With so many people looking for employment, it’s difficult to know how to get the edge over your competitors. As a sales & marketing recruitment consultant at Morgan McKinley, I often give jobseekers advice on exactly that. Being a marketing professional is about communicating effectively, spreading the word, positioning the brand so that it is differentiated from competitors and recognisable in the market.
Social Media – there’s no getting away from it. Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, My Space…chances are most people in your circles are active users of at least one of them. And that includes your professional circle, bosses, prospective bosses and people who could potentially refer you into your next role.
Sitting recently at the CASSI annual conference with an eclectic mix of 150 trainee accountants; from Big 4, mid-tier, financial services and industry. I thought of how valid and interesting the speakers' points were in terms of getting that dream job regardless of how you’ve trained, or the level you’re currently at in your contract.
The most difficult thing about working in recruitment is often managing expectations. Making a career move is a personal journey - one which is often quite an emotional experience. Recruiters (external and internal) can be so involved in the transaction that the softer side of the experience can be lost for those involved. "I never heard back from them" or "I was turned down for the job but never really got a reason" - these comments are familiar ones to recruiters.
Are you a finance professional looking to take a new direction with your career? Here is a rundown of the top six financial skills that are in demand in the Irish finance market right now:
Key highlights from the July 2012 monitor are as follows: