In 2023, a year marked by cautious spending, job losses, and a slowdown in recruitment processes, there was a striking shift from the hiring surge witnessed in the early stages of 2022. Despite initially strong positions, major players such as Meta, Google, and Amazon underwent staff reductions. While the tech sector did face challenges, the impact wasn’t as severe as initially anticipated.
Is your company brand something that is well known? Are you recognised in the market? Do you have the right associations attached to your name? If this is something that you have not made a conscious effort to impact, improve and establish, it’s time to focus on it. It’s not too late to hop on board, as it will make a world of difference.
Negotiating a job offer can be challenging, despite excelling in interviews and conversations. It’s crucial to express that while you appreciate the role, team, and company culture, compensation is also a significant factor. It directly influences your personal life, goals, and aspirations beyond the workplace. Balancing your enthusiasm for the job with the need for fair compensation is essential for aligning your professional and personal interests.
So, what’s happening in the talent market now? We came out of covid into an extremely fruitful environment for recruiters, with companies who were looking to grow and scale up at an extremely fast pace, offering above market average salaries, but talent was scarce and competition was high. Fast forward to Q4 of 2022 and Q1 of 2023, things have shifted within the IT talent market in Ireland and around the world, we have once again found ourselves in an uncertain environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the beginning of April, all we hoped for was things to return to “normal”. Our personal and work-lives were completely displaced and we were introduced to a new way of living as our home and work life began to merge into one. Now, as things are now beginning to wind down and we’re allowed to step back into the office it almost seems impossible to just snap back into our former normalcy.
Our interview series definitely felt the impact of the pandemic, but here’s the next one with one of Ireland’s best! Our Director Michael Lantry interviewed the Head of People and Operations at Strata3- Shona Healy, to learn about the companies core values, their people-centric environment, their growth plans and how quickly the company adpated to these unprecedented times. They are Ireland’s largest independent digital strategy, innovation and performance agency, you can now read their whole story below.
We decided to host a Round Table with a few HR leaders within the industry. Using this platform they were able to share their challenges and develop solutions to the same in a collaborative envirnoment. Some great insights was gathered from this session that can be beneficial to the others in the industry. Below we’ve attached a graphic capturing all the key points from the conversation, have a look.
The process of looking for, interviewing, and hiring new employees has probably been altered to a great extent with the onset of COVID-19. There were some who were hired even during the lockdown, and now that we see restrictions being lifted, there are more jobs going live. This means companies are on the lookout for new talent.
In the last few months, people around the world have endured different kinds of stress. People have been impacted physically, mentally, and economically.
This survey was conducted from February 2020 to March 2020, just before the COVID-19 outbreak in Ireland which created a huge shift in the market. However, there are many valuable learning points to takeaway from this analysis.
The job market has suffered a great deal due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, there are many finding it tough to make a switch or even find a suitable job opportunity. In light of this tough situation, we decided to put together a webinar around building and improving your professional profile. The webinar was broken down into 4 parts that concentrated on 4 areas that are important to ensure that you are ready for your next opportunity.
The job industry has suffered a great deal as an impact of COVID-19. Here’s a chance to prepare if you’re looking for your next opportunity. Listen to the insights and tips from Ed McDermott, Mark Valentine, Michael Lantry and Robert Hourie on how to build a strong profile.
An area as we mentioned earlier, that is feeling the impact of the current restrictions is the onboarding of a new candidate into the company and team. It’s always easier for a new person to settle into a company when they’re able to interact with their team members and are able to learn their way around the company. But in these trying times, it’s time to adapt!
Covid-19 has brought about big changes to all of our day-to-day activities. An area that has specifically experienced a significant impact is the working conditions in all companies due to the need for social distancing. As a part of this measure, the process of hiring and on-boarding of new candidates has taken a significant hit.
How are you keeping your future hires content and warm during these testing times?
Nailing video interviews is important now more than ever. With social distancing being one of the key factors in flighting the Covid-19 outbreak, all interviews are now taking place virtually.
Our Director Michael Lantry recently sat down with the CEO of area22, Kenneth Jackson to gain a better understanding of their product and their functions. “We are pioneering the provision of personality for virtual assistants that help them become more capable and actually engaging as well for the end audience”. Learn more below on how their product will revolutionise the way we interact with our virtual assistants, certainly a new and interesting space to be working in!
One of the main reasons that start-ups are becoming popular today is due to the fact that it gave young entrepreneurs and innovators in the market a chance to work on their ideas and turn them into reality. They are a product of an existing gap in the market that people have been able to develop smart solutions. The article published by Silicon Republic highlights the consistent growth of startups in the tech industry and the potential job creation as a result of this growth. Even though many are in favour of startups, an element of risk always exists in comparison to well established corporate firms. Maybe the points listed below will help build your confidence when it comes to taking a chance with a startup company.
Employee experience is defined as an employee’s observations and perceptions regarding their time in an organisation. It is a three-fold concept which consists of the company’s culture, the physical environment within which they work and the technological factors that enable them to grow and develop their skills. Employee experience is more than just a buzzword, its the secret to a successful organisation.
Owning the freedom to pick a job from two different offers is difficult often rather than an easy task. It is lovely to have the option until you’ve to make a final call. No matter how great your final pick sounds, you might always feel like you’re losing out on the declined offer in some way or the other.
We have heard time and again that there’s a war for talent since the market at this very moment is candidate driven. With the growing job opportunities, the need to find ideal candidates is becoming more prominent. Every good candidate in the market now is faced with a number of choices career-wise. It is only by developing a unique recognition in the market would you be able to stand out from the crowd. Developing this unique identification can be termed as employer branding.
Technology and times are evolving and with it, the work culture should evolve as well. Back in the day where we did not have the pleasure of video call and constant access to the internet, there was a prominent communication barrier for people who were working from home. But now we live in a day and age where we are always connected to our team and work. With the development of IoT (Internet of things) and fairly large access to WiFi, communication has become more free-flowing. People are able to communicate with their team onsite from the comfort of their home and work in collaboration. IoT is growing in popularity and that is going to pave a stronger path for remote options for employees.
Are we facing a housing crisis at this moment in Ireland? Yes, there are difficulties experienced across the country but there are valid reasons to explain the sudden spike and recently there have been measures taken to counter this.
If you’re in the market and looking to hire new talent to help your company expand and grow, you now know that it is a candidate-driven market and the demand for talent is at its highest. You blink and you could be losing out on valuable resources. There is a war for talent and you need to act quick. All employers out there need to realise there are competitors or more attractive industries who could compromise your chances of grabbing the attention of your prospective candidates.
Let’s talk about recruitment agencies and why people immediately deflect from the idea of working with them. It’s a few bad fish that give everyone a bad name, but there are some of us out there giving it our best because only a happy candidate and a happy client, keeps us happy. We’re out here working day-in and day-out trying to match the ideal candidate with their ideal company in this candidate driven market.
Voice recognition and voice assistants are growing and are slowly becoming a part of everyone’s daily lifestyle. Trying to recall the age where we Siri, Alexa or Google wasn’t a part of our life seems tough. As more and more devices go online with the expansion of IoT, voice is becoming a key interface as it is an easier and more consistent form of interaction with devices. The voice and speech recognition market is predicted to grow from $1.1 billion from 2017 to $6.9 billion in 2025. This steady growth can be attributed to the ever-developing AI industry that acts as the backbone of the voice and speech recognition technology.
It’s a new threat everyday and personal data is always at risk, security around personal information should be the priority of all businesses. Cybersecurity has gained significant attention in today’s world with all companies taking all their businesses digital. It involves technologies, processes and practices designed to protect computers, networks, programs and data from unauthorized access.
Customer experience has been making its rounds as one of the most crucial factors for a business to thrive. Something that is gaining equal significance in the market now would be the factor of employee experience. A relatively new concept that has created a buzz within the industry and brought about a few changes in the everyday work environment. If employee experience hasn’t yet gained momentum within your organisation, maybe it’s time it gains a little attention.
We recently conducted a survey towards the end of 2018 to try and gain a better understanding regarding the factors contributing to a lower employee retention rate that might exist with different companies. We reached out to people working in the Irish Market to attain proper feedback in relation their personal opinions concerning the reasons why they would be quick to switch jobs. All the responses received supported our inital analysis, but a few distinctive trends were also drawn that helped us understand, what steps the company would have to take in order to go the extra mile for their employees. The entire process of scouting, screening and hiring new employees results in higher levels of expenditure for company. So, we tried to zero down and pin down the major factors that can contribute to this expense. Below a we have depicted the trends along with our own insights into countering these issues.
The new year brings about many changes and one of them tends to be a change in jobs. A recent market research conducted by us indicated that even though a large portion of people are happy with their job situation, a majority of them were still willing to switch up if the right opportunity presented itself. If you are in two minds and looking for a new start, we at GemPool have a few roles we’re looking to fill for our clients. We work across 17 different verticals in the tech industry and if you are looking, maybe we have a role that suits your area of expertise. Have a look through a few of the roles we are currently scouting for. If any of these interest you and you fit the profile, get in touch with us!
by Namratha Ambat
Last weekend was a great one! Apart from the bank holiday weekend and the spirit of Halloween, GemPool crossed the awaited 20,000 LinkedIn followers mark. We’re excited, we’re thrilled and lets just say we went all out to celebrate (There was a lot of cake as usual).
You could be the best candidate out of the pile of applications and one wrong step from your end could change the course of your chances at bagging the job. We have had candidates that meet the job description to the mark and a slip up from them during their first interaction with the interviewer cost them a wonderful opportunity. From the direct feedback we have collected so far we are going to try and prep you for your next shot at an interview.
Salary is always a sensitive topic at the end of every interview, but a key element in any job negotiation. If you are shifting countries, switching companies or new to the work environment having prior salary knowledge regarding the expected salary for what you bring to the table will provide better perspective and ensure you are not being underpaid. You are putting in the effort, you should be fairly rewarded.
Ireland, as mentioned in our earlier blogs, is booming with employment opportunities and the IT sector is one of the larger contributors to the growth. This growth makes Ireland more attractive to candidates from different locations and we are looking at talent pouring in from different places. Relocating to Ireland is exciting and a fresh start is wonderful, so we are going to go through a few things on the cost perspective to best prepare you for this move.
Straight out of college, with a degree in hand, all you’re looking for is the right fit. It’s the vicious circle of signing up to 20 different job listing sites, hoping to find one right match. It takes time, it’s overwhelming and it’s never a simple process. Also, you’re drowning in the ever-growing talent pool and the competition that exists today is unmeasurable.
But the good news is that you’re not alone and we’re here to make this slightly easier on you.
The jobs scenario in Ireland has been thriving since 2017. The available job opportunities have only been flourishing and according to the article from the Irish Times by 2019, the Irish economy could be potentially looking to achieve full employment. One of the key industries that is contributing to this growth and which is creating a pool of jobs is the tech industry. If you’re an IT professional and located in Ireland, your future looks pretty promising.