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.

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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Why temping is tempting in today’s jobs market

There’s a glorious scene in the second season of the cult 90s sitcom The Larry Sanders Show, where the eponymous talk show host and his staff are gathered to meet the new fiancée of Hank, Larry’s on-screen sidekick, for the first time. When a smart young woman walks in, Larry immediately takes over, whisking the girl away for a private tour of the set and showering her with silver-tongued compliments. Naturally, the egomaniac TV star doesn’t notice the bemused look on her face. By the time they return, the real fiancée has shown up and the young lady blurts out […]
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The rough (and smooth) guide to working in Dublin

Now that Ireland has reclaimed its status as the EU’s fastest-growing economy, another generation of young, mobile, overseas workers is finding that once again, all roads lead to Dublin. Fluent German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish and French speakers are in high demand.  But what to expect when you get there? A booming jobs market, for one thing. Ireland’s unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since the country emerged from recession, and currently sits at just 6.4%. There are lots of opportunities, especially in the tech sector where the presence of the world’s leading players – Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and many more […]
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How to attract top IT talent

Most Irish employers will remember the dizzying heights of the tiger era, when the recruitment of developers and other IT specialists was a nigh-on impossible task. It wasn’t that companies couldn’t find people with the right qualifications. It wasn’t that they couldn’t find people at the right price. It was simply that they couldn’t find any people. Ireland was awash with IT vacancies and not enough bodies to fill them. During this period of ‘extreme employment’, many companies decided that the best way to out-bid the competition for talent was to offer people all sorts of stuff that money couldn’t […]
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Dare to share? Why you must be squeaky clean on social

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Give behavioural interviewing the STAR treatment

In any walk of life, it stands to reason that the most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance. In similar circumstances, what happened before is likely to happen again. This is the key insight behind the growing trend of ‘behavioural interviewing’, where the would-be employer focuses on job-related experiences, behaviours and skills to predict how a candidate will perform in a given role. Behavioural interviewing is a test of the candidate’s critical thinking ability. Employers decide in advance which precise skills are necessary for the job, then probe the candidate with specific questions to find out if they […]
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Trends within Banking and Finance for 2017

We are certainly facing some uncertainty in 2017, with the big events of 2016 - Brexit and the newly appointed Trump in the US - continuing to loom large. The next few months shall be telling times for Europe and Ireland,  as negotiations over Britain's exit start to take shape. Despite all these events, the unemployment rate continues to fall. In March, it was 6.4%, down from 6.6% in February and significantly down from 8.3% in March 2016.  Signs are, we are still in a healthy direction. (Source CSO) The Banking and Finance sector makes up a major proportion of this employment and […]
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Time to get serious about back-to-work mums

In the summer of 2012, it was reported that almost 1,000 people were emigrating from Ireland every week. As Ireland struggled to see a way out of the economic morass, the exodus of so many people – most of them young, highly educated, packed with potential – was both shocking and sad. Even at the height of the ‘generation emigration’ debate, however, few column inches were devoted to another brain drain that is taking place right under our noses; one that’s happening here and now, and that is depriving Irish companies of some of their most talented and capable people. […]
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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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