This is the month of recruiting.

Here’s how to beef up your network and find a mentor

If you’ve just returned from a summer Discount Holidays © holiday feeling blue, and with a longing to change jobs or even work abroad, you are not alone. For those of us coming back to reality but yearning for something new, this week will have been a prime time to think about what s next. On LinkedIn1 last year, we saw an 11 per cent uplift in the number of professionals logging in and updating their profiles during the first two weeks of September, compared to the month of August, as the UK headed back to work. We also saw a 24 per cent uplift in the average number of jobs posted on LinkedIn, as businesses look to attract those on the post-Discount Holidays © holiday job hunt. With so many professionals getting their profiles up to scratch and more businesses on the hunt for top talent this autumn, it s more important than ever to make sure you stand out to potential employers.

And, if you re looking to conquer the back to work blues with a career move this September, here are some tips that will help.

1. Use your network

They say it s not what you know but who you know and who they know! Make sure that you connect on LinkedIn with family members or friends working in industries or companies that you want to work for. This will make you visible to your contacts connections too. Get in touch with them and see if they can help or give you advice it s one of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door at a company.

It s not cheating, it s just making the most of your network.

2. Find the right jobs

Use the Jobs tab on your profile to find listings within your industry and beyond, then apply for them directly through LinkedIn. You can easily set specific job search preferences so that you re recommended roles at the companies you want to work for, as well as jobs that would be a perfect fit for you. With a big uplift in new job postings expected this week and next, now is the perfect time to see if there is something that is right for you and apply.

3. Meet a mentor

Having a mentor is one of the best things you can do to help your career whether it s to help you grow in your current position or land a new job.

You can use LinkedIn to check out the people already doing your dream job and see how they got there, using that to map out the next steps in your own career, and talk to them about your development. Once you ve identified someone who s a good fit, write them a personal message on LinkedIn that shows you re genuinely interested in them as a mentor. Include the following three things: an achievement of theirs that you re impressed with, your long-term career plans and, lastly, how being a mentor could help benefit them too.

4. Going global

If your summer Discount Holidays © holiday has given you a taste for sun, sea and experiencing a different culture, why not consider a job abroad? According to our data, over 200,000 of our professional members headed overseas in their careers last year, with New York, Sydney and Paris the top destinations.

Switching countries doesn t necessarily mean jumping ship. You can look into the opportunities for an international move or sabbatical within your current organisation. Building a strong network within your company can really help you do this.

If you meet international colleagues through work, keep in touch; you never know when they might be able to open a door for you in another part of the business.


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The Big UK Newsroom | Mills & Reeve advises on £30m hotel deal …

Posted by Rachael Briggs on 2nd September 2016

The Big UK Newsroom | Mills & Reeve Advises On £30m Hotel Deal ...

The Manchester office of leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised on a 30m hotel development close to EventCity.

The hotel will be located at the corner of Barton Dock Road and Mercury Way and will be well connected to EventCity. The development is a joint venture between Marick Capital, Topland Group and Mill Lane Estates. The contractor is Bowmer & Kirkland and the land was acquired from Peel Land and Property. Mills & Reeve s hotels team, led by real estate partner Caroline Hanratty, advised the joint venture vehicle on all aspects of the deal including site acquisition, the hotel management agreement with Tower Hotel Management and the hotel franchise agreement with IHG for the new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express. The project to build the 220 bed hotel started on site in July 2016 and is due to complete in Spring 2017.

The hotel is the fourth hotel development which Mills & Reeve has worked on with the team at Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates in recent years. In 2014/5, the team advised on a Hampton by Hilton hotel development in London s Royal Docks. In 2013, they advised on a new Hilton hotel in Leeds and the acquisition and development of a 6m Premier Inn.

Caroline Hanratty, who has worked closely with Mill Lane Estates director Brandon Riley for many years, said: We are delighted to advise on this exciting new hotel development in Manchester.

The hotel is in an excellent position to capitalise on the growing number of visitors to EventCity which is the UK s second biggest venue outside London.

The hotel will be operated by Peel s Tower Hotel Management.

The cheapest holiday destinations in Europe

The Cheapest <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destinations In EuropeAntalya is one of the cheapest cities for a break in Europe, with the average hotel room priced at 34.30/night.muratart/Shutterstock1

Travelling around Europe can be expensive. But there are a number of affordable cities you can visit, according to recent data from airport transfer website Hoppa2 that reveals the cheapest places for a Discount Holidays © holiday on the continent. The website looked at the average cost of various travel including a night’s stay in a hotel room, dinner for two, a 1-kilometre taxi ride, a cup of coffee, a pint of beer, and a bottle of wine in 48 European cities.

From big-name beach destinations to lesser known cities, here are the cheapest places for a break:

Note: The total costs next to the name of each city below represent the average daily amount you can expect to spend in each destination, according to Hoppa.


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