Eden Informs

Whether you are a jobseeker or an employer, we like to keep you informed of the latest insights from the world of recruitment.

How to attract the best IT talent

These are heady times in Ireland’s jobs sector but companies recruiting for IT talent must ensure they are not missing a trick, writes Fiona Devine. It has taken 10 long years, but Ireland has come full circle. Last year, our economy grew by a staggering 7.3% – three times the average growth rate across the wider euro zone, according to EU estimates. Even when you take away the contribution made by multinationals (the main driver of Ireland’s economic growth), underlying domestic activity still grew by almost 5% in 2017 – double that of the EU area. Unprecedented job creation As […]
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Dress to Impress: Office Vox Pop

Traditional business attire is no longer the norm in many workplaces … but is it still at interview? We ask our consultants for their advice in dressing to impress. Banking and finance is an area you immediately associate with formality, and unsurprisingly, casual clothing won’t normally wash at interviews, according to Barbara Donnellan who heads up the division at Eden. “A suit is expected for men, and for women either a suit or dress with formal suit jacket. When selecting suits, the preference is for plain colours – black or navy. The less pattern design on clothes the better. Remember less is more […]
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Crafting a classic cover letter

Perhaps the most effective cover letter ever written was the one sent by Robert Pirosh, a young advertising copywriter from New York, to various Hollywood film executives in 1934*. Attempting to break into screenwriting, Pirosh condensed his love of language – and his dazzling writing skills – into three glorious paragraphs containing some of the unlikeliest words ever read by a would-be employer. Have you ever included the words “cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp” in a cover letter? Not many have. In any case, his singular gambit worked. The letter earned Pirosh three interviews, one of which led to him […]
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Dare to share? Why you must be squeaky clean on social

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Smoothies to power you through winter blues

January is the hardest month of the year. We are supposed to return to work refreshed and re-energised after the holidays – but who among us has ever had a relaxing Christmas? Energy levels are low, finances often in a perilous state, and let’s not even mention the weather. Tough going! There are things we can do to boost our physical and mental wellness. Exercise and plenty of sleep, of course, but as any nutritionist will tell you, it’s what we put in our bodies that can make all the difference. A welcome addition to our office for the new […]
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Identifying a candidate’s Emotional Intelligence

What sets a star performer apart from the pack? Traditional wisdom might start by citing intelligence, or IQ, as a determinant of success.   Yet we all know the brightest isn’t always the one who will deliver in the workplace. There’s diligence, ambition, perseverance and endless other qualities to consider. And then there’s a softer, less tangible talent that is increasingly recognised as being at the heart of success. It’s called Emotional Intelligence, or EQ. Definitions will vary, but EQ is about managing personality, both your own and others.  Organisations are social entities, so it’s no wonder that how we manage […]
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Find a job that makes you happy!

When Forbes magazine published its list of the 10 highest-paid actresses of 2017, it came as little surprise to see the brilliant Jennifer Lawrence coming in at number three. Starring roles in movies such as Mother! and Red Sparrow, plus a hefty contract with the Dior fashion label, have seen the Hunger Games star apparently rake in a whopping $24 million this year alone. Yeah, but is she happy? Us mere mortals can only guess, but’s probably safe to assume that the wildly popular, talented, Oscar-winning actress is indeed happy. The question is still worth asking, however, because when J-Law […]
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Employers: what are candidates saying about you?

I’ve heard it said that Ireland is among the most ‘networked’ countries in the world. People tend to know lots of people, and keep in touch with them. As someone who deals with multi-lingual job candidates here every day, I can apply the same thought to them. They themselves form highly networked communities, who are forever sharing their experiences of the recruitment market. That’s something employers need to be aware of. Demand for multi-lingual staff in Ireland is strong, as the country’s position as an international hub remains healthy. German and Nordic speakers in particular are much sought after, especially […]
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What are employers looking for when hiring?

In most cases, when you read a job advertisement, you will quickly identify whether you have the skills to suit the role or not.  I know there are occasions where the job advert is so vague it is hard to know what exactly is required.  Up to this point it is easy to qualify yourself in or out for the role.  However, the tricky part comes when selected for interview, the whole picture changes. At interview, a lot of additional requirements tend to come into play which were never mentioned in the original job advertisement.  So, what happens? A personal […]
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Dublin’s diversity shows employers the way

If you ever require a dose of positivity, jump off the Luas at Grand Canal Dock – ideally on a fine summer’s evening – and take a stroll through Dublin’s ‘Silicon Docks’. Here, against a backdrop of pop-up cafés and continental-cool eateries, you’ll discover the tech-inspired tower of babel that is helping to drive Ireland’s economic resurgence. It’s hard not to be uplifted by the sight of hundreds of young, multi-lingual, multi-national workers all finding their feet, and their voice, in downtown Dublin. If a visit to the docklands teaches us anything, it’s that diversity is at the heart of […]
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