Using Mindfulness to Promote Staff Wellbeing and Boost Productivity

“Mindfulness supports the health and happiness of employees and has been shown to increase productivity to the value of nearly €3000 a year (per person)”

In 2015, 17% of the Irish workforce reported that they had experienced stress in their job, an 8% increase since 2010. Furthermore, there were twice as many people reporting more […]

By |April 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Opinion piece, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Fatal mistakes in making a job offer and how to avoid them.

You’ve gone through a lengthy recruitment process and finally found the ideal candidate, but then they turn down your job offer. All that time wasted, and you have to start the process all over again. Does that sound familiar?

If you have candidates decline your job offers quite regularly it’s time to do […]

By |April 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Opinion piece|Tags: |0 Comments

The Talent Trap – Why the insurance industry needs to implement retention strategies that start with the recruitment process.

Last week I
wrote about the potential
impact of Brexit on the insurance industry and why staff involved in
recruitment should focus on having solid staffing strategies in place; one of
which should focus on how they retain their best people.

With the average staff turnover in
Ireland around 11% – and the typical cost of replacing an employee […]

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Opinion piece|Tags: , |0 Comments


With ‘Brexit Day’ approaching the only certainty is this: March 29th 2019 will be here soon. What it looks like, and what type of Brexit the UK opts for, no one really knows. But among all the uncertainty, the time could be right for the Irish insurance industry to thrive and grow.

Last year the […]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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: , |3 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
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