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.

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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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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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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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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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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Are you in a career bunker?

Splitting from an employer isn’t something we do lightly. Sometimes it’s sparked by a particular event that clearly tells us we need to move on.  You’ve just been passed over for the promotion that was yours. You’re at constant loggerheads with your boss. The company is laying off staff and looks like it won’t survive. In most cases, however, the decision to whether to stay or go isn’t triggered by anything so tangible. It’s more that the inner sense of self-worth and fulfilment that we should be extracting from the job isn’t happening. Too often we park these feelings and […]
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Job interview strengths and weaknesses

THERE’S a little-known story about the making of the original ‘Blair Witch Project’ that should strike a chord with anyone preparing for a job interview. According to Heather Donahue, one of the stars of the cult found-footage movie, when auditions were being held in New York the co-directors blindsided her with a question she was not expecting. “You’ve served seven years of a nine-year sentence,” they reportedly told her. “Why should we let you out on parole?” Donahue’s improvised response has never been made public, but since she landed the job we can only assume she came up with something […]
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