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Has the CV outlived it’s usefulness in the hiring process?

Before you assume, learn the facts. Before you judge, understand why.
The other day a CV arrived in my inbox and after a cursory glance through it of no more than a few seconds, my impression of that prospective candidate had been formed. And it wasn’t good! I replied with a polite, diplomatic email explaining […]

By |March 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |2 Comments

Tell Me What You Want (What You Really Really Want)

Want – “have a desire to possess or do (something); wish for”

In an age where every whim and seemingly impossible need or desire (no matter how outrageous) can be met with almost instant gratification, it both amazes and amuses me how so many candidates find it difficult to articulate clearly what they want, be it […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Career Advice|Tags: |0 Comments

Act The Part – Get The Job!

You’re no doubt familiar with the term “Method Acting”. According to Wikipedia, it’s defined as “a technique of acting in which an actor aspires to complete emotional identification with a part, based on the system evolved by Stanislavsky and brought into prominence in the US in the 1930s.” Method acting was developed by Elia […]

By |January 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Career Advice, Interview Preparation, Opinion piece|Tags: |0 Comments

Every Day’s A School Day (including Sports Day)

Some time ago I was discussing with a client the importance and value of continuous professional learning and development. Not learning for learning’s sake but for the development of further knowledge and increasing ones awareness of the things that matter most in our respective industries. He agreed with my assertion of the need to […]

Hunting High & Low – The Search For The Perfect Candidate

So I guess I’ll be hunting high and low
High
There’s no end to the lengths I’ll go to
I’m sure that Morten Harket and his band didn’t have recruitment or recruiters in mind when he penned the above lyrics way back in the 80’s. I’m an 80’s child, too young to remember the 70’s and way too old […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Attitude Sells – Why developing the best attitude is always a winner.

‘ If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!’ – Richard Branson
A number of years ago, I had an interview for a new Sales job in the IT sector. In the run up to Y2K, IT jobs were all the rage […]

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Social Recruitment – The Role of Technology in the Future of Insurance Job Seeking

2016 saw a significant surge of growth in the Irish economy, with many predicting a return to the boom times. From a recruitment perspective the signs are certainly encouraging – unemployment levels fell to a new low of 7.3% in November. Whilst this is still a far cry from the record level of 3.7% […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Success – The Secret is “Giving Up”.

After almost 17 years recruitment experience, I’ve learned that the price of success like most sales jobs is perseverance and persistence. Never giving up until I’ve exhausted all possible options and there are always alternative options. I believe that my success has been built on the back of being persistent even when times/market conditions […]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Career Advice, Opinion piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What’s your greatest weakness? – The Achilles Question.

I love to run. In recent years I’ve discovered the addiction of getting out in the early morning and pounding out the miles. For me it’s a form of purification and it also gives me the head space to focus on my goals for that day. It’s as much a mental exercise as a […]

THE WAY WE HIRE NOW – Recruitment & Retention Strategies For A Post Brexit Market.

With all the talk in published media and social comment on Brexit, it calls to mind those famous lyrics by the Clash – “If I go there will be trouble and if I stay it will be double”. With a number of global Financial Services brands actively considering their contingency options in the event […]

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Industry Insider, Opinion piece|Tags: |0 Comments