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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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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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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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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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