On June 20th, 2017 we’re hosting an unmissable recruitment event at our Head Office in Baker Street for those interested in making the move into property.
Whatever your background, we welcome people from all walks of life and if the idea of marketing some of the world's best real estate excites you then we would love the opportunity to show you why we are the best at developing your future.
We believe that career development is an essential part of working life and we love to see our people succeed. If you take a look at most of our senior partners, many of them joined as juniors or graduates and climbed their way up - how’s that for development?
But don’t take just our word for it, hear it from some of Knight Frank's employees themselves below, elsewhere on our blog and in person.
Time: Sessions: 12.30 - 2pm or 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Place: 55 Baker Street, London
Date: 20th June, 2017
If you would like to join us on the 20th June, please apply with your CV to email@example.com
Hear it from our employees:
Orly Lehmann, Office Head, Belsize Park
"There is always progression, whether that’s with your own personal development or your job title.
"I started my career in PR where I discovered that I loved dealing with people but that I wanted an environment where your hard work was more directly rewarded. The property industry seemed to offer that combination.
"After spending six years at a leading London agency – and being their top sales negotiator for the previous two years – I was approached to run the Knight Frank Belsize Park office. I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to develop my career and share my passion for the job with a team.
"Our industry is all about relationships, not only in terms of the sellers who you represent, but buyers too – you need to understand that buying a property at any value is a huge decision for them. So communication skills are vital. You have to be the kind of person who can meet someone new who you know nothing about and instantly build a rapport.
"Seven years in, I’m still loving my job. I started at the bottom with no experience, learnt the trade and still learn new things daily. I’ve met some brilliant people along the way, developed my communication skills and, most importantly, enjoyed every minute."
Arabella Bols, Data Manager
"I love being able to help clients – and friends and family too – by offering advice on their property plans.
"After finishing my psychology degree at university I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do next. I thought my personality would suit a sales role, but I didn’t like the sales environments I found until I went for an interview at a Chiswick estate agency. I walked in and felt immediately at home.
"I have definitely become a more confident person from working in sales and have honed my ability to talk to people from all walks of life – that’s important in this job. Working in property, and in particular Knight Frank, has given me the financial opportunity to purchase my own home and the knowledge of when and where to invest – insight I love sharing with other people.
"When I joined, Knight Frank had recently started the Client Services Department, and the chance to join a growing team in a widely respected company was too big an opportunity to pass up.
"And now that I’ve been here a while and conducted interviews myself, that ability to progress with a large business is a key reason for people choosing to come here. If you have the determination, you can go anywhere in this firm!"
Andrew Osbourne, Property Manager
"As someone with a longstanding interest in property, I jumped at the chance to join one of the industry’s biggest international names.
"I knew during sixth form that university wasn’t for me so I started researching the other routes to a professional career. Focusing on the property sector, I considered a whole range of options before deciding on the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust.
"When it came to picking a company to join, I’d done some work experience at a number of firms including Knight Frank and also had some friends in the industry. I chose Knight Frank because I’d enjoyed the time I spent there and because it’s one of the best-recognised and largest firms. It has real global coverage and is involved in some of the biggest transactions out there.
"Getting on with people is a key quality you need, and being part of a large organisation means you have to be a good team player too. You also have to be confident and driven enough to work hard under your own steam as well. The list goes on, but I’d say that those are the foundations of a successful career at Knight Frank".
"If you have the right qualities, then it’s really up to you where you can go. I’d say that progression at Knight Frank has no limit!
Sophie Danes, Head of Residential Management
"You need to be able to thinking both logically and laterally – property is not just black and white; it takes real initiative.”
"My first contact with the property industry came the day after my final degree exam when I went to work for the university’s accommodation department. I realised straight away that this was an industry I wanted to be in for the long term – for me, residential property is real; people and families are involved, the investment is tangible and you can really get involved with it.
"I worked my way up at a number of different regional and London agencies and am now Head of Property Management at Knight Frank. I feel like this company and role are at the pinnacle of my profession and I’m incredibly proud to be a Partner at Knight Frank.
"Along the way I’ve developed a broad range of experience, and that stands me in good stead every day. I’ve worked on the new development and investment side, dealt with family and London estates and also learnt how estate management works as well.
"Beyond the technical property management knowledge, you also need to be someone who’s friendly, confident and assertive – patience and good negotiation skills are also key.
"The scale of Knight Frank means that those strengths can take you in a lot of directions. If you’ve proved yourself in a particular team and you express an interest in another part of the business, you’ll be given the support you need to explore it."