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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Senior Consultant - Tax

I am a specialist Tax Recruiter on the Tax Practice team at Pro. Working for both the London and Regions team I source candidates throughout the whole of the UK for live roles as well as advertising these roles, chasing new leads, headhunting and promoting the Pro Group brand.

I am new to the recruitment industry and came on board to Pro with little recruitment experience. Since joining on the Associate Consultant programme I have rapidly expanded my knowledge in all things recruitment and tax.Since joining at Pro I have been chasing leads and building client relationships in order to start, grow and expand my network.

I love the outdoors and spend a majority of my weekends exploring and wandering through London. I spend most of my time outside of work with friends, socialising, drinking and going to a variety of new pubs and places.

Before relocating to London I spent 6 weeks travelling around the states with 9 of my girlfriends. Flew into LA and spent the remaining time travelling through San Fran, Las Vegas, Austin, New Orleans, Miami, New York.

ashleigh's latest roles

  • CAPITAL ALLOWANCES TAX MANAGER - READ...

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    Are you looking to carve a career path for yourself within Capital Allowances Tax? I am working closely with a Big 4's Capital Allowances Tax Partner across the South East, and am looking to speak with motiv...

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  • INTERNATIONAL TAX SENIOR MANAGER - CR...

    £65000 - £85000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you looking to join one a team with a clear route to Director? Are you looking for agile working options? An award-winning firm in Crawley is looking for a Senior Tax Manager to join their International ...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - WO...

    Negotiable

    Boutique Practice in working is seeking a hard-working Expatriate Tax Assistant Manager to join their team. Family Feel office Fantastic culture and team Study Support Option to work from home Recently takin...

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What people say about Ashleigh

Just a quick note to say how incredible Jennifer and Ashleigh have been this past month/week. Considering we have a huge direct sourcing agenda here at the moment, it is an absolute pleasure to work with them and they’ve been super helpful and transparent. 

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Companies Ashleigh has worked with

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With over 70 UK partners and 550 employees, Saffery Champness is   recognised   as  one of the UK’s leading accounting firms and a leader in the private client market,   specialising   in  providing advice to a broad range of individuals, their families, businesses and wider interests.

Everfair Tax was established in 2014 when Gillian Everall decided to step away from Frank Hirth and begin her own private client venture. Gillian’s aim was to offer a full range of private client tax and expatriate tax services with a more personalised touch and service.

  

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ashleigh's articles

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10 Things You Didn't Know About: Sue Lucas, Partner at Moore Stephens

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Described by clients as the ultimate professional, Sue Lucas has advised a large portfolio of large and small companies, developing areas of expertise including the construction sector and corporate structuring. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? To identify new business opportunities, know your own strengths and weaknesses and work on them, continually develop technical ability, and understand how to manage change and people. Most importantly ensure your contribution to the whole firm is positive and profitable. What do Moore Stephens do well? Offer consistent and effective high-quality solutions to both our clients and our team whilst staying true to our values. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? None really. Everyone communicates differently, however good structure, clear detailed explanations and of course an ability to spell is always desirable! How would your team describe you? Passionate, driven and approachable. If not in tax, what would the dream be? I have a mixed client base who always require tax solutions, the variety keeps me engaged and interested so I have no desire to change other than perhaps running an OMB. Biggest superstition/fear? Nothing really frightens me other than the terrible horror movies my teenage sons' watch! What is your morning routine before work? Walking through the woods to the river with my 10 year old black Labrador. Skiing or beach? Both, the more holidays I take the more effective I become. Who is your hero? Derek Corke, he is the partner that mentored and promoted me 25 years ago, a wise and empathetic individual who empowered myself and some of my current partners to think about an accountancy practice in a different way! What is your life hack/top tip? Be happy, family first, know who you are and stay true to your personal beliefs. For more information about this article, or to speak to Ashleigh about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk

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60 seconds with: Gillian Everall, Managing Director at Everfair Tax

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Having trained in Deloitte and gained experience in a number of other large firms such as Baker Tilly, BDO LLP and most recently Frank Hirth plc as an Associate Director in the Private Client Group, Gillian has spent the last 15 years working with high net worth individuals advising across a broad range of tax issues and across income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Always believe you can and stick to your vision but try to never forget what it was like to do the roles you will be asking others to do What do Everfair do well? We make sure we know, have time for and listen to our clients. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Typos and when it doesn’t provide sufficient detail as to what previous roles involved. How would your team describe you? Supportive and approachable (I hope!!) If not in tax, what would the dream be? Paid travel blogger exploring the world. Biggest superstition/fear? I am not a fan of Friday 13th! What is your morning routine before work? With a toddler in the house, I am not sure there is one – much more like organised chaos. Skiing or beach? Definitely beach with a good book to read, sea to swim in and maybe a cocktail to drink! Who is your hero? Depends on the context! Team GB and Paralympics GB and generally anyone who juggles full-time work, family and outside interests! What is your life hack/top tip? If anyone has any good ones let me know! I live by lists, online shopping and a google calendar on my phone!

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The 6 Biggest CV Mistakes

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Writing a CV can be a daunting task on the face of it. You have to concisely summarise your entire working life into a few short pages and hope that your personality shines through enough that the HR manager will pick up the phone. With so much time and effort going into covering every single detail and crafting that perfect paper representation of you, are you missing the bigger picture? Our expert recruiters breakdown the six most common CV mistakes that may be killing your chances at success. 1. “I have good attention to detail” Ahh, one of the most frequently used terms in a CV when describing personal attributes, and what a great attribute to have! However, word of warning, if you are going to use this term make sure there are absolutely no typos in your CV. There’s nothing worse to be claiming to be something you’re not when it comes to applying for jobs. Always proofread your work, then proof it again and then get another set of eyes over it. Simple mistakes say a lot about a person and a huge 43% of hiring managers said they dismiss a CV because it contains typos! 2. Order, Order! It’s always a great idea to put the order of your previous jobs in chronological order, even better when you date them so it’s obvious where you worked, when and how long for. What’s confusing is when there is no order or reason behind the ordering of the past experience. It instantly sends out a bad message and reflects badly on your organisational and communication skills and almost immediately disqualifies you from progressing further. 3. Me, Myself and I One of the biggest bugbears that hiring managers have when looking at CVs is the use of I. Your name is at the top, it is implied that the document is about you and nobody wants to go through the repetition of “I did this” or “I did that”. It’s a surefire way to getting the reader to dismiss your CV almost instantly. Your CV is a factual representation of you be sure to keep it impersonal, concise and accurate. Instead of using “ I automated the hiring process...” opt for “Automated the hiring process…” 4. Tailor Made When writing a CV it’s always a great idea to tailor it to the role or firm that you’re applying to. Unfortunately, when it comes to CVs, one size doesn’t fit all. Whether you’re using a CV template or writing a CV from scratch, to really maximise your chances you need to really spell out the reasons why the hiring manager should choose you and the best way to do this is to match your experience up with the ideal candidate specification. Although it may seem like this may take a long time it is definitely time well spent. 5. OTT While it’s fine to show a bit of personality in a CV do not go over the top. Nearly 40% of respondents in a YouGov poll put poor design down as a reason to disqualify an applicant. So what counts as over the top? Unusual fonts for one. Stick with Arial, 11pt in black. Easily read, smart and formal it’s always a winner with recruiters. What paper should you use? Easy, white A4, that’s it. Do you need any snazzy borders to jazz it up? Absolutely not. Remember this is a professional document with the aim of selling you in a few seconds. You’ll definitely stand out using unusual formats, fonts and colours but not in the way that you want. Bullet points are your friend here. They’re to the point (no pun intended), easy to read and are great for people who are reading in a rush. 6. Honesty is the best policy Nobody likes being lied to. However, with one-third of CVs and job applications containing falsifications, it seems that the majority of applicants feel it is permissible to embellish their experiences to some extent. Now, by no means are we here to judge you, no, no, no we would just strongly advise against it for these reasons. Applicants tend to big up their CVs out of fear that their experience is not impressive enough. However, dishonesty is always risky, whether it is a small fib or a whopping great lie, chances are you will get found out. Companies usually carry out their due diligence and more often than not your white lie is uncovered and your reputation is left in tatters. Who wants to hire an ousted liar? If by some chance you don’t get caught out and get the job you now have to perform at the standard you perpetuated on your CV. This can get extremely awkward and embarrassing… There we have it if you are already avoiding these mistakes you're a CV superstar. If not, then why not? If you’re able to follow these simple steps your CV will be infinitely better. Remember if you need help or a professional point of view then our expert recruitment consultants are always happy to give you a few pointers. For more information on this article or to speak to Ashleigh about your recruiting needs or jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk.

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Spring a step closer to home

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With the final winter month underway with the predicted week of snow commuters have been thrown once again into a beautiful white world of havoc, with canceled trains, snowed in drives and impassable roads! I'm sure more than a few of us have been wishing that they had a role closer to home. Here are four reasons why it might just be time to cut the London commute and spring into a new role closer to home. 1. Commuting is expensive! Hotspots to travel into London from are Reading, Cambridge and Woking to name just a few. Recently commuters from Cambridge received a 3.4% increase in season ticket prices, adding an extra £170 to their season ticket loan in 2018 (Cambridge News, 2018). Woking, known for an easy commute of 22miles, will set you back £3,136 for an annual season ticket. With the added strain of packed carriages, canceled services, and signal failures it doesn't make any logical sense why the UK has the highest train fares in Europe. 2. Being close to home means a better work-life balance. For parents returning to work, a role closer to home saves time in the morning and the hassle of arranging extra childcare. With flexible working becoming more common within practice, particularly the Big 4, incorporating the school run into the morning routine is easy to do without the added commute. 3. One of the main reasons why tax professionals are seeking new roles is lack of career progression within their current firm. With London and other major cities being known as the hives of activities for tax roles, competition is high and people at manager grade are far down the pecking line within a big firm. Working close to home or a local practices, generally, there is less competition and greater opportunity for career progression. 4. Without the added stress of commuting, snowed in roads, canceled trains and rude commuters you will be more productive with your time. Without the added stress and frustration of traffic jams, this will have a positive effect on your productivity. This will naturally lead to greater job satisfaction. Is it time to cut the commute and consider a role closer to home? Please get it touch for a relaxed chat about the regional tax market

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