Application Do’s & Dont’s for Project roles

Morgan McKinley 02.03.2017

As experienced recruiters, the Senior Appointments team in Morgan McKinley have the privilege and pleasure to meet with Ireland’s top talent.

On a daily basis, we witness the knowledge and expertise available across companies throughout various sectors and specialisms.

Over the past few months, I have been working primarily on Project Management, Business Analyst and PMO positions within Funds and Financial Services. There has been a high increase of daily rate contract roles for these qualified candidates on the market.  

Do: Keep an open-mind

Although at the more experienced level there isn’t always a detailed job specification available, it is important to keep an open-mind on the companies who are recruiting in your job market. Do your research on the companies who hire daily rate contractors and their presence on the market. Many companies will create roles within their business for the right candidate who has more than just the 'business as usual' to bring to the table; And if something is not immediately available in that business, they will remember someone with a strong CV who can highlight their skills and expertise to date.  

Don’t: Assume that experience is more important than the qualification

If you have operated as a Project Manager or Business Analyst for many years without securing the relevant qualification, you may be overlooked for some roles. While many Project Managers, Business Analysts and PMO's have highly transferable skills, a company’s perception is that your intellectual property and wealth lies in both your experience and qualification that you have attained, for example PMP and Prince2 qualifications for Project Managers. As there is a strong candidate market for these roles, it is important to have up-to-date qualifications. A number of colleges in Dublin offer part-time and evening courses for the PMP and Prince2 qualifications. The Institute of Project Management Ireland has an abundance of information for those interested in pursuing these accreditations.

Do: Tailor your CV

With years of experience comes a vast amount of information to include on a CV to ensure that you have covered off all that you have done. It is not always necessary to try squeeze all this information into the typical three page CV, but to highlight your most recent and relevant experience. It is important to tailor your CV to the role that you are applying for and this is an advantage when you have reviewed the job specification for the position.

Do: Use an agent

Whilst it is definitely a candidates market, we are really seeing a huge amount of competition for popular roles, specifically project roles within Funds and Financial Services. An agent will be able to liaise with clients on your behalf and we can negotiate salaries and other information that a candidate may not feel comfortable speaking to clients directly about. Morgan McKinley continue to be a market leader and career ally for candidates at all levels.

I have no doubt that in the coming months, we will see a greater increase of daily rate contractors successfully placed into exciting and challenging roles.

If you would like further information on project roles on the market within Funds and Financial Services, please contact myself via my details below or Susan NixBusiness Partner Senior Appointments, at

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