In a busy jobs market where opportunities are bountiful and your choices unlimited, it is of vital importance that as a candidate who is open to looking at new positions, you know precisely what it is that you’re looking for before you begin your search for a new job. You will be courted by many in a buoyant jobseekers’ market so deciding what roles are suited to you and what potential interviews you should be going for, is something that, as a candidate, you need to evaluate very clearly. Your time is precious so you cannot afford to be wasting it interviewing for jobs to which you are not suited.
Below are some useful tips to consider prior to deciding what roles you should be applying for, in addition to the thought process you should go through before deciding with whom you would like to engage.
You must ascertain very early in the process if the role is at the right level for you and therefore if the trajectory in terms of career is correct also. If you do not do this and then move into a role where you are carrying out the same duties as before there will be issues. This is because there will be no real prospects for you to move upwards within the company, meaning a bad move for you on a personal level. If your immediate supervisor is unlikely to be moving elsewhere soon, the move for you then, from a career point of view, will have been a bad one.
Think about what is important for you to gain in the next few years’ experience wise. Look into what positions would help to achieve this and put your energy into submitting the best possible CV and cover letters to these companies.
You must know the culture of the company you are interviewing with and know that this is a culture to which you are suited. Think about previous positions you have held and map out the pros and cons of the culture. What did you like/dislike and what other companies have similar cultures to this? If you move to an organisation where the environment is formal for instance, with this being an environment that you are neither comfortable with nor even like, then you don’t want to find this out when you start in the company on your first day. It is vital that you find this out from the company themselves, prior to agreeing to meet with them through asking the question or researching the company online through the likes of social media and news.
If you are availing of a professional recruitment company make sure to include this information when speaking with them and ask for help on doing research so that you are confident in your knowledge that this is the right company for you.
Before you decide to go for an interview for a job, you must be 100% certain that you have the capabilities to be able to perform the tasks in question. Once again, your time is precious, so if you don’t have the skills required to carry out the role, please don’t waste your time by going forward for an interview for a position to which you are not suited. Also make sure that the job is on your level and not below it. Every job you move to should broaden your horizons and challenge you.
Ensure that you are provided with a comprehensive job specification for the role in question. Make sure to ask questions of either the company or the agency if any aspects of it seem ambiguous to you. It’s far better to know that you can actually do the job prior to the interview, rather than finding this out on the day of the meeting itself. Clarity regarding the nature of the role is of key importance, prior to interviewing with any company for any job.
Posted by Recruitment Consultant, Sigmar on 1 December 2017
Spice Up Your Life – Why Not Give Temping a Try?
Spice Up Your Life – Why Not Give Temping a Try?
There are advantages and disadvantages to any job, and temporary contract positions are no exception. Finding work as a temp can be the ideal solution to both career and/or personal requirements, or simply fill in the financial gaps while you search for permanent position. In honour of the Spice Girls’ tour Dublin leg this weekend, here are some of the reasons you should definitely consider temping…with a little help from our favourite 90s girl band! 1. ‘A Day in Your Life’ – Gain New Experiences You've gotta live beyond your limitations, yeah And keep your dreams alive Even though you're feeling this frustration, yeah You've gotta push it all aside You've got to look to the future, yeah Before the future is here Qualifications are all well and good, but proven experience is an invaluable card to play in any permanent job application. If you’re looking to move into a new career, or want to stand out from the crowd in the mind of a hiring manager, it’s impossible to underestimate the importance of practical experience on your CV. You could learn how to use a new technology or software, a different filing system or even how to adapt to diverse personality types. All new experiences are valid and could provide useful fodder for anecdotal answers in interviews and will put you in a great position when you next apply for a permanent role. 2. ‘If U Can’t Dance’ – All About That Flexibility Can't you just feel the groove? Why don't you move? It's easy, can't you see? One of the best advantages of temporary contract work is the flexibility a short term posting offers you. Not having a permanent job (and salary!) can be scary, but there is so much to gain from a shorter stint at a company. If you’re in the process of changing careers, undergoing shifts in your personal life or simply don’t know what to commit to, temping is a great way to earn money and continue building your resume until you find what you’re looking for. 3. ‘Move Ove’r – Speed Is Of The Essence Next phase, next stage, next craze, next wave Let me tell you 'bout a thing, gotta put it to the test It's a celebration, motivation generation next A lengthy recruitment process can be completely draining, as outlined in this Forbes article. The longer it takes for a candidate to progress from interview to offer (or rejection), the more demoralised and underappreciated they can feel. There are no such issues in the temp world. Often temporary positions need to be filled as a matter of urgency, so there’ll be no long, drawn out interview process or extensive waiting period. This works in your favour not only in terms of reducing the anxiety typically induced by the process, but also in that candidates who may not land a permanent position due to lack experience may be successful securing a comparable temporary position. 4. ‘Never Give Up on the Good Times’ – Tempting As a Career Never give up on the good times, living it up is a state of mind (Never give it up, never give it up no oh oh) Never give up on the good times, gotta believe in the love you find (Never give it up) For some, temping is a wholly satisfying career choice. The flexibility of contracts and the wide variety of responsibilities, atmospheres and teams you can encounter as a temporary worker are perfect for some workers. Although this is more common in the tech sector, the consulting field offers some benefits that similarly fit well with certain personality types and lifestyle choices. 5. 'Viva Forever’ – Get Paid While You Job Search! Viva forever, I'll be waiting Everlasting, like the sun Live forever, for the moment Ever searching, for the one If you’re between jobs, changing career, or entering the workforce for the first time, temp work provides considerably more financial security than shift work or applying unsuccessfully to permanent positions while unemployed. Although you could be let go without much notice, you’re being paid a regular wage (sometimes more than permanent workers earn!), maintaining a good cash flow, and will only find it easier to land positions once you’ve got experience under your belt. So, if you’re looking for more experience, flexibility, speed or simply a placeholder while you search for a permanent position, temporary contract work could be perfect for you! At Sigmar Recruitment, we place both permanent and temporary workers with companies across Europe. If you are looking for temporary work, don’t hesitate to email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Reasons Counter Offers Are A Bad Idea
3 Reasons Counter Offers Are A Bad Idea
On my commute home from work, I overheard a woman say to her friend “I don’t want to leave my job, so I plan to get a job offer and that will make my current boss offer me more money”. I know I shouldn’t be eavesdropping, but surely people shouldn’t be applying for jobs with intention of using an offer to leverage more money in their current role? This really caught me by surprise. Do people really go through the rigmarole of job seeking just to use the offer to stay in their current job? I decided to investigate this further to see if it really is a feasible plan. What I discovered was 3 reasons why you definitely shouldn’t follow in that lady’s footsteps. 1. Wrong Attitude – Bad Start From the get go the idea of applying for jobs with the aim of using a job offer to leverage your current pay is just poor judgement at best. If you want more money, you should have an honest conversation with your superior and if the conversation doesn’t go the way you hoped, you should apply for jobs that will offer you the pay you desire (with the intention to accept the job and leave your current role). 2. Burning Bridges Receiving a job offer is significant. The company who offered you the role clearly like you. They’ve taken the time to meet you and learn about your abilities and skills. They want you (over everyone else they interviewed) to join their company and because you have been eager through the recruitment process, they assume you want to join their team as well. This is until you suddenly come back to tell them you have accepted a counter offer. Now they know that you were never interested in their company, you only cared about money. You’ve essentially burned your bridges with this company, which could be damaging later in your career. You never know when your paths may cross again, and it could cause all sorts of friction to your work, not to mention awkward tension. 3. Ending Up In The Wrong Job (Regardless Of Which Offer You Accept) There are two outcomes to this scenario, you accept the counter offer or you don’t get a counter offer, and you must accept the job you’ve been offered. Either way, both are the wrong job for you. Let’s start with the counter offer, your boss is now acutely aware of your interest to jump ship and work somewhere else. Your counter offer may have been your boss’s reaction to the shock of losing you and premeditating the stress of finding a replacement. Once this shock subsides however, your boss will only remember the fact you tried to leave and this could affect you in a number of ways. After realising you might leave, your boss will now focus more attention on developing junior staff, this way if you leave he/she will be more confident in your subordinates. Then when the next promotion comes up you won’t be considered and when there are cut backs, it’ll be you that will feel the brunt of it. The second scenario is that you don’t get a counter offer. After all the effort you made to get your job offer to approach your boss and negotiate more pay, your boss shakes your hand and wishes you the best of luck. I imagine this would be quite devastating, but what’s more devastating is starting a job you never really wanted in the first place. You were job hunting for all the wrong reasons and now you have to start a job that really doesn’t suit you. Essentially, it’s not wise to job hunt to seek a counter offer. It’ll make you look disloyal and money hungry to both your current boss and to the company you applied to. If you want more money from your employer, ask for a pay raise and if you are denied, consider searching for a new job, with the aim to accept an offer and leave. Your goal should never be to receive a counter offer. I just hope the woman I overheard on the train didn’t go through with her plan. It looks to me like this can only go badly. I’m sure it is possible however for a counter offer to work out but to apply for jobs to seek out a counter offer, is not the right approach for climbing your career ladder. Let us know if you have ever accepted a counter offer. Do you think it’s a good approach?
Insurance Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Insurance Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Thoughts on the Market Change is a Good Thing The insurance sector is historically recognised by its formal, some say old-fashioned look, but the industry is changing. Smaller companies are competing with the long-established heavy hitters for a bigger share of the market and some of the most recognised brands in the industry are merging to counter the ever-shifting landscape. Consolidation Means Expansion 2018 saw consolidation within the insurance sector with several headlines marking mergers and acquisitions. This type of news is regularly followed by news of job cuts or redundancies, but that has not been the case. If anything, the opposite seems to be happening in Ireland. In an ironic turn of events, this consolidation seems to be breeding expansion! And expansion in the Irish market doesn’t look like it’s slowing down in 2019. Several companies have already committed to setting up or expanding Irish offices post-Brexit, with people already onboard in a number of these. 2019 should see further announcements along these lines, particularly, as at the time of writing, the UK Brexit agreement is still up in the air. Challenges & Opportunities With Brexit, GDPR, diversity and InsureTech grabbing headlines on a regular basis we are seeing insurance companies moving in directions many never anticipated. As Ireland’s insurance sector focused on Brexit and GDPR in 2018, and they still require plenty of focus in 2019, we should see a greater focus now on how they approach diversity and InsureTech in 2019. Ireland is already once of the most diverse countries in the EU and will need to be even more so as employers look to Europe and beyond to fill any talent shortages. 2018 saw the trend for attracting overseas talent continue and it will not slow down in 2019. InsureTech is the other exciting development within the insurance sector that will only get more relevant over the next couple of years. Artificial intelligence and data analytics are at the forefront on insurance innovation and more and more jobs will open in these areas in 2019 and beyond. Driverless cars are already raising more questions than answers for insurers and automakers and this is one discussion that will be particularly interesting to see play out. Salaries in 2019 Retention was the focus for most employers in the sector throughout 2018. As a result, salaries have been increasing around 10-15% in several areas. Surprisingly, salaries have not been the predominant factor when it came to people moving jobs lasy year. “What are the benefits” is usually the first question asked when a candidate is considering a change. Pension, healthcare and bonuses continue to be at the top of people’s lists of required benefits, however flexible working hours is becoming almost as important for a lot of people. Achieving the highly valued work-life balance seems to be a key selling point and employers offering basic salary packages with little or no benefits or flexibility are finding it very difficult to attract/retain talent. Top Tip For 2019 Get qualified. The CIP, QFA and ACOI (compliance) are the industry standards and it’s becoming more difficult for candidates to find rewarding jobs without having one of the above. Most employers offer educational assistance if you are not already qualified but unless you have very good experience, you will find it difficult without the qualification. Hot Jobs Experienced Claims Handler Compliance Officer/Executive Pension Administrator Actuary Project/Change Management Top Skills Project management/Prince2 or PMP Compliance and regulatory experience QFA/CIP DB and DC pension experience Product development Check out the latest insurance jobs here
Supply Chain Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Supply Chain Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Thoughts on the Market As Brexit approaches the supply chain and logistics market industry in Ireland has undergone significant self-assessment. Traditional methods and practices have had to be examined, and from a creative thinking point of view this is advantageous. Companies have had to examine why they do things and not just accept “the way we have always done it”. As a result, companies have already made changes regarding sourcing, costing and transportation that will benefit them even if the status quo remains. In addition, companies are looking to become more cost effective and have invested heavily in many supply chain management (SCM) solutions and warehouse management solutions (WMS) to further increase efficiencies. Ultimately there is still a lot of uncertainty in the sector given the various ramifications of possible Brexit outcomes. What is certain however is that the practices of previous years will be gone by the end of 2019 and that new creative ways of business will prevail. Salaries In 2019 While there was no significant rise in salaries in 2018, it remains to be seen how Brexit will affect salaires across the sector in 2019. Top Tip for 2019 Think creatively! 2019 will be a watershed in the supply chain and logistics sector. Previously successful methodologies will no longer be guaranteed to work; upskill, think creatively and learn continuously. Looking for a supply chain job? Check out our latest jobs here