To relocate or not to relocate – that is the question! Whether you are currently living in a European country and thinking of relocating to Ireland, or whether you are living in Dublin, the North, the West or elsewhere and thinking of relocating to Munster, either to move closer to home or to seek a new challenge – it is a tough decision! However, Munster is a fantastic location in which to have the perfect work/life balance. Whether it is Cork, Waterford, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, or Tipperary that you wish to move to, each county has huge multinational companies that are currently looking for you! It is certainly overwhelming when you research each location to realise the amount of companies that are in operation in Munster and we have seen a huge increase in the amount of professionals that our clients are currently recruiting. Regardless of your industry or profession: IT, Sales, Accountancy, Technical or Multilingual, we have a lot of excellent positions that could be the next step that you need to take to develop your career and enhance your skills! To help you decide what part of Munster you would like to relocate to, please see the brief overview of each county in Munster: Cork: A multicultural city that boasts a wide range of activities from the museums, opera and theatre, it is well known for its Jazz Festival during the October Bank holiday weekend. It also has excellent transportation services with its airport, train and bus stations. Waterford: Home to the Tall Ships Festival and the SPRAOI annual festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend. There are plenty of attractions such as the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre and seaside resorts such as Tramore and Dunmore East for the warm summer days! Lots of water activities such as surfing, kayaking and sailing can be enjoyed here. The cost of living in Waterford is cheaper than the larger cities and it also has an airport. Kerry: The sightseeing capital of Ireland. Whether you wish to cycle the Ring the Kerry, take a boat trip to visit Fungi the Dingle bay dolphin or pony trek to the Lakes of Killarney – you will not be short of things to do. Kerry hosts the world famous Rose of Tralee festival in August. Kerry also has excellent transport links which includes its own airport. Limerick: Built on the river Shannon and most famous for being the home of Munster rugby! There are few better ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday at a rugby match in Thomand Park stadium, soaking up the atmosphere! The University of Limerick is a very impressive Third Level institution in Munster and Limerick is very proud to be home to Mr World Kamal Ibrahim. Clare: An historic county with many world famous sites to visit such as the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. Shannon Airport is also situated in Clare. The annual Lisdoonavara match making festival runs in September and it is well worth a visit to see if Cupid’s arrow strikes! Tipperary: “The crossroads of Munster”! It has many famous sites to visit such as the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and the Galtee mountains. It is home to Coolmore Stud and has three race courses with regular race meetings for you to enjoy! We have helped a lot of people relocate to Munster over the past few years and we are here to help you! So for the first step in getting the lifestyle you want or the next step in your career – get in contact with one of the Recruitment Team in Sigmar on (01) 4744600.
1. Partner with a Recruiter that works your area The first thing to understand when using a recruiter is that they don’t find you a job. Allrecruiters typically work fee paid by the client company. Recruiters are usually experienced in specific areas so when you have made the decision to use a recruitment agency be sure to focus on finding one who specialises in your line of work. Some agencies are large enough that they have recruitment consultants for most areas of work so you need to do a bit of research to learn which consultant you should contact directly. Do this simply by calling the recruitment firm directly and enquiring, or by viewing current jobs posted on the firms website and noting the contact name which reoccurs under your jobs of interest. Next, make the introduction and explain how you have found them, you understand that they work your particular area of speciality, and you would like to work with them to see if they have any relevant positions for you. If you approach a recruiter in this way then you partner with them a lot better, as opposed to simply approaching them to find you a job. 2. Be prepared for the Recruiter Most candidates are prepared with an up to date CV and references. But think about a few things in advance of meeting your recruiter that will help them have as much relevant information about you in order to match you with a good fit role quicker. – What types of role exactly are you looking for/ interested in?- What companies have you contacted and approached directly to date?- What are the ‘must haves’ in your new role?- Have examples of specific success stories you can go through- Have a list of challenges you have overcome in previous roles- Make sure to prepare some questions for the recruiters, such as ‘how often will they be in contact with you?’; ‘how soon might they find you something?’; ‘how often should you check in with them?’; ‘will they prepare you for interview?’; ‘can they get you feedback from interviews?’ etc.Don’t leave the interview thinking ‘I wish I had asked them that’, or for the recruiter thinking the same! Tell them everything and ask them everything you can in the initial meeting/ interview. 3. Be honest with the Recruiter The recruiter is your ally and representative. Be honest with them about your aspirations, background and salary expectations. Don’t inflate your achievements or say what you think the recruiter wants to hear. The recruiter needs correct information to ensure you get noticed. 4. Let the Recruiter know ‘the real you’ Don’t pretend to be something you are not. It is an interview and you need to put your best foot forward but let the real you shine through. Your recruiter needs to know the real you in order to ensure a good job match. 5. Maintain & manage the relationship You have built the relationship and now you need to maintain and manage it. This does not mean calling your recruiter every day to check in, but keeping in touch every second week or so be it by email or a quick call. A good recruiter will have you in mind regardless of your contact and will only make contact with you if any relevant roles arise they think you might be interested in. Once placed in a role keep in touch every couple of months to a year. You never know when you’ll need their help again!
Trying to move up the corporate ladder is always a competitive process. Most endeavour to ‘fit in’, but, now the time has come to stand out. Proper development, self-promotion and utilisation of social networks is one of the most important strategies to implement in order to climb the corporate ladder. Here’s how to stand out from crowd and engage social groups to be recognised and referred for that ‘top job’. 1. First things first, do you have your own goals? The first step to getting to the job you want, is knowing what you want!Engage in a little self-reflection and conduct a career audit. a) Where are you now in your career? b) What interests you most about your current job? c) How did you get to be in this role? d) Where would you like to see yourself ultimately? e) How do you get there with what’s at your disposal? f) What are your personal strengths and weaknesses? 2. Branding Yourself Now you know what you want and identified your own strengths. This is your unique value proposition! Now you need to communicate this and back it up. Build an Online Professional Profile Almost all employers will do a Google or LinkedIn search on potential candidates. Make sure that when employers find you they are seeing information about your professional accomplishments and background that’s up to date. Be aware of your digital footprint. Consider Starting a Blog Writing a blog is a highly creative way to show your unique interests and opinions. Relate your blog directly towards your interests in your desired industry or career path. This is an invaluable means of self-promotion and opens up a new networking opportunity. Perhaps your readers will be so impressed with your initiative and ingenuity that can refer you or could hire you personally. 3. Develop and Use your Networks! Nowadays job seekers have so much technology at their disposal. With the click of a button we can easily grow and engage with social and professional networks. Having a social media strategy that coordinates with your career plans will greatly increase the number of opportunities available to you. Connect with the Right People Don’t just use the connections you already have. Figure out who you need to know to land a certain job—likely the hiring manager—introduce yourself and make that connection. Join Groups & Communities Join industry-related or college/university-related groups or communities. Actively participate in discussions and identify individuals whom you can converse and network with. Research your Social Networks Think about why you want to be. There is a huge amount of information online which can give you the inside track help. Research the competition, research who the hiring manager is and find out who or what you have in common with them. “I’m looking for a new Job!” Sometime we just need to ask! Whether on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Google+, let your friends and followers know what you want. People will not realise what you want unless you tell them. Informing your network will allow you to access opportunities which you didn’t realise existed. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Finally, the old phase of what comes around goes around could not be truer!This is one of the best ways to engage with your network. Use LinkedIn recommendations to praise your colleagues and ask it from them in return. Share job opportunities privately and help others to find their ideal job if you can. Generally, communicating and sharing information by retweeting, forwarding links, articles, and other relevant social media will not only raise your online profile, but will encourage others to also do the same for you.
Social networking has completely reinvented the job search market, as social media platforms provide tools and information that HR managers and recruiters had only dreamed about 10 years ago. This in turn makes social media both a blessing and a curse to candidates. Benefits; Visibilty Having an online presence, gives you a platform to promote yourself to recruiters. Social media platforms are now becoming an essential tool for recruiters with most spending hours a day on LinkedIn in particular researching and finding candidates for their clients. LinkedIn provides more than 100 million people with a platform that is essentially an on-line CV with additional networking benefits. Hidden Jobs Not all jobs are advertised on job boards. Social networks give you the opportunity to build relationships with potential employers. By “following” their Twitter/LinkedIn/Facebook page you will see job opportunities within the company as they arise. Networking Often a job opportunity can arise through a network connection. Social media platforms are excellent tools for expanding your network and giving you avenues to make connections with key contacts that can assist you in your job search. It’s all about who you know. Research companies Social networks give you ample access to company information. For starters view company profiles, learn about previous and current employees and read their blog pages for up to the minute company information. Social Media is fast becoming the key medium for jobseekers. There is a growing understanding among all generations but particularly younger workers, that an online presence is an important part of “personal branding” that will help them to stand out and advance their careers.
Working in recruitment has revealed some interesting trends from jobseekers. One of the biggest trends that I have come across is the lack of control taken by jobseekers over their recruitment process. On numerous occasions candidates have admitted to me that they are not too sure where their CV has been. Sometimes they can recall applying for a job in a particular company, but they were not sure what the job title was, who the contact was and what the process was for gaining feedback. This is a reactionary approach to recruitment. If you want to succeed in getting the job you want you must first plan the process. Become proactive. It is your process; you must take control of it. The candidate needs to research the industry s/he is looking to work in. Too often candidates send their CV in for roles that they don’t know a lot about in the hopes that they will catch a break. What happens if your CV has been sent to numerous jobs, agencies and companies and you receive a call from a prospective employer wanting to talk to you about your application? You don’t recognise their name, you can remember sending your CV to the company, but are not sure what the job was. This is your chance to impress and you come across disinterested and unaware. Plan the process. Decide on the job you want. Keep note of everywhere your CV has been, who the contact was, what the role was and when you’re CV was sent in. Follow up on your application. Don’t just send your application in to a company or agency and wait for a reply. Call them enquiring about the status of your application. If you plan the process you give yourself more chance of success. Know what you are about, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are. If you don’t like finance, don’t like sitting in front of a computer all day and are not numerical, then don’t apply for a role as a fund accountant!!!!! Plan your career around you strengths.