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Our expertise extends across the full spectrum of the insurance sector to include life assurance, general assurance, health insurance and reinsurance. We recruit at all levels from entry level to senior/executive positions for permanent, temporary and contract vacancies.

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Insurance Jobs - Market Overview

Insurance Jobs - Market Overview

2018 is going to bring some exciting challenges and plenty of opportunities. Brexit, GDPR and artificial intelligence will all impact the insurance sector throughout this year and beyond. Thoughts on the Market 2017 continued to showcase Ireland’s recovery and this has been reflected in the growth in employment and increased FDI. The insurance sector has been voicing optimism for quite some time with the majority of companies expanding and we expect further growth in 2018 and beyond. The mood is positive for the year ahead, however some challenges have been identified such as the introduction of GDPR, the impact of Brexit and the skills shortage in an economy reaching near full employment. The skills shortage has seen companies expanding their search for talent internationally for positions that would traditionally have been filled with local talent. This trend is only going to continue in 2018 and multilingual candidates will become more and more the norm. The UK Brexit vote has led to many international insurers based in the UK outlining plans to relocate to another EU jurisdiction. Dublin has been identified by several large insurance and reinsurance companies as their intended EU base due to Ireland being the only English speaking country in the EU post-Brexit and availability of EU passporting benefits. Overall 2018 will be an exciting year in the insurance sector and it is going to be interesting to see how companies handle the challenges and opportunities facing them in the year ahead. But if anyone is going to lead the way in managing the risks these opportunities and challenges will bring, it must be the insurance sector. Life Assurance The life and health insurance sectors in Ireland have seen some interesting developments in recent years with several mergers and acquisitions as well as new entrants to the Irish market. Qualified financial planners and pensions administrators continue to be the main movers within these spaces and they show no sign of slowing down. Pensions administrators were highly sought after in 2017 and in particular candidates with defined benefit and defined contribution skills. With the rundown of large defined benefit schemes in Ireland and defined contribution schemes being the primary pension choice of large organisations, candidates skilled in the day-to-day administration of these schemes will continue to be in high demand throughout 2018. General Insurance Traditional skills such as claims, underwriting and brokerage consultants continue to be sought at a steady, if not spectacular, pace. The increased focus on insurance fraud has seen claims professionals with experience in this area in demand. Increasingly large compensation payments have highlighted the need for companies to focus more resources in their claims and fraud departments. There is no indication this will slow down in 2018 ,therefore candidates should be highlighting their experience in this area. Compliance One of the areas that saw significant growth in 2017 was compliance and risk, as insurance companies brace for the introduction of GDPR in May 2018. With the countdown to GDPR in full swing, insurance companies are actively trying to alleviate the disruption to their operations by getting the right people in place. This has led to compliance and GDPR qualified professionals becoming some of the most sought-after people in 2018 with both permanent positions and project roles opening across the sector. Captive/Reinsurance Brexit brought about some interesting news for the Irish reinsurance market with several companies identifying (and several more still considering) Dublin as the location of choice for their EU headquarters. Actuarial Qualified and part-qualified actuaries are continuing to attract considerable interest. New graduates are also in high demand with internships offering a great path into a trainee role. Salaries in 2018 Salaries are continuing in an upward trend and skilled employees are, in certain cases, in a position to seek a 10-15% increase when moving. This was a similar trend for specialist roles in 2017, however, we are seeing similar increases now in the 1-3 years’ experience bracket. Top Tip For 2018 Our top tip for 2018 is targeted at employers and the need to move quickly when they have identified top talent. With the talent pool shrinking and the rise of counteroffers, companies are doing their utmost to keep hold of key people and potential employers will need to act fast to secure skilled candidates. Too often in 2017 we saw employers drag their heels with their recruitment processes and miss out on key hires. 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

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Presenting In An Interview

Presenting In An Interview

Face to face interviews can be scary, but with the added pressure of presenting during an interview anyone can become a nervous wreck. Here are our tips to help you ace your interview presentation. Structure Your Presentation A strong structure is the most important thing to get right. The aim is to keep the interviewer’s attention through presenting engaging and relevant content. Plan out what you want to say through brainstorming. Draw a map showing how each point links to the next. Make sure the points you are making fit within the companies aim and objectives, thus showing the research you have done. The key thing is not to waffle. A basic outline for any presentation should have: Introduction: Give a brief overview of the subject of the presentation and what you wish to cover Elaborate: Discuss the subject in as much detail as time will allow using as little slides as possible Conclusion: Sum up what you have spoken about adding in your thoughts where necessary N.B. A useful slide to include would be a “Why Me?” slide. At the end of the day you want them to hire you for the job so this should be one point they take home. Be Visual Use your slides to keep the panel engaged as reading from slides will send anyone into a daydream. Use bullet points and images as much as possible to keep your audience attentive. Other things to include: Provide hand-outs for them to read and to take away (but give them out at the end!) Have inviting body language (do not cross your arms or put your hands in your pockets) Do not be afraid to use gestures (it will draw their attention back to you) Practice Makes Perfect Preparation is a vital part of any interview and this will help overcome nerves. You should be given enough time to prepare your presentation in advance. Use this time wisely and practice until you know everything off by heart. Additional things to perfect include tone of voice and gestures. Worried you might trip over your words? Ask a friend to help you practise your presentation until you’re completely confident. The key is to talk naturally as this will show the panel that you understand your area and that you are the best person for the job. Pronounce Every Word Clearly When you are nervous there is a temptation to speak fast to quicken the whole process; you must resist this. Add commas to your notes to signal where to take breaths and regularly pause to collect your thoughts. Speaking clearly will ensure that the panel understand your points and won’t be interrupting the presentation to ask questions. Eye Contact Presentations can be a lot harder than face to face interviews as the interviewee is the main talker. One sure way to ensure that people stay engaged is to maintain eye contact using friendly eyes. It is important to shift eye contact to everyone on the panel to keep everyone engaged and listening. There Will Be Questions Doing a presentation doesn’t mean that you will not be asked more questions. It is still an interview and the interviewer/s will still have questions to ask. They will more than likely ask about you and your presentation so be prepared. For further interview advice and/or to discuss career opportunities call 01-4744624 or send a confidential email to Alan at amurphy@sigmar.ie

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How To Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

How To Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

The one question I am always asked when preparing a candidate for an interview is “how do I answer the weakness question?” The worst reaction you can have to this question is to say I don’t have a weakness. Everyone has a weakness and the reason the interviewer is asking this question is to see how you act outside your comfort zone. People often make the common mistake of trying to turn a negative into a positive. An example of this would be I’m a perfectionist or I work too hard. These answers are boring and show the interviewer you have put very little thought into his/her question. Also you are not actually answering the question you’re just trying to put a clever spin on it.Another mistake candidates make is being too honest. Never mention a weakness that you have if it is going to stop you from getting the job. So don’t answer “I’m lazy” or that “I’m always late” as this is not what your potential new employer wants to hear. The trick to answering this is in the same way you would answer any interview question and that’s by preparing your answer in advance. It can be very difficult to talk about your flaws in a stressful situation like an interview so make sure you spend time preparing your answer. These are a few ways to best answer the weakness question: 1. Pick a weakness that is acceptable for the job Don’t pick a skill or requirement that is on the job spec that you don’t have and say it is your main weakness. This will only put doubt into the interviewers head. 2. Pick a weakness that you can develop For this type of answer you might think of an example where you had a weakness but developed it over the course of your time in prior employment. 3. Describe your weakness in a concise way Don’t go into loads of detail on this question. They are asking you your weakness so be brief and don’t come across as negative. A common answer that candidates often use when asked the weakness question is on their delegation skills. Here you can mention a time when you used to have the mentality that only you could do the job but over time you realised that it was actually slowing the work down and by delegating to other staff members the job was done quicker. This answer is perfect to give but it depends on what job you are going for. If you are going for a managerial role where managing and delegating work will be part of your job description then don’t use delegating as your weakness. Every question in an interview is an opportunity for you to sell yourself, so it is important you never miss a genuine opportunity and the weakness question is no different. Treat it like you would any interview questions that you find hard and prepare your answer.

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6 Tips To Staying Happy This Winter

6 Tips To Staying Happy This Winter

Even with Christmas on the horizon, the short days and cold, damp weather can take a toll on everyone. Below are six tips for staying happy and healthy this winter. 1. Connect with friends Catch up with good friends as much as you can. Being around happy people will lift your mood. Avoid pessimistic friends for some bonding with a happy-go-lucky pal. Why not meet up with friends after work for some mulled wine at the Dublin Christmas markets. 2. Exercise While it’s easier to turn on a television and watch “I’m a Celebrity..” or endless “X Factor” repeats, your body and mind will thank you for regular exercise. Join a gym, go for a walk, sign up for a 5k/10k or exercise indoors. 3. Plan a Break While a few days in the sun can do you the world of good, with money a bit tighter even a change of scene will make you feel better. Think of visiting a friend or family member away from where you live. If you are in a position to travel abroad, try and grab a last minute deal or book something for early next year so you have something to look forward to. 4. Volunteer Look into some volunteering this Christmas. Get in touch with Focus Ireland or the St. Vincent De Paul. You can make a big difference to an elderly neighbour if you take the time to call in and check on them as winter is especially tough for them. 5. Eat Well Keep healthy and warm Eat plenty of healthy soups and vegetables. Soups can be easily be made at home and are really cheap to make. 6. Sleep Well Again, very obvious but many people don’t get as much sleep as they need. Head to bed a little earlier and make sure you are getting the eight hours your body needs so you wake up rested and ready for another day.

Meet the Insurance Recruitment Team

Our established team of insurance consultants have a deep understanding of the Irish insurance market and are ideally placed to deliver successful results to our clients. Our team have a range of Insurance Jobs throughout Ireland with a roles for actuaries, brokers, pensions, claims processors, underwriters, commercial account handlers and executives and broker jobs.
Get in touch with the team by emailing your CV to insurance@sigmar.ie.

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