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?


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.


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


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. 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 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!!! 🤣


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.


  • 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?

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.


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.


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.

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

Email: [email protected]

DD: +353 42 936 8319    | Tel: +353 (0) 42 93 52723 

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
DD: + 353 (0) 429368324
Email: [email protected]

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 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


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.


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.


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!


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 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.


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.

Click here to view all open roles in Healthcare

If you would like to accelerate your healthcare career, please contact us today on [email protected]


Article Written By:
Donna Farrell

Candidates every Recruiter Dreads

For the most part recruitment is an enjoyable and interesting experience where you get to meet a wide array of people and build strong relationships with your candidates while helping them find the perfect job.

As with any job working with the public you do have days where you don’t know whether to scream, laugh or cry and candidates play a crucial role in this for a recruiter.

Today I’m going to discuss the four candidates all recruiters dread to meet and for anyone in the game I know you’ll understand where I’m coming from and I’d even say a few names or experiences will pop into your head as you read through the list.

  1. The Oversharer

This candidate likes to make an impression by giving you the full details of their past employment and life experiences, soon they are adding you on Facebook, calling you princess or beautiful or suggesting to meet you after work.

Now I know what you’re all thinking who wouldn’t like to be called princess and doesn’t like a bit of banter every now and again; but this is work and the only relationship between recruiter and candidate should be of a professional nature.

Recruiter Tip:
So, what I would suggest and speaking from experience is to set boundaries from the beginning, bring the conversation back to the task in hand: finding them a job, set your social media outlets to private or explain that you would be happy to email them through your work account. If after this, you feel that boundaries are still being crossed then kindly explain that you can no longer continue with their application.

  1. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This candidate can go from being your best friend to a living nightmare in mere seconds.

When it comes to work, money and paying bills; emotions are always going to be heightened which is a fact of life. As a recruiter you are the thread that connects a candidate to their dream role and earning potential.

BUT what if the interview goes badly or your client doesn’t feel your candidate is a right fit or they were simply just not suitable for that particular role?

Breaking this news can only go two ways and quite quickly you can see the lovely Dr. Jekyll turn into a raging Mr. Hyde.

Recruiter Tip
We’ve all been on the receiving end of threats and abuse for one reason or another, so what I would suggest in these situations is to keep as calm as possible and be sympathetic, explain that while they were unsuccessful with this role you will be working hard to find them something else.

Try and manage your candidates’ expectations from the very beginning by being as honest as you can and keeping the lines of communication open from the start.

  1. The Stalker

I think this candidate will resonate with a lot of recruiters, you see your phone light up with that number you know all too well, or the name appears on your emails for the third time that day and suddenly tearing all your hair out seems like your only option.

While showing initiative and being enthusiastic is a recruiter’s dream, there are only so many updates we as recruiters can give.

Generally there are 2 reasons why we have not updated you and it certainly is not because we have forgotten about you:-

  • Sometimes we are waiting to receive feedback back from a client; or
  • Have numerous interviews to conduct before making that final decision so giving feedback straight away is not always an option.

Recruiter Tip
In this situation I would give the candidate a clear guideline as to when they should expect to hear from you. Explain that you have numerous interviews to conduct or that you are waiting for feedback from a client.

In this way, if they don’t hear back from you straight away, they do not panic that as it is normal procedure and you will be in touch as soon as you have an update.

  1. The One-day Wonder

This candidate never ceases to amaze me!!

You’ve conducted the interview, they’ve sent in all the application and compliance documents required, are all set to start in their new role and BAM they disappear from the face of the earth never to be seen or heard from again.

Calls and emails go unanswered and all you can do is wonder where it all went wrong. The worst part of it all is that they were the perfect candidate, your client’s favourite, and you are left to make up some excuse or incident to explain to your client why they didn’t show up or couldn’t continue 😭

Recruiter Tip:

All I can suggest in this situation is to move on, if you have called and emailed and you don’t hear back then the only logical option is to move on and go back to the drawing board.

I’ve had candidates like this that have contacted me after a year to explain or give some sort of excuse hoping to start with the process again only to be let down for a second time. 🤦

Trust your gut if someone seems genuine and you honestly believe that they are seriously interested in the role then second chances can be given but don’t let them let you or your client down for a second time, if something doesn’t feel right then it usually isn’t.

In conclusion as recruiters we are always going to experience the good, the bad and the wacky but for the most part being a recruiter is a highly rewarding role giving us the opportunity to meet some extraordinary people and help these people find their ideal job.

Article Written By:

Grainne Flynn | Recruitment/Booking Co-Ordinator Temp Construction

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So you want work in Construction?

My name is Joe Kenny and I look after the Temporary Construction Division in Servisource Recruitment.  What follows is a guide on how to get a job in construction from the perspective of a recruiter.

Time and again I watch candidates sabotage themselves by making the same handful of mistakes which can easily be avoided with a little effort, organisation and raising of personal standards.

What to do
Construction Compliance

To start with, get the basics right: to work on a construction site you must have:-

  • Valid Safe Pass
  • Valid Manual Handling
  • PPE Gear – Safety boots, Hi Viz vest, Hard Hat, appropriate clothing (not t-shirt and shorts!)
  • Relevant CSCS card if you are working as a Machine Driver, Banksman, Crane Driver, Scaffolder etc.

Keep all of the above in a safe place.  Just because you have a valid safe pass and manual handling cert does not mean you will be allowed on site.  If you cannot provide proof that you have completed those two certs, it is as good as not having the two certs.

If you lost them, left them in your ex-girlfriend’s house who you no longer speak to, the dog ate them, you will not get a job in construction without being able to provide physical or digital copies of those 2 documents.

I recommend:

  1. Take 30 photocopies of your Safe Pass and Manual Handling cert and keep them in a safe place.
  2. Take photos of your Safe Pass and Manual Handling and save them to your phone gallery so you can send them on to recruiters easily and prove that you are compliant whenever you need to.
  3. Email the photos of the certs to yourself so that if you ever lose your phone, you still have copies of them within your email sent items.
  4. Keep a record of when your certs expire. Even if your safe pass expired only last month, you are now not legally allowed to work on a construction site.  Renew your certs before they expire and you will never be in a position where an outdated cert stops you from getting a job.
  5. Make a note of your local building supplies stores. If you lose any of your PPE gear, you know then where to go to replace it.

Sell yourself with an amazing Construction CV

Candidates that do not send in a CV are at a distinct disadvantage to those that do.  A CV is your opportunity to sell yourself, to list what work experience you have, what skills and attributes you can bring to a role and where you can put references from previous employment.

It also demonstrates that you want the job enough to make the effort to write it up. Take the time to write up a CV, save an electronic copy of it in your emails, so that you will always have your CV to hand should you need to apply for a role.

Applying for a construction job

Be specific and clear in your application.  Perhaps write a brief paragraph on what job it is you are applying for or what type of work you are looking for and in what area of the country.

Do not simply send a blank email with your CV attached to a recruitment agency.  Recruitment agencies receive hundreds if not thousands of applications per week and may deal with a variety of industries.  If a recruiter cannot see clearly which job or which type of job you have applied to and where, they have to then get in touch with you to try and decipher which job you applied for and quite frankly, most recruiters do not have the time to do this chasing up.

Follow up on a construction job:

Call or email the recruitment agency or ideally the recruiter that looks after the type of roles you are interested in.  Make sure they have your most up to date CV on file and your certs on file also.

There is no need to call daily, but so long as you are looking for a job, getting in touch once a week is a good idea to keep you fresh in the recruiter’s mind and shows them that you are genuine and enthusiastic. This goes a long way to building trust and increases the chances of you being offered a job.

Get fit and look after yourself

Working in construction is a physically demanding job.  You may be on your feet for most of the day, lifting, carrying, using power tools, the list goes on.

In order to deal with the demands of the duties associated with working in construction I recommend trying to maintain good cardiovascular health, not smoking, eating a healthy diet and doing some form of regular physical exercise.

Make sure that you adhere to all the health and safety guidelines on site, and that if working throughout the summer months, you use sun protection to avoid the risk of contracting skin cancer.

What NOT To Do:

If you really want to lose the confidence of a recruitment agency or contractor and minimize your chance of securing further work, follow these simple steps:

  • Promise the world and then don’t show up and don’t give notice as to why you haven’t shown up. Don’t get me wrong, things happen.  You may be sick, your child may get ill unexpectedly and you have to look after them, your car breaks down, there is a death in the family.  If you are due to start work and cannot due to circumstances beyond your control, a simple phone call, email, text message or all three to your employer before you are due to start work is just common courtesy and allows the employer to either try and find a replacement or plan around your absence.  Not getting in touch ruins any trust that there was previously and decreases your chances of being hired again.
  • Walk off site randomly without giving the site manager or your supervisor notice – this is relatively uncommon but still happens. If you are employed to work on a construction site, unless you are on lunch or on a break, you are not permitted to leave site.  Walking off site during working hours is fraud and will not be tolerated, you are being paid to work there not to be elsewhere.
  • Find a quiet place on site and hide there scrolling through social media on your smart phone and hope you don’t get caught.
  • Arrive late or leave early.
  • Using drugs on site or arriving to work under the influence of drugs – absolutely unacceptable and a guarantee the contractor and recruiter will never hire you again.

Make yourself stand out

There are thousands of people with a safe pass and manual handling cert.  You can sit each course which will last between half a day and a day and obtain both for a total of around €150.

These certs make you compliant to work on a construction site but they don’t make you stand out from the rest of the applicants.

If you want to work in construction and you want to maximise your chances of securing long term work, you have to pay attention to how valuable you are to the contractor or recruitment agency when working for them.

If you are the type that always arrives early, never forgets your PPE gear, doesn’t sit around on their mobile phone, puts an honest day’s work in, is eager to learn … chances are you will be kept on or hired again.

This is how you build up trust, confidence and your own reputation.  I will often put forward candidates that I have hired before who we have received positive feedback from our clients on past jobs.

Another important one is before you finish any job, make sure to get the contact details of your supervisor or site manager and ask them if you can use them as a reference when applying for future jobs.  If you have worked hard for them, usually they are happy to do this for you.  This gives you added leverage when applying for jobs as now you can provide some proof to back up the content of your CV.

I hope you have found the above points helpful, and if you are looking for work in the construction industry, please send your CV and certs to [email protected] and we will do our best to find you a job.

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Article Written By:
Joe Kenny | Business Development Consultant: Construction & Warehousing
Email: [email protected]

DD: +353 (0) 42 936 8310  | Tel: +353 (0) 42 93 52723  

Why emigrate to Ireland?

Thinking of working in Ireland? Read this blog that highlights the positive and negative of making the move to Ireland, and some helpful links for before and when you arrive in Ireland.

Firstly, a few facts about Ireland:

Capital city: Dublin
Currency: Euro
Population: 4.8 million

The island of Ireland is split into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK and uses Euro (€), Northern Ireland is part of the UK, is ruled by the Queen and uses Sterling (£). There is no hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, therefore, movement between the two is freely available, for now anyway!

There are many reasons to consider making Ireland your new home.


When the economic recession hit Ireland, we reached an all time high unemployment rate in 2012, registering a financial crisis-peak 16%; however unemployment rates have fell to a post-crash low of 5.1%.

As we move closer to full employment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitably qualified employees. Companies in Ireland are increasingly looking abroad to find people to fill important roles, especially in healthcare. For these companies it is not just about filling the vacancy, it is about finding the right candidate that meets their needs.

We Need You!

  • Healthcare:

Irish healthcare has made the news various times this year; from staff shortages, overcrowding and lack of capacity in public hospitals, mental health disparities, abortion legislation, and the CervicalCheck crisis exposed failures in women’s healthcare.

However, the Sustainability Index set out to find out the sustainability of each EU country’s healthcare system in the future. The good news – Irish healthcare ranks as eighth best in the EU in terms of being ‘futureproofed’ – scoring three points higher the UK (FutureProofing Healthcare: The Sustainability Index, 2018).

  • Work as a Nurse in Ireland

Irish hospitals currently have 2,299 fewer nurses than they had ten years ago despite the dramatic increase in demand on our health services. Our healthcare system needs our nurses more than ever and with four nursing jobs available in Ireland for every qualified nurse applying, We Need You!

In order to work as a nurse in Ireland, you need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Additionally, for many jobs, especially nursing, if you are moving from a country where English is not the primary language, you will have to complete the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The United States of America and the United Kingdom are not required to take the IELTS exams if they have studied in these countries.

  • Housing:

It is no secret that Ireland is facing a housing crisis; and accommodation can be a little difficult to come by.

The cost of renting a one-bed apartment in larger cities averages €1000 and can be up to €1500 (sometimes more) in Dublin. But cost is not the only obstacle in trying to find accommodation. With growing populations in the larger cities, there are increasing numbers of applicants going for available apartments who are more than willing to pay these prices.

You will need proof of employment for all tenants as well as previous references to be considered for rent in these high-pressure zones.

From personal experience, and from speaking to peers in a similar situation, some have been waiting 4-6 months to be accepted by landlords. This information is not here to turn people off moving to Ireland, it’s here to give you a realistic picture of emigrating.

To get a better picture of accommodation options, Daft is a great website to check out:

There are plenty of cities and towns that are perfectly livable; outside of the larger cities, in built-up commuter towns that have all the amenities and facilities you would require. Additionally, you can consider any of the other beautiful towns and cities in Ireland; such as Waterford, Galway, Killarney, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford to name just a few.

  • Working in Construction in Ireland

The construction industry is booming in the bigger cities like Dublin, Cork and Limerick due to the increasing demand for affordable housing options.

To put it bluntly, we will need more construction workers and tradesmen if our building sector is to recover and our housing crisis is to be solved.

Read our Blog: Thinking of coming (home) to Ireland to work in the Construction Industry?

The People & Culture:

The Irish are known worldwide for their friendly and welcoming nature, and our culture! The traditions and culture of Ireland are known across the world.

  • Official language:
    Gaeilge, although this may cause some confusion. When you first arrive in Ireland, you will see all road signs in English first, then Gaeilge. Due to our colourful history with the British, English is spoken everywhere in Ireland, and Gaeilge is now only spoken by approximately 70,000 people within Ireland.
  • Festivals / Patron saint:
    Saint Patrick. We celebrate St. Patricks Day on March 17th every year with public parades, festivals, Irish traditional music sessions, and the wearing of green or shamrocks in observance of the death of St. Patrick. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade actually started in America, and was held in New York City in 1766
  • Pub Culture:
    Go anywhere in the world and you will find an Irish bar, even at the gateway to the Himalayas: The Irish Pub at Namche Bazaar, a Khumbu village in Nepal has an elevation of 3,440 meters, making it the highest Irish pub in the world.Even though we are known to be drinkers, we are actually fourth in the world, behind Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany.The pub culture in Ireland, especially in more rural areas, is a very community-based culture. Walk in to any rural pub and you will be greeted with a traditional Irish session. Sometimes, these are planned sessions with a band, other times, they might just be a group of strangers who come together through their love of music.
  • Music:
    Music plays a great part in Irish culture and many pubs across the island will host live music. Traditional Irish music typically employs world instruments such as the fiddle, piano and acoustic guitar combined with home-grown instruments like Irish bouzoukis, Uilleann pipes and the Celtic harp aka cláirseach, the official symbol of Ireland.
  • Irish Sport:
    Sporting traditions and events represent a huge percentage of cultural and national identity in Ireland.

And we also love Spuds (aka the Potato!)


The scenery you will find here is breath-taking, especially along the 2600km of coastal area, the longest defined coastal route in the world. The Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway and the Ring of Kerry are just a few. We are known as the Emerald Isle for a reason.

Having been away from Ireland myself for a period of over 14 months, the thing that I found most striking on my return was the shades of green you will find in our beautiful countryside.


Unfortunately, this does come with a downside; the rain!! The rain rarely stops here, and the average humidity is approximately 85% all year round. During the winter, this causes a damp cold that will have you chilled to the bone. But once you are prepared for this with a good waterproof coat and boots (from Penneys of course!!), you won’t even notice it after some time.

Proximity to Europe:

On a positive note, if you are craving some sun, Ireland is located on the north-west of Europe, which is the perfect launching pad for travelling. Fly 2-3 hours and you have sun 😉 It is relatively cheap to get to other European destinations from Dublin – (Budget Airline: )

What will I do when I move here?

When considering making the move to Ireland, the most important things to look at are employment opportunities and accommodation options/costs. Some useful links for job searching:

Moving to Ireland is an easy process for those who are EU citizens. If you are a citizen of a non-EU country.

Read this blog to see what your visa requirements will be before you come to Ireland.

Some other useful information for when you arrive:

Main airports: Dublin (international), Shannon (international) and Cork.

Airport shuttles:

Rail system:

Bus system:

Main phone providers: , ,

Main banks in Ireland: , ,

The overall outlook is bright – if you are thinking of emigrating to Ireland to work in Healthcare or Construction Industry, there is an abundance of work.

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Article Written By:
Nicky Blower  |  Permanent Nurse Recruiter
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +353 21 427 9916 | Ext. 1861

What will Temp Admin Look Like in the Future?

In a recent blog we discussed the benefits of agency / temporary roles; highlighting that people traditionally viewed temporary employment in a negative perspective due to a lack of job security and perceived low wages.

Perhaps due to necessity at the time; when the recession hit Ireland, the availability of standard full-time permanent jobs decreased while part-time temp jobs continued to increase (OECD, 2015).

In fact, over the last decade, times have changed with temporary work, especially temp admin, becoming ‘the new normal’. Temporary jobs typically provide exciting opportunities, flexibility and competitive rates of pay; in a society that in increasingly discussing the importance of a work life balance, mental health and gender equality.

Read our blog: Gender Pay Gap Legislation – Why Now?

Temp workers can interchange between environments and industries using transferable skills and increased experience. This is applicable especially in the admin industry.

So, what will temp admin work look like in the future?

  1. Mothers returning to work:

In the 1970s, female participation in the work force was driven by the expansion of admin, clerical and service sector jobs. In 2016, secretarial and related occupations were dominated by women, accounting for 95.6 per cent of workers followed by caring personal service occupations (86.7%), (CSO, 2016).

Quite understandably, mothers don’t want to put in a five-day week on top of caring for young kids. However, many feel frustrated if they don’t have an outlet for their talents (other than mashing baby meals and cleaning up vomit).

Official statistics show that 86% of childless women work, whereas that decreases to 57% when considering those with children aged three or under.  This talent pool is experienced, professional, efficient and ready to work as long as they are given flexibility to their individual needs.

World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap report from last year shows that Ireland have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women.

Read our blog: Gender Pay Gap Legislation – Why Now?

Running a home is a full time job at the best of times. However, you may decide you want to return to paid work for any number of reasons:

  • ‘You’ Time: Continue in the working world for part of each week and reconnect with that other part of you that existed, pre-baby/babies.
  • Adult interaction: a greater sense of well being and connection with the outside world
  • You enjoy working
  • Use your education, experience & skillset
  • Money

Temp admin roles offer various benefits to mothers looking to get back into the workforce.

  • Job flexibility: Servisource match your skills with employers taking your specific needs into consideration, so that it’s a good fit for both. Work-family balance has never been easier.
  • Experience: This talent pool is experienced, professional, efficient and ready to work. Temporary employment gives you the opportunity to use your ‘pre-baby’ skills, but the pressure is greatly reduced.
  • Often build new skills or exposure to different industries.
  • Opportunity to develop their professional network
  • Weekly Pay: There’s no need to wait until the end of the month for a pay check!

Now there’s no point in me writing this without addressing the elephant in the room … Childcare!!

In any report reviewed, there seems to be a correlation between high childcare costs and lower female labour participation.

As every parent knows, the cost of childcare is highest when children are very young (under 3 years old) due to the amount of care required. The Government has introduced childcare supports for children between the ages of 6 months to 36 months in Tusla-registered childcare services. An additional €20 million was allocated towards supporting childcare measures, including the extended free pre-school programme. This means there will be a full two-year service available from September 2018.

Childcare options:

To see if you are eligible for help with childcare costs, please view the following link:

  1. Young people / ‘Millenials’

Another demographic group availing of temp admin employment are millennials. The latest employment survey undertaken by Forfás shows that agency/ temp work is providing an increasingly important route into work for young people.

This demographic have changed their attitude towards the job market and employment, and instead of waiting for a great opportunity to land at their feet, they are immersing themselves in temporary roles to gain invaluable experience and skills, fill gaps in their CV and as a channel to get on the job ladder.

In 2008, 17,800 people within this age group emigrated due to lack of job opportunities after graduating, in 2013 the figure stood at 24,800. The US Bureau of Labour Statistics predicts that Generation Y will account for nearly 75% of the workforce by 2030. Flexible employment such as temporary work are proving to be an important pull factor in retaining domestic talent by providing new job opportunities and new ways of working (NRF, 2014).

“It’s hard not to feel a little hard done by in comparison to other generations. There was a time, when people were hired they could get a job as a trainee or come out of college at least for contract work for up to six months to a year.”

This is true, but it’s a different time than that of the ‘baby boom’ generation who had the opportunities to obtain a full time job and hold onto it for 20+ years, who married young and bought houses. Times have changed, and although the economy is on the up, the recession has engrained a shift in attitudes on this ‘millennial’ generation. Most young people no longer graduate college expecting to walk into their dream job, but they also don’t consider themselves failures because of it.

They are not complying to ‘social norms’ of getting a full time job and buying a house because they have different passions, different needs and BECAUSE they aren’t rushing to get on the housing ladder or ‘settle down’, they have a new flexibility in employment. Millenials are realising temporary employment may actually be the key to happiness.

Benefits of Temp admin work to millennials:

  • Abundance of employment opportunities. Temporary admin roles have increased in the last decade leading to an abundance of opportunities to ‘get the foot in the door’ or ‘dip your toe in various industries’.
  • Ability to Travel75%of millennials are interested in traveling as much as possible (Boston Consulting Group) which isn’t easy if you have a full-time job.
  • Gain experience in different industries to identify where they are truly fulfilled – as opposed to previous generations; millennials are not afraid to leave one job to try another because at the end of the day ‘Life is too short not to do what makes you happy’
  • Work Life Balance – The world of work is evolving & what workers expect from their job is changing, as is the way people choose to work. ‘Millennial friendly’ companies such as Apple, eBay and Google are promoting work life balance where employees can ‘work from home’, partake in flexi-time and the likes. As a generation who grew up with the internet, younger people can use technology to complete their work more efficiently and in less time than their predecessors. Additionally to this, stress control and balance is significantly being encouraged as mental health and mindfulness awareness is increasing internationally.

The common thread is the need to embrace flexible working practices within a modern, dynamic and inclusive post-recession jobs market. It is important to remember that under the Temporary Agency Work Act you are entitled to regulated pay as well as accrued holiday pay. You are also protected in the sense that you are given the same quality of working conditions as your permanent colleagues.

At Servisource, we provide a range of temporary staff solutions from short term assignments to long term contractors in Ireland. We currently supply Medical Secretaries, Clerical Officers, Accounts Administrators, Administrators, Receptionists, Secretarial and PA, Personal / Executive Assistants, HR Temps, Logistics administrators, Data Entry, Telephonists, Switchboard Operators, Customer Service Staff and Entry level staff.

Using our strong relationships with large multinationals and businesses across Ireland, we can help you find the right temp job and answer all your questions along the way.

Whether you are a new mother or a millennial, whatever your reasons are for looking for temporary admin work, we have what you’re looking for.

To view all Admin & Finance Roles, click HERE!

Contact Lauren TODAY at [email protected]

Article Written By:
Donna Farrell

What are the Visa Requirements to Work in Ireland?

Are you thinking about moving to Ireland or considering re-locating here to work but unsure of the Visa requirements?

Visa’s can be very confusing so we have tried to make it as simple; yet in-depth; as possible, covering the various different types of visas and work permits available in Ireland.

Right to work in Ireland?

Citizens of the EU/EEA are part of a single market that allows freedom to live and work in other member states without restriction (no visa requirements). Switzerland has an agreement that extends the single market to include it, though it is not part of the EEA.

Most often, citizens of countries in the single market do not need a visa or other special permission to come to or stay in Ireland.

There are 28 countries in the European Union.

The EEA is composed of all EU members states as well as the following:

If you are a member of the EU/EEA you are free to apply for any job vacancy – See all open roles HERE!

Non-EEA Nationals:

The employment of all non-EEA nationals in Ireland is governed by the Employment Permits Acts 2003 – 2014.

Under this legislation all non-EEA nationals require a valid employment permit in order to work in Ireland.

Alternatively, if you are granted the relevant immigration permission from the Minister for Justice and Equality; this allows you to reside and work in Ireland without the requirement for an employment permit.

All applications are processed in line with this legislation and are dependent on a job offer from an employer who is based in Ireland and who is registered with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

How to Apply for a Visa?

Step 1: Check if you need an Irish Visa

Click the below link to find out what you need to enter Ireland based on your nationality.

Step 2: Apply for Immigration permission to stay in Ireland (if you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen) for longer than 3months.

Step 3: (if applicable) After you receive permission to work, apply for a long stay Employment Permit (as per below).

What Visa Should you Apply For?

Under the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 there are 9 different employment permits

  1. General Employment Permit

The General Employment Permit allows non-EU citizens to legally work in Ireland; granted in respect of a 12 month contract of employment.

This permit is only granted to applicants with a job offer from an employer who is registered and trading in Ireland.

To qualify for this permit, generally remuneration must be above €30,000 (in exceptional cases, work permits may be considered where the remuneration is less than €30,000.)

A General Employment Permit can be issued for an initial period of two years and can then be renewed for up to a further three years.

Occupations of which an employment permit may not be granted  are those on the Ineligible Categories of Employment List

A Labour Market Needs Test is required in most cases.

Spouses, dependants or partners of General Employment Permit holders are not eligible for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit and must apply for a separate employment permit in their own right.

The fee for an application is €1,000 for an employment permit from 6 months to 24 months duration.

  1. Critical Skills Employment Permit

The Critical Skills Employment Permit (previously known as the Green Card Permit for Ireland) allows highly skilled workers to work in Ireland in an occupation where there are skills shortages.

This employment permit is granted for an initial 2 year period; which can be renewed indefinitely.

To qualify for this permit, remuneration must be above €60,000 or; for a restricted number of occupations (on the Highly Skilled Occupations List) with remuneration of between €30,000 and €59,999.

You must provide evidence that you have the required qualifications, skills and experience for the position, and the position must be for at least two years.

There is no requirement for a labour market needs test due to the fact that these skills are in short supply.

The fee for an application is €1,000.

Permit holder are eligible to apply for immediate family reunification and therefore once their Spouses, dependants or partners are residing in Ireland, they are eligible to seek employment / eligible for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit

  1. Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit

The Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit allows the spouse, dependants and civil partners of a primary permit holder (of a Critical Skilled Visa or Researchers) to apply for an employment permit to work in Ireland.

There is no requirement for a labour market needs test.

The application is free of charge.

  1. Reactivation Employment Permit

Reactivation Employment Permits allow foreign citizens; of whom entered Ireland on a valid employment permit but, fell out of the system through no fault of their own or have been badly treated or exploited in the workplace, to work again.

In order to initially apply for this visa, applicants must apply to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service for permission to remain in Ireland for the purpose of making an application (stamp 1)

Click the above link for  the eligibility criteria & guidelines for this permit.

There are various other types of employment permits:

This permit is designed for foreign undertaking (Contractor) has won a contract to provide services to an Irish entity. This permit facilitates the transfer of non-EEA employees to work on an Irish contract in Ireland while remaining on an employment contract outside the State.

Generally, a labour market needs test is required.

This permit allows the transfer of senior management, key personnel or trainees (who are non-EEA nationals) working in an oversees branch of a multi-national company; to transfer to the Irish branch.

Senior management and key personnel must be earning at least €40,000 a year; while trainees must be earning at least €30,000 a year) and have been working for the company for a minimum of 6 months (one month if a trainee).

This permit facilitates the employment of foreign nationals who are full time students; enrolled in third level institutions outside of Ireland; for the purpose of work experience.

These permits can only issue for a maximum period of 12 months and are non-renewable

This permit allows the employment of foreign nationals who possess relevant skills, qualifications, experience or knowledge for the development, operation and capacity of sporting and cultural activities.

This permit facilitates the employments of foreign nationals in the State under prescribed agreements or other international agreements to which the State is a party.

For criteria eligibility – please click the above link.

Finding a job in Ireland:

If you are moving or re-locating to Ireland, finding a job is going to be one of your top priorities – do some research into the opportunities available here, and ensure there are no restrictions to prevent you from working here.

All employers who want to employ non-EEA nationals (i.e. those who need an employment permit) must be registered with Revenue and with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).

NOTE: The employer must employ you directly in a permanent role (this would not be the case with temp roles) – this means that applications from recruitment agencies, agents, intermediaries or companies who intend to outsource or subcontract you to work in another company are not accepted.

Servisource Recruitment (powered by Recruit Island) are a recruitment agency and therefore will not provide you with / cannot apply for a visa on your behalf.

Employment Permit FAQs:

** Please Note that Servisource Recruitment are not visa specialists and information within this article has been obtained from various Government Websites; as follows:

  • Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation:
  • Department of Justice and Equality :
  • Citizens information :

Article Written By:
Donna Farrell