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Welcome to Park
Established in Jersey in 1979, Park Personnel excellence & valued
has a longstanding reputation for providing a
professional recruitment service to clients in
both finance and non finance industries.
In 2002 the business came under new ownership
and www.jobs.co.je was launched, one of many Our Values
new initiatives introduced to nurture a forward understand
thinking culture within the company and ensure Learn to listen & relationships
clients continue to receive the highest levels of Don’t jeopardiition to grow
service at all times. expect recogn
Accept change with respect
Today a team of fully qualified recruitment treat everyonenot live to work
consultants work with businesses and job Work to live, out success
seekers for permanent and temporary roles at Passionate ab
all levels from school leaver to director. Seek win-win & honest
‘Visit us Online ... and in Print’
Vacancies updated 24/7 at www.jobs.co.je
Regular updates in Park Life, the exclusive jobs
listings for Park Personnel
Register With Us
Prior to us beginning to work on your behalf to find you an exciting new employment The Park Personnel Commitment
opportunity we require you to undertake a registration interview and complete our
registration form. We are committed to providing open and honest advice and believe that good
communication is a two way process which ensures we provide our very best
service to you.
What is the registration interview?
This is a private one to one conversation with a fully qualified consultant. Keep us up to date with which agencies you have registered with, companies you
have applied direct to and what interviews are lined up.
The consultant will want to get to know you and understand your requirements so will go
through your Curriculum Vitae with you. We also ask that you call us after the interviews we arrange for you with your
We will want to see your education certificates and current photographic ID (passport).
We will advise you when is the best time to call us and we keep in touch using
email, phone and SMS text messaging.
We will give you a candidate number.
We will create a ‘Park CV’ which takes our standard format.
We will keep in touch with you and provide open and honest advice every step of the way.
We use text messaging, email and the telephone to keep in touch as discreetly as possible.
We will take references only with your go ahead through a company called Checkmate.
If you want us to tell you before we send your CV out to companies just let us know.
Find your way
Working in Finance in Jersey
Jersey is approximately 45 square miles in area and is situated in the
English Channel, 11 miles from the coast of France. A brief guide to professional qualifications
The Jersey Tourism website is a good place to start if you want to find out more Bookkeeping and Accounts
about the Island, visit www.jersey.com CAT Certified Accounting Technician
AIB International Association of Bookkeepers
Residential Status? ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
When registering with us for employment it is essential that your residential ACA Association Chartered Accountants
status in relation to the Regulation of Undertakings & Development (Jersey) Law, CIMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
1973 is established.
Trust and Company
Under this law, an employer is required to endeavour to fill a vacancy with ICSA Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
a locally qualified person (or an individual who has lived in Jersey for five COA Certificate in Offshore Administration
consecutive years). If the employer is unable to fill the vacancy, the employer STEP The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
would then be required to apply for a licence to enable them to employ a person
who has been in the island for less than five years. Compliance
ICA International Compliance Association
Citizens and nationals of a Member State of the European Economic Area do not International Certificate in Compliance Practice
need work permits in Jersey. Other exemptions include a Commonwealth Citizen International Diploma in Compliance
coming to Jersey for a working holiday or having a UK born grandparent, but these
people would have to obtain entry clearance before arriving in Jersey. Securities and Investments
IAQ First step towards membership of Securities Institute
IAC Investment Advice Certificate
IMC Investment Management Certificate
CFA Chartered Financial Analyst
Certificate in Securities
LLB Law degree
LPC Legal Practice Course
BVC Bar Vocational Course
Jersey Qualifying Exam - Ecrivain status
Management and Team Leading
CMI Chartered Management Institute
Certificate in Management
Diploma in Management
ILM Certificate in Team Leading
CIM Chartered Institute of Marketing
What they do
• cover similar areas to those in chartered, management or public finance
A Career In Trust accountancy
Guide to the Trust industry in Jersey • conduct external audits
• advise on tax matters
The purpose of the trust company is to professionally manage a client’s wealth • advise managers on financial policy and control, and on the costs and
in a secure, financial environment, in order to preserve and enhance the value benefits of projects
of the client’s assets whilst offering expert advice, independent judgment and • conduct internal audits and prepare accounts
continuity of management. • prepare statements and business plans.
The trust is a legal concept originally developed by English courts of equity
although it is now governed, to a certain extent, by legislation. Jersey trust Key skills
law has, at its core, principles derived from English trust law but has been • accuracy
significantly enhanced to meet the more sophisticated needs of international • numeracy
clients. • ability to work in a team
Jersey has a modern trusts statute, The Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984, as amended • ability to work alone and use initiative
("the Law") which provides a comprehensive body of legislation under which public • commercial awareness
and private trusts can be established. • logic
The finance industry is regulated by The Financial Services Commission and Jersey • ability to remain impartial
plays its part in combating money laundering. There is no inheritance tax, capital • written and verbal communication skills
gains tax or value added tax in Jersey, thus providing a tax neutral environment • ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds
for the international investor. • tact and discretion
• leadership skills.
Certified accountants undertake on-the-job training and study for professional
examinations. They may attend external courses. The training programme is
particularly flexible – It is possible to qualify through part-time or distance
Banking learning courses. A hard-working trainee with a relevant degree could possibly
complete the examinations in one or two years. With a non-relevant degree, it
Working in a bank can involve: may take two or three years. Training may take place in work in private practice,
• working for retail/clearing banks in commerce and industry or in the public sector.
• looking after both personal and business accounts
• aiming to increase branch profitability and meet or exceed targets set Professional bodies
by head or regional office Association of Chartered Certified Accountants www.acca.co.uk
• attracting new business customers
• promoting a wide range of financial services
• advising customers on financial matters
• authorising loans and overdrafts
• managing more than one branch
Banking can also involve working for small Private Banks and High Net Worth
Graduate job seeking tips
You’ve got a degree but you don’t know what to do now. A degree in any discipline
gives you a good deal of flexibility however there are so many careers available
Chartered accountants that the choice can seem overwhelming, here is a guide to help you get started:
What they do
• examine clients’ accounts to assure others that they are true and fair 1. Think about yourself
records If you can’t think of what you like, think of what you don’t like – if you aren’t
• undertake external audits and prepare annual accounts numerate then rule out accountancy, banking and finance. Make a list of the
• calculate clients’ tax liabilities, give advice on taxation and negotiate things you are good at and enjoy.
with the Inland Revenue
• advise on areas for business improvement 2. Your degree
• take over insolvent companies and make them financially viable again Your degree is an obvious place to start. If you have a BA in Management, then you
• advise on the value of companies that are targets for takeovers might want to look at graduate management positions.
• if working in industry, they provide financial management services and While some recruiters will look for certain subjects when they are recruiting,
do similar work to that of chartered management accountants.
others just look for graduates in general. If you really want to move into an area
you are not qualified in, consider a short course or postgraduate degree.
• understanding of, and interest in, business
3. Think about what you’d like to do
What industries interest you? Would you like to work in healthcare? Or the media?
How about charity work?
• tact and discretion Look through the jobs pages of local newspapers and recruitment websites. Look
• ability to remain impartial for jobs that sound interesting. Don’t worry if you lack qualifications at this stage
• written and verbal communication skills – you are only looking for ideas.
• teamworking skills Call friends, relatives or contacts and ask about their work.
• ability to work alone and use initiative
• leadership skills. 4. Be realistic
Most graduates are tempted to rush into the first job they can find to pay off
Training student debts, but this rarely works as a long-term career.
Most are trained in accountants’ practices. Professional training takes at least
three years and consists of on-the-job and external training for the Accountancy
There’s no substitute for hard work. If you don’t have a clue what you want
to do, then look around. Use the Internet to research jobs and careers, read
Professional bodies newspapers, magazines or books and find out what careers are out there.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales www.icaew.co.uk
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland www.icas.org.uk
6. Remember – you are an individual
The only way to find a career that’s right for you is to think about it for yourself.
No-one can tell you what to do and you can’t follow your friends – make your own
choice and you’ll find your ideal career in the end.
Temping Through Park Personnel Interview Tips
As a Park Personnel ‘Temp’ you are expected to work by the guidelines that we set Now you are registered with us the next stage will be the interview. It is always in
which are: your best interests to prepare and we hope this will provide you with some helpful
Please ensure you have good time keeping at all times, arriving at least 5 minutes Competency Based Interviews
before the time you are expected and inform Park Personnel if you have any This type of interview is Behavioural Based and used to assess your past actions
reason to be late. within the workplace working on the theory that
‘Your past behaviour is the best predictor of your future behaviour’
What should I wear?
Please ensure you are well presented for the duration of the assignment unless Preparation
explicitly told otherwise. We expect you to present yourself in suitable business Prepare your answers in advance using the sample questions as a starting point
attire eg suit, smart skirt, shirt and tie. and refer to the job description as a guide of what the interviewer will be looking
Answer competency based interview questions using real experiences that you
Personal phone calls – Personal email – Use of internet have had and be ready to give examples.
Within an assignment the office telephone, internet and email is not for personal Tell it like a story as this will better engage the interviewer and as an alternative
use unless you gain permission from your line manager. you could start your answer by detailing the result and then carrying on by
describing the steps you took and the process you followed.
We also suggest you keep your mobile phone switched off and ask family and
friends to refrain from contacting you in the office, again unless given permission
or in an emergency they can contact Park Personnel on 871666. The best way to answer a competency based question is to:
Describe a situation (can be outside of work)
Describe any constraints or hindrances
What about lunch hours? Explain exactly what you did – use ‘I’ not ‘we’
Your lunch hours will be specified by your direct line manager during the Describe the results that can be attributed to your actions
assignment. Summarize the example with a positive evaluation of your skills
Explain how you learned from the experience or how you were able to solve the
problem by using other skills and abilities.
What if I am ill? When asked about your strengths and what they enjoy about current role try
Should you be unwell you need to contact Park Personnel before 10am on the day to tie in as much as possible to the job description so they can compare your
of illness. Park Personnel will then contact the client on your behalf. experience to what the role requires.
What if I am unhappy or unsure about anything within the role?
First and foremost you should contact Park Personnel to raise any issues and
concerns you might have.
Example Interview Questions
General Questions What parts of your role involve being accurate?
What do you know about this organisation? Is your work checked?
Talk me through your CV What are the consequences for the business if your work isn’t accurate?
What do you think makes a good people manager? How do you ensure your work is accurate?
In the perfect world, what would be your ideal job?
What do you look for in an employer? Customer Service
What would you say is good customer service?
Strengths & Weaknesses Give me an example of when you gave good customer service at work?
How would your manager describe you? Give me an example of a time you dealt with a pressurised situation at work?
How do your colleagues see you?
What role have you enjoyed the most in your career? At the end of the interview you will have a chance to ask your questions,
What aspects of your current role do you enjoy the most? preparation for this part is just as important!
What aspects of your role do you enjoy the least?
What are your core strengths? Some suggestions…
What are your development needs? What is the structure of the department?
What was the feedback from your last appraisal? Who will I be reporting to?
In your current role is there anything that you think you could do better? What training is offered?
How does the department fit into the rest of the organisation?
Planning What opportunities are there for training and development?
Talk me through a typical day at work. What opportunities are there for progression within the role?
How do you ensure you meet your deadlines? What are the main challenges facing the department / organisation?
What do you do if you aren’t going to meet a deadline? What is the culture of the department/organsisation?
What do you do if you’ve planned your day and then something unexpected What do you enjoy about working for the organisation?
Tell me about a project you have been involved in? What was your role in the
project? How did you plan for the project?
Tell me about a time something at work that hasn’t gone as planned? What did
you do? What was the outcome?
1st Job? Trainee?
You should use examples relating to work experience and weekend work or refer
to team activities that you have been involved with eg sports or social groups to
More Interview Tips answer the general questions.
You should also consider these common questions:
Motivation What research have you done into different careers?
What motivates you in your job? What is it about ‘finance’ that attracts you?
Is there any time in your role where you have instigated and implemented change? Explain why you decided not to go to University? (if relevant)
What were the benefits to the business?
How do you stay motivated in your role? Finally remember to review the job description and the organisation’s website as
What would you say has been your greatest achievement? part of your preparation and try where possible to tie your answers back to the
skills required and tasks described.
What interests you about this role Best of luck!
What would you hope to achieve in the first 90 days if you came into the role? For more hints and tips visit us online at www.jobs.co.je
What can you do in this position that someone else couldn’t?
Communication and Building Relationships
To what extent does your role involve dealing with other departments/ clients?
How do you prefer communicating?
What aspects of your current role involve getting information from other
How do you ensure you get this information on time?
How do you build and maintain business relationships?
Management and Team Leading (If Relevant)
What has been your main challenge as manager in your current role?
How do you motivate your team through the highs and lows?
How do you ensure all your staff are performing to the required level?
Tell me about a time when you have had to manage a member of staff who was
underperforming? What did you do? What was the outcome?
What do you do if a member of staff isn’t pulling their weight in the team?
We recommend the following organisations for further information on any
issues related to your search for employment in Jersey.
Living & Working In Jersey
FAST TRACK ADVERT.
Jersey Job Centre Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Cyril Le Marquand House St Paul’s Gate
The Parade New Street
St Helier St Helier
www.jobsinjersey.gov.je 08007350249 (freephone)
Grafters - Specialists in construction
industry recruitment. Employment & Social Security
9 Great Union Road Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street,
St Helier St Helier
(01534) 488899 01534 445505
Jersey Recruitment - Specialists in Income Tax Department
recruitment for the hospitality and Cyril Le Marquand House
catering industry in Jersey. The Parade
22 Hill Street St Helier
St Helier 01534 440300
(01534) 617313 www.gov.je
Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service
Jersey Careers Service (JACS)
Dept for Education, Sport and Culture Trinity House
Gain the knowledge and skills to move into the Highlands College West Centre
finance industry with the Park Personnel Fast Track St Saviour Bath Street
(01534) 445504 St Helier
Induction Course, bring with you good communciation, www.gov.je 01534 730305
numerical and IT skills and a CAN DO attitude www.jacs.org.uk
courses in February • June • September
Higher Education and Professional Education
Bookings being taken now! Highlands College BPP Professional Education
01534 608608 01534 711800
An intensive full time course giving you the necessary www.highlands.ac.uk www.bppoffshore.com
skills to work in Trust or Funds Administration
Jersey Business School Channel Islands Training & Development
Professional trainers will demystify the finance 01534 754000 01534 737701
industry and offer you practical tips and helpful www.jersey-business-school.com www.citd.co.uk
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