What are the Biggest Hiring Trends in the Irish Tech Market Right Now?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights

GemPool is working with some incredible tech companies in Ireland right now to help find them the right talent for their teams. As we talk to our clients to understand their needs, we have seen some trends emerging on what our clients are asking us to prioritise in our headhunting. Also, we are constantly talking to candidates in Ireland and across the EU every day.


Living In Ireland Guide

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Interview Preparation


What a year 2021 has been! As we’re heading into the new year that’s filled with opportunities and new beginnings. There are probably many out there looking to move jobs and some taking an even bigger leap by moving to countries for a fresh new challenge and start.


What to Consider with Contract and Permanent Jobs

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by Sean Whelan
IT Contracting Advice


If you’re looking to dive back into the job market, it’s always important to gain a better understanding of the options available. The best way to do this is to compare what the differences are between potential job opportunities within both contract and permanent positions.


Top 5 Tech Careers to Keep an Eye On

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


IT is the driving force behind the growth of modern businesses. Today we see the importance of technology to our everyday lives, and the many opportunities to launch a career in the IT space. With IT constantly changing due to innovation, it’s crucial to plan out your career path and choose a rewarding vocation where you can be impactful. Here are some emerging career paths to consider:


Data Centre Job Market 2022

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by Robert Hourie
Data Centre Guidance


The Data Centre industry has had an unusual 18-24 months, from hyper growth to sustaining growth and power and electrical concerns. While other industries struggled, Data Centres continued to flourish but not without its challenges.


Gender Inclusive Initiatives - Looking at Your 2022 Plans

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by Sofia Chaves
Diversity and Inclusion


Although I have only just started my career in the technology industry, I have had the fortune of working alongside a large range of leaders in my professional life, some better than others, for many reasons, but each and every one of them has taught me something valuable.


Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Apply for a Job

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Going down the path of job applications is no walk in the park. It’s a windy road with many twists and turns, but when you find that one ideal job that checks all the boxes on your list, it is definitely worth it. But during this search for the ‘one (perfect job)’, you could be tempted to apply to as many as possible, irrespective of whether it matches your criteria or not. Try to avoid this instinct.


Top 5 Things to Consider While Changing Jobs in Cyber Security

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by Mark Prizeman
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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Has your role become a little bit stale? Looking for a new opportunity within the cyber security space but don’t know where to start? This happens to us all regardless of the line of work we are in but the hardest part for people looking to change jobs is where exactly do they begin.

It might sound simple but covering the basics first is the easiest way to start. Building a strong network, creating a CV that showcases your experience and the benefits you wouldbring to a new company are key.


3 Steps to Improve Your Design Portfolio

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by Cathy Wojnicki
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights Job Interview Preparation


As a Recruiter for UX, UI and Product Designers, I get to look at dozens of portfolios a day. My job is to figure out whether the work showcased demonstrates the right skills that the hiring manager is looking for. As enjoyable as it is to wander through peoples’ work, it has become a much quicker process with experience. I can now identify whether a candidate is suitable for a role within seconds. It has come to my attention that this rapid decision-making process is a norm in the design industry. A trained eye can pick up what it needs and move on.


Cloud Engineering- Everything You Need to Know

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Cloud Engineering has gone from strength to strength with the emergence of the public cloud offerings from AWS, Azure, and GCP. This has led to greater demand for cloud engineers to build or maintain cloud infrastructure. A career in Cloud Engineering is very appealing with the vast opportunities for learning, especially the number of certificates on offer from the cloud providers.


The Engineering Skills Gap and How We Got Here

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by Chris Gavaghan
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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I started a civil engineering degree in 2006… why wouldn’t I; Construction in Ireland was absolutely booming, the country was borrowing and spending more than ever before.What the majority in this country didn’t realise at that time was that we were on the precipice of a financial collapse that would be felt around the world.


Top 5 Highest in Demand Tech Jobs In Ireland

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by Sean Whelan
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


As we come to the end of 2021, it’s time to have a quick look over the different job titles that have been most popular within the tech industry in Ireland. For Hiring Managers, it’s an important trend to keep an eye on as it represents what this year has been like in terms of job flow in the industry and might indicate what 2022 could look like. These insights are key when considering hiring plans for 2022 and potentially timelines for attracting ‘high demand’ skill sets.


Top Pointers on  Negotiating Contracting Rates

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by Lee Garvin
IT Contracting Advice


During the process of negotiations with regards to your contract and pay, you should expect to receive a rate that is both fair to your expectations and realistic with regards to factors such as experience and location. Contract rates are often more attractive than the corresponding permanent job’s equivalent, so naturally it’s no surprise that money is largely the motive for some people choosing this work option.

With this in mind, naturally you are going to want to push for a higher rate as much as possible while negotiating, but this must also be within reason, so as not to scare off any revised offers.


How Can You Prevent Burnout in the Team You Lead?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


As a Leader, you must be people focused in your approach and think about the human behind the computer screen. Everyone has different stresses and things going on at any time, so burnout may occur in some people and not others. Leading with empathy, understanding and openness will allow you to be effective in trying to manage burnout in your team/s.


Latest Project Management Trends in IT

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by Sofia Chaves
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


With the introduction of new technology, adaptable methodologies and leadership approaches, Project Management continues to change and evolve.

Add on the innovative pressure of a global pandemic and it’s hard to keep up.

As a Project Manager, it is important to stay ahead of the curve, by keeping up with the latest technologies and trends. After speaking to Hiring Managers, Project Managers and researching industry trends, I have compiled the 5 latest project management trends.


Top Interview Tips to Secure A Job in A Data Centre

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Data Centre Guidance Job Interview Preparation


So you have decided to start a new career in a data centre and you are wondering what to expect, how to prepare, wondering about the interview process, what questions they will ask, will it be formal or informal, and how can you stand out from the competition?

Well I am here to help guide you through the process and give you some insight on how to secure a job in a data centre.


Data Centres In Ireland: The Ever-growing Industry

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by Robert Hourie
Data Centre Guidance


Ireland has been growing in popularity as the ideal data centre destination over the past few years. There are 53 operational data centres in Ireland, with 8 more under construction and 26 with planning approval and are expected to double by 2025.


How Should Job Seekers Deal with Job Search Frustration?

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by Loveth Uche
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


A popular topic of conversation at this moment seems to be around job search frustration across the industry. Applying to multiple jobs and getting nowhere, as an unemployed individual or for someone looking for a change, can be terribly frustrating. It can get so demoralising and mentally draining that some people tend to give up and just accept their fate. It gets worse when you hardly get feedback from a rejection and it’s understable that not everyone is strong enough to keep going in such situations.


Top Questions Hiring Managers Need To Answer

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by Mark Prizeman
Job Interview Preparation


When it comes to interviewing, one of the most important things is that you make a positive impression on the hiring manager conducting the interview. The easiest and best way to do this is to come across and show your keen interest in the role. Bringing your own questions to the table is a great way of highlighting that you are determined, motivated and are completely prepared for the interview.


Looking To Switch Jobs? Here Are Things To Consider!

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by Chris Gavaghan
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


A man once gave me a piece of advice that never left me, and while it may have been a throw-away line from a man I have always admired; it’s relevance to this piece of writing is a reminder that you can strategize all you want but you can’t account for unknowns.

His advice was “A good guess is better than a bad measure”

The most successful changes personally, in my career have come after making a well thought out and measured decision.


Importance of Career Goals to Software Engineers and their Employers

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Career goals are important for Software Engineers as they will keep you focused and keep you improving. Goals are targets to aim for, steps to follow with opportunities for progression. Let’s look at career goals, the different types, some examples, common mistakes and why employers should be interested in hearing about an individual’s career aspirations.


4 Main Signs Indicating It’s Time To Switch Jobs

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by Sean Whelan
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Can you pinpoint the exact moment when you realised you needed a fresh start in terms of your working life? Are you able to determine the factors and circumstances that lead to this decision? It’s never just a single reason that leads to this moment. It usually is a mix of different elements, piling up over a period of time, that makes you realise it’s time to start the next chapter.


Infrastructure Project Manager Job Search Toolkit

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Search Toolkits


Diving back into the pool of job opportunities is never an easy task. Whenever you’re ready to take that next step and turn the page to start a new chapter on the job front you’ll always need a bit of support and help. A job search process is all about research and preparation. This is where we aim to make this slightly easier on you with this toolkit.


What’s Happening to Salaries in the Irish Tech Market?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


In this blog I will propose three reasons why the market has seen so much flux. This analysis is based on what we are hearing from the market, in Ireland, and revolves predominantly around technical skill sets in software engineering roles up to management level. So this relates to mid level, senior level, and lead level software engineers.


Top 7 Red Flags Employers Notice in an Interview

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Interview Preparation


While attending an interview as a potential candidate there’s a long list of elements for you to focus on. Starting from preparing technical answers for the given job description, to learning more about the company and then preparing questions by yourself for the interviewer.
We’ve gone through all the various stages of interview preparation in our previous blogs, but today what I would like to focus on is things to avoid in an interview setting.


How to Win the IT Talent War

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Approaching, competing in, and winning the IT Talent War is a topic so broad and multi-faceted, that it would be worthy of an entire academic semester’s worth of study and debate. The fact is, there is no tried, tested and proven method. There is no single golden bullet. You need to look at marketing, and how and where you’re sourcing.


Key Considerations for Onboarding New Hires in a Hybrid World

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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We are seeing companies get creative with how they are approaching the future and in all cases, these decisions will impact other parts of the company too. For example, if a role is fully remote or hybrid or fully onsite, how does this impact how you onboard someone into that role?

Today I am going to outline the key considerations when onboarding new team members going into hybrid roles, and make some suggestions on how to address these potential issues.


Why Do You Lose Employees?

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by Cathy Wojnicki
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The competition for tech talent has never been as strong. With a vibrant indigenous tech scene, coupled with the continued rise of large multinationals setting roots in Ireland, employers need to find creative ways to attract, but also retain staff. Today I wanted to explore why do employees flirt with the idea of leaving in the first place? What are the reasons behind them responding to messages from their competitors?


How to Succeed in a Hybrid Workplace

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by Robert Hourie
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


In this blog I will answer some questions that are widely concerning managers today as we prepare for the new way of working. Surely the 40 hours a day in an office 5/6 times a week is now a choice rather than something that is forced upon us. Maybe, maybe not! In this blog we will explore why in some cases this will work and in other cases it won’t and provide a few tips on how to succeed in a hybrid workplace.


Top 7 Remote Job Interview Questions

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by Sofia Chaves
Job Interview Preparation


I think it’s fair to say that remote work is here to stay and whether you’ve been with the same role for the past 2 years, or you are just entering or re-entering the workforce, this means it’s the first time going through an interview process for remote work. If this is the first time you’re attending a remote interview let me share a few pointers that will help you prepare better.


The 2 Key Components of Performance Management

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Performance management is a subtle art. I believe there are two components to effective performance management. Firstly you need to ensure that you have created the right environment, then it’s about the measurement of performance. As the old saying goes, what gets measured, gets done.


How to Be Successful in a Video Interview

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by Loveth Uche
Job Interview Preparation


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Ever wondered why you are being invited to a job interview and not making it after the first, second or third stages? It is true that most companies have different reasons for recruiting in a particular role. However, if you are called for an interview, the employer already thinks you are a good fit for that role.


Are You Aware Of The Advantages Of Using Specialist Recruiters?

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by Lee Garvin
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Recruitment companies have been around for a long time, but the industry has seen huge growth over the past number of years. This is because an increasing number of companies are realising the value that they can add, and recruiters are becoming more and more specialised in specific areas to cater for their clients needs.


.NET Developers Job Search Toolkit

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Search Toolkits


Starting a new job search journey and looking for some guidance? As IT recruiters who have been working in this space for over 16 years, we’ve got a wealth of information to share with you.

In this toolkit, we’re going to focus on providing all you .NET Developers with CV guidance and interview questions that will help you prepare better and improve your rate of success in your job search.


Checklist to go Through While Preparing for a Tech Interview

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Job Interview Preparation


Preparing for an interview entails taking the time to deeply consider one’s qualifications and how they relate to the position advertised by the employer. In order to accomplish this, a few steps need to be followed to ensure a successful interview session and even employment prospect. The following are some of the steps one can easily follow while preparing for a technical interview.


What do We Look for in Candidates for Our Data Centre Teams?

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Data Centre Guidance


The number of data centre jobs is ever-increasing and, whilst the necessary base of technical knowledge and ability is rather commonplace, these are not your typical IT jobs in Dublin. Data centres are a completely different environment to what most people are used to and, because of this, the job isn’t for everybody, regardless of technical ability.


How to Attract Tech Talent to a Start-Up - 3 Techniques That Work

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


At GemPool, we have worked with tech start-ups going all the way back to 2005. This is our bread and butter. It’s fantastic that Ireland has such a vibrant tech start-up scene.


Current Overview on IT Recruitment and What to Expect in Q3

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by Robert Hourie
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


At GemPool we have found that 2021 has been a strong year. We have noticed large recruitment activity in the IT sector and seeing upward trends as we move into Q3.


The 3 Best Questions To Ask During An Interview In A Tech Start-Up

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by Michael Lantry
Job Interview Preparation


Taking a longer term view of your career should make you more focused on the learning rather than the money you can make. Taking on a role in a really interesting, well led, start-up can put you on a faster trajectory towards your career goals.


Points to Remember While Negotiating Job Offers

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Interview Preparation


When this happens and it happens quite often, you will need to start negotiating the current job offer in hand. Having this conversation is pretty uncomfortable, but it’s something you need to dive into, while keeping a few specific rules in mind.


What Type of Job Seeker Are You?

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Every job seeker is different from the other and the path we adopt to secure a new job won’t be the same. Below I’ve listed the different types of candidates I’ve come across in my years within IT Recruitment. Can you spot the type of job seeker you are?


10 Ways to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in a Workplace

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Diversity and Inclusion


All organisations need workplace diversity to establish a flourishing business, particularly regarding worker engagement. Today, many managers have a clear understanding of the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Therefore, they have implemented various initiatives to increase the level of diversity and inclusion in their organisations.


Can Creativity Damage Your Job Application?

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by Cathy Wojnicki
CV Assistance


Is it time to ditch the old black and white Microsoft Word CV layout for something more fun? I’d say yes. In today’s competitive job market it is crucial to stand out from the crowd as a job seeker.

For a hiring manager, seeing the same eyesore resume layout can be dull and repetitive. Adding a bit of creativity to your CV should catch their attention.


Top Tips on Answering Job Responsibility Interview Questions

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by Lee Garvin
Job Interview Preparation


In every job opportunity nowadays, there is usually a list of criteria that defines exactly what the company is looking for, and what the job responsibilities will be. This is the first line of screening, and gives any potential candidates a good idea of what to expect in their day to day - should they wish to work in the position.


5 Ways of Attracting Tech Talent in a Remote World

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Over the past year a lot of us have got used to our home offices and kitchen tables and have adopted working from home. What the pandemic has shown us is that we don’t need to be in a physical location to complete our job responsibilities and that commuting is time wasted.Going forward many tech companies will adopt more flexibility around remote working and this raises the question – How can Companies Attract Talent in a Remote World?


Why Set Business Goals for Employees?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Organisations have goals. These can be financial goals or sales goals, or growth in headcount goals etc. When you are working within an organisation, you will often hear about these goals at team, division or ‘all-hands’ meetings.

This is all very important as the employees of a company should know what they are trying to achieve, together. But these goals very often don’t directly impact individual employees, day to day.


The Journey from an IT Contract Job to a Permanent Position

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by Robert Hourie
IT Contracting Advice


As a Contractor, what’s the best way of converting my contract into a permanent job?

On a daily basis I speak with people seeking IT jobs in Dublin. At GemPool we have the luxury of working with some of the most attractive IT companies in the world, however a lot of these roles are based on a contract.

The below I hope will be some guidance on how to tip the scale in your favour in order to get a permanent role.


UX UI Designer’s Job Search Toolkit

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Search Toolkits


Are you looking for a job as a UX UI Designer in the Irish Market?

If you are, we’re here to help you in this search.


What are The Typical Career Paths for a Business Analyst?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


According to Wikipedia, a Business Analyst is a ‘person who analyses an organisation or business domain and documents its business, processes, or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology’. The aim of a Business Analyst, or BA, is to find improvements in these processes or systems.


How to Deal with Being Spoilt for Choice with Job Offers

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


If you have secured more than one job offer, its brilliant news but also presents a challenge. How do you decide which offer is the best for you? What criteria should be driving your decision?


How does Cultural Diversity Add to a Company’s Success?

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by Namratha Ambat
Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity, equality, and inclusion. Three words have quickly found themselves at the top of almost every companies’ priority list. Diversity helps bring different perspectives, drives innovation, and creates a sense of belonging within workplaces. It’s a topic that is finally gaining the attention it deserves.


Workplace Diversity and How We Can Tackle Unconscious Bias

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Diversity and Inclusion


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In today’s work environment, the word ‘diversity’ is taking its place to a whole new level and earning more and more respect for its meaning. As the general definition states, diversity at the workplace consists of having people that are different in ages, abilities, languages, races, ethnicity, nationalities, social and economic statuses, genders, sexual orientations and religions. How is it really impacting the company and benefits that diversity brings with it?


Do you Really Know What’s Going on in Your Remote Team?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Do you have responsibility over the performance of other members in your team? Have you changed how you manage those team members if they are now remote working and previously weren’t?


Top Pointers on Creating a Successful Hybrid Working Model

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by Robert Hourie
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Now that we are all accustomed to our working from home life, how are we going to re-adapt to going back to the office? Recently the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon & Goldman Sachs announced that they plan on bringing everyone back to the office in a structured way, over the course of the next few months. Perhaps the great return is upon us, or is it?


PHP Developers’ Job Search Toolkit

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Search Toolkits


No matter how many times you’ve headed down the road of job applications and interview processes, it’s always slightly nerve wracking. To make this easier on you right at the very start, we’ve created this toolkit. The aim of this toolkit is to cover the basic groundwork and prepare you for the path ahead.


The Lessons I Learnt About Personal Career Development

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Everyone’s experience of their work and career is very unique and personal. But there is one thing that everyone has in common. It’s in your control. You have the power to influence your own actions and the direction your career goes. You have the ability to make things happen.

One thing I would tell myself younger self finishing up in college would be to proactively go after what I wanted in my career.

The key is simple planning, goal setting and action. For anyone who is currently meandering in their career or feels like they are not in control of it, why not try out these 5 steps to managing your personal career development.


10 Best Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Interview Preparation


In every interview process, it is important to bring your own questions to the table. In 99% of interviews, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. This is an opportunity to gain more insight into the role and the company, amongst other things.


What Kind of Professional Goals Should You Create?

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by Lee Garvin
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Planning for the future is not always the easiest task in-hand, but when it comes to your career, it’s vital in order to grow within your chosen path. Setting a professional goal can help you focus more on getting to where you want to be (in let’s say 5 years), but first of all it is important to figure out where it is exactly that you want to see yourself.


How can Defined Career Paths Help with Recruitment

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Having clear career paths and career ladders within a company has a number of benefits. The obvious one is that it provides a framework for existing staff to progress their career, learn new skills and continue to be challenged. But there are less obvious benefits worth paying attention to.


How to Write The Perfect Job Description

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by Michael Lantry
CV Assistance


The job spec really sets out the tone for the job and the employer. Get it right, and you will get more, better quality, applications, and therefore end hire. Get it wrong, and you can damage your brand in the talent market, and really struggle to get the right hire. This can be costly.


Data Centre Operatives Job Search Toolkit

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Search Toolkits


Every job search process requires a candidate to focus on a few different elements in order to ensure a good level of success. The key to success in any job search process is preparation. This toolkit is exactly aimed at that, it will help you prepare on all fronts. Right from the process of writing and building the ideal CV to interview preparation, we have got you covered.


How to Ace Your Interview Using STAR Interview Technique

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Job Interview Preparation


It is the goal of any employer to question aspects of soft skills during the interview process. They are looking to recruit the best candidate who is capable of changing in a variety of circumstances. Displaying one’s soft skills shows how one performed in previous roles to accomplish one’s goals and objectives.


What Kind of Action Words Should You Use on Your Resume?

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by Cathy Wojnicki
CV Assistance


Hiring managers and recruiters look at hundreds of resumes weekly, so it is important to make yours stand out. Set yourself apart by utilising action words in your CV. Using the right verbs will make them jump off the page, and will signal to the hiring manager that you have the right skills and qualifications for the role at hand.


Python Developers Job Search Toolkit

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Search Toolkits


Starting your job search process at any point in your career is not an easy task. A little help and guidance can go a long way. As specialist recruiters working in the IT space, we have leveraged our extensive experience to create the following guide which can assist you in your job search endeavours.


What Would You Change About Your Hiring Process?

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


In short, there were many. Far too many to go into here, so below I’ve highlighted just a couple from each end of the spectrum.


Why is Workplace Diversity Training so Important?

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by Sarah Cotter
Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a major obstacle for most companies in the IT sector. The tech industry has seen significant growth in terms of the number of people working in the industry, however we are yet to see a striking difference in terms of gender diversity.


IT Recruitment Market Insights for 2021

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by Robert Hourie
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Despite economic uncertainty heading into 2021, the outlook for IT professionals is a positive one. If the COVID-19 pandemic has done one thing for the IT industry, it’s that it has shone a very bright light on the increasingly critical nature of digital IT tools and infrastructures. Below are a few stats to give you an idea as to how the sector has grown.


Social Media and It’s Importance as A Recruitment Tool

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Social recruiting is booming as a trend in today’s environment as a substantial level of employers indicate that quantity and quality of applications they receive through social channels are high. According to Undercover recruiter, 79% of job seekers are scanning through social media for job opportunities. Looking for job opportunities or looking for job seekers, social platforms are increasingly growing as a popular go-to option.


10 Best Questions to ask a Software Engineer During an Interview

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by Cathal McAliskey
Job Interview Preparation


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From speaking to many candidates and hiring managers I have compiled a list of the best questions to understand software development candidates. These questions cover a range of topics from ideal environment to interests and motivations. An interview must be considered from both points of view.


 How is the Job Market for IT Project Managers?

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by Lee Garvin
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


​We do however, often see project managers change jobs around this time of year and this can be due to a contract ending or they’re simply seeking a change. Project Managers are always in high demand, there’s usually a wealth of jobs for candidates to apply for.

So how is the market looking now?


Top 5 Insights for the Irish Tech Sector in 2021

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The tech industry in Ireland specifically, has also been through a lot over the last 12 months. As we make our way through 2021, we are starting to see some more solid predictions coming from various corners.


Network Engineer’s Job Search Toolkit

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by Robert Hourie
Job Search Toolkits


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​To help make your network engineering job hunt fruitful, we’ve compiled the following critical information which will give you the inside track on CV creation, general competency frameworks and detailed technical questions to expect throughout the hiring process.


Strategic Resource Planning During a Pandemic

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


There are any number of ways to approach resource planning, with no, single, tried and tested method proven to succeed and anyone who tells you otherwise is no different to that guy who pops up on Instagram now and then trying to sell you 7 simple steps to being rich and successful.


What do IT Recruiters Look for on Your LinkedIn Profile? 

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by Cathy Wojnicki
CV Assistance


I know the process of looking for a new job, or making your profile more searchable for recruiters can seem daunting, but here are a few tips that will help you optimize your LinkedIn profile.


Top 5 Reasons to Exclusively Work with One Recruiter

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by Sarah Cotter
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Sometimes the excitement of making a new career move can be daunting. You might work, be in school or taking care of your family. The thought of having to update your resume, find advertised jobs, apply to various career pages and hope then that you get responses can seem like a lot of hassle at best, or worse, fill you with dread and anxiety. Working with a recruiter can make the whole process easier.


Top 5 Interview Rounds to Prepare For in IT

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Job Interview Preparation


Preparation for an interview is a big part of the process of finding a new job. The key to giving yourself the highest percentage chance of success in an interview is to prepare, prepare and prepare. In this blog, I will mainly focus on technical interviews and the questions that can get put in front of candidates. I will also reflect on certain scenario-based questions, and how best to answer them.


Importance of Short-Term Restructuring - Flexible Staffing Offerings

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by Robert Hourie
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Now those companies need to find an interim solution that might be more cost effective then using the Managed Services company that set it up. So, to get an effective short-term plan, you need to look into the following steps:


Why Now Is The Best Time For You To Upskill?

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by Cathal McAliskey
Job Interview Preparation


In the current climate there are great opportunities to upskill within software development. We are no longer wasting time on long commutes so we should have a lot more spare time on our hands. If you want to get ahead of the competition you should think about investing some of this time into upskilling and keeping up to date with modern technology.


Top Tips While Negotiating Salaries

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by Lee Garvin
Job Interview Preparation


When changing jobs, there are many factors that can determine somebody’s decision to accept an offer. An obvious, but highly important factor is the salary and package that is offered by the company. This can result in tense salary negotiations and if not handled correctly by either the company or the candidate, can result in the hire not being made at all.


Understanding the Building Blocks of Employer Branding

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The concept of employer branding isn’t a new strategy, it has been around for a long time. However, it is definitely something that is gaining more and more importance when it comes to talent acquisition strategies in tech companies.

Is your company brand something that is well known? Are you recognised in the market? Do you have the right associations made? If this is something that has not been at the top of your priority list, it’s time to focus on it. It’s not too late to hop on board, as it will make a world of difference.


Information Technology Salary Guide Ireland 2021

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by Namratha Ambat
Job Interview Preparation


​The tech industry is booming and there are constantly growing opportunities, but the available talent is scarce in comparison to the demand levels, this essentially makes it a candidate driven market in Ireland.


What are the Effects Data Centres Have on Society?

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by Robert Hourie
Data Centre Guidance


I wanted to write this quick blog to explain the importance of data centre’s in today’s society and perhaps investigate some of the myths that consume so many when it comes to data centres.


Challenges Project Managers are Facing in The Current Climate

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by Lee Garvin
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Having spoken to numerous project managers over the past few months, it’s interesting to see how their roles have evolved in terms of their day to day activities. That being said, with IT teams often being dispersed (even in normal times), some would say that project managers are among some of the least affected with regards to the Covid-19 outbreak.


Is There A Demand for IT Contractors Currently?

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IT Contracting Advice


2020 has been a devastating year economically for the whole world due to the pandemic. However, it will probably become known for the year of online business. This sector has really taken off this year and this was reflected by companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Zoom, to name a few, doing exceptionally well.

This sudden surge of dependency on these platforms, has given rise to another demand, contractors.


A Tech Recruiter’s Journey Through Lockdown 2.0

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by Sarah Cotter
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Here we are again…Lockdown 2.0. Back in March we all thought we would be back in the office in a month and everything would be back to normal. Nearly 8 months later and we are in another lockdown!


How to move up the ladder as a Software Developer

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


It’s human nature to look to the future and look at where our jobs could lead us and a career in software development is no different. While the progression ladder isn’t as straightforward as other professions, there are two directions developers usually take – Technical or People. Both options provide a challenging direction for developers but require a lot of preplanning and reflection to ensure they follow the right path.


How to Work Effectively with a Recruiter

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Recruitment, especially from a candidate’s perspective, is comparable to talent management. Much like an athlete, actor or media personality would likely have an agent to manage their day-to-day engagements, contracts and obligations; a tech professional looking for their next challenge might engage with a recruiter, to help them navigate the labyrinth that is today’s Irish tech job market


What are Some Challenges That UX/UI Designers Face in SaaS Companies?

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by Cathy Wojnicki
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The main concern for any SaaS company is having customers continuously revisit their product. The best way to ensure this, is by creating a great user experience. This has had a proven success rate especially for SaaS start-ups in the United States, where they incorporate design in their earliest stages of production, and where developers and designers work as one.


A Guide to Writing your Perfect Tech CV

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by Namratha Ambat
CV Assistance


In this blog, we’re going to attempt to improve your chances of getting shortlisted for your next dream job opportunity. If you have the skills and experience, don’t let your CV hold you back. These pointers below will help you stay ahead of the game in this tech market in Ireland.


What is The Job of an IT Recruiter?

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by Lee Garvin
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Working as a recruiter can be a hectic but highly enjoyable role for the right person. There are a lot of daily tasks involved and if being compared with other sectors, is like a mixture of HR and sales together. In this job the main outcome essentially is to match the right candidates with the right job, but the hiring manager for the company makes the final hire decision.


What are the Different Types of IT Recruitment Tools?

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Choosing what recruitment channel to use can be difficult as you need to consider some factors before deciding such as budget and resources, employer brand, skill gaps in the current team, labour market conditions and the role, time to hire and number of vacancies


Technical Recruitment Advice for Scaling Start-ups

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Hiring can be challenging if you do not have someone well versed in recruitment best practices. If you are a scaling start-up and thinking of building your team without a dedicated Human Resource (HR) team, we might have some useful tips for you.


Cloud Engineer & Cloud Architect – What’s the difference?

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Cloud computing is something that is becoming more popular within today’s IT industry with the emergence of the cloud hosting offering from Microsoft, Amazon and Google. IT Companies see cloud as the future.


Avoid These 5 Recruitment Myths for a Better Tech Talent Acquisition Strategy

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


There are any number of factors that need to be taken into account when developing a talent acquisition strategy for your business. As with creating any kind of plan, one issue almost always prompts another and, before you know it, things have got out of hand.


Get Your Head Into The Cloud

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


This information age has meant an exponential creation of data. This has only been made possible by the growth and improvement of cloud computing technologies. One cannot underestimate the importance of cloud computing in our modern way of living.


Why don’t we have ‘Contract-To-Hire’ Arrangements in Ireland?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Contracting Advice


In the USA the use of contract to hire arrangements is quite a popular approach for bringing in talent. So why do we not see it in Ireland where so many US owned companies operate and, quite often, our talent acquisition strategies and workforce structures align? Here we will attempt to explain what ‘contract to hire’ is and why it is not used by employers in Ireland.


Is Partnering with an IT Recruitment Agency your Safest Bet?

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The process of hiring a new employee who fits the technical requirements as well as the cultural aspect of your company requires a lot of work and dedication. It comes down to the question of whether you want to spend your time seeking out talent or save your time and spend the money to make that perfect hire.


Ever Wondered How Much Money You Can Make As A Contractor?

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by Sarah Cotter
IT Contracting Advice


As a recruiter, I work with both contract and permanent positions. In recent months there has been an increasingly large number of people who are now working as contractors. With the economy so unpredictable, more businesses are embracing the concept of hiring contractors for project-based work. I find that there are a lot of questions asked about contracting but one question in particular is, “how do I convert a perm salary to a contract daily rate”?


The Challenges of Hiring Staff for a Data Centre

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by Lee Garvin
Data Centre Guidance


Working in the Data Centre space is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland, and with that also comes the demand for exceptional staff to work within them. The systems and designs of data centres are constantly changing and innovating and this can make them an exciting but also a tricky place to work. There are many reasons that people find data centres an appealing place to work and the ever evolving industry has many delights that you can read about further here.


Pros and Cons of IT Contracting

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Contracting Advice


Contracting is where you are hired to work on a project or task for a set period of time, normally 6 or 12 months. You receive what is called a contract for service rather than a contract of service (perm position). The 2 types of contracting are fixed term or daily rate.


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