FAQ - Candidates

Because we're not just a jobsite and we are not generalist recruiters who cover lots of different industries. Our consultants are professional recruiters and experienced financial services specialists who can give you an appraisal of the options available to you, and that means you're not just a number.

Yes. We have regional consultants that cover the UK. We recruit for over 150 client companies with vacancies throughout the UK. Wherever possible we like to meet candidates and clients face to face.

The vacancies we have change on a regular basis and are not always flagged on our search facility. Contact us to check other vacancies and register your interest for jobs in your area so that we can contact you immediately a new suitable position is available.

Yes. We have a number of client companies requiring financial advisers in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, France, Dubai, Singapore, Moscow, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, Bangkok. We have regional consultants specialising in Offshore recruitment.

This is a free service to candidates. We charge our clients for the successful placement of candidates.

Yes. We do not forward your details to any third party without your knowledge, and we do not send out your details on a speculative basis.

In order for us to research suitable roles and conduct our job professionally, we need to understand your work background, previous level of performance and professional qualifications. There are major differences in the training and business processes with different job roles and companies that exist in financial services. Your current employer will give us a good idea as to the training you have had and also the type of clients you are used to dealing with.

Finally our clients' details are confidential until we know that any candidate is suitable.

If you prefer, yes. However it is likely that we will need full registration information before being able to forward your details to a client.

This depends on the level you want to join. Generally, most financial services roles require you to hold industry qualifications e.g. CeMAP / MAQ for mortgage advisers and Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning for financial advisers advising on investments, pensions and life products. Protection only advisers are not always required to hold professional qualifications. For sales roles a background in sales is preferred. There are some employers that will consider taking individuals looking to come into the industry for the first time although most will expect to see some progress already in gaining the industry qualifications. It is worth considering starting as an Administrator / Paraplanner and building up your experience to move on to other roles as you develop your career. We also recruit for Graduate Academy programmes helping graduate calibre individuals to join firms as trainee advisers and become qualified over a 12 month period. Our trained consultants will provide advice on your immediate and long term career goals.

Yes. We recruit for Graduate Academy programmes helping graduate calibre individuals to join firms as trainee advisers and become qualified over a 12 month period. Our trained consultants will provide advice on your immediate and long term career goals.

There are various training companies offering tuition but see our links page for the websites of the relevant examination boards. There is a fee for taking the exams so prior study and preparation is important. Some are written exams and others are multiple-choice and can be taken via one of the c150 online testing centres across the UK.

You will firstly have a telephone screening interview as part of your initial registration to understand your background and what you are looking for. You will normally be asked to attend a face to face meeting with one of our regional consultants at a mutually convenient venue and time. We promote the use of Skype and FaceTime meetings if a face-to-face meeting is impractical or difficult to arrange. This is so that we can meet you on behalf of our client companies as well as complete a comprehensive review of your skillsets, understand your career aspirations and provide you with an open and honest evaluation. You will be asked to bring with you evidence to validate your record of performance and qualifications. Our experienced consultants will impart up to date industry knowledge and give you a full and unbiased overview of suitable vacancies. We will also provide help with preparation for company interview and assessments. Following our recommendation of appropriate company vacancies your details together with our appraisal will be forwarded to them for consideration.

Following being short listed for interview / assessment by a client company you should generally take a copy of your CV, your relevant documents such as qualification certificates, performance statistics, league tables (if applicable), P60 / pay slips / accounts, any letters of congratulations from your employer or testimonials from clients. If requested, take a completed application form. You should also take any information you have on the role you're applying for.