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Stanley Gibbons Employment Opportunity - Describer

 
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Posted 07/30/2018   11:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rogdcam to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Received this in an email this evening.

AUCTION DESCRIBER & STAMP SPECIALIST

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Stamp Specialist and describer to join our busy Auction team. Candidates should have a good general stamp knowledge including Commonwealth and Great Britain. Good I.T. skills are useful but not essential as training will be provided.

The ability to work in a team is important and a passion for the hobby as a collector would be advantageous. This is an excellent opportunity to work with some of the rarest philatelic material for the most famous stamp dealer in the world!

Joining a busy and growing auction team, the successful applicant should be able to evaluate collections quickly and accurately with an ability to identify rare material. You would be responsible for describing and estimating lots for our specialist and general auctions and helping to identify key material for future auctions.

More information and for a full job specification available on request.
To apply in confidence, please send your CV to ***email address removed***
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Posted 07/31/2018   12:08 pm  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not tracking this but it seems this is almost a constant thing with Gibbons these days. Have to wonder what their turnover rate is. Perhaps a symptom...
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Posted 07/31/2018   12:12 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Before anyone starts sending in their resume they should carefully read and review the SG annual reports (available online) and make their own judgement as to the financial health of the company and its future.
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Posted 07/31/2018   12:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not see it as a career but it could be fun and interesting for someone retired to do for awhile.
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Posted 07/31/2018   5:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A great opportunity to learn more about stamps but I'm not relocating to London. The city I live near has a population of only 40,000 and even that's too busy for me.

That said, I love visiting London, and look forward to being there again later this year.
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Posted 08/26/2018   4:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DefCon22 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I submitted. Filled out a questionnaire, but did not hear anything. I'm young (relatively - I'm under 40, & have experience, which is perhaps a bit rare). I figure they would have to sponsor a work visa, which would be a challenge, but I would move to London in a heartbeat. If it didn't work out, I know some IT companies in the UK, so no loss. Surprised that they seem fairly unresponsive, though. Several weeks and I've inquired as to the position, but have heard nothing.
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Posted 08/26/2018   5:08 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Assuming that this is London-based, I'd find it hard to believe that Gibbons would want to enter the world of obtaining visas for what is, I presume, a relatively low-paying job. Company bad manners in not replying to job applicants are, sadly, very common these days.
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Posted 08/26/2018   5:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DefCon22 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
True, it doesn't say London, Jersey or Guernsey, or even remote (which I wouldn't recommend...at all). I assume they are looking a local, more or less a proofer for the auction catalogs. Not so much a Philatelist. I read the last two sales, one a name sale & one a general sale. The 1st three lots I examined of each, I found errors. I can tell there are two distinct describers from the "word-play". The phrase "which leaves" used in 65% of the descriptions was very rough. Ironically, "which leaves" opened up to multiple description typos stating "which leave". They really do need help.
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