5 Things Not to Say in an Interview

The interviewer determining whether you are a strong candidate and a good fit for their company and culture comes down to what you say and how you say it, in the interview. A good way to prepare yourself is to think about the things you don’t want to say and think of some things you do want to get covered.

The interviewer is not interested in your personal life, holiday plans or why you need to get hired for this job. They want to know who the best candidate for the job is. That being said, here are 5 things to not say in the interview.

Negativity about previous job or boss

Remaining professional and positive during an interview is especially important. The interviewer may ask you questions like “Why are you looking for a new job?” or “What didn’t you like about your previous positions?”. Your ability to answer these questions while avoiding a negative manner about your previous employer or job can show the employer that you can remain professional.

Positive answers to these questions can fill the interviewer with confidence that you will be a good addition to their companies’ culture and that you will not say anything negative about them in the future.

Do not just give yes or no answers.

For much of the time, interviewers will ask you open ended questions, however, sometimes you will get a yes or no question. It is important to elaborate on your answer and not just say yes or no and leave it at that.

If the hiring manager asks you a question you don’t have an answer to, you can ask them to elaborate or if you must, re word and turn it around on them.

If they persist and continue to look for a response, say you would be happy to answer after you do some follow up research, this shows that you have an eagerness to learn, which will help the situation.

 “I don’t have any questions”.

At the end of the interview most interviewers will ask if you have any questions. It is important when preparing for an interview to have some meaningful questions prepared to ask the employer, this shows that you have interest in the company and in the position.

How much does this job pay?

If you can help it, don’t be the first one to bring up salary. If you are too quick to mention money, it might come across to the employer that all you are after is the money. This is an especially mortal sin at the first meeting. When you find out more about the company and your role, you will be able to better determine your salary range.

Not following up.

If you felt  that you under preformed in an interview, a simple email reiterating your interest is a courtesy that may just pay off in the long run.

5 Benefits of Networking

Networking is a vital part to career growth. Sometimes networking can be confused with selling, but it is creating long-term relationships with mutual benefits and building a good reputation over time. It is an essential process that should be implemented throughout all stages of your professional journey.

Networking is not about trying to meet as many people as possible, but rather it is trying to meet the right type of people that will be able to endorse your specific skillset, show you opportunities and point you in direction of other well-connected people.

Here are some of the biggest advantages of networking.

1 – Raise your profile

One of the first advantages of networking that is extremely important in career building is being able to raise your profile, you can do this by being visible and getting noticed. The way you can do this is by attending as many social and professional events as possible which will help get your face known.

When you are attending these events, you must provide value for other attendees (it’s not all about you), long lasting relationships are built on trust and providing value to each other. You can create value by listening carefully, following up on conversations, remembering names, and offering your knowledge and expertise.

2 – Advance your career

Having the ability to go out and network with people within your industry can hugely benefit your chances of climbing the ladder in your industry.

You can advance your career and build your reputation by being knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive by providing useful information to people who need it.

3 – Strengthen business connections

“Sharing is caring”, for lack of a better term, is what networking is all about. You must be willing to share the information you have and not just take information from other people. It is about forming trust and helping each other reach your individual goals. Staying in regular dialogue with your contacts and finding ways to assist them will help strengthen your relationship. This will plant the seed for a long-lasting relationship and for when you need assistance to achieve your goals.

4 – Get access to job opportunities

Having the ability to expand your contacts can lead to many new opportunities for business, career advancement or for personal growth. When you are actively networking it keeps you at the forefront of peoples minds when new job openings become available, and it will increase your chances of being introduced to relevant people or potentially even a referral.

As your career advances a lot of jobs do not get advertised, so being recognised in the right network of people can open the door to more career opportunities that you may not have otherwise.

5 – Get career advice and support

Receiving career advice from experienced people within your industry is another important benefit of networking. When you are discussing your common challenges and opportunities this can lead to important suggestions and guidance. When you can offer good advice and support to your contacts this will set a strong foundation when you need support in return.

Article written by:

Cian McGoey is part of the Digital Marketing team within Servisource Workforce Solutions.

How to Ask for a Pay Rise

For many people, asking for a pay rise falls way outside of their comfort zone. It is highly unlikely your boss will randomly drop by your desk one day and subtly announce he is increasing your salary. As the old saying goes ‘those who don’t ask, never receive’.

While in your head asking your boss for a pay increase carries the same pressure as asking someone on a date, the reality is far less intimidating then you may assume.

We’ve spoken with employment experts in Servisource Workforce Solutions who have over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry to get their take on how best to ask for a pay rise.

How will I Know When I Deserve a Pay Rise?

This is more down to gut instinct than anything else. Have you been consistently performing at a high level for a period of time? Have you recently upskilled with extra training? Are you outperforming members of your own team? Are you contributing to the success of your company to the best of your ability?

If the answer is yes to any of the questions above and you believe you deserve a pay rise, do not be afraid to ask for one.

The important thing is to take step back and reflect on your performance over the past 12 months. While it is easy to get caught up in the things you’ve done well, its vital you focus on the things that have not gone so well.

As we will see, planning and carefully choosing the right moment to pop the question will increase the chances of success, however, you need to ensure that if there are any areas you drastically need to improve in, you must do so before asking for more money in your pocket at the end of each month.

The Planning Stage

Salary calculators such as CPL’s Salary Guide for 2021, are very helpful tools that can assist you in finding out how much you should be getting paid for the work you do.

If your work directly affects sales for the company, it is also a good idea to get an estimate of how much the company benefits from having you on the team.

This should help you get a rough figure in terms of how much you wish to increase your salary by.

How Should I Ask for a Pay Rise?

The best way to ask for a pay rise is in person. You are far more likely to get a pay increase by having a face to face conversation than sending a half-hearted email or text to your boss.

By meeting face-to-face with your manager, it allows you to witness their reaction but also negotiate and produce counterarguments.

Depending on the size of your company, you may need to approach your line manager first. Going over your line manager’s head, straight to your boss, thus bypassing the chain of command, is never a good idea.

Your line manager may even be able to assist your request and offer a recommendation to the boss for an increase of your salary.

Timing is Everything

Your annual performance review offers a great opportunity to ask for a pay increase. A lot of the time it’ll coincide with the end of your company’s financial year meaning salaries are finalised for the year ahead around then.

You don’t have to wait for your annual performance review though. While there is no perfect moment, there is certainly some occasions better than others. An example would be after an achievement, you may have completed a successful project, you may have clinched a deal, brought on a new client, increased monthly sales to record levels or maybe your manager asks you to take on more responsibilities.

Whatever you do, do not ask for a pay rise on Friday. Surveys have shown that managers are more receptive to salary review requests during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). By the time Friday comes your manager is probably thinking about the weekend, let him/her enjoy his/her Friday in peace.

Some bad times to ask for a pay rise include after a deal was lost, poor financial results, a global pandemic seriously disrupting your company’s income and Monday mornings.

What to Do if Your Pay Rise Request Is Turned Down?

Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, your boss may refuse to increase your pay. There could be many reasons for this such as there is not enough money in the budget to accommodate the pay rise or your manager does not believe you warrant a pay increase. Whatever you do, keep your cool. Losing your temper or turning the meeting into a war of words will achieve nothing.

Try discussing a timetable with your boss and some goals you need to achieve in order for them to grant you a pay increase. If management makes it clear that you will not be getting a pay rise anytime soon, you will have to decide whether your current employer values you enough and if it is worth staying with them or if it is time to seek pastures new.

Article Written By:

Peter Farrelly is part of the Digital Marketing team within Servisource Workforce Solutions.

How to prepare for Online Interviews

The structure of recruitment has had to change in the last few weeks as the current global pandemic has made face to face meetings a taboo subject.

This should not make job seekers complacent however, as there is very little difference from face to face interviews and those done via online platforms, meaning the same preparation is required.

This article is packed with tips on all the do’s and dont’s when getting ready for your online interview.

Surroundings

Make sure that you have a suitable location to conduct the interview, ideally a quiet and tidy room to eliminate any and all distractions. The last thing you want is for your potential employer to be focusing on your Winnie the Pooh teddy or the empty water bottles you’ve been meaning to discard for weeks instead of how great you could be for the role. Notify all family members or flatmates that this room is off limits during the time allocated, we all know the video of Professor Robert Kelly’s interview getting gatecrashed by his two young children and while hilarious for those of us watching, Robert Kelly can get away with it, you a potential employee cannot so lock the door if needs be and make sure that there will be no interruptions.

The last thing you want is for your potential employer to be focusing on your Winnie the Pooh teddy.

Connections

Always make sure that you are fully set up on the device and the platform you are working off. Do a test call to a family member and make sure that the internet connection and sound are all working to the best quality. A bad connection could lead to a postponed interview and this does not often make the best first impression to a potential employer, you can trust that the competition will have made sure to have their equipment fully functioning and this could be difference between getting that job you have been dreaming of.

Dress to Impress

The biggest mistake a candidate can make is to think they do not need to dress professionally for an online interview. Dressing suitably and professionally not only shows the interviewer that you are serious about the position on offer but also gives you, the interviewee a sense of confidence you will not feel in your day to day attire so put away the Disney slippers and baggy sweatpants and get suited and booted and I don’t mean just from the waist up, you need to be fully presentable not only for the benefit of the employer but for yourself.

Ditch the pyjamas and dress professionally – not only for the benefit of the employer but yourself.

The Name of Shame

This one might not seem like a big deal and often gets overlooked but my advice to candidates doing an online interview is to first make sure that their username on the platform they are using is interview and work appropriate, while BilboSwaggins and LiverpoolfcFoLyf were ok for your MSN back in the day, it can make it hard for an interviewer to not only keep a straight face but can leave them questioning how seriously you are taking the interview and the position they are offering within their company. Where possible use your first and last name in some format so it is clear to the interviewer who they are to link up with.

Say that to my face

Eye contact and visibility are just as important on an online interview as they are face to face so make sure that you are fully visible on the screen and maintaining eye contact regularly throughout the call. Intriguing as it is to watch your neighbour cut the grass try not to stare out the window and where possible position yourself to make this impossible, your full attention should be on the interviewer and the questions they are asking.

Try not to stare out the window at your neighbour cutting the grass.

Don’t Worry be Happy

Last but not least, relax!! Try to calm your nerves and get settled in your surroundings prior to the interview. An interviewer and still pick up on nerves even when not face to face and nerves are to be

expected so don’t be worrying, if you have done your homework and have followed the above steps then you have given yourself the best chance at securing your dream job.

Article Written By:
Grainne Flynn – Recruitment Consultant, Servisource.

How to hand in your Notice

You have just gone through the gruelling job seeking process of scrolling through numerous jobs boards, prepping for interview stages and finally you have been offered that amazing job that you have always dreamed of. What next? Handing in your notice, eek! This can be quite daunting especially if you have spent a long time with your current employer and have strong relationships built within the company.

As a Recruitment Consultant – I have placed many people in new positions however I find the toughest part of the process for my candidates is having to hand in their notice and avoiding those counter offers.

Let me take you through the below guide of the best steps to take when handing in your notice.

Be Prepared

Before handing in your notice wait until you have received your New Job Offer in writing or email. When writing your resignation letter be clear and concise and have a positive conclusion. Why are you leaving? Try to avoid being negative or making things personal.

As soon as you have received that job offer – hand in your notice. This gives your employer time to find a suitable replacement. Schedule a meeting with your manager at their earliest convenience and let them know that you are leaving. Most employers will wish you success in your new position – some employers may not be so congratulative. Be firm on your decision and keep the conversation short and sweet. If you require a reference this is a good opportunity to ask for it. Your employer may be in shock and overloaded with information – give them a few days to process this news.

Stick by your decision!

In the moment you hand in your notice or in the days following– your manager may approach you with a counter offer. Unless a promotion or different role has been offered – it is a good idea to resist this offer immediately. Remind yourself of why you were seeking change and how unhappy you are in your current position. Accepting the counter offer may seem like a great short-term solution – however long term you will be in the same situation – unchallenged and seeking change. Think about your new position and why you applied for it in the first place.

Be Professional

It is extremely important that you leave on good terms – especially if you are seeking a reference from your manager. You should never speak negatively of your employer or the company you are leaving as you never know if you will be working with them again in the future so it’s a good idea to keep those relationships there.

In recent times many companies will conduct an exit interview. This is an opportunity to provide constructive feedback to your employer without being too critical. Provide them with an idea or objective that they could work towards achieving rather than focusing on the negative.

Never bad mouth your company to current or future colleagues as it is unprofessional and will reflect badly on you.

Conclusion

Hopefully these pointers help to make this process easier for you list those worries and fears that you may be having. It is a big change moving to a new job – but if its what you are seeking it can be the first step in the right direction. Always remember to look at the bigger picture and when it comes to your career goals you need to be strategic and put yourself first!

Written by: Donna Cronin

The Ultimate FEAR of Finding a New Job!

Searching for a new job can be quite daunting for most people.

You are putting yourself out there – showcasing your best qualities – with a fear of being rejected.

I myself found it difficult to put myself out there to kickstart my career. I started my previous part time job at the age of 17, fresh out of school and although I felt considerably unfulfilled in that position, I ended up staying there for 8 long years!

We as humans hate the idea of change. But why? We can’t avoid it. Our entire life is filled with it. So how do we try and combat the fear of change, to be our best selves.  

“The grass won’t be greener”

Many people want to change careers but there is always the fear of it not being what you hoped. In fact, this can be the reason why many people won’t change careers. They are unhappy and complain day in, day out but when it comes to leaving they think:

  • What if the new job isn’t any better?
  • What if I uproot everything to be placed somewhere that I dislike even more.
  • What if? What if? What if?

But ask yourself, what is the worst outcome here? You move from one job you’re not happy in to another?

Ok, so look again, and don’t settle until you find somewhere that does make you feel happy. Find somewhere that you don’t dread travelling to each morning.

And WHAT IF you just happen to find yourself in a new job that you absolutely love. Because that’s what happened for me.

It took me 8 years to pluck up the courage to realise what if the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it certainly isn’t green where I am. So, I did my CV, applied for somewhere new. I joined Servisource in 2018 and haven’t looked back once. 

Read Our Blog: Be Are You Sabotaging Your Job Search?

Rejection

Putting it simply, when applying for a new job, you are basically trying to sell yourself.

You are putting your best qualities, talents and weaknesses out there to people you don’t personally know.  To get that rejection phone call can leave you feeling sad and hopeless. It can even leave you doubting yourself professionally. “Am I not good enough? Maybe I’m better off where I am”. But the best thing you can do from rejection is learn and take away something positive from it. 🙌

Think about it – would you blame yourself if a date didn’t go as planned? Would you never go on another date as long as you lived because one person rejected you?

Simple answer is, NO!

Take a step back and reflect on what has happened.

  • Where did it go wrong?
  • How can I improve on that?

Instead of putting yourself down and overwhelming yourself with negative thoughts; concentrate on one key area that you can improve on, that you can control and take it from there.

#OneStepAtATime

Read Our Blog: Be Successful in your Job Search – Tips for Success

Underqualified

During my time job searching I was coming across many job specs with responsibilities and requirements that I had no experience in.

This really put me off applying for roles that I had an interest in because of the fear of not being good enough.

Instead of looking at the things that I could do, I was constantly looking at what I couldn’t do within the job spec. (effectively I was pigeonholing myself)

What you need to realise is, no one is ever perfect for the job, and in fact no one wants to hire someone who is over qualified for the job, because there is no room for that person to then grow. 

If you are familiar with many of the job specifications but not all, don’t let this put you off. If you have an interest in the position and feel you would be right for the job, take a deep breath and proceed with your application; focusing on all your core skills.

Time Consuming

Working full time, balancing family life and trying to search for a new career on top of this can take up a large chunk of your time. Trawling through endless job posts, writing individual cover letters, altering your CV each time to suit the Job Requirements.

And this is before you even get to the interview stages!

Job searching does take time and focus, because you need to put your best foot forward. Try to set some time aside each week to sit down and little by little you will get work done.

Alternatively, why not register with a recruitment agency. Recruitisland.ie offers many different job opportunities daily, so why not create a candidate profile, upload your CV and let us take time to help you on your job search.

Recruit Island has numerous strong relationships with a wide range of well-known clients, so this can make it a lot easier to get your foot in the door.

Standing out from the crowd!

In this day and age, there is a surplus of candidates with many similar skills and qualifications as yourself.

So how can you differentiate yourself from the crowd?

  • The most important thing is to let your personality shine through. For me, I struggled to write in the interests and hobbies section of my CV.

But if you like to go surfing or horse-riding or even write blogs, write it in there – if you’re feeling confident even attach a link to your blog! This allows the reader to have a feel of what you are all about.

  • Adjust your CV to suit the job that you are applying for. It is very important that you do this, someone who’s going through a pile of CV’s can spot a generic one straight away. So, it’s very important that you tailor your CV and cover letter for the job you are applying for. Make the effort.
  • Ways to stand out could be as easy as writing a catchy opening in your cover letter to catch the readers eye. If you are successful enough to get to the interview stage, there are many ways that you can be remembered.
  • Do your research on the company, inside out. From the start up date to the different processes and IT systems that they use. Find out what charities they are working with and familiarise yourself with those charities. These are all potential topics for you to discuss during the interview process. It also shows the employer that you have taken an interest in the company and what they do.  
  • Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask about the company, ask about the daily routine of the role you are applying for. This again shows that you are visualising yourself in the position and allows them to give you an insight into what the role entails.

At the end of the day it is your life, your career. Where you end up is all down to what action you take.

Taking all the above factors into consideration and over coming those fears allows you to take a step outside of your box. To challenge yourself and put the effort into finding your dream job.

For me, it was a daunting experience to even get to the stage of applying for my first job.  But when I eventually plucked up the courage to make my first application for a job, the feeling was like none other.

To think back to why I was so afraid of change and all the “what ifs” and negative mind frame I was in. If I didn’t overcome those fears I would still be working in that job that gave me no fulfilment and left me unhappy.

If you are considering changing career or looking for something different, why not make it your first step to upload your CV to recruitisland.ie to see what else is out there for you?

Whether you want a career in science, administration, finance, healthcare or even construction, help yourself by letting us help you.  

Article Written By:

Donna Cronin |
Recruitment Co-ordinator Admin & Finance Division
[email protected]
+ 353 (0) 429368341

The Benefits of Hiring Temporary Staff to your Business

Unplanned pregnancy? Last minute holiday? Sickness? Unscheduled leave… These are just a few obstacles a business owner faces (on top of actually managing a company) which can lead them pulling their hair out with stress!!! 🤣

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Ok, so we’ve covered the benefits of agency work for candidates – but what exactly are the benefits of hiring temporary staff to your business?

Let’s be serious, the bottom line comes down to time and money; which just so happens to be one of the benefits of hiring temporary staff (how fitting 😉)

  • Hiring Temporary Staff saves you Time

So, say Susan on reception decides she needs to find herself and unexpectedly quits. We all know, a business relies heavily on administration assistants & receptionists to ensure the office run efficiency (and in general 🙌).

What do you do? The hiring process can take from weeks to months to find the perfect candidate. Hiring temporary workers can be a much quicker turnaround.

All you have to do is: pick up the phone to Recruit island, and we will find the perfect candidate for you.

  • Hiring Temporary Staff Saves you money

In the words of Trump, ““I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line.”

And that folks, is all that matters to any business, whether an SME or large Multinational. It is vital to reduce overheads in order to increase profits.

In this regard, hiring temporary staff can be extremely cost effective.

Servisource Managed Services Solutions provide innovative, cost effective workforce managed services solutions, mitigating risk and maximising profits for our clients.

We streamline the procurement of vital staff; taking responsibility for the recruitment, screening, testing, and hiring of temporary staff (reducing your recruiting & hiring costs and time (Win-Win).

We will also ensure temporary staff are trained for the job, so you can reduce your training costs (Servisource Training).

Not only that, we take control of rostering, compliance, & payroll with no risk to your business. (Honestly why are you still reading this and not on the phone to us yet 😉)

Unsure as to when hiring temporary staff would be appropriate for you?

How about when one of your employees gets sick suddenly. Or your biggest client moves their project deadline up and you don’t have the staff on hand? Or you just don’t have the skills in house? Which just so happens to lead me to my next BENEFITS of hiring temporary staff:

  • Hiring Temporary Staff provides Flexibility / Adaptability (especially in an unstable economy #Brexit)

Hiring Temporary staff can offer employers more adaptability in an unpredictable economy, which is probably why; when the recession hit Ireland, the availability of standard full-time permanent jobs decreased while part-time temporary jobs continued to increase (OECD, 2015).

Read our Blog: What will Temp Admin Look Like in the Future?

With Brexit coming up at the end of the month, there is an undertone of uncertainty as to how it will affect business in Ireland.

Hiring temporary staff gives you the ability to adapt – bring on more staff when needed or scale back the workforce – in response to economic demand.

What if you get this new, exciting project; but you just don’t have certain specialised skills within your organisation? Hiring Temporary Staff will solve this issue!!

  • Hiring Temporary Staff gives your company access to New Skills

Traditionally, people viewed temporary staff as being relatively young with low levels of training. However, more and more; business owners are realising that although it may look like someone is “job hopping” on their CV; they have actually gained invaluable, transferrable skills and industry exposure, that can benefit their organisation.

Have you hit a skills gap obstacle?

Temporary staff will have a specialised skill set relevant to your business or project; who are experienced and accustomed to working on varied and niche projects. As well as all of these benefits; outside eyes can change the way your business operates for the better.

  • Try Before you Buy!

Is your employee turnover high? Where are you going wrong?

Finding employees that are the right fit for your workplace is a challenge – and most commonly a lengthy one at that!

By hiring temporary staff, you have two options:

  1. Temporary staff will fill the demand gap, alleviating the urgency to find that perfect candidate Yesterday!!  Giving you time to invest in your recruitment process and find the right candidate.

OR

  • Hire temporary staff as a “trial run” which gives you the option of evaluating the candidates performance, their cultural fit and overall impact on your business; without the financial commitment of a permanent job offer.

Will hiring Temporary Staff be beneficial to your business?

We recommend you go analyse your business needs; your yearly strategy and identify if any of the above would benefit you. And when you do decide that hiring temporary staff is the ideal option for your business; give us a call on 0818 919 355 or Contact Us via our website

Article Written By:
Donna Farrell

Eat – Pray – Love

As love is in the air with Valentines Day  approaching and you have gotten through the dreaded drought of January, things are starting to look up……..or are they…….. do you love everything in your life or is it time to make some changes?

Sitting at your desk doing your typical 9-5 Monday to Friday job?
Bored, no satisfaction, no love or motivation, no promotions available?

BUT Hey – its close to home and you know the job inside out?

If you are settling – you need to question:

  • What am I doing here?
  • Do I want to continue doing this role forever? 
  • Do I love what I am doing?
  • Am I really in a job that I love?
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There comes a time when you realise that the job you are in is not for you anymore.

  • You don’t have the same passion and drive as you used to,
  • It begins to eat into your confidence,
  • Your self-moral is leaving you feeling that the monotonous job is not testing your skills anymore.

Sound like you?

It’s important with any job that it challenges you and feeds your ambition and motivation. 

Do you feel a Sense of Loyalty:

                Are you married to your job out of loyalty?

Oftentimes, when you are with a company for a long period of time; there’s a loyalty aspect which forms that can eat into your personal life and prevent you from spending your time at home with family and loved ones. This leaves you with no quality time for yourself.

Do you feel Stuck in a Rut?

By staying long term in the same organisation, you can begin to lose touch with the outside world and you find it difficult to move away from what you know; even when you do not love what you do.

The thing is – Unless there is room for growth, promotion and the ability to progress within the company (new challenges/motivation/love for the role); you will feel that you have had your fill and want something new to bite your teeth into.

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When you have made the decision to move on 🙌 numerous things begin to run through your mind.

  • The Right Choice?

When everyone leaves a job; whether it be a long term position to a temporary role; it is common to question yourself and pray that you are making the right choice.

  • Regret / Fear

You pray you will find that dream job, take the leap and WON’T regret the move. 

The single task of moving out of your comfort zone gives you more ambition and confidence, just remember that you can do any role that you desire if you put your heart and mind into it.  You just need to get over the initial fear (fear of change, fear of insecurity, fear of the unknown, fear of facing fear and stepping out of your comfort zone).

If you have had various roles in the past 2 years; many would pray that this does not look bad on your CV.

On the one hand, it is good to stay long term in a company as it will grow your skills and experience, but sometimes you have to take the leap as the role is just not for you leaving you very unhappy.

“Job hopping”– as discussed in our blog “What Will Temp Look Like In The Future” – shows that you have ambition, you are welcome to trying new challenges and you are adaptable which are all strengths. 

As long as you have good reasoning behind leaving your previous roles and sell yourself to your employer there is no reason as to why you shouldn’t get your dream job, it just might take a little longer than planned.

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So, we all have an image of the job we would love in our heads:- Aircraft Pilot, Scientist, Doctor, Actor, Vet, HR, Finance etc etc.

For everyone it’s different.  So how do you define the following: 

  • What your dream job would be?
  • What is your driver?

Factors to be considered:

Internal Factors:

  1. The line of work you would love to get into?

The role: What type of career are you looking for?

  • Maybe you are at the beginning of your career and you are still lost as to what your ideal career would be?
  • Maybe it’s a complete different direction you wish your career to go in?
  • Would you love it to be office based, maybe you have a head for figures or maybe you are a people person and would love to be in a helping role.
  • Maybe you’re in a line of work that you just happened to fall into, maybe it was the only job at the time that was available when there was a shortage of roles?

2. Do you have the qualifications for the role, are there particular traits you require to do the job?

If you do – great, if not – never panic.  There are numerous online courses or distance learning that you can do in the comfort of your own home or if you need more direction there are multiple evening courses you can take.  If you put some research and time into it, you will find the one that will suit you best.

3. Is salary an important factor to consider?  

Salary – You need to identify your priorities in a role – would it be the salary to provide for your family or to sustain a life that you enjoy? It could be that you are in a lot of debt and need to get it cleared so you need to ensure that salary is one of your top priorities.

Put a plan in place of all the outgoings you have and the monies you would need to fulfill your personal experiences outside of work – this will give you a good indicator as to what salary you would require.

Experience: Following salary will come experience – you may not have acquired enough experience or have the qualifications to get you to your goal salary so be prepared to put your ideal salary to the back burner for now; but have that as your end goal.  Experience will only come in time so make sure that you are on the right career path allowing you to move up the ranks.

External Factors:

What is important to you?

Our blog article “Be Successful in Your Job Search – Tips for Success” touches on the importance of self-reflection in order to identify your values, interests, skills, goals and what you want from a job.

As important as it is to be doing the job of your dreams, there are other factors that you need to consider when researching for that dream job.

  • Flexi Time – for a lot of people this is a big factor, when you have a family or outside commitment, it’s great to find a company that have flexi time as an option.
  • Location – Is there going to be a long commute to the role that will eat into your time and are you committed to doing a long commute over a long period of time. 
  • Working from home – is this something that is important to you? Not all companies offer this so it’s important when moving to a new role, that you have done your research.
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Always remember to take control of your career
“You only get one shot” in life so make sure you follow the career path of your dreams.

About one third of human life is spent working. It is imperative you are in a job you love and only you can make this happen.  

Take that first step today and MAKE THE CHANGE, you could be sitting in a month / years’ time in that dream job you always wanted.

This is where we come in to help 😊 …………..

At Servisource we are here to assist you in finding your dream job.  Go onto our online Jobs board Recruit Island where you can retrieve contact details of our highly skilled consultants.

We have plenty of information should you need career advice, assistance with interview techniques or need assistance in preparing a CV.

You will find hundreds of jobs we have on our website.  If you are seeking roles within Admin & Finance, Healthcare, Construction, Logistics & Warehousing, Education Support; wanting to work with a Globally renowned company or wanting to get into the Public Sector we have it all.

Article Written By:

Lisa Russell| Account Manager | Admin & Finance Division

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Brexit – The effects of Brexit on Employment in Ireland

Since the 2016 Referendum where the UK decided that they would leave the European Union, Brexit has become a household word. It has been almost 2 years; and on the 29th of March 2019 the UK are scheduled to leave the UK at 11pm.

But apart from how the UK will be affected by Brexit, the other focus is – how will Ireland be affected, as it is the only primarily English-speaking country left in the EU (positive 🙌)

Most importantly how will Brexit affect our jobs or career opportunities?!

According to a recent Employment Monitor, there has been a significant increase in professional opportunities available in Ireland (Morgan McKinley, 2018).

Brexit & the increasing compliance requirements of legislation (GDPR legislation) brought a large increase in activity in the Recruitment world in 2018.

Jobs like asset management, compliance, risk management and financial control are some areas which were affected in 2018 due to being associated with Brexit related activity. Another area which was very closely affected was Technology.

One of the most positive impacts for Ireland and Irish jobs include a likely increase in multinational businesses moving to Ireland from the UK. This is because, in comparison to the EU tax rate average of 19.71%, Ireland offers an attractive 12.5% corporate tax rate as well as a highly educated workforce.

As well as this, the uncertainty of BREXIT in the UK has given Ireland an advantage with European talent pools; as living and working in the UK will become increasingly difficult.

However, due to this influx, Employment and Irish Residence Permits have had a backlog – prolonging the process for overseas recruitment.

These delays mean that non-EA professionals who have come to Ireland with their visa and employment permit to live here, have had a delay in getting their interview with immigration for their residence permit meaning that they can’t get a multi-entry visa and are subsequently stuck here not working until they get their permit!

Although we have only seen the impeding effects which Brexit may have on Ireland over the last 6 months, the ‘’Real-Deal’’ will come into effect on the 29th of March this year.

Whether in the words of Noel Edmonds it’s a ‘Deal or No Deal’ situation, Irelands jobs market should and will benefit greatly from Brexit; with Dublin now being deemed as the next ‘Top Brexodus Destination’.

Studies show 21 out of 59 firms voted Dublin as the most popular choice for relocation (EY Brexit Tracker, 2018).

How will Brexit affect cross-border workers?

It is believed up to 23,000 -30,000 cross border workers (i.e.: live in one part of Ireland but work in another (the Common Travel Area (CTA)). This is mainly due to salaries being more attractive in the Republic of Ireland than in the North.

Cross border workers currently generate social insurance contributions in both NI and Ireland which can be combined in order to gain social security benefits and pension entitlements – which can also be exported to different EU states.

The December 2017 Joint report (EU & UK) protects the rights of workers who are already in cross-border employment. The thing is, it does not safeguard the rights of future cross-border workers (like upcoming graduates), and these assurances are not set in stone.

At present (pre-BREXIT), the EU Social Security Co-Ordination Rules protect the social security rights of workers seeking to move between two counties – once the countries are within the EU that is!

The UK/EU draft withdrawal agreement is set to include the EU Social Security Co-ordination Rules. This means that cross-border workers working in the Republic can declare their income in Northern Ireland; get access to tax credits, healthcare, social security benefits and be taxed by the UK government – during the transition period.

How will the negotiations affect the social security, tax & healthcare entitlements of cross-border workers post-Brexit (after the transition period)?

Post Brexit, the future of cross-border workers will be governed by the draft Political Declaration where social security coordination rules look unwelcoming for cross border workers, and future graduates!

The Declaration states that the parties:

“agree to consider addressing” social security coordination in the light of future movement of persons”

What will happen? Who know’s 🤷

Will the UK enter into a bilateral agreement to access the single market such as the model adopted by Switzerland….? Only time will tell!

How will Brexit affect graduates seeking employment in Ireland?


 As a result of Brexit; and Ireland’s great reputation in terms of attracting foreign direct investment (We have become one of the world’s leading destinations for finance, technology and pharmaceutical companies); new opportunities will be created, especially for graduates.

This will (hopefully) keep graduates on Irish soil with the increase in graduate programmes available!

Graduates within the Finance, Tech & Pharmaceutical industry, looking to gain employment with one of the Big 4 in the ‘’Big Smoke’’ i.e. Dublin, will have a bit of a competitive advantage when it comes to Brexit.

  • According to the IDA, more than a dozen global financial services firms have announced Ireland as the destination of their new European headquarters; with Dublin being the obvious option for London’s major banks (eg: Barclays)
  • Even in our wee county (Louth), WuXi Biologics announced their investment of €325m in developing a new manufacturing facility in Dundalk (the companies first site outside of China). Wasdell Group is also building a new pharmaceutical packaging plant in Dundalk.

Graduates nowadays are a lot more tech savvy with strong skills in technology and math; strong emotional intelligence, creativity and adaptability – transferrable skills that will make an impact on the workplace.

For companies to benefit from these skills and attract this pool of talented graduates, they will have to offer competitive packages and employment benefits, flexible working arrangements, and the opportunity for further training and development so that they can beat off the competition.

In the words of Albert Einstein ‘’In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity’’ and although there’s a strong element of complexity and uncertainty around Brexit in Ireland in particular; there looks to be area’s where Ireland will benefit and prosper from – After all, Ireland is now the bridging gap between the US and the EU!

Last night, Theresa May’s “withdrawal agreement” Brexit deal was roundly rejected by British MP’s (432 voting against the deal, 202 approving it) which is being called the worst political defeat in parliamentary history.

The most argumentative issue for British MP’s is “the Irish backstop” (the legally binding insurance policy ensuring there is no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (no customs, no regulatory checks on goods passing between the two) for a 2 year transition period – leaving the UK aligned indefinitely to many EU laws.

The opposing Labour party (Jeremy Corbyn) has put forward a motion of no-confidence in Theresa Mays government; calling for a general election. Will there be a second referendum on Brexit?

The UK government now has 2 days to create a new plan of action.

EU officials have insisted that after lengthy negotiations and agreement with Theresa May last month, the current deal is their final offer.

The outcome of Brexit is up it the air; but what we do know at Recruit Island is this:

We have a wide range of jobs available from Healthcare, Nursing, Admin & Finance, Catering & Domestic Jobs, Construction & Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Academic, and more! We are ready to help you!

Contact Us Today!

Article Written By:

Lauren McLoughlin | Recruitment Consultant | Admin & Finance Division
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Artificial Intelligence AI in Healthcare

The future potential for robotic technology and Artificial Intelligence AI in healthcare is HUGE.

Just before you get carried away, we don’t believe physicians (humans) will be replaced by robots in the foreseeable future, however through the use of “big data”; the use of AI in healthcare can assist humans in making better clinical decisions or even replace human judgement in various areas of healthcare.

  1. AI IN HEALTHCARE: KEEPING FIT & HEALTHY – Health Apps (such as Fitbit and MyFitnessPal)

Let’s keep this simple – come January every year most people hop on the health buzz – join a gym, track their food intake etc. (GUILTY!!)

Technological apps encourage healthier behaviour in individuals; helping with the management of a healthy lifestyle. They put consumers in control of their own health and well-being.

More importantly though, AI can give healthcare professionals a better understanding of a client’s day-to-day activity which in turn allows them to understand their needs and provide better guidance for staying healthy.

Our home care division Myhomecare.ie are partnering a project called Vizier; crafted for elderly users to provide them with the tools to facilitate happy, healthy and independent living.

The aim is to close the digital divide and empower elderly users to benefit from the latest technological innovations; improving the management of their daily lives and to stay physically, mentally and socially active.

This project is at trial stage, with the use of simple technology to improve the social, physical and cognitive health of the elderly users.

Data obtained from this technology will allow the identification of behavioural patterns of the elderly peron; allowing family, carers and health professionals to ensure that their medical needs are being met.

Vizier AAL Project

  1. AI IN HEALTHCARE: MACHINE LEARNING FOR EARLY DETECTION OF DISEASES

In May 2018, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced plans to increase the use of data and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to enhance the early diagnosis of chronic diseases.

This would empower healthcare professionals to refer patients to the relevant treatment, potentially even before any symptoms develop.

It is hoped through the use of emerging technologies and “Big Data”; the cross-referencing of patient’s previous medical records, genetics and habits (such as smoking or exercise) with national data will lead to the early detection of cancer.

Jackie Hunter, CEO of BenevolentBio, the UK’s leading private artificial intelligence company in healthcare, commented: “AI has the potential to revolutionise all aspects of healthcare – not only in delivery and early diagnosis of disease but also in the ability to find new medicines and ensure they are delivered to the right patients.”

The American Cancer Society highlighted that a high percentage of mammograms produce false results, leading to 1 in 2 healthy women being told they have cancer.

Now, if you were told you had cancer and then advised you don’t – happy days (I mean not ideal but the relief of not having a disease 🙌)

BUT if you were told you didn’t have cancer based on a mammogram or smear test, and it turned out you did; that is HORRIFIC.

This in fact happened in Ireland in late April / early May 2018 – The Cervical Cancer ‘Scandal’:

Over 1,480 cases of cervical cancer were notified to the national cervical cancer screening programme from 2008 to 2018.

Of these, more than 200 women with cancer had been given incorrect smear test results by the national cervical cancer screening programme, missing out on earlier medical intervention.

18 of these women had died, with some of the other woman been given months to live.

The use of AI can AND SHOULD be used in healthcare and in the review of mammograms and cervical smear testing. AI can translate data 30 times faster with 99% accuracy, reducing the need for biopsies or unnecessary death.

  1. USE OF AI IN HEALTHCARE: DIAGNOSIS & DECISION MAKING

Hands up who has used Google to self-diagnose themselves and subsequently freaked out and went to your doctor? EVERYBODY!!! 🙋 🙈

Improving healthcare requires the use of AI technologies, predictive analytics and machine learning to gain information, process this information and recognise patterns in behaviour; in order to identify patients at risk of developing a condition.

Google Health acquired DeepMind Health “Streams” App in 2014, an AI and mobile tool which facilitates healthcare professionals get patients from test to treatment as quickly as possible.

Yes, you read that right – HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS – not self-diagnosis (not yet anyway!)

The Streams App lets doctors and nurses use a mobile phone to see test result data about their patients that they need to make decisions regarding care and treatment; as well as alerting them to change in a patient’s condition.

At present, the Streams app is being piloted in the UK, sending alerts to doctors about patients at risk of acute risk injury.

The vision for “Streams” App is to become an “AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors combining the best algorithms with intuitive design.

  1. AI IN HEALTHCARE: ASSISTED ROBOTIC SURGERY & TREATMENT

I was watching an American medical drama recently called “The Resident” (great show if you are a fan of Grey’s Anatomy). Anyway, in it “Dr Okafor” is a rising surgical star, recently trained on a technological device called “the Hand of God” that could redefine surgery. This device is thought to eliminate human error and be the most effective means of doing surgery.

Robotic surgery is being carried out in hospitals all over Ireland, delivering precision operations, minimal blood loss and shorter recovery times for patients.

Mr Vincent Young (the cardiothoracic surgeon who performed Ireland’s first minimally invasive, robotic coronary artery bypass Graft (CABG) surgery) believes that

with the use of artificial intelligence, it is likely that in 10 or 15 years time, certain parts of an operation may be performed by a robot, albeit under close supervision”.

In addition to surgery, robots are currently used in hospitals for rehabilitation and physical therapy; and in laboratories for repetitive tasks. Watch this space!

  1. AI IN HEALTHCARE: END OF LIFE CARE

For decades; with the advancement of medicine and science; life expectancy has increased dramatically.

Previous fatal infectious diseases are now curable, or better treated – but diseases such as dementia and osteoporosis are becoming the most common cause of death for older people.

At this phase of life, elder people are often plagued by loneliness.

Robots have the potential to transform end of life care, helping our older family members to maintain their independence for longer, reducing the need for hospitalisation or care homes.

I spoke further up in this article about a project myhomecare.ie are trialing called Vizier.

The combination of AI tools, natural speech analysis and learned behaviour can enable robots to have “conversations” and interactions with users, in order to keep aging minds sharp.

  1. AI IN HEALTHCARE: TRAINING

Through the use of manikins, natural language, naturalistic simulations and “big data” databases ; AI can be used in healthcare training impelling different scenarios for the learner or trainee to handle.

Simulators can replicate real-life scenarios (including voice responses via natural language) as well as body controls. This allows the opportunity for hands-on practice and the development of decision-making skills while also reducing the risk of potential death of a real life patient.

Servisource Healthcare provides cost effective solutions; helping our long-standing clients manage budgets, reduce workloads, maintain staffing levels and deliver premium patient care.

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Article Written By:
Donna Farrell