If you’ve been on the job search journey, you’ve spent some time with the Interview. Many people struggle with the questions they are required to answer. Here are several go-to questions that you can review that will help you to be better prepared. Tell me about yourself. While worded as a statement, this is really
Most job seekers dread candidacy weakness questions because they do not want to attract attention to their negative attributes and spoil their chances for the job. However, a weakness can be seen as an area of untapped potential rather than a personal deficiency. For this reason, several approaches can be taken in answering questions about your weaknesses.
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
Sometimes the writing is on the wall, but you just can’t seem to see it. There are sure signs that, when combined, are strong hints that you should consider switching jobs. You can resolve some issues through work and cooperation. And by all means, pursue that first. But there are some areas that can’t be
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.
A jobseeker’s journey can be a long winding road with numerous hurdles and many ups and downs. Some people head into job seeking blindly, thinking that it’s just a matter of applying for X job with your CV, to land a dream job. If only things were this easy, the job seeking market is more
It used to be standard to send a thank-you after an interview. While the practice has fallen out of vogue, it is still polite to do so. When you do, it also distinguishes you from the many people who don’t. Industry experts disagree on whether their decision to hire a candidate would change based on
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
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
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.
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
So, let’s set the scene, you’ve arrived crazy early sitting in the waiting room, contemplating whether your heart is literally about to beat out of your chest, a ton of bricks couldn’t prevent your leg from shaking at this speed and there isn’t enough water in Niagara Falls to quince your dry mouth. Yes, you’ve guessed
Last week we had an insight into relocating to Ireland and what exactly is involved in the process. Therese Walsh a Senior Recruiter at Allen Recruitment brought us through our need to know check list before you make the big move to Ireland. However, it is fair to say we hold some bias, when it
Last week we took a tour of the world of the Contingent Worker, this week meet the people who are a part of this gig world…. 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
The job seeker culture is shifting; flexibility, contract work, benefits and a CV enhancement now seems to be more attractive to some than ‘a job for life’. Welcome to the world of the Contingent Worker……. Contingent staffing is a flexible work-force method, where individuals are hired as and when is needed, ranging in lifecycles from
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
Candidates are always asking me about questions they will be asked at their interviews. There is always stress and excitement involved, yet most of interviews are based on the same set of questions, gaining to understand your experience and requirements better. Than knowledge will allow you to prepare yourself for interview well and bust your
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
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.
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
Often when we think about looking for a new job we can feel stumped and overwhelmed when we contemplate how to begin the process, who to engage and how to really, really recognise what this New Job might look like and how to make choices – how do you figure out what is the right
This is a familiar situation; you see your dream job advertised online, as you read through the responsibilities and company you almost picture yourself there, then you read the requirements and you click away in disappointment. Perhaps your a recent graduate, or just starting your career and you want to grow in a particular field,
We’ve all been there, at one end of the table gazing at your potential employer, or even more intimidating a panel of potentials… The Nerves! It’s becoming clear that selection process is becoming more and more rigorous as companies are more cautious about making the right choice. Whenever I talk to my Top Clients made
LinkedIn recently published a list of the Top 25 skills that got Irish professionals hired on 2015. We find however that when it comes to some of the non-tech specific skills related to the job, there are a number of other key factors that clients also look for. Culture fit within the companies and similar competencies that
Sometimes more daunting then the face-to-face interview, the Telephone Interview can bring about feelings of nerves second to none! Like the stereotypical babysitter in your average Horror movie you answer the phone, hands shaking as you wonder what lies in store… Employers, now more than ever, are using telephone interviews as a first point of
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
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
If you’ve been out of the job hunt mindset for a while, you might be a bit rusty when it comes to resumes. However, it may be time for you to look for a new job. And for whatever reason, and you’re back at it again. Things have changed since you were last sending out
Contrary to what some people may think, who you are online is not disconnected from who you are in your day-to-day life. As social media continues to gain normalcy, people filter their tweets and posts less and less, while potential employers are checking out social profiles more and more. What you say online could cost
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
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.
What Hiring Managers Wish Job Seekers Already Knew Getting hired is the result of give and take between a candidate and employer when they reach a decision that they are the right fit for each other. “You’re hired.” Those are the words you’re hoping to hear at the end of the interview process. You’ve read
Video interviews can be a great way to connect with a potential employer, especially if you’re interviewing for a position which would require you to relocate or work remotely. But video interviews are also full of potential pitfalls. These five steps can help you to prepare for a video interview and increase your chances of
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
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
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,
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
A resume is just a stepping stone to an interview, not an all-inclusive record of your career. With that in mind, here are a few easy tips to keep your resume short, sweet and successful.
Most of us are terrible at evaluating our own interview performance. Some of us will grossly overestimate our abilities, while others perennially underrate their chances of landing the job. Here are a few guidelines to help you navigate the uncertainty.
Your resume is the closest thing an employer gets to a window into your soul, but drafting this document is no small feat. This mysterious document doesn’t have to prove permanently challenging, though. Make these five tweaks to start getting responses
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
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.
One sentence. That’s all it takes to derail your chances at the dream job you’ve been pining after for months – maybe even years. Employers focus on why they should hire you, but they’re also looking for reasons not to hire you. Read on to find out seven things you need to keep in the vault while interviewing.
Are you frustrated with your job and you are ready to make a career change? It is important that you are strategic when you are quitting your job, so that you can position yourself to move forward in your career. Too often, people make the decision to quit without putting a proper plan in place,
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.