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.

Jobseekers: how to get ahead in retail

It might surprise you to hear that retail is the country’s largest industry, employing more people than any other sector.  Its size alone means it offers lots of opportunities for a great career. So too does the fact that it is multi-faceted - retail roles stretch from buying to pricing to marketing to personnel and customer service, in areas from food to fashion to homeware and lots more. Domestic growth in Ireland in recent years has fuelled a very healthy retail market, with retail staff in high demand. The future is bright, and retail is less susceptible to peaks and […]
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Are you ready for Generation Z?

Move over Millennials, it’s time for Generation Z …not exactly a comforting thought for many a HR manager, still grappling with how to relate to the demographic cohort that is now on the way out. So who are Gen Z? They were born from the mid-90s to 2010, so no older than 23. They make up 20% of the population in Ireland. And they are just starting to enter the workplace. The Irish Times has summed them up as “conscientious, ambitious, and over-anxious”. What does that mean for the workplace? Firstly, they are individuals. They want to be seen as […]
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In the Green Chair: Fiona Devine

Fiona Devine is Senior IT Recruitment Consultant at Eden Recruitment.   So how did you end up here in the Green Chair? I’m a proud Derry girl, and with my father being a shopkeeper in the city, I grew up meeting and dealing with people on a daily basis. It was only later on, having graduated from Queens in law and politics and working in a legal and insolvency practice, that I realised how much I missed this interaction. That set me on the path to a career in recruitment - aided and abetted, I might add, by a recruiter who recognised where […]
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The top five traits of successful people

Peter McGuire of the Irish Times spoke to Ken Lee, Managing Director of Eden Recruitment, on the qualities graduates need to develop in order to be successful in the jobs market: Graduates might be blue in the face from hearing about soft skills. Employers want interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, analytical, verbal and leadership skills – and the best job applicants will have spent time in college nurturing these abilities. But, when you drill down into it, what are the traits that people need to be successful in their career? There’s an old saying that “the door to success is marked push”, […]
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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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