2017 - Know your value & keep learning

Each of the recruiters at Morgan McKinley are specialists within their market; So having a chat with them will help you to understand what it is they are seeing in the marketplace and will continue to keep you in the loop.

Keep learning! Many courses are available that reflect the skills that the market is looking for. For example, one of the key skills in demand at the moment at all levels, is strong Financial Reporting under FRS 102.

For graduates, softer analytical skills and having the ability to be able to extract, manipulate and interpret key financial information is very much sought after. It is essential not to focus purely on technical skills, however; As your career advances and you progress into management and leadership roles, soft skills become critical to your career success. Investing in areas such as communication and influencing skills, decision making, people management, coaching and mentoring as well as assertiveness, can have a significant impact on your performance.

Likewise in terms of your salary you will want to be well informed. Whether you are planning a move or not, you will want to be assured that your salary and benefits package is online with current market rates. Again this can be quickly determined from a conversation with your Morgan McKinley Recruitment Consultant or by viewing our 2017 Salary Guide. Salary levels in general are edging upwards with bonus payments also making a welcome return.

If you are due to have a salary review early in the New Year, conduct your research well in advance to have a sense of what your skills and experience would command elsewhere. This will inform your negotiations and the approach you will need to take. If you are seeking an improvement on your salary, you should be prepared to explain why it is justified based on the value add and benefits you have brought to the organisation. You should also be clear in respect of your plans for the coming 12 months as this demonstrates focus and commitment and will benefit you during the negotiation process.

If you require any additional information on current vacancies, market updates, salary guidelines or career advice, please feel free to get in touch on 061-430940 or drop me a line at jwycherley@morganmckinley.ie.

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