Cliché but true: • Your people are your asset, and, therefore, your people must be your priority. • You are only as successful as your team are. • If you want to lead, you’d better lead by example. Guide new starters It’s important to not get carried away by the excitement of new hires and
Unfortunately, there is always going to be that person at work. The one who always finds the negative in every idea, who complains constantly, or never turns in their work on time, or ever. However, your productivity and quality of work doesn’t have to be dragged down by their poor performance. If you’re dealing with
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
Every manager expects their employees to work hard and do their jobs, but with just a little nudge you can stand out. These employees are the first ones to be considered when jobs open and it is time for annual pay increases. Here are 5 great tips to get you started.
Admittedly, the hardest place to stay active is at work. You may feel chained to your desk, with no hope for a workout unless that includes typing, and you are at an Olympic level when it comes to that. But there are ways you can stay active at work, and potentially even burn a few calories.
It’s a new year, so there is no better time for a fresh start and a new job for 2018. January is one of the most active months for job seekers and hiring managers, as majority of companies set their hiring budgets in January, which means the bulk of the hiring can begin straight away.
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
How do you get that promotion at work when your coworkers are also jockeying for it? Standing out from the competition may be easier than you think. Here are some ways to stand out without destroying your relationships with your colleagues. Go Above and Beyond Yes, you probably have heard this before, but have you
Firstly, you must examine the propose of a cover letter, they have the power to make or break your job seeker success. A generic, untailored cover letter can mean your CV never even gets a glance, while a long-winded cover letter can leave the hiring manager uninterested. A job seeker can spend 1 – 2 hours
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.
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
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
Your first day in a new job will always be a memorable one, for hopefully the right reasons. Off course starting a new job is going to come with some stress and nerves but making a positive impression is still possible regardless of this. First impressions are lasting and it’s important to remember you got
It seems ideal: you finally find a way to get paid for doing something that you truly love! It seems like a dream, being able to make a living performing a function that you are passionate about and have spent countless hours perfecting as a hobby. However, even those among us who manage to land
You have taken part in countless interviews, on the phone, face to face and casual meet ups, but as the saying goes always the bridesmaid never the bride. Your stats are good, you have applied for ten jobs and you get called for five interviews, but these interviews amount to zero success. So, for some
So, you have just received the call to say you have been offered the job. When this offer comes in it can sometimes cause a mix of emotions, especially if you are currently employed and have been in your current job for some time. With the recession behind us, counter offers have become quite common. You were
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
Creating a quality network can be a difficult thing. It’s not easy to keep up with your many contacts, offering them help, and hopefully getting helped out once in a while in return. Some of the easiest people to network with are those who you’re closer to: namely, your friends. Don’t upset the delicate balance
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
Do you feel busy? In fact, would you go on to state that you are constantly busy with little time for yourself or new projects? Well, if your answer is yes then stop it. Stop saying you are busy and stop being busy as there is a far better way to live life. Busy has
Laura Archer, a London working recently released her book, Gone For Lunch: 52 Things To Do On Your Lunch. Through her research for this book she stumbled upon the grim truth about eating lunch at your desk daily. Laura realised that if you don’t take a lunch break, based on a normal working day, you
A personal brand is all about what people know you for. Ideally, you want them to associate you with a specific thing, a niche so that when they see or hear your name, they think of success in that area. People need to think of you as a leader or expert in that area. Personal
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
The advances in the internet and how this has evolved the jobseeker process is nothing short of impressive. Jobseekers can now unearth their dream job with the click of a button. Two main job seeker services, which have grown throughout the years, are Recruitment agencies and Job Boards. However, what may seem like two very
The modern workplace is made up of diverse groups of people from a variety of backgrounds who possess an eclectic mix of skills and interests. Gone are the days when everyone in an office tended to look and sound the same. Today, you will find a variety of people sharing a workspace, each with their
Every single person wants to be great at what they do, exceptional even. However, when it comes down to it, few actually want to put forth the effort to see that transformation. Those who are willing to live intentionally and take action in their lives will see the rewards of their efforts. Here are seven
According to the latest CSO figures Irish inward migration is up just over 14% in the last year, less people are emigrating and a higher number of job seekers have come to the Emerald Isle. So why is this little island such a popular choice, and no it’s not just the Guinness! Therese Walsh, a
The rapid advancement of technology throughout the last few decades has led to huge leaps forward in our ability to collaborate, produce, and multitask in the workplace. However, with the influx of new technologies, we are now capable of multitasking even to our own detriment. When your focus is pulled in a hundred different directions
Perhaps one of the most frustrating plights of job seekers is the paradox of needing to have experience to be considered qualified to get experience. Finding the right role is hard enough without the added complication of having to search out a company willing to take a chance on developing an inexperienced employee. However, being
It’s not always easy to maintain a positive outlook throughout the workday. Often, it’s simply not possible to control the stressors, your work environment, or the attitudes of your coworkers. With all of these factors, staying happy and productive at work can prove to be a challenge. However, maintaining a good mood at the office
The time has come. Maybe it’s because of a health reason, a better opportunity, or a lack of growth, but the job you’re at is no longer the one for you. How you quit a job is almost as important as how you enter a new one. Though you may want to go out in
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
From 2008 onwards, Poland seen a high rate of immigration to other European countries. An educated workforce found it difficult to secure work in Poland, therefore, headed to other EU cities to gain their employment experience. One European country, which seen an influx of Polish nationals over the last number of years was the UK.
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
There is no “secret formula” to becoming a success, but it would be a whole lot easier if there were! What it comes down to in most cases is talent, determination, perseverance, dumb luck, or (most often) some combination thereof. While there may not be a surefire step-by-step road to success, there are certainly some
If you’re reading this article you are likely already knowledgeable about the importance of continuous learning and skills development. You know that learning new skills and technologies is critical to the success of a career and the sustainability of a business. Awareness of this fact is a great start, but you may have found that
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
It was almost 2 years ago, when Alina Chernetsova took a leap of faith and moved from Russia to Ireland, and began her working career with Google, in a contract role. I suppose you could say, Alina is contract enthusiast! “You feel more freedom and less obligation. You have the opportunity to work in a
It would be nice to never have to ask for a raise or a promotion at your job. Instead, you do your work well (like you’ve been doing); and your boss sees and rewards accordingly. Unfortunately, that’s not the real world. Employers are dealing with many employees on many different levels. It’s easy for someone
Maintaining your health is vitally important. However, many people sabotage their efforts by living like workaholics as they try to get ahead. No matter how good your intentions are, working longer hours is bad for your health in many ways. Here are some of the health problems you could encounter. Cardiovascular issues When you go
Your boss is a critical part of your everyday life. They have the authority to hire and fire, and they may dictate what work you do throughout the day. Because of this necessary and pivotal relationship, you want to have the best working partnership with your boss. Here are five ways to be the employee
What is a legitimate excuse for not coming in to work? What qualifies as a sick day and what will get you a reprimand? You may hate taking any of your sick days, or you may already be maxed-out and it’s March. Whichever end of the spectrum you land on, here are some good reasons for
How are your networking skills? But really, how are they? You may think you’re hitting it out of the park at every networking event you attend, but you could really be undermining your efforts. If you’re doing any or all of these 7 things, it’s time to change your networking style. Forgetting your business cards
You may have dreamed of it for some time, and now it has finally arrived: the opportunity to work a couple days, or even full-time, from home! Ah, the joys of telecommuting. Here are some things to pay attention to if you are going to be a successful, productive telecommuter and keep your productivity level up.
After a certain amount of time, staying at your current job starts working against you, not for you. Job-hopping isn’t a good idea, but there’s a difference between that and strategically moving your career along. Gone are the days of employees staying at the same company in the same position for 30, 40, 50 years.
Developing quality relationships with your coworkers and boss takes effort. One of the things you need to watch in order to protect these relationships is your words and speech patterns. You probably remember being told to “use your words” as a child. There are some words and speech habits that you should not use at
Whether your workplace is a driven, get-ahead atmosphere or a laid back, friendly place, you need to be considering your actions if you want to be moving forward in your career. There are things that you are doing now that can get you that raise, better office, or new position. You should already know about these
A strength is a strength, right? Well, taken to extremes, the strengths you’re proud of and have honed for years can actually become detrimental to you and the people around you. Certain aspects, when taken too far, can be a more harmful weakness to you than you might realize. These three strengths are most often
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
Are you in a leadership position in your company right now? Or do you aspire to be in that position someday? No matter where you are, these qualities can be worked on right now. If you want to be a good leader, they’re essential to your success. Communication How are your communication skills? Could your
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
Your boss has a lot going on, whether it’s managing people or responding to those who are in charge higher up. With all that going on, there are things they want you to be doing that they might not express. Here are five actions that will make your boss glad that they hired you. Volunteer
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
Humor at your workplace? Bite your tongue! But really, humor has great benefits, if done well. People who laugh together create a bond. When you’re enjoying some humor at the office, you’ll generally be more productive and enjoy being at work. However, if humor is done the wrong way or taken too far, you can
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,
Have you ever had a boss who is always peeking over your shoulder, constantly needing to be involved in your work, or sending you a detailed-to-the-max list? If so, you know how it feels to be micromanaged. As much as you would wish the situation would just go away, you may have to learn how to
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
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
Whether they show up at home or on the job, everyone has at least one bad habit. Those that keep creeping at your job can actually derail your chances for success. Though these habits probably won’t result in you being fired, they may cause others to dislike you. While you don’t have to try to
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Those words were written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton over one hundred years ago. Just like the art of fencing requires practice, so does the art of using the pen. Choosing to utilize its power can bring great results. Most business communication, like presentations, various business documents, and emails are
You may have heard murmurings that music can help in productivity. But is that just an excuse or is it an actual scientific fact? Studies have been conducted. Research has been gathered. The conclusion is: yes, music does help your productivity. However, not all music is the same, and not all times are right for
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
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
It is easy for general tasks to slip in and keep us distracted from the things that can move us forward in success, and many people find themselves slipping back into old habits of procrastination instead of focusing on the 20% that will propel you forward.
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
Do you often find yourself stuck in a pattern of analysis, constantly looking at hypothetical scenarios without taking action? Indecision is common problem that people face, and the inability to move forward can freeze their progress and have a negative impact on their career. One of the best things that you can do to move
We’ve all been there at some point. The feeling of waking up every day with the knowledge that half of your waking hours will be spent in a place you hate. Maybe it’s the work or perhaps it’s just the people. However, what remains true is that you hate it all the same and it’s time for you to leave. Here are some things to embrace during your limited time there.
Even during times of high unemployment, managers often lament that there aren’t enough qualified candidates out there. Follow these tips to increase your marketability and become highly sought-after in a competitive job market at your current employer or anywhere else.
The first step in advancing your career is building solid relationships at work, with colleagues and supervisors. Just as there are those in the office to build rapport with, there are also characters who should be avoided at all costs. Here are five people to avoid at work.
When you are looking for a new job, networking is a critical step to help you connect with other people in the industry. You’ve probably heard the saying that you only get a single opportunity to make a good first impression, and networking with an effective elevator speech can make-or-break your job hunting efforts.
Whether it is just the daily grind or a career that is less than your passion, workplace happiness doesn’t always flow naturally. The true masters of the workplace can find happiness amongst it all. So here are 10 easy tips for staying happy at work.