gardener.

 

Estate Manager

 Let’s begin with the bread and butter holding the whole place together. The Estate Manager is pretty much what it says on the tin. However, unless you have Private Household experience, you are unlikely to land yourself this important role. The Principal (the owner/head of the house) needs someone who knows the industry and understands the importance of the smooth running of his/her properties and land.

The role is full on, hands on and often Estate Managers are on call 24/7 however once you have found the right job, this is often a career with longevity, benefits and very substantial pay packet. Some of the day to day activities include: hiring staff, liaising with the House Manager, sourcing and discussing with contractors, administrative tasks including budgeting and planning events and functions.

As you can probably tell this is an extremely wide-ranging and diverse role and although it’s extremely hard work it’s unlikely to ever get boring. Each day is different and if you are looking for a challenge to spice up your career maybe this one is for you.

 

House Manager

Household managers are usually responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating events, assisting the Estate Manager where necessary. Managing household calendars and schedules, ensuring appointments are met, keeping on top of the house maintenance, arranging extra help where necessary, paying household bills and completing any other administrative tasks.

Also, in this instance the management of the other members of staff is key. From creating rotas to ensuring that tasks are prioritised and completed to the highest of standards. Again, this is a very varied role. It requires high class organisational skills, the ability to multi task and of course people skills.

 

Chef

Private Chefs have total control of their kitchen. Sometimes you will have a sous chef alongside you but more often than not the kitchen is yours. Taking charge of menu planning, sourcing of quality ingredients, grocery shopping and catering for the whole house, this is your time to shine!

Usually you will be catering breakfast lunch and dinner for all members in the home, including children (packed lunches may be part of your role too), and all staff. It’s a great role for someone with passion and a thirst to experiment, you will often be required to cater large dinner parties with the need to impress. Sometimes you will have to cater events, fluctuating from canape receptions, to BBQs and sit-down meals. However, you must remember that you are not catering for just anyone. Often the Principal and their family have specific needs and requirements that are not to be taken lightly. This is a prestigious role in a competitive industry so you must be able to adapt your style and techniques should you need to.

 

Butler

According to the Butlers Guild the Butler is ‘Chief servant of the house.’ The role of the Butler often depends strongly on the formality of the household. Generally, the Butler will assist in the smooth running of the residence however unlike the House Manager this is often on a much more personal level to the Principal. Often the Butler’s role will include (but is definitely not limited to) maintenance jobs around the property, serving food and drink, hosting, assisting with event planning, wine cellar organisation, wardrobe management, greeting and chauffeuring. The role can often involve traveling the world with the Principal, not everyone’s cup of tea but many see this as a huge perk.

In some smaller households, there is no need for a House Manager, the Butler simply mimics the House Manager. Alternatively, in a larger household there could be whole team of Butlers with different responsibilities (e.g. dining room Butler, Pantry Butler etc.).

 

Housekeeper

As a Private Housekeeper, you are expected to complete all basic cleaning duties including vacuuming, dusting, mopping, surface cleaning, ensuring all bathrooms are immaculate, making sure all other areas of the home are clean, neat and tidy. In addition to this, other tasks include taking care for household pets, polishing the silverware (sometimes a task for a Butler). Washing dishes and assisting the chef with cleaning the kitchen to high hygiene standards. You may also be expected to run errands, for example going to the dry cleaners and grocery shopping. It is often the Housekeepers responsibility to organise laundry and purchase cleaning products within budget. Occasionally when events are taking place at the residence, temporary housekeepers will be bought in to assist.

Some households have a specific nanny to take care of the children, but often if the children are at school age, the Housekeeper would assist in this department. Helping them dress in the morning, making sure they have breakfast and generally ensuring they have everything they need.

 

Gardener

Last but not least the Gardener. This role doesn’t need much explanation, many private residences have a large amount of woodland grounds which means a full-time job for a very experienced and capable gardener. The role often includes outdoor maintenance including pools, tennis courts, gold courses. It’s a year-round task ensuring the grounds are respectable, colourful and in line with the Principals likes. You will need to be able to work alone and manage your own time while liaising with the Estate Manager regarding external contractors.

 

These roles are all instrumental in the smooth running of a Private Estate. Often these are ‘live-in’ roles which mean no bills and an easy commute! Experience is key when it comes to Private Households, starting from the bottom and working your way up. There are many different avenues you can come from, spending a season as a Chalet Host or Yacht Steward are both great paths to begin your Private Household carer and here at Silver Swan we can assist. We are specialists in Luxury Chalet, Villa, Yacht and Private Household recruitment. If you are unsure about where you could fit in, get in touch, with our wealth of knowledge and experience we will be able to help guide you into your new career.

 

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