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

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by Mark Prizeman
Data Centre Guidance

At GemPool a big part of what we do in our infrastructure practice is recruiting top talent for a number of our clients in the data centre space. It is a truly unique (and testing environment) and exciting space to get into with so many possibilities for career progression. Whether you are a hardware enthusiast looking to break in and get that much-needed industry experience or a more seasoned technician looking to advance your career we have got you covered.


5 Ways to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in a Workplace

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by Namratha Ambat
Diversity and Inclusion


How do you go about creating an equitable work environment? It’s one thing to attract a diverse talent pool, but developing a culture that is inclusive and retaining them is a whole other subject.


What do IT Recruiters Look for on Your LinkedIn Profile? 

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by Aaron Thornton
CV Assistance


Job Seeking can result in such an emphasis on your CV, that you almost forget everything else at your disposal to help get a job. Trust me, I’ve been there. You may not realise that your LinkedIn profile is just as important as a CV in helping you get a job!


Meet Joe - A Data Centre Manager Looking To Hire You

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by Michael Lantry
Data Centre Guidance


Last year we gave you a step by step guide on how to secure a job in a data centre. Today, I want to revisit this topic and add some extra insight and information that will help you.

The data centre market in Ireland is growing and has attracted a lot of media attention in recent months. For someone who might want to build a career in IT, then considering a job in IT infrastructure, specifically data centres is a smart play. With the proliferation of data across the globe, the need for data centres has never been stronger. Also, there really are some great career path opportunities.


My Journey with GemPool So Far

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by Camila Petroni
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


I’ve been asking myself over and over again how to start this “blog”. Writing has never been my place of comfort, to put words on a piece of paper (well, Google Docs haha)-, but, one of the things I love the most about working at GemPool is to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.

I have been asking myself the same question: “Is this job for real?”. I am not exaggerating at all. From the day I applied for my role as People and Operations Administrator at GemPool, I knew I was doing the right thing and this job will actually let me grow.


1 Year in The Life of an IT Recruiter

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by Sean Whelan
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


I started my recruitment career in May 2021, I had been working in retail for five years before that so I had no recruitment experience. I was going in as a complete rookie which was a risk, because I could’ve potentially not liked working in the industry or the role itself, but it also gave me the determination and motivation to learn something new and hopefully excel at it.


Writing a Tech CV to get Recognised

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by Cathal McAliskey
CV Assistance


How often have you found the perfect job, applied online and not heard anything back? In too many cases, good candidates miss out on being shortlisted due to a poorly written CV. In my job as an IT Recruiter, I review many CVs daily, and the bad ones always stick out. Your CV is a chance to make a great first impression, so it’s essential to get it right.


Top 10 Product Manager Skills To Boost Your Resume In 2022

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by Tanisha Barkakaty
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


I once heard that ‘a great product manager has the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer and the speech of a diplomat!’ This goes without saying that Product Management is a versatile field and it is very important that for a product manager to remain successful in their careers they need to focus on both, their soft as well as technical skills, so that they are at par with the market and do not miss out on any opportunity.


The in Demand Tech Skills Across Ireland in The First Half of 2022

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The IT industry in Ireland remains strong and resilient, despite global headwinds from inflation, the war and huge values dropping off the share prices of tech companies, especially in the USA. A recent report from the IDA Ireland boasted the highest ever amount of FDI (foreign direct investment) into Ireland over a six month period, in the first half of 2022.


What do IT Recruiters Look for in a Design Portfolio?

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by Genevieve Cantwell
CV Assistance IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights Job Interview Preparation


Have you ever thought about how Hiring Managers examine your design portfolio and how you can set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants? As an IT Recruitment Design Consultant, it’s my job to investigate a designer’s portfolio every day before forwarding their job applications over to my clients. This has helped me learn significant details on what works and what does not.


Are You Creating Diverse and Inclusive Job Descriptions?

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by Namratha Ambat
CV Assistance IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Did you know that the tone, words and the wishlist you use in a job spec will have an impact on who applies to the job you’ve listed? It’s very true, for example, women are less likely to apply to roles if they don’t check every requirement listed.


What Type of Job Seeker Are You?

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by Aaron Thornton
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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We’ve all been there. Going out on the job market, trying your best to come across as amazing and giving the hiring manager no other choice but to offer you a role and absolutely kill it in their company.

That being said, have you ever thought about how you may come across to hiring managers? What impression might you be giving that meant you were rejected from that one role you liked or prompted the hiring manager to fast track a recruitment process and beg you to be on their team with an offer? Well, here are a few examples of the types of candidates hiring managers deal with regularly, so let’s see if you identify as one of them!


How to Tackle Employee Retention Issues

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by Tanisha Barkakaty
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


As Richard Branson once said, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” In this period, post-covid, I have dealt with employers who have mentioned employee retention as a point of concern. Retaining staff is a huge challenge when market salaries levels keep going up, and employee’s are constantly bombarded with job opportunities.


Career Roadmap for Software Engineers

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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With a huge demand for software engineers in today’s Irish job market, software engineering is one of the most sought-after skills you can have. Many engineers believe that coding is the universal language of the 21st century.


Winning the IT Talent Tug of War

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by Sean Whelan
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


There is a constant competition for talent across all areas. This is particularly prevalent in the IT industry. In a recent article published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it stated that ‘by 2030, there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers’.

In the context of this future, it’s important that we discuss the competitive market out there within the IT industry. If we allow ourselves to dissect the small factors of how to win this chaotic battle it could ultimately make it much easier for Hiring Managers to attract new employees efficiently.


A Quick Dive Into Growth Product Managers

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IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Growth Product Managers, if you’ve been anywhere near the Product Manager job boards you’ve definitely been seeing this term all over the place, but what does it mean? Isn’t every Product Manager focused on growth? How do they differ from a regular Product Manager? Where does it fit within the Product team?


Can Recruiters Predict Recessions Better Than Economists?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Firstly, I am not an economist. I am a recruiter. So I cannot claim any level of expertise on the subject of the economy, BUT, one thing I have learnt from my career as a recruiter is that the recruitment industry is a good barometer of the economy. The recruitment industry feels it first when things slow down and also when things pick up.


How to be a Sought-After UI/UX Designer

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by Genevieve Cantwell
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Are you looking to dive into the tech jobs market for a new design role? If so, I have a few valuable insights to share with you. I am presently working as a UX/UI Design Recruitment Consultant for GemPool. During my time here I have collected very interesting data and insights on how to stand out in this very fast-paced and competitive market.


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

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by Aaron Thornton
IT Contracting Advice


As a contract recruitment consultant, I deal with contractors every day, but I also deal with people who are on the fence about contracting. I know that before I was well-versed on the world of contracting, I would have admittedly been quite oblivious to the idea of being a contractor. It just simply never crossed my mind.


Top 5 Insights for the Irish Tech Sector in 2022

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The last two years have been a huge learning experience, both employers and candidates in the tech market have grown and evolved in their own ways. Let’s take a closer look at some of the topics below.


How Does a Data Analyst Differ from a BI Data Analyst?

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by Tanisha Barkakaty
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Recently, while recruiting for a Data Analyst role, I realised how similar a Business Intelligence (BI) Data Analyst position and a Data Analyst position can be! So I felt it would be useful to research the differences, and then share these points so anyone applying to these positions can keep them in mind.


Preparing for Your Tech Interview

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by Mark Prizeman
Job Interview Preparation


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Preparation is vital for anything you plan on doing, whether that be training for a marathon or interviewing with a company you are excited about working with. Regardless of the situation, if you don’t put in the work, the results are going to be disappointing which will then hold you back from your end goal.


How do Employers Select Candidates to Join Their Teams?

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by Sean Whelan
Job Interview Preparation


For all those candidates who are open to the market and looking for a new opportunity, it’s important for you to know the selection process that goes on behind the scenes. There are many stages that take place in a selection process.


What does a Gender Inclusive Leader Look Like?

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Diversity and Inclusion


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Before we can begin to break down what a gender-inclusive leader is, first we need to understand what we associate with an effective leader, and more importantly, why we associate certain traits with an effective leader.

This may seem like a tedious and possibly an unimportant task, but have you ever stopped to wonder why some traits are held in higher regard than others?

Probably not, and that’s okay! But let’s dig a little deeper.


What Should Agency Recruiters Be Doing For You?

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by Michael Lantry
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The recruitment services provided by an agency must add value to the client. This is paramount. If this value creation is not there, then it’s all a costly waste of time. So the focus should always be on what the client needs. The obvious need is to hire talent. But what are the other compelling ways that a recruitment agency can add value?


Preparing for and Negotiating a Job Offer

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by Cathal McAliskey
Job Interview Preparation


In the current IT market, software developers change jobs roughly every 2 years, so it is extremely important to be well equipped in dealing with offers and hiring processes. Before entering interview processes, I would recommend doing these 2 things:


Networking Is One Of The Best Tools For Career Development

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by Victoria Cojocaru
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Networking is more than a buzzword in today’s industry. Networking is about establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with people. It’s a two-way street. If you open doors for others and deliver good opportunities, in return you will reap its benefits.


Top 5 Things to Avoid in a Job Interview

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by Aaron Thornton


You have the technical skills, you have the experience, you have the drive to do a great job and you have just been invited for an interview with a company you’d like to work for. Everything is going swimmingly.


Information Technology Salary Guide Ireland 2022

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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.


Data Analyst: Is It An Attractive Career Path?

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by Tanisha Barkakaty
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Data analysis skills will always be in demand. For most companies across various sectors, like finance and banking or retail and e-commerce or private equity firms; data plays an important role in shaping the growth and informing development roadmap of their company.


  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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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.


Can Creativity Damage Your Job Application?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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​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?


Network Engineer’s Job Search Toolkit

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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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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.


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.


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