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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.


The 2 Key Components of Performance Management

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by Michael Lantry
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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.


Are You Aware Of The Advantages Of Using Specialist Recruiters?

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by Lee Garvin
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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.


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

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by Michael Lantry
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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
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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.


What Type of Job Seeker Are You?

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by Richard Ward
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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?


5 Ways of Attracting Tech Talent in a Remote World

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by Cathal McAliskey
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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
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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.


What are The Typical Career Paths for a Business Analyst?

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by Michael Lantry
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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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by Richard Ward
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?


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?


The Lessons I Learnt About Personal Career Development

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by Michael Lantry
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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.


What Kind of Professional Goals Should You Create?

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by Lee Garvin
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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
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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.


What Would You Change About Your Hiring Process?

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by Richard Ward
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.


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.


 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.


Strategic Resource Planning During a Pandemic

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by Richard Ward
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.


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.


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:


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.


What are The Most Popular Hiring Trends Right Now?

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by Cathy Wojnicki
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


The world has gone through a lot of changes in 2020, and many areas of our lives have been flipped upside down. While the future is uncertain, different industries are thinking about the best ways to reshape our work life to suit the new tomorrow. There are a number of hiring trends already in place that are here to stay for the long run. Today, I wanted to focus on three key trends we are seeing right now.


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.


Top 5 Things to Consider While Changing Jobs in Cyber Security

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Have you decided to start looking for a new job in Cybersecurity? Or perhaps thinking about it due to the change in circumstances caused by the pandemic? As a Security Recruitment Consultant, I interact with cybersecurity professionals regularly. One common question I hear multiple times is- How to look for a new job during this pandemic?


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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by Richard Ward
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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.


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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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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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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by Richard Ward
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.


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.


The Front-line Workers We Didn’t Clap For

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by Richard Ward
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Nurses, doctors, paramedics, and other members of the emergency services have - quite rightly - received a huge amount of praise for their efforts out there on the coal face. Whether we were out clapping at 8pm on a Tuesday (and then the following Tuesday which in some places got moved to the Thursday) or, for those who hail from my side of the sea, “Going blue” on Facebook for the NHS, we were doing our 21st-century best to acknowledge how indebted we are to them.


6 Things that Might Interest You About the Employment Law in Ireland

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by Richard Ward
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


Throughout this piece I have highlighted a number of elements of Irish Employment Law that I believe may be of interest, particularly to those coming to Ireland from abroad. I’m not an expert in Irish Employment Law, but I’ve recently undertaken a course on the subject, in order to bolster my proficiency in the area and was fascinated by a number of points that wouldn’t necessarily spring to mind. Also, much like that song that you hear for the first time, then find yourself hearing it everywhere you go, I’ve found that in my work as a specialist in the Data Centre Recruitment space, not a day goes by when I don’t come across at least one of these points these points that, prior to taking the course, I could well have been oblivious to.

Have a read, yourself. Were you aware of these things before?


When is The Right Time to Return to The Office, If At All?

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by Robert Hourie
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


I have found myself asking many of my contacts the same question I am asking myself. When should we bring people back to the office? Some of the larger multi nationals are keeping their offices closed for the rest of the year. Others until next summer, believe it or not, little more information here if you want to explore further.


The World Of PHP Development

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by Sarah Cotter
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Its fast, flexible, and practical, PHP powers everything from blogs to the most popular websites in the world like Wikipedia.


Work After Lockdown- Industry Survey and Results

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


eLearning- Lockdown Opportunities

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With the recent restrictions, lockdowns, and a lack of simple stimulation from everyday activities, many of us have been confined to our homes. Unemployment has risen and economic uncertainty is looming, but let’s park these scary thoughts just for a moment. By staying athome, many of us have been handed a surplus of time, one of the most valuable commoditiesthere is. Through eLearning, this time can be converted into opportunity.


GemPool In Conversation With Strata3

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


How To Navigate Through The New Normal?

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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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.


Back Of The .NET

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by Cathal McAliskey
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


.NET is an open source developer platform used for building many different types of applications.Microsoft started to develop the .NET Framework in the late 1990’s with the first version beingreleased in February 2002, bringing managed code to Windows NT 4.0, 98, 2000, ME and XP. Since the first version, Microsoft has released nine more upgrades for .NET Framework, seven of which have been released along with a new version of Visual Studio. So we have .NET 1.0 through to .NET 4.8.


A Look at The Key Roles in Data Science

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You will often here job titles like Data Engineer, Data Analyst, and Data Scientist when people are talking about Data Science. Data Science is one of the fast-growing fields that is reshaping the world we live in. The application of Data Science is vast and powerful. Companies use data to run and grow their everyday business. Data Science has a vital role in helping these companies to make decisions to progress in this competitive market.


Hiring After The Lockdown

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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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.


The Current State Of The Employment Sector

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


In the last few months, people around the world have endured different kinds of stress. People have been impacted physically, mentally, and economically.


All you Need to Know About Cyber Security

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Cyber Security protects our devices and networks from harmful attacks. As our dependence on technology grows, our vulnerability to these cyber attacks becomes increasingly dangerous. Most of us now store personal information on our mobile phone or laptop, such as bank details or healthcare records. If this sensitive information is not secured, hackers can gain access to it remotely at our expense.


So, You Want to be a Project Manager?

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by Lee Garvin
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Project Management is a massive area within almost any company or industry within today’s world. Be it on a construction site managing the build of a new hotel or in a tech startup creating the latest analytics tool - in order for a project to be completed, you first need a Project Manager.


Candidate Interview Experience Survey And Analysis

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights Job Interview Preparation


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.


All You Need To Know About The World Of Java

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According to multiple sources, the Java programming language has been the most popular language since it was created in 1995. The language was created by James Gosling. Java is widely used in the software world and it is expressly created for the world of the internet. It facilitates computers talking to each other. Java was designed to be like the C++ programming language, but compared to C++ it is an easier language to use and operate, and it implements an object-oriented programming model. Java can be used to build software applications to run on a single computer or be distributed among servers and clients.


Your Complete Guide Regarding QA Jobs

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The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) involves several distinct stages, including planning, design, building, testing, and deployment. A Software QA looks at the testing phase. A software quality assurance engineer is someone who monitors every phase of the software development process to ensure the quality of the software. They make sure that it meets the standards of the company which would be stated beforehand as the requirements

specifications. They make sure that the new products work before being released to the public. If there are any bugs they are reported and sent back a phase until it is ready to be moved to the release stage. The basic goals of software tests are to eliminate bugs and to enhance various aspects of the software, such as performance, user experience, security, and so on.


Thinking Of A Career Change? Why Not UX/UI Design

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by Cathy Wojnicki
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Over the last few weeks I had the pleasure of talking to a number of really talented individuals who are looking to change careers into a more creative field. After some research, many have come across UX/UI Design and realised that THIS is what they want to do when they “grow up”. For those who do not know, UX or ‘User experience’ and UI or ‘User interface’ design, is design that takes place for a digital medium. You can be a UX designer, UI designer, or both, however it is important to understand that they are two different disciplines.


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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


Effective Strategies For Onboarding During The Coronavirus Crisis

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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!


4 Simple Steps To Keep Your Candidates Warm During A Crisis

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by Namratha Ambat
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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?


GemPool In Conversation With area22

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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!


5 Reasons That Make Start-Ups More Attractive

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


Are You Aware Of The Signs That Indicate It’s Time To Switch Jobs?

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by Namratha Ambat
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Can you pinpoint the exact moment when you realised you needed a fresh start in terms of your work 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 made you realise it’s time to start the next chapter.


Employee Experience Survey

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


Are Multiple Job Offers Making Decisions Tougher?

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


Networking Is One Of The Best Tools For Career Development

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by Namratha Ambat
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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’ll reap its benefits. We all understand the importance of networking, however many situations we face it might not seem like the easiest task and sometimes it is just downright awkward. Understandably at some point, we all have experienced those nerves that hold us back from going up to someone and starting a conversation or connecting with them through social channels, but this is a barrier we all need to break in order to gain a positive outcome.


Employer Branding Is A Key Tool For Talent Acquisition

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


Are Employees Considering A Pay Cut To Work Flexibility?

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


Dublin Housing Situation

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


There’s A War For Talent, Stay Ahead

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


Time To Look At Recruitment Agencies In A Different Light

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


Ok Google, What’s Happening In The World Of Voice Recognition?

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


Cyber Security And Where It’s Heading in 2019

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


Employee Experience Drives Employee Engagement

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by Namratha Ambat
IT Jobs and Recruitment Insights


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.


What Is The Biggest Threat To Employee Retention Today?

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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.


New Year, New Opportunities. Here’s A List Of Live Roles We’re Recruiting For.

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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!


Looking To Switch Jobs? Here Are Things To Consider!

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As we approach the end of yet another wonderful year, everyone is gearing up to make those new resolutions and bringing about big changes. A new year marks new beginnings, and new jobs come calling. Looking for a change on the work front is definitely a popular opinion amongst people as well. But, there are always a few factors that need to be taken into consideration before making drastic changes.

Salaries always sit at the centre of all job-related decisions, but should never be the sole dictating element. Don’t get us wrong, the numbers are important, but there are other significant factors that play an equally important role in ensuring job satisfaction. We’re going to go through these factors that should be given a proper thought while making life -changing decisions.


What To Expect In Terms Of Salary In Ireland

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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.


Moving to Ireland for work? Let us walk you through it!

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


To All The Graduates Entering The Big World Of Employment

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


Irish Jobs Are On The Rise And The IT Sector Is At The Centre Of It

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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.


Why is it a good idea to look  for a job during the summer ?

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​​​​​​Most people think September-October or during the first half of the year is the best time to look for a new job. This is often a misconception and you could miss out on some great opportunities.

So, why should you consider looking for a job during summer?


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​We are working with a wolrd leading multi national who are looking to add contractors to numerous Network teams including deployment and Operartions. Below is a little more detal on the type of skillset we are looking for. If you would be interested please email robert.hourie@gempool.ie.


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As the technological market is now booming it is even more common that international companies are hiring candidates from everywhere in Europe, and beyond. Having a willingness to attract talent from anywhere in the world is crucial in giving companies a competitive edge. The global war on talent is real and you may find yourself being asked to relocate to another country with the company you already work for, or you might find yourself attracted to a great opportunity in another country. This relocation can be quite a daunting thing. What is the best way to prepare to ensure that the experience is a positive one?


Are you ready to start a new job abroad?

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Working abroad is one of the most desired life-changing challenges. This decision can completely change your life and career path. According to a recent Monster poll, 48% of respondents would leave the U.S. to pursue their dream job—and 31% of those respondents would move across the world for it.

What should you consider before making your decision and moving abroad?


EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS: How can we better leverage both features as an advantage?

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In today’s business climate, it is common to come across job descriptions that have requirements of both practical experience and academic qualifications. Despite this, what hiring managers value more is left unclear. What is more important? How can we better leverage both features as an advantage?


How Data Analytics is a Key Element of the Modern Recruiting Process

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by Michael Lantry
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Analytics and its role in the Recruitment Process

Big Data Analytics is used by many global companies to understand people’s behaviors; Amazon and Ebay are notable examples. Through web attitudes and habits, these e-commerce driven businesses are able to obtain information on what people search online. For example following a search for a product on Google, you might find the same product appearing magically on your Amazon homepage later. This is not magic however; it is personalized target marketing through Big Data Analytics.


Above the Cloud, Tech in the Sky

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In late 2017, on my thirtieth birthday, my girlfriend got me a gift for my new hobby. I must say she has always supported me in my crazy obsessions and hobbies. In this case the obsession started a few months prior after coming across a First Person View (FPV) Drone freestyle video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPncw2vhiMg

In early 2010’s FPV drone racing and aerial photography drones began to be more accessible to the larger populace. This was due, in part, to the components beginning to become more affordable and the spread of toy drones. From these toy drones, new RC enthusiast’s began to experiment and joined RC veterans in the world of FPV.


GemPool is in bed with ‘Sexiest Jobs of the 21st Century

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Artificial Intelligence - Taking or Creating Jobs?

The diffusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to significantly influence
human life over the next decade, but to what extent will it replace the humans
it seeks to help? Humans often look to the future in a linear fashion, perhaps
unaware of the exponential change that technology will bring. Here at GemPool,
we’ve seen the market edge closer and closer towards a more mature AI focused
industry in Ireland, with the potential for exponential growth. The question
has arisen as to whether humans and robots can co-exist in our current working
environment. Will AI make human labour redundant? If so, what jobs are at risk?
Furthermore, what jobs will be created?


I.T’s All Men!

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Ireland has

truly become a global tech hub and, with the industry thriving, 2018 is set to
be another exciting year within the ICT sector in Ireland. As a recruiter in
this industry, I just don’t understand why I spend most of my days speaking to
men. Each day I source for developers
and each day I ask myself the same question, where are all the women? At GemPool, we cover so many areas within the ICT sector and each area
does vary in terms of the woman to man ratio. However, after sourcing for
developers for over 5 months now, I can count how many women I’ve spoken to on
one hand.


Why is tech recruitment so difficult?

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Tech recruitment is one of the biggest (If not the biggest) challenges…


Moving to Ireland

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Career opportunities with high salaries and good benefits could be waiting for you.


IT Recruitment Day in Poland

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by Michael Lantry
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