So, you’ve aced the job interview and the company has offered you the position. Great news! You’re obviously going to take it, yes? The temptation is to accept straight away but before you pop open the champagne, take a step back and assess the situation. Take at least a day or two to assess your options, especially if you are mulling over more than one offer or torn between staying in your current job and accepting a new position. It’s a hugely important decision and there are a number of factors to consider that will help you make an informed decision; 1. Salary Does the position represent a sizable salary increase on your last/current job? If you are evaluating multiple job offers, which one offers the best salary? 2. Benefits Maybe one job offers a higher salary but another provides better benefits. Perks such as good health and dental insurance packages may mean more to you than the actual base salary. 3. Opportunities for progression Some people place less value on monetary rewards in a job than having the chance to advance in the company. If this applies to you, you need to be sure a clear career path is in place before you accept an offer. Will you be given the opportunity to learn new skills and face new challenges? 4. Work/life balance How much emphasis do you place on having a work/life balance? Find out if the role involves working late and long hours. Are you prepared to work these hours? 5. Commute Will the job require travelling a large distance to and from work? If this is an issue, you need to weigh up whether or not the job is feasible. 6. Company culture An important element to consider is whether or not you buy into the company culture of potential new employers. Do you share their vision? Are their values in line with yours? If not, then maybe they’re not the right fit for you. 7. Stability of the company/industry Ensure that you know as much as possible about the company and the industry. Is it performing well? Is this an area that is growing? You do not want to accept a job offer only to find the company ceasing to exist two years down the line. When weighing up a single job offer, several offers, or trying to evaluate whether to stay in your current role or move to pastures new, drawing up a list can be of tremendous benefit. Compare the job offers by jotting down the pros and cons of each. This is a great way of helping you decide on the best course of action.
It is likely, that at some stage in your life you will be looking for a new job while still employed. Often this can be the best time to begin searching for a new job as you are under less pressure and more likely to wait and find a job that you really love. Although it can be difficult to juggle your current role and searching for a new position, in the long run it will be worth it if you find a great job. Below are some tips to make the job hunt as stress free as possible. Keep It Quiet While you may be friends with your work colleagues, it is best to keep quiet about your search, it will not sit well with your boss if he/she hears from someone else that you are looking for a new job. Colleagues knowing can leave you in an uncomfortable situation where your current employers may feel hurt or that you are being disloyal. It can be hard, but only share your job hunting news with people you completely trust. Update LinkedIn It is important to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, especially when you are looking for a job. You may want to tweak certain aspects of your profile to make it more appealing, go into detail about previous work experience and mention what you like working on. If you are connected with colleagues from your current role, you may not want to be openly advertise that you are looking for a new job, as again you do not want it getting back to your current boss. Use Your Time Wisely It may be inconvenient, but do not use work time to send out CVs or take calls from potential new employers. Try to schedule calls with these employers before or after work, or even on your lunch break, it can prevent any awkward situations or someone over hearing your conversation. Using a recruitment agency can be very beneficial, they can help find you a job you really want, without you having to do the searching. Schedule Interviews Conveniently Where you can, avoid scheduling interviews that interrupt your working day, there are only so many doctors/dentists appointments you can take before your employer will become suspicious. The most ideal situation in this case, is if you have annual leave to take. By taking a day or two off no one will question what you are doing and scheduling one or two interviews in a day can help make the most of the time off. If you cannot take holidays, try and schedule your interviews for the morning, lunch or evening time, as these times will be the least disruptive to your day. Be Aware of What You Wear If you work in an environment that calls for casual attire and you show up wearing a suit, it can be a giveaway that you are going to an interviews. Find somewhere to change between the interview and work, it will help any unwanted attention when you go back to the office. Finally, planning is the key to successful job hunting while still working, put time aside for searching for a job, but just not on your current employer’s time!
Personal branding is about understanding what makes you interesting, compelling and different and using that to communicate your unique value to an employer. With the advances of modern technology, there are a lot of ways to promote your personal brand on and offline. Online Build an online profile. It’s as simple as this, if you don’t show up on Google these days, you don’t exist. All the statistics show that clients, colleagues, hiring managers, executive recruiters, and employees are all using Google to learn about you. Building a professional online presence is crucial. It’s a great way to connect with, share ideas with and build rapport with important people and companies in your industry. Keep profiles up to date. LinkedIn and other social networking sites allow you to publish your bio, connect with other people in the system, be found by people who need to know you and enhance your online ID. You should have a profile on all relevant social networking sites, so recruiters will search you out. You need to be visible or you will miss out on lots of opportunities. Be active. It is not just an online profile that you set up once and occasionally update. You need to interact with others and get your name out there. Use social networks to position yourself as an expert in your field. On your own pages, like Twitter, LinkedIn and your blog, share relevant information that would be useful to people in your industry. Offline Offline, you’ll brand yourself in a more traditional sense, through tools like your CV and business cards. Tailor your CV. Your CV should support and emphasize the core of your brand (what makes you different). Remember to make sure your CV is consistent with your online profiles: dates, job titles and job descriptions should match up. In terms of visuals, keep a consistent look through your CV and business cards, too. Have a business card: Even if you’re currently unemployed, have business cards printed with your name, profession and contact information, including the URLs for your website and/or social media profiles. With business cards, whether you make a networking connection at a professional event or on the train you have your information neatly, professionally and instantly available.
The search for a new job is rarely an easy task. It takes time, commitment and hard work, but most importantly, you need a Game Plan. 1. Be Clear On What You Want To Do Before you jump online and start applying for every role you find in a generic search, first think about what you actually want to do and search for this or related roles instead. This will stop you applying for roles just for the sake of it and will make you focus your job search on a more well defined area that is likely to be more closely related to your skill set, experience and interests. 2. Read the Job Spec Often a candidate will apply to a role because they think they might be able to do the job (even though they’ve never actually done it before) or because they might hold one out of the four required skills. This is not enough. If a job spec lists a skill/ability/qualification as being required, it is hugely important that you actually hold this required specification. These specs are carefully and thoughtfully designed to give you an idea as to whether or not you are suited to this role. If you think you are able for a position but unsure whether to apply, simply pick up the phone to the advertiser/recruiter and ask the question. It never hurts to try. 3. Set Up a LinkedIn Profile Anyone who is serious about securing a new role should have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile set up. LinkedIn is your opportunity to network, to connect with recruiter(s) and follow companies of interest to you, giving you a front row seat to all updates from both recruiters and companies on new roles. Not only this, but when looking to fill new roles, hiring managers and recruiters will often search LinkedIn for specific skills, experience or job titles in the hunt for new candidates and talent for ready to fill roles – if you’re on LinkedIn with the required talents and an up to date CV, you’re going to be found. Keep active on LinkedIn too as the more activity on your page, the more traffic you attract. Be sure you’re constantly updating your page with relevant dates, new skills and new qualifications – I mean what’s the point in having them if you’re not going to show them off? 4. Expect Follow Up – Be Available Always be sure when you’re putting your contact details on your CV, that you are in fact contactable! There is no point in including your email address if you’re not checking your emails regularly. Similarly, if you are including a telephone number, make sure you can actually take calls. If you’re going to focus your energy on a job hunt, you need to be able to make a little time to discuss it too. Of course, understandably every now and then you will miss a call, so it’s important to make sure you have voicemail set up (which you check) and that you return your missed calls. Failing to follow up on missed calls not only means you might have just missed out on a great opportunity, but it could also make you look like you’re not taking this job search seriously and may deter the person who is looking to fill this role from reaching out to you in the future. 5. Keep Track of Applications When applying for a number of roles at once, I would suggest keeping track of the roles you’ve applied to. Whether this is in a small notepad and you’re jotting down the Job Title, Duties and Experience, or a more sophisticated spreadsheet (for the super organised), it will allow you to recall which roles to follow up on, or will refresh your memory on a particular role when the hiring manager or recruiter calls to discuss your application. It should also prompt you towards what questions to ask so you can get as much out of the conversation as possible too – letting them know what you want and why you’re interested in this role. 6. Be Patient The main thing to remember though is to be both realistic and patient with yourself (and the process). Your ideal role won’t always present itself immediately so give yourself time to find it. There’s no point in settling for the wrong role right now…wait for what you want and it’s usually worth it.
Fresh faces, new challenges, and finding a good lunch spot! All these things come to mind when you’re starting a new job. However it can really pay off to think about your taxes too. A small bit of planning can make the transition go smoothly, avoid any overpayment of tax and in some cases, even lead to a tax refund, according to Taxback.com. Here are some tips to help you plan: 1. So, what should you do when you start a new job? When you start your new job, you should give your employer a P45. Your P45 is a statement of your earnings, tax, Universal Social Charge, and PRSI in respect of your former employment. Make sure you get this document from your previous employer so you can avoid paying emergency tax. When your new employer gets your P45, they will inform the tax office so a credit certificate can be issued for your new job. Without this form, you could end up getting taxed on an emergency basis! 2. If you were unemployed between jobs If you are unemployed prior to your first job, or unemployed between jobs, you may be able to claim a refund immediately, if you were unemployed for a period of at least 4 weeks. This can be claimed by submitting a Form P50. If you were unemployed between your last job and your new one, you may end up with unused tax credits, which could result in a tax refund, so it’s worth reviewing your tax position at year end. If emergency tax was deducted from you, you can apply for a refund as soon as you become unemployed. Alternatively this could also be repaid via payroll, if you provide your new employer with your P45. If you were on Jobseekers Benefit or in receipt of Illness Benefit while out of work, you should contact your local tax office when you resume employment. 3. Been out of work? If you’ve been out of work for a while, you may not have a P45. In this case, you should contact your local revenue office as soon as possible so your tax credits and cut-off point can be accessed. Your spouse or civil partner may be using the tax credits you’re due if you’re being assessed as a married couple. If your new role is temporary then it might not be worth looking at these tax credits for that year. However, you are entitled to a PAYE allowance and expenses in your own right if you qualify for them. These can be set against your income and are not transferable to your spouse. If your spouse isn’t in receipt of taxable income you may be able to claim additional tax credits. 4. Starting a job for the first time If you’re starting a job for the first time, you need to take a couple of steps to ensure you aren’t taxed on an emergency basis: 1. Give your PPS (Personal and Public Service Number) to your employer so they can inform the tax office that you’re working. 2. Apply for a tax credit certificate by completing Form 12A and sending it to your local tax office. You should complete the steps above as quickly as possible so your employer and the tax office can get it sorted before your first paycheck! The tax office will send you a Certificate of Tax Credits and Cut-off Point, which you can then give to your employer. Still confused? For help with the process you can contact Taxback.com who can give you a free, no-obligation tax refund estimate from the last 4 years. Click here to get started or contact one of their experts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultants at Sigmar speak with many applicants that are eager to change direction and find that one job that gets them excited to get up in the morning. People no longer want any old job but a career – something new and exciting – their dream job. However to achieve this goal, the reality is that it might mean taking on a short term contract, less hours or a cut in pay. All of a sudden this dream comes at a price. Although there are negatives, there are also long term benefits to making this move during your career: Getting Out of a Rut Moving into a fresh environment or industry with new people and a different culture can be a fascinating experience. Making a change can be daunting at first but it can be the breath of fresh air that both you and your career need. Future Promotion Potential If you cannot see a medium to long term future at the moment pick a company where there is the opportunity to go further in your field. Make sure that the initial wage cut or less hours will pay off in the long term. Experience in a Large or Small Organisation If you’ve only worked for small or large organisations, the opportunity to join a different environment can be absolutely priceless. It is worth making short term sacrifices when you’ll be joining a larger environment where there are usually more internal recruitment activities or smaller environments that can provide invaluable business knowledge and the experience of being ‘a bigger fish in a smaller pond’. If you’ve been in the same industry for as long as you can remember a similar role within a new environment can diversify your CV and increase your employability. Improve Your CV The list of skills on your CV will benefit hugely from exposure to new procedures, structures, cultures, products and technologies. All of these new experiences will add to the quality of your CV, especially if you join a company that invests in upskilling their staff. Furthermore look at the team you could be joining and assess if you could learn from them. Will you be working with highly skilled people? If an opportunity comes up to work with the best this will only enhance the quality of what you do. Of course there are some moves that won’t make sense to follow but if something comes along that will give you the majority of the above benefits there is much more potential to improve your career prospects.
Finding a job can sometimes be a job in itself. In a candidate-flooded market, how do you find the ‘in’ you need to land yourself an interview? Networking is one of the most underutilised and effective job seeking tools in a jobseekers’ arsenal as it can provide you with support, information and job leads. What Is Networking? Networking is the simple act of reaching out and having a conversation with someone professionally. It is nothing more than getting to know people and building a lasting relationship with them. It can be done at a corporate event, dinner or even when out socialising with friends – you can network wherever you go. A lot of roles are never advertised so networking therefore allows you to hear of these jobs. You are also more likely to be asked for an interview if you have established with the employer as companies like to hire people they know. If you are being recommended by a current high performing employee then the natural assumption is that you are of a similar nature and will ‘fit’ with the company. Networking does not necessarily have to be with someone new, it can be with someone you already have a relationship with. Existing relationships are in fact the best place to start. Make a List of People in Your Network Your network is a lot bigger than you think. It can include family, friends, acquaintances, neighbours and co-workers. Think about people your connections are connected to, maybe your sister’s husband’s brother is a manager in a large tech company or your football coach’s wife is in HR with a biopharma company. Now let these people know you are looking for a job and ask them would they recommend you to people they know who are connected to companies or industries of interest to you. Work Backwards from Job Advertisements For any role you’ve applied for, see if you know anyone that works in that company. LinkedIn is a great tool for such a task. See if any of your connections are connected to people within that company and ask if they can refer you. Even if they say no to this, they can provide you with insight into the company which can be invaluable if you do secure an interview. Meet New Connections Now that you’ve been introduced to these people, meet them. Remember, before walking up to this person, what the aim of the meeting is – securing a job recommendation. Do your research on them and their company. Have a CV imprinted into your memory so you can accurately summarise your skills and abilities but also do not forget that this person knows you personally so talk about normal things at the start – a friend you have in common, your local GAA team, some news about the area. Don’t Worry – Its Human Nature to Want To Help Others Jobseekers can be a bit doubtful about networking; it is only natural to be apprehensive reaching out to someone you wouldn’t usually speak to however this stumbling block is all in your imagination. Most people will gladly help you. Everyone has looked for a job at some point in their lives, they can relate to the situation you are in.
At this time of year it’s very common to be thinking of the New Year and the new you which can often mean a new job. A lot of recruiters are asking people in their network to use the festive period as a time to think about the direction their career is going in and what role they envisage for themselves in the New Year. Realistically there is no time like the present. Typically coming up to the New Year people begin to get complacent and believe that there is no point applying for jobs as everyone is in holiday mode and no one will look at their CV. In fact the opposite is true. While things can slow down as people go on annual leave etc. there are still new roles arriving every day and companies are looking for people to fill these roles in a timely manner. Update Your CV Look at your CV and make sure that your present position and responsibilities are all up-to-date. Examine some job specs of roles you would like and determine if all the right information is included in your CV to apply for these roles. Make sure to spell check and inspect for grammatical errors. Having your CV updated means you are free to enjoy the festivities with loved ones – after all who wants to be updating a CV when you can be eating a tin of roses or planning a New Year’s party. Meet Your Recruiter Over Christmas there is no better time to reach out to your recruiter. It’s a great opportunity to organise a meeting with them, get advice on the market and on the type of roles out there that may be best suited to your skill set. It will put you at the top of the list of people in your recruiters mind so when your ideal role comes in you will be the first to know and are already prepped and ready to go. By chatting to your recruiter or sending them your updated CV it is letting them know that you are open to discussing what is out there for you, it’s an opportunity to get some groundwork done for a process that can move quite quickly and exploring possibilities that you may not have known about. The other pro to meeting with your recruiter this side of the holidays is that you are getting ahead of all those who are waiting for the New Year before looking for a job. You can relax over Christmas knowing that you may already have a new job to start in the New Year and know that you are miles ahead of everyone else in the process. Thinking of Moving Home to Ireland It is also the perfect opportunity for those who are now in the process of coming home for Christmas from abroad to meet up with a recruiter and get things in motion to help you come home permanently. Moving back to Ireland can sometimes be a difficult, often times lengthy process in terms of arranging interviews or even giving notice. Meeting with a recruiter and even scheduling an interview or two when you are home can motivate you to continue your search to come home. So as a parting piece of advice from a recruiter who knows how things can dramatically change for job seekers over this festive period – take the time to put thought into what you want 2016 to be for you and, as your first step to realising that vision, reach out to your recruiter today. Sigmar are here to help. Wishing you all great changes in the coming festive season.
Some may be shocked, even appalled, that I could even put the words “Curse” and “Irish Mammy” in the same sentence. After all, who could be more precious than the devoted Irish Mammy we all know and love? From the Junior Cert to the dreaded final year college exams, they support you with the regimental lighting of the trusted candle and half drowning you in holy water before exams. Well, as an Engineering Recruitment Consultant I regularly deal with Irish Mammies calling me on behalf of their newly graduated sons and daughters. I cannot even begin to tell you the amount of times a distressed Irish mother has called to find out if her poor Joseph/Josephine would be suitable for a job she has seen advertised. Between the subjects they studied, to what she feels they enjoyed the most and would be fantastic at… I’ve heard it all. Now, while I acknowledge there is something undeniably “cute” about this, realistically speaking, this is not doing your newly graduated son or daughter any favours. Why? It screams: “I’ve mammied the little dote for far too long and this phone call is just another example. Lord bless us and save us he needs his rest now after his exams so I’ll call and do it for the poor pet instead!” Now, in all honesty mammies, while I think you are all fabulous, how am I expected to find your son/daughter a job when they don’t even want it themselves? You do realise that they will have to go for an interview, get the job and actually work every day, without you…yes? Passion and a naturally inquisitive nature are probably two of the most important qualities a new graduate can and should have. If a graduate does not possess these qualities yet, or at least show potential signs that they may acquire them in the very near future, then they are just not ready to enter the professional working environment. They will more than likely become unhappy in their job and feel like they were pushed into a position they didn’t want to be in, ultimately leading to poor performance. In summary: poor performance = poor impression = poor references. Nothing is ever going to be given to an employee without hard work and an ability to prove that they can handle responsibility. So why is it different when looking for a job? If your grown adult son or daughter cannot even take the responsibility of handling their own career, starting with a simple phone call which requires minimal effort, then they need to learn quickly that opportunities don’t come to you, you go to them. Today’s market is just far too competitive and there are far too many graduates out there who truly want and deserve a job. While someone may be good on paper, if they lack passion, motivation and essentially, that “get up and go factor” you inherently need to succeed in today’s competitive market, they will struggle to find a job. What needs to be remembered is that we Recruiters place the most emphasis on one solitary thing: our reputation. A graduate who is not bothered, lacks motivation, and dependent on someone else to find them a job, is not someone we are going to risk it for. Ann Landers, the famous advice columnist, once said “It is not what you do for your children, but what you teach them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” I believe there is a lot to be taken from that. I sincerely hope this blog reaches out to both Graduates and Parents, in my eyes, both as culpable as each other. One for not taking enough responsibility and the other for taking too much. To conclude, I understand it is a nerve-wrecking time after all the sacrifices you have made, money you have spent, teen tantrums you’ve had to put up with, and I fully appreciate that you only have the very best intentions. However, it’s up to them now. If they have got through four, maybe five years of college and have earned a Degree, you can be sure they found the motivation to study by themselves, submit reports to tight deadlines by themselves, and make sacrifices by themselves. Moral of the story – they are capable of looking for a job by themselves! Can you drop them off at the interview and collect them afterwards? Absolutely. Can you douse them in holy water when they’re not looking for an extra bit of good luck? Ara sure, go on! Should you run through some interview questions with them? I wholeheartedly encourage it. Can you iron their suit? Hmmm…I’m not convinced on this one but if you must. But, seriously Mammies, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT, pick up that phone! Their career, their call.