How to Attract Top Talent: Employer Branding Strategies for Irish Companies

5 tips on finding the right homecare provider

How to Attract Top Talent: Employer Branding Strategies for Irish Companies

No matter what industry your Irish company is in, it is essential to step up your employer brand in order to attract and retain the best employees. There are some straightforward strategies that can help even the smallest organisations win over potential candidates and convince them that they are the right choice for their next career move. Recruit Island is on hand to give helpful advice on how to attract top talent and what employer branding strategies for Irish companies can be used.

Define your company culture

Your company culture represents who you are as an organisation, and it can attract or repel potential employees and customers. With many successful businesses in Ireland, it is no surprise that corporate culture has become a vital aspect of doing business. It is important to consider what values, beliefs, and traditions you want to uphold within your team, as this will shape the overall atmosphere of the workplace. It can be done in the following ways:

  • Outlining your mission and values.
  • Highlighting your company’s unique traits.
  • Demonstrating the benefits available for employees.

Before developing your company culture, ask yourself what kind of environment you want your employees to thrive in, and how you can foster a sense of community and collaboration. This will help to attract candidates who share the same values as your business, who share your vision, and who are more likely to excel within the organisation. It is beneficial to outline why your existing employees enjoy working for you and what makes you stand out from the rest.

How to Attract Top Talent: Employer Branding Strategies for Irish Companies

Enhance your online presence

It is crucial for Irish companies to have a strong online presence. Pay close attention to this aspect of business in order to stand out among the competition and attract quality candidates. Company reputation is a key factor in attracting the right candidates and a strong online presence can bolster this reputation. It can include the following strategies:

  • A well-designed website that showcases the company’s message.
  • Active social media accounts such as LinkedIn and Facebook with business updates and news.
  • Engaging marketing content such as flyers, online advertisements, and press releases.

Having a strong online presence can attract high-quality candidates with valuable skills and experience. The company website should highlight the culture, job opportunities, and employee benefits. Social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter can also be leveraged to showcase the company’s values and connect with potential candidates. Engaging marketing content can boost the company’s popularity within that particular industry as it is vital to stand out in today’s competitive hiring market.

Did You Know?

72% of recruiting leaders worldwide agreed that employer brand has a significant impact on hiring.

How to Attract Top Talent: Employer Branding Strategies for Irish Companies

Create a positive candidate experience

This starts from the moment a candidate applies for a job. It ends when a candidate accepts or declines the job offer. In an increasingly competitive job market, employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting potential employees. The first interaction with a potential employee should convey a message that they are a great place to work and that they value their employees. Employers should focus on creating a positive candidate experience in the following ways:

  • Providing timely feedback with interview results.
  • Keeping candidates informed about the hiring process.
  • Providing a smooth onboarding experience.

By showcasing their company’s unique culture, offering attractive benefits packages, and providing opportunities for professional development and growth, they can establish themselves as top employers in their respective industries. In doing so, they are more likely to attract and retain the best and brightest talent for their teams.


Attracting and retaining employees is essential to the success of any business. Employers need to consider their employer branding strategies in order to stay competitive. Developing an effective employer brand requires a thoughtful approach that includes highlighting the company’s benefits and values, creating a positive candidate experience, and enhancing an online presence.

By optimising these elements, Irish companies will be perfectly positioned to attract and retain top talent. With dedication, consistency, and creativity, it will pave the way for a dynamic professional team that can take the organisation to greater heights of success.

Contact Recruit Island for all your recruitment needs.

5 Benefits of Networking at Work

5 Benefits of Networking at Work

Networking at work is a vital pathway to career growth and there are many benefits to it. Sometimes networking can be confused with selling, but it actually means creating long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial. This in turn, leads to building a good reputation over time.

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 the direction of other well-connected people.
It is an essential process that should be implemented throughout all stages of your professional journey. Here we take a look at 5 benefits of networking at work.

Did you know? Networking Benefits
  • 85% of job positions have been filled through networking.
  • Almost 100% believe that face-to-face meetings build stronger long-term relationships.
  • 70% of jobs are never published publicly. 

Here are 5 of the biggest advantages of networking:

1. Raise Your Profile

One of the first benefits 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.

Making connections in business, benefits of networking.

4. 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 people’s 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. 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.

So why not get networking and soon you’ll be climbing up that career ladder in no time!

View all our current vacancies on Recruit Island that can help you get your foot in the door and start networking.

Freelance vs. Full-Time: Exploring Flexible Work Arrangements in the Irish Job Market

Freelance vs. Full-Time: Exploring Flexible Work Arrangements in the Irish Job Market The way work is conducted has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. Traditional 9-to-5 office jobs are no longer the only option for those seeking employment and other more flexible arrangements have gained popularity. By exploring flexible work arrangements in the Irish…

Continue reading

The Most Effective Networking Strategies for Job Seekers in Ireland

The Most Effective Networking Strategies for Job Seekers in Ireland Networking is a crucial aspect of the job search process in Ireland, as it can help you uncover hidden job opportunities and gain insights into the job market. Having the right strategies can help you create meaningful relationships with industry professionals or even secure your…

Continue reading

Diversity and Inclusion in the Irish Workplace: Best Practices for Recruiters and Employers

Diversity and Inclusion in the Irish Workplace: Best Practices for Recruiters and Employers Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are becoming increasingly important considerations for employers, recruiters, and HR professionals. This is especially true of Irish workplaces, organisations must be proactive in their efforts to create diverse and inclusive teams. It is not only a…

Continue reading

Article written by:

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

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

Benefits of Agency Work in Ireland

Have you ever thought about the benefits of Agency Work?

Traditionally, people viewed agency work as being for people who are relatively young and have low levels of training while overlooking the benefits of agency work. They looked on agency work as a negative due to the lack of job security and perceived low income.

A common argument to the traditional viewpoint was “What good is no gap in your CV, or different acquired skills and exposure, if it can’t pay the rent?”

In the years since the global economic crisis, standard jobs were destroyed while part-time employment continued to increase (OECD, 2015).

The reality is, a weekly increase in income for many people during the economic crisis was a result of the benefits of agency work.

In fact, over the last decade, agency work is becoming ‘the new normal’,  not out of necessity or a last resort – they’re typically exciting opportunities that will become more and more common; with more people realising the benefits of agency work.

Statistics highlight that in 2016 just over 7% of workers were in some form of temporary or agency employment, the majority having been working part-time. This is 5,000 more part-time temporary employees than there was in 2008 in Ireland.

benefits of agency work

Source: Irish Congress of Trade Unions (2017)

In recent years, a more modern view on temporary employment is that it provides increased flexibility for all demographics, with wages generally reflective of the value of their skills to an organisation.

Agency workers can quickly go from one environment to another with transferrable skills and increased experience; especially in healthcare.

If you are struggling to find a permanent role, or don’t want to be tied to a specific role for a long period of time; we have put together the top benefits of agency work.

Benefits of Agency Work:


  • If you are working around a significant other who does shift work, or you want to spend more time with the family, then agency work is for you.
  • Agency work provides you with control over your availability which enables you to work around any other commitments you may have such as family, education or perhaps even other employment.
  • Agency work gives you the option to work as many hours as you like or even as little as you like. You provide us with your availability and your flexibility and we work around that to fill our client shift requirements. Our clients generally offer various working patterns from ad-hoc to whole time equivalent hours.


Agency work provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain a substantial amount of new contacts and networks in the sector, through working in a variety of healthcare settings simultaneously.

  • It is looked upon as getting ‘your foot in the door’: It helps you make more connections and build relationships with professionals.
  • It also allows you to gain more experience and learn to adapt to different environments. This is particularly good for newly qualified healthcare professionals; or those who may have been working in the same area of healthcare throughout their career.
  • It also allows you to build on your skillset and makes you more employable to future organisations.
  • Offers you a favorable working environment, allowing you to choose the correct career path for you in the future.

With the unemployment rate at an all-time low now, temping work always looks very well on your CV too which may offer you the upper hand in job applications down the line.

Ongoing Training

As a member of agency staff, we keep on top of all your mandatory certs. We remind you when they are due to expire and ensure you sit them in advance to keep you continuously fully compliant.

The Servisource Training Department run mandatory healthcare training courses monthly across four locations in Ireland.

Note: For the small administration of €2.50 a week, our training department and compliance team ensure that all your training certification is kept up-to-date. This also prevents you from any big up-front payments.


Agency workers tend to be offered competitive rates of pay and verified experience always works to your advantage. We do our best to offer Servisource employees the same rates of pay as those who would be working alongside you.

  • You receive your pay on a weekly basis which can enable you to budget and monitor finances effortlessly.
  • You are entitled to holiday pay, which provides you with the same benefits as those in fulltime employment.

Note: under the Temporary Agency Work Act you are entitled to regulated pay as well as accrued holiday pay. You are also given the same quality of working conditions as your permanent colleagues.

Application Process

We have a very easy and straightforward process within Servisource whereby you can:

  • Upload your contact details,
  • Let us know the type of work it is you are looking for and where,
  • Then the relevant recruiter in that specific area will be in contact with you in due course.

The recruiter is your direct point of contact from initial commencement of the application process; stright through to final placement providing as much support and assistance as possible.

Servisource Healthcare are a leading international supplier of high quality and innovative healthcare staffing solutions, enabling continuity of care during peaks in demand, by supplying fast, flexible and reliable staff at short notice.

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

Article Written By:
Lisa Curran  | Recruitment Consultant DNE

DD: +353 42 936 8343    | Tel: +353 (0) 42 93 52723