During the toughest of times of your career in property management, you may reflect on how and why you became a property manager in the first place. In our experience, most property managers fell into their first PM role rather than studying Real Estate at the University of Reading and discovering their block management calling.
For millions of office workers in the UK, working from home has become the new normal, rather than an exceptional break from the norm. And while many have made the most of it (see Jaffa Cakes), home working isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But we remind ourselves that we’re fortunate to have a job and
An alien concept 15 years ago, ‘working from home’ has gone from a euphemism for watching Holly & Phil to a productive and (sometimes) encouraged practice. Indeed, some of our managing agent clients have created new business models around homeworking and working from the sites they manage, but most of us commute to the office
Those of us over 40 will remember the above reassuring line from a grandma attempting to console her grandson over his mediocre exam results. (Search on YouTube for ‘An ology’ if you don’t know what we’re talking about). “…people will always need plates” was a reference to Anthony’s success at GCSE Pottery, and whilst a
Even the most extroverted person is unlikely to go into an interview knowing exactly what the interviewer is looking for in their next recruit, so like most of us, they’ll have some nerves to cope with. Being nervous for an interview is natural and generally a good sign that you care about securing the role.
When a head of block management or head of accounts receives your CV from BBL, we suspect they will do one or more of the following: Shortlist it (hopefully) and invite you for interview Ask trusted peers in the industry if they know anything about you Look you up online. Part of a reputable recruiter’s
(If you’re looking for some hints and tips for improving your CV, this isn’t the blog for you. If you are looking for a new challenge and want to find one sooner rather than later, then read on). It’s a new year, a new start, time to make some decisions for the long-term benefit of
Whether you are an employer looking for a new block manager or you are a block manager looking for a new employer, you have a potentially important decision to make. You’ll ask yourself: Do I put my eggs in one carefully chosen basket or do I spread my risk? In other words, do I instruct
The team here at BBL are always keen to keep a healthy work-life balance and as a result, have set up a regular shooting club. Once a month we head down to one of the many clay shootings grounds on the outskirts of East London and Essex for a half-day of friendly competition. This months
These days, I am not convinced that residential property managers know what they want from an employer. Larger, smaller, traditional, ambitious, new builds, period blocks, office-based, site-based, home working… There is a vast array of managing agents out there yet property managers don’t necessarily do their due diligence, so they don’t always make the right