Top Tips for Increasing Employee Retention

Employee engagement isn’t just another buzzword thrown around. It’s a crucial prerequisite for managers and directors throughout the entire life span of a company. Globally unemployment rates are remaining low, an example is Ireland who are maintaining a 4.6% unemployment rate since July 2019. Therefore it is now more important than ever to have the

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4 Reasons to Consider Temp Work Today!

The world of work is continuously changing, with a job for life now considered a distant memory. Year on year the contingent workforce continues to rise in Europe, with one in four employees in a temporary contract in Spain and Poland, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. Previously, temporary roles have gained a bit

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Make your dream job a reality in 2019

January is FINALLY over and done with February well underway and you didn’t change a thing, you can’t seem to lose those extra Christmas pounds, your gym membership remains unused and you’re still sitting at your desk fantasizing about your dream job. As a recruitment company we can’t help you out with a new juice

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400 New Jobs for Belfast

Global firm, PA Consulting announced they will create hundreds of new roles in Belfast over the next 5-years. A spokesperson for the company said they believe Northern Ireland will be an ideal location to expand their team.  The company, who work with their clients, assisting with new technology and business models, will hire people from

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350 New Jobs for Dublin

International experience management company, Qualtrics have announced they will create 350 new roles in their Dublin offices. Qualtrics were celebrating their 5th year in Ireland, as their European headquarters when the announcement was made. The company also announced it will be expanding their Dublin offices over the next 2-years.

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No Summer Slow Down in the Jobs Market

According to Morgan McKinley, professional job vacancies in July 2018 were up nearly 2% since June. The report highlights an increase of 13% in professional jobs compared to this time last year, as job vacancies usually slow down in the summer months. The study also found the most in demand sectors are life sciences, technology

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Selecting a Winning Reference

So, you have delivered a solid interview and your walking out thinking you could be hearing some good news within the next few days. But then panic sets in… what about my references, will they make or break your chances of getting the job. Prior to your interview or even job application there is a

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Job Boost for Waterford

West Pharmaceutical Services have announced they are expanding their global Medtech company in Waterford. To facility a new product launch, the company have opened a new facility in Waterford. The company’s Dublin site employs 600 people while the West Waterford site employs 100 staff, with this figure rising throughout the company’s expansion.

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Job vacancies on the increase in Ireland

A new report from Morgan McKinley, has highlighted a positive outlook for the Irish job market industry. The figures show an increase in job vacancies and a 12.3% increase in professional job vacancies in comparison to this time last year. The number of professionals seeking employment was down from the previous year. However, this is

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Fexco will create 175 new roles in Kerry

An Irish-international Fintech company have announced they will create 175 new jobs in their headquarters in Killorglin, Co Kerry. The roles will be filled over the next 3-years and has been supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland’s R&D Fund. Fexco are based across 29 countries globally, with the new jobs in the area of

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Amazon announce 1000 new jobs for Dublin

American, Web Service giants, Amazon have announced 1000 new jobs for Dublin. The new roles will be filled over the next 2-years and will be located across there Dublin offices, in north county Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The new roles will be in a range of areas, including Data, IT Development and Security as well

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The Soundtrack to Recruitment

Ever wondered what a Recruiter does everyday or how they would describe their work through the medium of music? Well, you’re in luck, the team in Allen Recruitment have shared their Recruitment soundtracks, to give some lighthearted perspective on their working days. Oh, and not to worry, you won’t see anyone reference to the Dolly

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Java Popularity in Ireland

Ireland is currently experiencing a boom within the tech sector, most prevalent in the software development space. This continuing growth is thanks to the numerous multinational companies who have made Ireland it’s home over the last few years. For a number of years, Software Developers, especially Java Developers have been the most desirable Developers for

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High level of job satisfaction in STEM industry

BT Ireland released their latest survey results, which identified worker attitudes across a number of sectors. Of the 900 workers surveyed, 81% of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) employees expressed the highest level of job satisfaction. The STEM sector was closely followed by satisfied workers in the Health, Law and Humanities and Finance industries.

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Increased Technology sector within Cork

Recent research conducted by It@cork, examined Cork’s employment sector, highlighting a 63% increase within the ICT area, for the city over the last 5-years. The increase within the Tech sector, relates to the cost of living in Cork which is 20% lower than Dublin and an increased level of office space in comparison to Dublin.

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50 new jobs for Cork

Rubrik, a cloud management company have announced they will create 50 new jobs in Cork. The tech company are expanding throughout Europe, opening new offices in Cork Business and Technology Park. The expansion, which is being supported by IDA Ireland, will create new roles in sales, customer support and within the IT sector.

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Enrich Your CV with Your Experience

Being employed for an extended period of time is a good thing. However, you want to avoid appearing out-of-touch or old on your CV. Instead, learn how to phrase your experience as a huge benefit to the company you’re applying at now. Don’t Stop Learning A concern that employers have about employees who have worked

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Dump the Slump

It has arrived. Your eyes feel sandpapery as you struggle to keep them open. Your whole body feels weighted, but your computer screen continues to glare, reminding you that you’re not quite done yet. It’s the dreaded 3 pm slump, and it hits hard several times a week, at the very least.  It’s that vulnerable

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The Java Scene in Ireland

Ireland is currently experiencing a boom within the tech sector, most prevalent in the software development space. This continuing growth is thanks to the numerous multinational companies who have made Ireland it’s home over the last few years. For a number of years, Software Developers, especially Java Developers have been the most desirable Developers for

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Find Your Perfect Work-Life Balance

Striking a balance. That’s never easy, no matter what you’re doing. As humans, we tend to swing the pendulum from one extreme to the other. Though it can be difficult, it is possible to strike that perfect balance between work and personal life. Here are five tips to find that balancing point for your work-life.

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6 Tips for a Great Phone Interview

With so many people applying for the same job, phone interviews are still something that employers use to narrow the field a bit more. Understanding how to stand out, even in a phone interview, will greatly help in taking that next step towards the job. Take your phone interview seriously by implementing these six tips.

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The Rise of the Remote Worker

Remote work has doubled in Ireland since 2015, with 59% of IT firms admitting that some of their staff work remotely on a regular basis or work whilst on the road. The UK have also seen a significant rise in remote working, with the latest figures from the Trade Union Congress highlighting an estimated 1.5

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Learning how to say NO in work

The word no is often associated with negativity, but sometimes saying yes to everything in work can lead to more problems than a simple no. Steve Jobs once said, “Focusing is about saying no”. Meaning, to be successful you must focus on what has to be done, instead of adding more to your to do list and

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You said WHAT on your CV?

CVs are our achievements, experience and personality packed into a few short pages, which we hope will make enough of an impression to lead us to an interview and perhaps a job. Allen Recruitment have seen thousands of CVs pass through its doors over the past 20 years, with some leaving a lasting impression for

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Have Some Fun! Round-Out Your CV

Usually, the words “fun” and “CV” would never be combined unless you were a down-and-out clown looking to do some birthday parties. You don’t have to be in the entertainment industry to enjoy bulking up your resume while between jobs or with an eye towards a job switch. You’ve probably heard the advice that you

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Preparing to be Out of Office

So, it is finally time for a well-earned holiday, whether it’s a week in the sun or a trip around the country side, we all need a few days holidays to unwind from work. In the run-up to your time off its important to not enter holiday mode too prematurely and organise your work duties and

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Your Career Guide for the Finance Sector

Ireland is highly ranked within Europe’s financial sector, hosting over 500 global financial institutions. Moreover, providing financial services internationally, with close to 40,000 Irish people working in some sort of financial role. Dublin is the hub of Ireland’s financial activity, with the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) accommodating some of the world’s largest financial establishments.

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Could a Robot take your Job?

It will never demand a wage increase, request health insurance or even call in sick on a Monday morning, so is it any wonder automation is becoming the future workforce. Bill Gates and Barack Obama have both sent out warnings about the pace in which automation is taking over jobs, with Bill Gates proposing a

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Your Career Checklist for the Sales Sector

Sales is continuing to be a competitive sector within the Irish job market, with most industries requiring sales individuals within their companies. When setting out to find you ideal role in sales it’s important to tick the following off your Sales checklist………. Working within the Sales and Marketing industry for many years, Stephen Harrington describes

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Reeling in the Years: Recruitment

Allen Recruitment first opened its doors in the Autumn of 1998, nearly 20-years ago today. Like most industries, Recruitment has seen vast changes over the years, with the last 20-years conveying the industry’s most substantial transformations. Phil Finane, Recruitment Manager with Allen recruitment took a walk down memory lane, when he first embarked on his

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The 5 Questions To Ask In A Job Interview

When you ask questions at the close of your job interview you show the interviewer you were listening. You convey your interest in the company and showcase what a good fit to the team you would be. Your questions garner insight into how you would fit into a specific role and where you would devote your energy. Questions are critical to the success of your interview.

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5 Words That Will Supercharge Your CV

Writing a good CV is part art and part science. It takes creativity and attention to detail to craft a truly eye-catching CV, and there are no shortages of acceptable formats or structures. Different industries have their own unique standards for CVs and there is truly no one “right” font, format, or style. However, there are

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So…. Tell me about yourself?

Yes, it’s the dreaded first interview question, the question that has you frantically searching in your memory banks and experiencing your professional life flash in front of your eyes. Surely it should be the easiest question you get asked in your interview, but sometimes, explaining yourself in a professional and interesting way can be as

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4 Ways to Quickly Boost Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is something that many organisations take very seriously. It has been a growing focus among leaders and is the driving force behind many strategic initiatives undertaken by major companies in recent years. Despite all this, one look at employee engagement scores in the workplace at large will show you that there is still

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Career Opportunities – Software Design & Development – Java Technology Stack

Career Opportunities – Software Design & Development – Java Technology Stack Permanent Roles   Dublin – South: Technical Solutions Architect – Java Defining design patterns, framework and standards definition. Contributing to Architectural Review and approving new technologies. Performing Proof of Concept work. Identifying refactoring and consolidation opportunities. Contact: Louise@AllenRec.com / 01 6694041   Dublin – City

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A Working Mothers’ Story

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we are reminded once again how great our mothers truly are. We even got to witness the joys of working from home in a hilarious BBC interview. Now a household name, Robert Kelly, was giving a live Skype interview on the BBC, only for his kids to crash the interview

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Why Good Employees Leave

Attrition is a major concern for business leaders, and it’s not often one which can be easily resolved. When a good employee leaves your organization, you’re not only facing the immediate costs of hiring and training a new employee, the bottom line is also impacted by the internal knowledge that key employees take with them.

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The Hidden Costs of an Empty Desk

It isn’t overly difficult to calculate the costs of sourcing, hiring, and training a new employee.  These are all tangible, recordable costs that can be easily tracked. But what happens if you fail to fill that position in a timely manner? The losses to the company may appear in a variety of ways, but it

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7 Stress-Relieving Interview Tips

Whether it’s your first interview or your tenth, there are always ways you can improve your interview skills. Interviews can be intimidating, and a lot of pressure may hang on them. However, with some preparation and forethought, you can take the stress out of your interviews and perhaps even have some fun. Here are seven

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The Anatomy of the Recruiting Process

Finding the perfect candidate can be an arduous process. It involves a lot of investment in the way of time and energy, but it’s an entirely necessary evil. Understanding what makes the process tick can go a long way to demystifying and streamlining things, however. By understanding the clear delineation between the phases of the

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When candidates say no

  Its a sad and all too familiar story You swim through dozens of applications, sometimes hundreds for your requirements and interview the top of the top and then you find them, the STAR candidate. You fall in love with their profile and look forward to having them join the team. Then tragedy strikes, they

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4 Critical Interview Mistakes

At last! You’ve finally scored an interview with that company that is a perfect fit and has the job you love. Don’t detract from that victory by making mistakes that could cost you the job. Avoid these four things at all costs. Arriving late You should build time into your travel to account for this.

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The Rise of the Contract Worker

The job seeker culture is shifting; flexibility, skills growth, benefits and a CV enhancement now seems to be more attractive to some than ‘a job for life’. Welcome to the world of the Contract Worker ……. Contingent/Contract staffing is a flexible work-force method, where individuals are hired as and when is needed, ranging in lifecycles

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Make Someone Feel Really Special

2016 is continuing to see a rise in the level of job creation in Ireland, particularly among foreign headquartered multinational companies. Recently IDA posted a  66% year-on-year rise in job creation adding 12,000 net jobs, the highest in its 67 year history. Employment at overseas companies now stands at 187,056. The ability to source skilled

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Thinking of Relocating to Poland

Over the last 25 years the Polish economy doubled in size, with Poland in the top three fastest-growing economies in Europe, post-recession. The Polish employee rate currently stand at 66.2%, and continues to rise each year, highlighting a positive outlook on the countries overall jobs market. So, with their economy on the way up, what else

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Who is Wally?

  Wally is that hard to source applicant that you been searching for the past three months. Your company has been losing productivity and has not been able to proceed with your next phase of expansion until this person comes on board. A question: has Waldo passed you by and you have not recognised him

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The rise of the contingent worker

The rise of the contingent worker –benefits to workers or only employers? 2015 has seen a continuation in the trend of companies using contingent staff to fuel their growth in Ireland. At Allen Recruitment we have seen a continuous rise in the adoption of this model by companies of all types, not just large US

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Interview Types and Techniques

In recent years there has been a major increase in the use of Behavioural or Competency Based Interviews. What are Competency/ Behavioural Based Interviews? These interviews are made up of a number of targeted questions that require interviewees to describe specific tasks or situations. Competency/ Behavioural Based Interviews work on the belief that the best

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Your Guide to Making a Cross-Industry Move

Browsing through job descriptions, it’s easy to get the impression that many fields are incredibly siloed. Finance organisations all seem to want finance experience, while the technology sector seeks candidates from similar technology companies. It begins to look a bit like competing companies are just shuffling talent around between one another – and in a

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5 Keys to Earning a Higher Salary

Wanting a raise is something of a universal human condition. In fact, you’d be incredibly hard pressed to find a single employee out there who wouldn’t gladly accept a higher salary, if offered. This means that you’re hardly the only one out there who’s asking themselves how they can gain entry into the next tax

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Answering the Quitting Question

There could be many different reasons for why you left your last job, or employed, but currently looking for a new opportunity. In an interview, you need to be able to articulate those reasons well without digging yourself into a hole. All About Perspective Whether you were fired, laid off or chose to quit your

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Avoid These Four Business Email Errors

Email has been around for a while now, and one would think, the errors would have gotten sorted out. Unfortunately, that simply isn’t true. There is still a need to understand what is and isn’t appropriate to include in an email, especially in the business world. Here are some things that you definitely should not

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Four Don’ts for Your Resume

Whether you’re accustomed to working with a recruiter or not, there are some things that they—and others—don’t want to see on your resume. With so many resumes coming to them on a daily basis, recruiters want you to cut to the chase. Get rid of the unnecessary parts that bog you down. If you found

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Deal With It, Handling Conflict at Work

Unless you’ve got your head stuck in the sand, you know that conflicts happen at work. Maybe you’re embroiled in one now and that resolution isn’t always easy. However, just because something isn’t easy doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. See conflict as an opportunity to grow as a person, develop better communication and foster an

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4 Simple Ways to Express Your Strengths

One of the single most dreaded questions during an interview is: “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” The weaknesses part is a discussion all by itself, so today we’re going to look at your strengths. Be specific “I’m a hard worker” is not specific. That’s a very general answer that everyone would claim. Instead,

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Don’t Sweat It

When you’re between jobs, looking for your dream job or just trying to find any job, stress levels can run high. There is plenty that you can stress about in this process, but there are some things that your HR connection doesn’t really care about. So neither should you. Resume Design Unless you’re trying to get

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5 Keys to Building Relationships at Work

Just because you haven’t “clicked” with your team yet, doesn’t mean it can’t happen still. There are ways to figure out what makes the people around you tick, and see how that links you both. With some thoughtfulness and strategy, you can build relationships with your coworkers. Be an Active Listener Part of what breaks

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6 Tips to Maximize Your Networking

Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, networking is a vital skill that you should be continually developing. As much as you might wish it to be different, your own skills and expertise at your job aren’t always enough. Often, it’s exactly like that saying: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you

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Put in the Early Effort

Given the proper amount of effort and forethought, much of the your daily work could be accomplished by lunch time. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that free time to pursue your life outside of work? Not only is that a possibility, it could become a reality for you. So how does this work? Think Ahead

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Stop Majoring on the Minors!

No matter how oblivious you may be or how positive your outlook on life, you can probably pinpoint some areas at your work that are frustrating. There is a difference, however, between minor frustrations and major, job-switching issues. To err is human, so you’ll never find a workplace free of issues. Instead, you need to

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Take Your Break!

It is the one thing at work that you think you’re succeeding at the most. Turns out, you could be underutilizing this time more than any other point of your day. What is it? Lunch. Lunch isn’t the most important meal of the day. It can be inconvenient because it’s smack-dab in the middle of

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How to Create a Boring, Generic CV

In some cases, your resume may actually be good and hit all the right points; there might not be anything inherently “wrong” with it. However, it might be the “just fine” nature of resume that’s keeping you from getting noticed. Some of the old standby rules no longer apply and can make your resume seem generic. Here are five things to remove from your resume

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