21 Years Young

Little did Louise Allen think in 1998 that she would be celebrating her 21st year in business in 2019. 21 years is by no means an average accomplishment especially working in a business that deals with employment. These 21 years has seen some significant cyclical recessions as well as booming employment demand. Looking back on

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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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Employing Generation Z

Generation Z are the new kids on the hiring block, and with this generation comes a new outlook on the world of work. A recent survey from Robert Half highlighted generation Z’s top career motivators, with 64% admitting their number one priority was work opportunity and growth with generous pay getting 44% of the vote.

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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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Management 101

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

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Spin these 4 Common Job Hunting Weaknesses to Positives

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.

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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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7 Ways to Deal with a Difficult Coworker

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

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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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Is the Writing on the Wall for Your Job?

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

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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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A Christmas Party Survival Guide

Tis the season to be jolly and all the rest, so that means Christmas Party Season is officially upon us. Whether it’s an event you have been looking forward to for some time or one that fills you with dread and nerves, the most important thing is that you attend the event. You have done

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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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Avoidable Jobseeker Mistakes

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

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Surviving your First Day in a New Job

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

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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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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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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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Take a Positive Approach to your next Interview

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

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Thinking of Relocating to Ireland?

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

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Leveraging Numbers On Your CV

Much advice is given about CVs. What to include, what not to, say one thing one way and not the other. A popular piece of wisdom is to list achievements and not just what you did. If you want to make an even bigger impact and go deeper than just your achievement you can add

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