With the festivities of the St Patrick’s Day just over and the hospitality sector having had a busy trade, it's good to recognise that it can be the best time to promote our country as an excellent place for foreign investment. Undoubtedly our 'good craic' reputation attracts millions of tourists every year but surely we can promote beyond....
While there are many companies relocating operations to Eastern Europe, Ireland still remains to be one of the most attractive European locations that attracts foreigners and candidates speaking multiple languages. Some of 12% of Irish population are listed as foreigners with majority coming from EU countries. How does Ireland compare to other European countries?
According to the Irish Funds Industry Association, Ireland is "a small but flexible and open economy with a strong tradition in knowledge based industries, providing a critical gateway to international markets within and outside Europe". From our perspective, we agree completely and are proud of the abilities and skill sets of the Irish labour 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.
Outside of my precious family, the two most prominent things in my life are recruitment and baking. 10 years ago when my career involved spending most of my time 30,000 feet up in the air as cabin crew, had someone given me a glimpse of my life today I think my reaction would have been quite the picture. Number one, I couldn’t cook never mind bake and number two, work in an office - you must be joking? The sky is my office!
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:
1.Auditing: In a sector where large numbers are recruited and churn is high, it’s not surprising that auditors remain in demand.