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My Journey with GemPool So Far

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by Camila Petroni
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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
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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.


Top 10 Product Manager Skills To Boost Your Resume In 2022

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by Tanisha Barkakaty
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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.


Top 5 Insights for the Irish Tech Sector in 2022

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by Namratha Ambat
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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
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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.


What Should Agency Recruiters Be Doing For You?

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by Michael Lantry
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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?


Networking Is One Of The Best Tools For Career Development

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by Victoria Cojocaru
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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 will reap its benefits.


Data Analyst: Is It An Attractive Career Path?

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by Tanisha Barkakaty
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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
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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.


Top 5 Tech Careers to Keep an Eye On

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by Cathal McAliskey
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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:


Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Apply for a Job

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by Namratha Ambat
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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.


How Can You Prevent Burnout in the Team You Lead?

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by Michael Lantry
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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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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.


How Should Job Seekers Deal with Job Search Frustration?

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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.


Looking To Switch Jobs? Here Are Things To Consider!

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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
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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
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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.


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

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by Michael Lantry
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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.


How to Win the IT Talent War

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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
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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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
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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?


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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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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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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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
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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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​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?


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
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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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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
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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.


Challenges Project Managers are Facing in The Current Climate

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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.


A Tech Recruiter’s Journey Through Lockdown 2.0

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by Sarah Cotter
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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.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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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 Survey

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by Namratha Ambat
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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.


Employer Branding Is A Key Tool For Talent Acquisition

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by Namratha Ambat
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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
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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.


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