Technology vs. Tradition: Which is more important your CV or LinkedIn profile?

In 2019 we have seen huge developments in the recruitment process, and the implementation of new technologies or means by which we can get ourselves a new job. With that its massively important for us to consider our profile’s importance in grabbing the attention of a recruiter-whether you are actively or passively exploring the…

Can Social Media be a Useful Tool for Recruitment?

Over the years, technology has revolutionized the world and social media in particular has left a big foot in digital marketing, communication and especially recruitment. The question is, can it be a practical job hub like Indeed, Monster etc. to attract talented individuals? When recruiting on social media, your efforts mainly fall into two categories:…

Top Tips for a Successful Skype Interview

In recent years, we have seen a large influx of people from all professions who have chosen Ireland as the best location to develop their careers. In these circumstances, it can be daunting relocating into the unknown with a new job, so employers have followed suit. Companies are increasing the use of , Google Hangout…

So Why Use A Good Recruitment Company?

Agency recruiters very often get a bad rep for overselling and under ivering on their services and rightly so in some cases. Every cold call or e you receive will purport how unique they are and that they are not like other recruitment agencies. It usually becomes obvious that these aren’t differentiators at all, but…

Has your employer got your back?

Back pain is a major health concern for workers and something that is likely to affect a large percentage of adults in Ireland during their lifetime. The National health survey found that 19% of Irish people reported suffering from lower back pain over the previous year which makes it is the most commonly reported health…

Multilingual Masterclass – How to Standout in Ireland’s Competitive Multilingual Job Market

Ireland is the epicentre for companies loing to enter into the European markets and abroad. So much so, this has resulted in some of the biggest brands and tech giants in the world setting up shop in Dublin. These companies offer incredible opportunities for language speakers, but this leads to intense competition for these positions.…

When is a Good Time to Change Career?

Career change can be daunting and stressful for a lot of people. But like most things in life – if we prepare for change and embrace it, we can relish these uncomfortable new situations. It’s important though in life, to be agile and able to react to changes in market conditions. We are all living…

5 Top Tips to Standout from a Competitive College Campus

Starting college can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s the first real taste of independence along with making new friends and hopefully gaining essential experience that will help you once you’ve finished your course. Although it may seem far away (depending on the length of your course), it’s a good…

Tips to Select the Right Course after the Leaving Certificate

Yesterday, Leaving Certificate students across Ireland received their long-awaited exam results. These results could potentially determine the future direction of their lives and careers. At this stage, CAO choices can seem so long ago, and a lot of students can find themselves unsure of their course choices and overwhelmed when faced with such a big life…

How to Look and Feel Good in the Office this Summer: 3 Top Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance

For many of us a typical day of work will consist of 8-10 hours sitting at our desk. With this, it can be hard to maintain a balance between a healthy lifestyle and our sedentary day to day work life, but through a couple of small changes it is possible to stay fit and healthy…

4 Tips to Navigate Your Way Around Your Travel Addiction When Working Full Time

When it comes to summer people start planning holidays to spend a quality time with bed friends and family. However, a small segment of the human population struggle to understand that we also want to see the world, even though we our job so much! Life is too short and precious, and we…

Top 5 Tips in regards How to Behave on Your First Day in a New Job

Nervous trepidation are two words which accurately describe your state of mind as you approach your first day in a new job. You will worry about how you will be regarded by your new colleagues and whether or not you make a good first impression. Remember that you do not get a second chance to…

How to Behave on Your Last Day at Work

It is your last day at work, you feel awkward and stressed, and being “on edge”, you are very susceptible to saying the wrong thing to the wrong person (telling a few home truths) but then again, you don’t really care as you cannot be reprimanded and you won’t be at work on Monday to…

When to hand in your notice after you receive a job offer?

You have just received a job offer over the telephone and you are ighted. Immediately you do not hesitate in typing up a resignation letter and handing it to your boss. Job done. But are you being wise in acting so swiftly? The short answer is no. A verbal offer of a job is only…

When do you know it is time to go?

How do you know when it is time to leave your current job? Below are the top 10 tell-tales signs that it may be time to move on from your current employer. You hate your job Obviously, if you get little or no enjoyment out of your current role, for the sake of your mental…

Ireland Hits Full Employment

The Irish economy recently hit full employment with unemployment levels falling below 5%. In fact, the level of unemployment fell to 4.4% in May (Source: Central Statistics Office). The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for males stood at 4.7% and 4.2% for females. Youth unemployment (15-24 years) now stands at 10%. What are the challenges of…

What should I wear to my Skype interview?

The answer to this question depends on the culture you are interviewing for, as you should dress as if you were attending an actual interview. How do you know the general dress sense of a company? The best tip is to visit their , and Instagram pages to gauge the level of formality in…

How long should my cover letter be?

The ideal cover letter should be four paragraphs. Each paragraph needs to focus on a specific theme, usually answering some of the key requirements of the job specification and how your skills and experience match these requirements. Be sure to keep your sentences short and to the point. It is also good practice to use…

Interviews – Que Sera Sera

The iconic Doris Day (RIP) had a huge hit with the song – Que Sera Sera, whatever will be, will be. In many respects a Que Sera Sera attitude can be applied to interviews once they are completed but is there a way, through your post interview behaviour, in that you can still affect the…

The Devil is in the Detail

With Jurgen Klopp’s genius masterpiece of getting the Liverpool ball boys to recycle the ball quickly in order to avail of the opportunity where Barcelona players are momentarily at sea, complaining to the referee, after a decision is given against them, it emphasises the fact that the devil is in the detail. This adage also…

Indicative Positive Signals in Interviews

In the age of Brexit, indicative votes and indicative signals are a constant feature in the national media throughout Europe. In a similar vein to the House of Commons indicative votes are not necessarily always how people will vote in a real vote, indicative positive signals in interviews do not necessarily mean you have landed…

An Egg-cellent Easter Egg-travaganza reaches Dublin’s three children’s hospitals

          Abrivia Recruitment ivered in excess of a phenomenal 2,000 eggs, donated by themselves, clients and suppliers to Temple Street, Tallaght and Crumlin Children’s hospitals making it an egg-cellent Easter egg-travaganza in all three hospitals A huge thank you to the companies below in making this the most successful Easter Egg…

An Egg-cellent Easter surprise arrives at Tallaght University Hospital

Easter arrived early at Tallaght University Hospital as a van load of Easter Eggs arrive just in time prior to the Easter weekend at Tallaght University Hospital. Lillian Mc Govern (CEO of the National Children’s Foundation and Head of Communications and Fundraising at TUH) said: “Our thanks to Ruaidhri and the team at Abrivia as well…

The Easter Bunny Delivers 950 Easter Eggs to Temple Street Children’s Hospital

There was a huge surprise for the patients of Temple Street as the Easter bunny (aka our very own Colin Joyce) ivered over 950 Easter Eggs to Temple Street childrens hospital just prior to the Easter break. This phenomenal successful endeavour was made possible by the participation of the following suppliers and clients of Abrivia…

950 Easter Eggs Make A Wall At Crumlin Children’s Hospital

A wall of over 950 Easter Eggs was constructed in Crumlin Children’s Hospital . The 950 eggs were donated by Abrivia Recruitments clients and suppliers. Logistics were provided by Abrivia’s fantastic landlords, Pembre Hall. The very deserving recipients of this Easter Egg surprise were the patients of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. On receipt of the Easter…

Getting into the correct interview mindset

Many jobhunters, despite having the right mix of skills and experience perform poorly in interviews as they do not approach the interview with the correct mindset. They may be over-stressed, lacking in self-confidence, pessimistic and generally lacking in self-belief as they approach the unknown. This may lead to forgetfulness, being fidgety and jittery, giving curt…

Abrivia’s Bake Sale raises over €400 for Daffodil Day 2019

A hugely successful bake sales in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day to place in Abrivia this morning. Many thanks to our team of fantastic bakers and to Pembre Hall for all their great support in facilitating the bake sale in an additional two other office buildings.

Happy International Day of Happiness

Today (March 20th) was decreed as the International day of Happiness by the UN General assembly back in 2012. What is this all about? The aim of this UN initiative is to recognise that progress should not be solely measured by a country’s economic growth but also by the happiness and wellbeing of its citizens…

What sectors granted the biggest salary increases in 2018?

According to the Abrivia Salary Survey 2019, 80% of engineering firms granted a pay increase in 2018. Out of this 80%, 42% of firms granted an increase of less than 3%. A further 33% granted a pay rise of between 3% and 5% and a whopping 25% granted a salary increase of than 5%…

Irish Revenue Launches Brexit Preparation Seminars

With talks deadlocked and a major vote scheduled for the House of Commons tomorrow (12th of March), the outcome of Brexit is as uncertain as ever. If the vote tomorrow is rejected it los likely that there will a vote on whether the UK should leave without a deal or not. If the “no deal…

4 options on how to access your CV via a mobile device?

Commuting is the ideal opportunity to apply for a new position. However, for most people, they still wait until their commute is over so they can upload their CV from their PC or laptop as they believe it is too messy to apply via a mobile device. So, what are the options to get your…

What employees in what sectors plan to move jobs in 2019?

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2019 asked the specific question of employees “Do you plan to change jobs in 2019?”. Over 1,200 professional services employees responded and completed the full survey, which is an excellent sample size for Ireland’s professional services sectors. What were the results? The sector with the largest amount of people wishing to…

Despite Brexit Uncertainty, Irish GDP to grow by 3.8% in 2019 and 3.1% in 2020

Focus Economics predicts that Irish GDP will grow by 3.8% in 2019 and by a further 3.1% in 2020. This is despite economic sentiment being at a two-year low, which is mainly caused by Brexit uncertainty. This Brexit uncertainty has caused consumer confidence to remain in negative territory. Inflation is expected to run at 1.1%…

What employees would never countenance a move to Dublin regardless of a significant salary boost?

The Abrivia/TCD salary survey found that 28% of Accountants would not countenance a move to Dublin and 22% of employees in Ireland’s Finance and Banking sector, who are currently based outside of Dublin, would never consider a move to Dublin, regardless of salary. 21% of marketeers based outside of Dublin feel the same in regards…

Is pay an important factor in retaining people in Ireland’s ICT sector?

Work-life balance is by far the most popular reason people cited why they remain and continue to work for their current organisation in Ireland’s ICT sector (Source: Abrivia Salary Survey 2019). The second most popular reason is interesting work, which is closely followed by job flexibility. Pay satisfaction comes in a poor fourth place (11.89%)…

Office Etiquette on Valentine’s Day

A recent survey by Irish Life Empower found that 22% of office workers had an office romance at some stage in their career whilst than a third have had an office crush in the past. This makes Valentine’s day a particularly tricky time of year in the office. 1.Should I buy a big bouquet…

What are the main determining factors in attracting ICT candidates to Ireland?

According to the Abrivia/TCD Salary Survey 2019, the single most important determining factor in attracting ICT candidates to Ireland are salary prospects (27%). This is closely followed by career advancement prospects (26%). 19% of ICT candidates moving to Ireland believe that the work-life balance is better in Ireland than the country they originated in. 13%…

Disruption was the main theme of the Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing 2019-Summary Video

  The third Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing to place in the Tercentenary Hall in Trinity Biomedical Science Institute on Pearse St. Dublin 2 on Wednesday January 16th 2019. Over 150 guests were treated to 90 minutes of insights and analysis from three expert speakers from our partners in Trinity Business School; Dr Charles Larkin,…

The main reasons why people stay in their current organisation in Ireland’s Finance and Banking sector

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2019, in conjunction with Trinity College, asked employees in Ireland’s Finance and Banking sector the specific question “Which are the main reasons you continue to work for your current organisation?”. The findings proved to be very interesting in that they are at odds with what most employers think. Employers assume that…

What professional services sectors are hiring in 2019?

There is a resounding air of positivity in regards taking on new hires in 2019, according to the Abrivia/TCD Salary Survey 2019. This is despite much uncertainty caused by Brexit, US economic policy, China-US trade wars and warnings in regards an overheating domestic economy. For example, 95% of companies in Ireland’s ICT sector plan to…

5 Top Tips in Regards Relocating to Dublin

One of Europe’s fastest growing cities. The Pale. The Big Shme. Dublin has many names, but it also has many opportunities. More and people are choosing Dublin as the place they believe is the correct location to further their career. It doesn’t matter if you’re re-locating from Dubrovnik, or a small village in West…

Work-life Balance in Ireland’s ICT Sector

In terms of employee retention work-life balance is important than pay in Ireland’s ICT sector (Source: Abrivia Recruitment Salary Survey 2019) with over 50% citing work-life balance as the main reason why they remain with their current employer. With 43% planning to change jobs in 2019, what is work-life balance in Ireland’s ICT sector?…

Key ICT Industry Findings 2019

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2019 unveiled many interesting insights into Ireland’s burgeoning ICT sector. Below are some of the main highlights from both employers and employees in this hugely important sector for the Irish economy: Employers in Ireland’s ICT Sector 67% of ICT firms increased their net headcount in 2018 95% of ICT firms said…

Survey Results and Highlights from the Ireland’s Accountancy, Finance and Banking Sector

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2019 unveiled many interesting insights into Ireland’s Accountancy, Finance and Banking Sector. Below are some of the main highlights: Employers in Accountancy, Finance & Banking Sector • 80% cited pay satisfaction as the main reason for employee retention • 60% said headcount increased in 2018 • Over 70% plan to hire…

Abrivia Salary Survey finds that Fun at Work is an effective Employee Retention Strategy

“Retaining talent is critical for organisation’s success and the findings from this study reveal some mismatches between employers and employees”, said Na Fu, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management, Trinity Business School. The survey found that employers believe the most important way to retain talent is pay satisfaction while employees rank work-life balance as the…

Disruption was the main theme of the Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing 2019

  The third Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing to place in the Tercentenary Hall in Trinity Biomedical Science Institute on Pearse St. Dublin 2. Over 150 guests were treated to 90 minutes of insights and analysis from three expert speakers from our partners in Trinity Business School; Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Brian Lucey and Dr…

The 2019 ABRIVIA/TCD SALARY, EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC TRENDS SURVEY

Political influence on economies, Dublin losing its charm, Trump’s ‘China Syndrome’ the need for a new social contract and building a personal on brand are some of the trends spotlighted in the 2019 Abrivia Recruitment/TCD Salary, Employment and Economic Trends Survey.      Undertaken in partnership with Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin, the…

3 Useful tips for getting back into the groove after the holiday break

After all the excitement of Christmas and New Year which personally involved overindulging in food and one too many cocktails, people are now getting back into the groove for 2019. Some individuals may face various challenges to get back into their daily work routine. The following list of tips will help you to get through…

Salary Survey 2019 Competition Winners Announced

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Salary Survey & Economic Commentary 2019. We had a fantastic participation rate this year. We are ighted to announce that the two winners of the €250 One4All vouchers for participating in the survey were James Masterson (Client survey winner)…

How to get an Irish Residence Permit(IRP)

Re-locating to a new location, or a new country can always be a challenge, especially when you need to follow the rules and regulations of the host country. Deciding to move over to Ireland, is an exciting adventure-one that can also be a bit of a challenge as well. If you are thinking of moving…

Top tips for relocating to Ireland

I relocated back to Ireland during the summer after two years abroad. I am currently working on a multilingual desk sourcing candidate for roles based in Dublin. I now find myself supporting candidates in relocating to Ireland in a similar situation to where I was only a few months ago. It can be daunting experience…

Beware the Ides of March and the Resilience of May

If there’s one person in the world right now whose job no one is envious of, it’s Theresa May. Tasked with finding a suitable solution for a problem that will have a profound impact on so many people and processes (the existence of which she voted against to begin with) she now faces the likelihood…

What are the jobs of the future?

“85% of jobs of the future haven’t been invented yet”. Everyone talks about jobs being lost due to automation but very few focus on future opportunities for humans as a result of the same technologies. According to l Technologies, 85% of jobs in 2030 have not been invented yet. Some of the possible new jobs…

Race Diversity: What are the 3 Top Non-Irish Nationalities living in Ireland?

The 2016 Census found that the top non-Irish nationalities living in Ireland were from Poland, the UK and Lithuania. In 2016 there were 122,515 Polish nationals, 103,113 from the UK and 36,552 Lithuanian nationals living in Ireland. Where in Ireland have the highest Polish populations? Out of 122,515 Polish people living in Ireland a staggering…

What are the new Soft Skills Assessments that could revolutionise recruitment?

A global survey by recently found that 63% of respondents believed that traditional interviews fell short when assessing candidates’ soft skills. That begs a question: How can a traditional interview allow you to find out if a candidate possesses true grit when placed in a very stressful situation with very tight deads? This is…

Diversity is the #1 Recruitment Trend for 2018

The Global Recruiting Talent Report 2018 listed diversity as the top trend shaping the future of recruiting, with 78% of respondents citing diversity as very/extremely important. Where are diversity efforts focused globally? The report found that the largest focus was on gender diversity. This was followed by racial/ethic diversity and then age/generational diversity. The next…

Strictly Professional

I haven’t been the biggest Strictly Come Dancing fan in my life (I’m of a Love Island person), but this year I’ve found myself watching bits of it over the last few weeks. As such, my attention couldn’t help but be drawn to the controversy surrounding one of this year’s celebrity contestants who was…

Irish Unemployment rate falls to 5.4%

The country is nearing full employment as the CSO reports that the rate of employment in Ireland fell to 5.4% in September. This is a substantial drop when one considers that the employment rate in September 2017 stood at 6.6%. According to the CSO, the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 129,400 in September…

How to Handle an Angry Colleague

Do you work for or with angry volatile colleague(s), who make you walk on eggshells most days? If this behaviour encompasses repeated threats, humiliation and intimidation, which is having a negative effect on your work and mental well-being, it could justifiably be considered bullying. But how you deal with such outrageous behaviour? 1. Remain cool,…

Avoid Inflammatory Language in the workplace

With the current controversy raging about “player welfare issues” and” being in an unsafe environment” raging in Mayo GAA circles it got me thinking how language can really escalate disputes into something major. The tone of voice, accompanied by inflammatory language has the potential to really stir up hostilities in the workplace, even over the…

Leave your phone out of the bedroom

A recent RTE survey found that 70% of respondents bring their phone to bed with them: An extensive study in the US found that people who abstain from smartphone use in the bedroom are much happier than those who can not leave their smartphone in another room. (source: University of East London). The study also…

Michelle Earley Appointed Associate Director of Office Support Recruitment

Michelle Earley, previously Head of Office Support, has been promoted to Associate Director of Office Support, effective from August 31st, 2018. Commenting on this announcement, Donal O’ Brien, MD Abrivia Recruitment stated: “We are ighted to announce the promotion of Michelle Earley from Head of Office Support to Associate Director of Office Support. The past…

Denis Mac Sweeney appointed Associate Director at Abrivia

Denis Mac Sweeney has been appointed Associate Director-Sales & Marketing, effective August 31st, 2018. Commenting on this announcement, Donal O’ Brien, MD Abrivia Recruitment stated: “We are ighted to have Denis promoted to Associate Director and this is testament to his contribution towards the continued success of Abrivia Recruitment” Denis is an experienced Senior Recruitment…

Tadhg Kearney is Appointed Associate Director of Abrivia

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of Tadhg Kearney to Associate Director, Accountancy & Insurance”..Donal O’Brien, MD Abrivia Recruitment Specialists Tadhg Kearney is Associate Director of Abrivia’s Accountancy & Insurance division. Tadhg has over 6 years’ experience recruiting primarily within the Accountancy & Insurance market and he has successfully managed both large…

Abrivia Promotes Emily Mason to Associate Director

Emily Mason has recently been promoted to Associate Director of Multilingual, Customer Service & Call Centre Recruitment. Emily has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across multiple sectors from high volume roles up to Director Level. Emily is degree qualified and gained international experience in sales & event management globally before returning to Dublin…

Aoife Davis Promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant

Abrivia Recruitment Specialists is pleased to announce that Aoife Davis has been promoted to the role of Senior Recruitment Consultant for Abrivia’s Accountancy division. Aoife is responsible for all Accountancy and Finance roles within Industry. Aoife works with a broad range of clients across the FMCG, Telco, IT, Pharma, Manufacturing, Retail and Food sectors. Aoife…

Could Fortnite potentially be a good recruitment tool?

Media company, Dare.Win recently carried out the first job interview on PlayStation’s phenomenally popular game, Fortnite, where they scheduled a game with potential candidates and made a job offer based on the candidates/players behaviour during the game. The best recruitment process, they claim, is about spending good time with future employees so Fortnite is an…

Andrew Meehan Appointed Associate Director of Technology

“On behalf of the team at Abrivia, I am ighted to announce Andrew Meehan’s appointment as Associate Director of Technology for Abrivia Recruitment” Donal O’ Brien, Managing Director, Abrivia Recruitment. Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management (MBS) coupled with a Degree in Accounting and Strategic Management (BA). Andrew is also a member…

Abrivia Appoints New Associate Directors

Denis Mac Sweeney is Associate Director for Abrivia’s Sales and Marketing Selection Emily Mason is Associate Director of Multilingual, Customer Service & Call Centre Andrew Meehan is Associate Director of Technology Michelle Earley is Associate Director of Office Support Tadhg Kearney is Associate Director of Abrivia’s Accountancy & Insurance Abrivia Recruitment Specialists have appointed five…

10 Minutes to convince that you are the best person for the job

Interviews can be one of the most difficult exercises in your working life. You could be qualified for the job than the other candidates, but fail because you do not know how to sell yourself properly. In Interviews, you do not have to be perfect but you must be better than others. The first…

You Had Me At The Proper Use Of You’re

In school, I was that annoying, nerdy kid who read all the time. I used to get ten bos out of the library every Saturday, have them all read by Tuesday and have to pretend to my mother that I still had some left to read because rest assured, I wouldn’t get another library trip…

When in the best time to search for a new job on the internet?

Indeed, one of the worlds leading job sites found that Thursday morning is the best time to search for new opportunities as job postings hit a peak late Wednesday afternoon. Indeed also found that most of job searches take place on a Monday which is the worst day to lo as there are very few…

The power of perseverance – Limerick Abú!

If you were too busy hiding under a rock or  binge watching series on Netflix, you may not have noticed Limerick’s win in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.  “The famine is over for the Treaty County” read the heads, so often the bridesmaid on hurling’s biggest day, they said, finally got over the finish to win…

Your preferred coffee reveals a lot about who you are

The type of coffee you drink tells a lot about your behaviour and your personality. Latte It is said that the latte drinker has issues with decision making. Overanalysing problems and situations often leads to procrastination. Latte drinkers are considered dreamers with vivid imaginations. Comfort and creativity play a major part in your life. Espresso…

Beyond the leaving Cert-there are numerous other options available

Leaving Certificate results are due out today and many students will have awakened this morning with a sense of both anticipation and trepidation. The media will focus in on the highest achievers, those who achieve 600+ points whilst many will feel deflated at not attaining the points to get into their first-choice course. Some…

Irish marginal tax rate not as important as previously believed

The 2018 Abrivia salary survey found that 45% of employers said that the marginal tax rate in Ireland was making it difficult to attract overseas staff. This figure is down from 50% in 2017. 1. What is the marginal tax rate in Ireland? For individually assessed employees earning between €19,373 and €70,044 the marginal tax…

3 reasons not to quit your job

Below are 3 things you should consider before quitting your job. The power of negativity Most of us can think of many reasons why to quit our jobs. It comes easy to the human mind which is somewhat hardwired towards negativity, in that it is much easier to focus and exasperate negative thoughts than to…

3 reasons why you should seek a new job during holiday season

  Ireland’s peak holiday season is traditionally July, August and December. Many people decide not to apply for jobs during this period as they either assume employers are away on holidays or they themselves are in holiday mode and enjoying the great weather (in July and August). Applying for a new job and capitalising on…

Another 3 good reasons to quit your job

  In our last blog we discussed what to do if you hate your job or you have the misfortune of working in a toxic work environment or you are subjected to crazy work hours. However, the reasons to seriously consider quitting your job are far from exhaustive. Another 3 good reasons to quit your…

HR Systems, the key to good staff retention

  Reassessing your employment situation throughout ones careers is a normal as paying tax at the end of the month. Long gone are the days where you stay in one job for life. This is especially true with a host of internal and external forces present in today’s market. Abrivia’s 2018 Salary Survey found that…

3 reasons why you should quit your job

  Many employees are hesitant to quit their job as they financial security and believe that “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” when they are considering a job move. Others are well on top of their job requirements and operating well within their comfort zone. Why would you consider…

How to answer the “Tell me about yourself” Question in an Interview

It sounds like such a simple question but one that so many people have difficulty with. Even Matt Damon stumbled when Robin Williams asked him the same question in ‘Good Will Hunting’; “You can tell me everything about Michaelango, Picasso and Mozart but you cannot tell me one thing about you” Are you one of…

Abrivia End of Year Treasure Hunt

Last Friday, the Abrivia team competed in a Treasure Hunt around Dublin to celebrate the end of our financial year. The Treasure Hunt commenced at 2.30 sharp. It to 1.5 hours to 2 hours roughly to complete. It was a supreme test of speed, courage, stamina, mental strength, ingenuity and general knowledge as the teams…

5 tell-tale signs that you are burning out at work

Work burnout is generally perceived as exhaustion and apathy which leads to low productivity in the workplace. Below are 5 tell tale signs that you are experiencing burn out. If you identify with any of the below, perhaps it is time to move on to a new challenge in a different, healthier environment. 1. A…

The 3 most unbelievable excuses for calling in sick

CareerBuilder recently carried out a survey of 5,000 workers in the UK regarding excuses they used for calling in sick. Below are some of the most memorable entries. 1. I got stuck under the bed An employee who was loing for their shoes got stuck under the bed, they believed the subsequent trauma sufficed as…

Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte – Health is better than wealth

This old Irish seanfhocal especially rings through in Irelands fast paced economy where work demands often put healthy lifestyle on the back burner for many employees. Many fitness gurus believe that fitness is synonymous with happiness, which is also synonymous with increased loyalty and productivity in the workplace. Why is this so? It is claimed…

Irish economic outlook remains stable

  Focus economics predicts that the Irish economy is set to grow at a strong pace in 2018, with GDP expected to grow by 5.4% in 2018 and by a further 3.3% in 2014.In essence the irish economic outlo remains stable. A very encouraging finding is that new business from overseas expanded at the fastest…

3 tips on how to survive an interview in a heatwave

  With the weather forecast predicting highs of over 30 degrees Celsius tomorrow, Ireland could be about to experience the second hottest day ever since a reading at 33.3 degrees was recorded in Kilkenny in 1887. If you must travel to an interview in this heatwave you may be loing at your lucky interview outfit…

5 Interesting Interview Superstitions

Many people have superstitions regarding interviews. Most of these superstitions are specific to the individual, such as wearing lucky interview socks or wearing something red in your interview as this will somehow bring good luck. The list is endless. Below are some interesting interview superstitions from around the globe. 1.Spill water behind the person In…

The importance of a firm handshake

Today’s media is full of body language experts discussing the alpha male handshake between Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump. Both leaders had extremely firm grips in a handshake that lasted 13 seconds with eye contact being maintained throughout. Both leaders appear to be vying to get a dominant grip but in the…

How exercise can boost your mood and productivity!

It is a well-known fact that exercise not only boosts your mood but also enhances your performance at work. You don’t need to run 100 miles a day or cycle up a mountain before work to boost your mood and feel energised during the day. Something as simple as a 20-30-minute morning walk will not…

Five key questions which concern most employers

In an interview situation, it is difficult to ascertain what are the key questions which concern employers. In my opinion the five key questions which concern most employers are as follows: 1)      What is your motivation for being here? 2)      What can you do for me personally and for my organisation? 3)      Will your personality…

Irish Economy set to grow by 5.4% in 2018

Focus Economics reports that Irish GDP will grow by a phenomenal 5.4% in 2018. Industrial production is expected to grow by 2.8% with strong demand being recorded in both domestic and overseas markets. The GDP growth prediction is the consensus figure from loing at the predictions of 24 commentators on the Irish Economy, from AIB…

The Human Machine Partnership

Automation and the rapid increase in the sophistication of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a major effect on society and the way humans work and interact with machines in the future. Many of us fear that our jobs will eventually be replaced by a robot or some sort of sophisticated algorithm that is twice as…

Why are you applying for this job?

Finding a job can take time and it can be difficult to stay motivated, so you should be clear on the type of role you are loing for and the location you would like to work in. When all your hard work pays off and you secure an interview, one of the most common interview…

The Importance of a Thank You

  How much do we really appreciate these two little words? It is a well know fact that when we are thanked for the things we do it really motivates us, both at work and in life. It’s important to people that they feel valid, important, and respected. Just as saying sorry matters, so too…

How much did you earn in your last job ?

How much did you earn in your last job? This icate interview question can either greatly enhance or greatly diminish your chances of landing your dream job, depending on your answer. If your last job or current job is poorly paid relative to the role you are interviewing for, your interviewer may revise downwards their…

What are your interests outside of work?

This common interview question has many variations, such as; What are your hobbies? What are your pastimes?  How do you spend your free time? Regardless of how the question is asked it is important that you have prepared a comprehensive answer. Many job candidates fall into a trap that they consider this such a simple…

Praise Makes You Feel Good, Critique Makes You Better

Anyone who has ever ved into the murky waters of the section of an on platform or gone pages deep into a discussion board will know that negative, critical and often hateful remarks on whatever the subject matter is are ten a penny. Celebrities, public figures and on influencers frequently wax lyrical about the…

What food and drink should you avoid before your interview?

Have you ever experienced any of the following scenarios in interviews? Scenario I You feel sleepy or lethargic during your interview and you feel this has had a negative effect on your performance, but you can’t figure out why. Perhaps you had rice for lunch or a cereal and milk for breakfast, all of you…

The Monosyllabic Job Candidate

Monosyllabic refers to using words with only one syllable, for example, yes or no. Rarely is the monosyllabic approach appropriate in interviews unless your interviewer specifies that they want a yes or no answer. However, on occasion, some interviewees may freeze in an interview situation and as a result they may mumble monosyllabic answers. Others…

What are your goals in life?

This interview question can catch many people off guard and in cases where an answer is not prepared, there is often a tendency to waffle. This may leave your interviewer feeling that you are lacking in structure, ambition and vision. If you focus on non-career related goals such as as “my goal is to get…

Great Leaders create Great Work Places!

What makes a great work place? Is it people, pay, benefits? Traditional beliefs held that we should manage the workplace from the standpoint that people will always dislike work and when they are at work they will always want to be somewhere else. For years, researchers and companies have tried to measure and understand employee…

3 advantages of shadowing in a new job

You have started a new job and you are required to come up to speed with your new job requirements very swiftly. This is a very anxious time for you and for many new starters. Your boss suggests you shadow a colleague, who is a top performer. What can be gained from this? 1. Finding…

Romantic Dates and Interviews

Job hunting, in many respects is very much like the dating process. This is especially the case in regards interviews where you have a potential employer asking themselves do they like you and regardless of your skills, abilities and experience, will you fit in with the rest of the organisation? In a similar vein to…

A trolley load of eggs reaches Tallaght Children’s hospital

A trolley load of eggs arriving at Tallaght children hospital. Lillian Mc Govern of Tallaght Children’s hospital said: “The Foundation here supports the hospital through the purchase of vital equipment the provision of special services for children attending the hospital.  We strive to ensure that the health, happiness and welfare of our children is at…

The Great Eggscape-Easter Egg Campaign reaches Crumlin Children’s Hospital

A fantastic welcome for the Abrivia team at Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin hospital after the ivery of over 700 eggs provided by the staff, clients and suppliers of Abrivia Recruitment Specialists. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all our fantastic clients and suppliers for their exceptional generosity and support for this very worthy cause,…

Temple Street receive a special delivery of over 700 delicious Easter Eggs

  Temple Street children’s hospital have just received an extra special ivery of over 700 Easter eggs, donated by ourselves, our clients and our suppliers. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all our fantastic clients and suppliers for their exceptional generosity and support for this very worthy cause, especially the following companies:    …

The Importance of GDPR in protecting your business

Although considered a necessary nuisance by many organisations, the importance of the new GDPR legislation really came to light in the last few days, with stocks plummeting by 6% because of bad PR resulting from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. is desperately trying to prevent the word “data breach” being used in conjunction with…

The Curious Case of What If?

As humans, we’re all prone to overthinking from time to time, both in our personal and professional lives. It’s an unavoidable consequence of caring about the circumstances you find yourself in – was I wrong to pick a fight with my roommate or partner last night? Did I get my point across clearly enough in…

Public Transport and GDPR

With most businesses in Ireland currently in the throes of preparing policies and processes to ensure they are GDPR compliant, a risky area for many companies which is often overloed, is the issue of data protection on public transport. As a daily rail commuter, I am often surprised by loud conversations, invariably on mobile phones…

GAA is a major harbinger of Career Success

A very interesting finding which emanated form the Abrivia 2018 Salary Survey is that the involvement of an employee in sport, notably GAA, was cited by 36% of employers as a major harbinger of career success and of a willingness to help others in the workplace. Immediately I asked myself the question, why is this…

Is Brexit an exercise in national economic self-sabotage?

The Financial Times estimates that the cost of Brexit to the UK economy could be anything between 1% and 9% of national income or between £20 billion and £80 billion, depending on whether it is a hard or a soft Brexit. Dr. Charles Larkin reports that the Brexit cost to the UK household is between…

Red Alert, Red Alert and working from home

Red Alert Red Alert is what we all we up to on Wednesday morning!  I got up, loed out at a beautiful blanket of snow and commenced my journey to work. After the car slipped for the second time, I made the call to work from home. I called my boss and he agreed it…

Blizzards and Interviews

With blizzard conditions predicted to hit Ireland this Thursday, the so called “Beast from the East” has many interviews candidates on tenterhos as to whether their Thursday or Friday Interviews will go ahead. Even if interviews do go ahead on these days, candidates will worry about how they can guarantee they will be able to…

Alexis Sanchez: Recruiting a square peg for a round hole

During a recruitment process, the opportunity occasionally arises to recruit an exceptional candidate for your team. This can come in the form of a sales person from a competitor, an accountant with a niche skillset or an IT guru. A recent example of this can be seen in the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez by Manchester…

Attracting talent-Irelands marginal tax rate and the shortage of rental accommodation

According to the findings of the Abrivia 2018 Salary Survey ,70% of employers increased headcount in 2017 and 85% plan to make new hires in 2018. While some firms experienced dramatic expansions in 2017, most increased their numbers by 10-20%. 41% of companies find ICT Roles the most difficult to fill whilst 25% of respondents…

Futureproof your talent base – Recruit and Retain Key Talent

In the Ireland if 2018, futureproofing your talent base has become a huge challenge as the economy nears full employment and the war for talent in many sectors reaches fever pitch. The Abrivia Salary Survey found that 86% of companies in Irelands Pharmaceutical sector plan to increase their headcount in 2018, 90% in Irelands Banking…

Recruitment & Influencer Marketing – Two Sides of the Same Lucrative Coin

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, terms like ‘influencer’, ‘brand ambassador’ and ‘’ should not be unfamiliar to you. You may be like me, and be an active, conscientious follower of people whose job it is to post content across a range of social media platforms, promoting and reviewing…

20% of Accountants would not consider a move to Dublin

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2018 asked employees who were not living in Dublin what salary increase it would take them to move to Dublin. An astounding 20% of the Accounting profession said they would not consider a move to Dublin, regardless of salary. Apart from the consulting sector (21%), the Accounting sector represented the sector…

Pay is a key driver in certain sectors

Employers were asked in the 2018 Salary Survey in regards what they thought are the key factors which drive employee turnover. Higher pay was of course one of the main drivers, but the importance of pay differed greatly from sector to sector. Pay was considered the number one driver in the finance and banking sector…

Treat Candidates like Gold

As a recruiter, I want to be the best I can be, and I firmly believe the only way to do this is treating your candidates like gold. Moving jobs can be one of the most stressful situations of our lives. Candidates don’t need an added frustration of dealing with a recruiter that doesn’t respect…

Salary Survey Winners Presented with €250 One4All Gift Cards

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Salary Survey & Economic Commentary. We had an unprecedented participation rate this year. Winner of the client draw for participating in the 2018 Salary survey was Olivier Mantoulan and the winner of the employee draw for participating in the 2018…

Nailing the Initial Meeting

As we have all heard, it only takes a couple of seconds to make a good or bad first impression, so when you are meeting a recruiter, candidate or potential client we must we aware of how we present ourselves. You don’t want an initial greeting to be like the Carlsberg ad and become overcomplicated.…

The Reality of Brexit

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2018 made some very interesting findings in regards Brexit. Salary Prospects Post Brexit Employees feel that Brexit will have a minimal effect on salary prospects in Ireland. Employers are slightly less optimistic about salary prospects in Ireland post Brexit, with most predicting a medium sized impact on salaries in Ireland. Mobility…

Wellness at Work: How to be happy at work

When it comes to wellbeing at work “casual Fridays” or a “pint after work” just don’t make the grade any. As our working lives become hectic and the jobs market competitive; companies are going to ever greater lengths to ensure their employees stay engaged, happy and well. A 2017 study by the American…

Guarded optimism emerges from the Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing

The second Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing to place in the lavish surrounds of the Dining Hall in Trinity College on Wednesday, January 24th. Over 140 clients attended the Breakfast Briefing and received fascinating insights from our three keynote speakers; namely Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Na Fu and Dr Brian Lucey. Dr Brian Lucey, executive…

Salary Survey ICT Sector Highlights

See below highlights of the findings of the Abrivia Salary Survey 2018 in regards Ireland’s burgeoning ICT sector. Employers in ICT Sector For a growing proportion of ICT firms, over a quarter of their staff are coming from outside the EU 91% of employers in the ICT sector are expecting salaries to increase in 2018…

Headcount increases the tussle for talent

In 2017, the sector with the largest headcount increase was the pharmaceutical sector, with a phenomenal 86% of companies increasing headcount in 2017. The projections for the pharmaceutical sector for 2018, although above the overall average is a modest 72% of pharmaceutical firms who plan to take on new hires in 2018. The Finance…

Number of Returning Emigrants Increases Significantly

57% of companies’ report hiring returned Irish nationals in 2017, up from 47% in 2016 (Source: Abrivia Salary Survey 2018) Where are those returning emigrants working? 22% of returning emigrants returned to work the Irish ICT space. This is followed by Sales and Marketing at 15%. Accounting 15% Finance and Banking 10%, Insurance, Compliance and…

The 2018 ABRIVIA/TCD SALARY, EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC TRENDS SURVEY

Pay rises, Brexit negotiations, GDPR, skills shortages, the problems of (almost) a full employment economy and increasing numbers of returning Irish are spotlighted in the 2018 Abrivia Recruitment/TCD Salary, Employment and Economic Trends Survey.   Undertaken in partnership with Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin, over 7,400 clients and 45,000 employees from multiple industry sectors…

Salary Survey Competition Winners Announced

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Salary Survey & Economic Commentary. We had an unprecedented participation rate this year We are ighted to announce that the two winners of the €250 One4All vouchers for participating in the survey were Olivier Mantoulan and Tim Fozzard. Well…

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018

Abrivia Recruitment  are ighted to take this opportunity to send you our best wishes for the festive season and a peaceful and prosperous 2018.

How early is too early to arrive for your interview?

Recently, we have witnessed candidates arriving 40-50 minutes for an interview and having to endure a long wait in the reception area before being called in for their interview. Some have even met their interviewers setting up the interview room prior to their interview. Your interviewer is not only thrown off kilter by your early…

The Importance of Attending Christmas Parties

I overheard a conversation recently where people were taking great pride in not attending their office Christmas party, as it is was some sort of badge of honour. Some people take great umbrage at the fact that the annual Christmas party, although an annual perk, is considered compulsory to attend. Anecdotally, I believe this non-attendance…

NRF Awards Finalist

Abrivia are ighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for two award categories in this years NRF (National Recruitment Federation) awards in the Shelbourne Hotel, last Friday night (December 1st). The two finalist categories Abrivia were successfully shortlisted for were Agency of the Year (Medium) and Best Agency On 2017. See below a selection…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas naturally brings with it a rush of excitement and busyness in our personal lives that can sometimes distract us from work. It can be easy to lose focus when the days left until Christmas start running out and the idea of starting a new project or getting stuck into a new piece of work…

Travelling as a Student to Gain New Skills

There is no better time to travel to new and exciting places than when you are a student. Besides wonderful sceneries, and a fun time, new cultural experiences can teach you numerous life skills that you’ll be able to implement later on in your career. Not to mention, how appealing your unique adventures may lo…

The Importance of Brexit in Numbers

With Brexit negotiations reaching a critical stage and Ireland apparently in the driving seat on EU policy when it comes to a hard of soft border, it is worth reflecting on the actual significance of our trading relationship with Britain. In September 2017, the trade in goods(Imports) between Ireland and the UK was worth over…

3 advantages of Exit Interviews

Workers who are about to leave your organisation are a great source of information and an exit interview is an excellent way to collate this information. If you are experiencing a large churn of staff, this is a huge cost to your organisation and to not ask the real reasons, either though an informal interview…

Monthly Unemployment drops to 6%

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October fell to 6%. This is a phenomenal economic performance when one considers that back in October 2016, the unemployment rate stood at 7.2%. On a monthly basis, this represents a drop of 0.1%. The rate of male employment stands at 6.7% whereas the rate of female unemployment fell…

The Right or Duty to be Disconnected- A French Perspective

Since the 1st of January, in France, a law applied an interesting new concept called the “Right to be Disconnected”. This new law has one simple goal, to give employees a better work-life balance and as a result there will be a need for employers to negotiate a work/life balance agreement with employees. This new…

Should I inflate my grades on my CV?

Many Jobs require that you attain a certain grade in your junior cert, leaving cert, or third level degree or Masters. You feel that this is a silly pre-requisite to you landing your dream job.  You inflate your results? What could possible go wrong? Many employers will use a screening company to substantiate your results.…

Housing Availability and Rent Increases Effects Recruitment in the Technology Sector

How much of an issue is the cost and availability of housing for tech firms in Ireland now in terms of staff recruitment and retention? Rent The results of our recent Salary survey, considered the most authoritative on the Irish recruitment market found that over 17% of IT employees in Ireland feel that their salary…

Dublin is the ideal location post Brexit

Since the Brexit vote, we have noticed a 19% increase in applications from the UK, with the technology market representing 37% of applications and financial services a whopping 44%. Talent moves at a quicker pace than companies, due to scale, but many companies are beginning to signal their intention to move to Dublin. Ireland and…

Irish Economic Strong Growth Increases

According to the ESRI’s Autumn economic commentary, 2017 will be another strong growth year for the Irish economy. A significant part of this strong growth is the strong performance of the Irish labour market and the consequent growth in personal consumption. Hence, the ESRI predicts GDP growth of 5% for 2017, which is significant, as…

(Don’t) Call Me Maybe

This isn’t something I’m particularly proud to admit, but nothing puts the fear of God in me than when my mobile phone rings. It doesn’t have to be a number I don’t recognise, or even a private number. Even when the name appearing on my screen is my mother or my sister my immediate…

How to Instil a High Performing Culture Seminar

Abrivia, in conjunction with Trinity College and Dr. Claire Hayes, hosted a HR and Management Breakfast Seminar in the newly refurbished Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on October 19th. The gathering of over 60 HR and management professionals were treated to very thought-proving presentations by Dr. Amanda Shantz (Associate Professor of HRM TCD), Dr. Na Fu (Associate…

Bored, browned off or Burnt out?

The “Burnout” term has existed since 1969 and today all employees are aware of this term as it concerns and people in the modern workforce. It is characterised by a growth in anxiety and stress for the individual worker. Ultimately, he/she may resign because of this stress. This is not only detrimental for…

Reject Rejection

Rejection is a natural part of life. If you are going to be successful, you are going to need to learn how to deal with it. You get rejected when you are not picked for a team, do not get elected, do not get that job or promotion or the raise you wanted, don’t get…

Have you budgeted for interview success?

Budget 2018 was a mixed bag for most people. Overall, the average family will be €600 better off because of Budget 2018, which is welcome news. The 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey found that 44% of respondents planned to change jobs in 2017. This begs a question, have 44% of respondents budgeted financially for interview success?…

Irelands Legal Sector Continues to Produce Interesting Findings

The Abrivia Salary Survey 2017 produced some very interesting findings for Irelands legal sector. One of the main findings was that low pay was the principal reason why legal professionals left their last job. This was closely followed by lack of career advancement opportunities. In regards Salary expectations, 75% of legal professionals expected a salary…

A Frenchman In Abrivia Recruitment

My name is Brice. I work in Abrivia recruitment as an intern since the 4th of September. It was the first time I left France to travel abroad for a long time, by the way this is my first job in another country. Today, I don’t want to make a simple comparison between the Irish…

Get Started on Your Career While at College

If you are a student at university, you are probably aware of the multitude of expenses that seem to crop up week by week. Beyond the ever-increasing fees for school, everything from housing to transportation to course materials costs additional money. It is therefore increasingly important for students to recognise career opportunities and make efforts to…

The Good and Bad of Travelling in a new job

Last week I watched a RTE news piece about an Argentinian family, the Zapp’s, who have been travelling around the world for the last 17 years, yes 17 years! Last week they arrived in Ireland as part of their ongoing odyssey.  During this time, the parents; Herman and Canderalia raised 4 kids; with their mother…

Are Tech Tests Helpful or Hurtful when hiring Developers?

It is no secret the technology market in Dublin is thriving and the war for IT talent is intense. This is particularly the case for software engineers, where it appears the demand is currently exceeding the supply, which results in companies finding it very difficult to secure talented developers within the domestic market. As a…

Are we nearing full employment?

The monthly unemployment rate in August 2017 was 6.3%, which represents a 0.1% drop when compared to the previous month. Annually, the drop was significant. In August 2016, the unemployment rate stood at 7.9%.  A year later the rate was 1.6% lower, at 6.3%. Are we nearing full employment?               Dictionaries define full employment…

Managing the Office Moan

Last week, we loed at common behaviours of an office moan. Whilst everyone acknowledges that a person who constantly whines and complains can rapidly create a toxic working environment, the real challenge is how as a manager you deal with such a person before a whining contagion spreads throughout your organisation, to the detriment of…

Tadhg Kearney helps raise over €1000 for Aware

Abrivias head of Accountancy & Insurance, Tadhg Kearney, successfully completed the Hell & Back challenge on Saturday in aid of Abrivia’s charity partner Aware. Tadhg and his team were successfull in raising over €1,000 for Aware. Congratulations to Tadhg and co and what a great way to celebrate a birthday! To read about Hell…

The Office Moan

In most offices the length and breadth of Ireland, there is usually one person who is constantly moaning and complaining on a daily basis.In some cases, let’s call them less fortunate offices, there may be a number of moaners, who are causing untold damage to staff morale within their own organisations. Even the strongest and…

Wit in the workplace

With news coming out over the weekend that a UK politician felt that they were passed over for promotion because of being considered too witty for a senior job, it got me wondering whether the use of wit in the workplace is either a help of a hindrance in terms of career progression. If you…

Irish Consumer Sentiment Reaches 17-Month High

Consumer Positivity is on the rise. The Irish Consumer Sentiment Index reached a 17-month high in August, boosted by summer sales and holiday plans, according to KBC banks most recent Consumer Sentiment Index. This is despite fear of a negative fallout because of Brexit and fear of Donald Trump’s economic policies, which could have a…

Ireland Ranked 12th Globally In Regards Attracting Top Talent

A recent study, which combined data from the UN and the Global Competitiveness Index ranked Ireland in 12th place globally in regards its ability to attract top global talent (Source: KDM Engineering Consultants) This impressive overall ranking is a combination of performance data regarding regulatory and market landscapes, the ability to attract companies, the ability…

Dublin Boasts Over 233,000 Professional and Technical Occupations

The 2016 census found that Dublin, with a population of 1.34m, have the far the largest number of workers in professional and technical occupations in the country. In fact, 141,708 people living in Dublin categorised their occupation as being “professional”.  The census gives examples of professional occupations being legislators, senior officials, accountants, engineers, solicitors (etc.).…

The Conundrum Of Taking Time Off For Interviews

Most interviews take place during normal working hours at relatively short notice. This makes it difficult for many to request holiday days at such short notice to co-incide with the day of their interview. If you have a track record of being allowed holidays at short notice, then it is not an issue. However, for…

Irish Average Annual Earnings Continue To Rise

Average annual earnings increased by 1.1% in 2016, according to recent CSO findings. The overall average earnings rose from €36,519 in 2015 to €36,919 in 2016. The overall average earnings for full time employees was €45,611 in 2016 while the average earnings for part time employees came in at €16,597. What sectors experienced the largest…

Top 5 Pre-Holiday Work Tips

Going on annual leave is a necessity when trying to maintain a good work life balance. Not only does it help you from a mental stand -point, it also benefits your work as you have a fresh mind and body in which to excel at your job. However, we all understand the fear of coming…

The AI Revolution-Meet iCub

The Artificial Intelligence revolution has arrived. There is an excellent series, currently on BBC4, titled Hyper-Evolution-Rise of the Robots. Last night viewers were introduced to iCub, a robot with a simulated brain which learns just like a 4-year-old child. Icub is 1 metre in height and can solve complex 3D mazes, can crawl whilst avoiding…

Your Reputation Precedes You

You would be forgiven for thinking that your first day in a new job is a clean slate. No assumptions, no preconceptions, and you will at least be able to get your foot in the door and make a first impression before anything could possibly go wrong. Plenty of people have made mistakes in their…

Irish Manufacturing Value Continues To Soar

The total value of products manufactured and sold by Irish based enterprises increased by 15.3% to €133 billion in 2016. The CSO found that the overall star performer was the Irish pharmaceutical sector, which has witnessed a phenomenal increase of 128% in total net selling value since 2014. In 2014, the total value of products…

The Best Approach To Recruitment

Loing at the market from a holistic level it seems that organisations have started to rely much less on recruitment agencies to fill roles. The growth of in-house teams is on the up as businesses give the HR function the mandate of direct channel recruitment. Companies that have invested in in-house recruitment teams as a…

In Interviews Never Cut Off Your Interviewer

Some interviewees, through a mixture of over-enthusiasm and inexperience interrupt their interviewer when they are mid-sentence, which is a huge no-no in interviews. Even if you feel what you must say is very important and of huge significance, take a deep breath, bite your tongue and wait until your interviewer is finished talking. If you…

Final 3 Great Interview Presentation Tips

We have already covered slide content and transition, image to content ratio, projector connectivity, rehearsing, structuring your presentation and independent critiques (see links at the bottom of this blog) The final 3 great interview presentation tips are body language, tone and enthusiasm. Body Language Maintaining eye contact with your audience is critical. There is a…

5 Tips To Making A Successful Career Change

As a one-time banker turned recruiter, I know some of the challenges and obstacles faced when making the big decision to change career. Here are 5 tips that helped me on my journey to career happiness! Skills Matrix First things first, what are your skills and what do you enjoy most about your job? I…

3 Tips to Mitigate Presenteeism In The Workplace

Presenteeism involves working long hours when there is no need to do so. It can also involve coming to work when you should be at home. For example, you may be physically unfit due to an underlying illness. Alternatively you could be psychologically not focussed due to something happening in your personal life which is…

Is Presenteeism Costlier To A Business Than Absenteeism

Woody Allen once said that “eighty percent of success is showing up”. Presenteeism involves working long hours in a job when there is no need to do so. You are at your desk but you are not working at full productivity. You may be merely being putting in the hours to convey the right optics…

Another 3 Good Tips for A Successful Interview Presentation

Our last blog loed at the advantages of continuous rehearsal, structuring presentations and seeking out an independent critique. This blog will lo at text animation, image to content ratio and ensuring that your presentation can be displayed through any projector. Slide Content Animation If you have than one bullet point on a slide with…

3 Tips To Ensure A Successful Interview Presentation

You may be interviewing for a senior role and part of the interview process is that you iver a presentation to your potential employer. Alternatively, you may be interviewing for a sales or marketing position and a common requirement is that you give a presentation, which often occurs in the second round of the interview…

Irish Employment Rate Continues to Surge

The most recent ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary predicts that the Irish unemployment rate will fall to below 5.5% earlier in 2018 than originally predicted. To put this in context, in 2014 there were 1.91m people in employment in Ireland, with an unemployment rate of 11.3%.  In 2017, the number in employment rose to 2.08m and…

5 Tips for Securing a New Role from Abroad

As a recently returned Irish expat from Australia who successfully secured a new role before returning, I would like to some of my learnings in regards sourcing a role at home from abroad. Get your CV right Make sure your CV is laid out clearly and includes all the experience you got from overseas.…

Transition from College to Work

So, you’ve finished college, you’ve spent 3 or 4 years or maybe studying, and it’s finally over.  The transition from college to a full- time job can be challenging to say the least, however with some guidance this is an exciting time, and is a reflection on how hard you have worked and now…

CRH Tops Top 1000 Companies List

CRH has yet again topped the Irish Times Top 1000 companies in Ireland list. With a turnover of €27.1 billion, a profit of €1.74 billion and 86,778 employees globally, Cement Roadstone Holdings is indeed a phenomenal home grown Irish success story. The genesis of this fantastic company started back in the 1930’s when two brothers,…

I have a cold. Should I attend my interview?

The answer to the above is “it depends”. Firstly, you must assess whether you have a mild, moderate or severe cold and whether the symptoms will hinder your interview performance. If you have a mild cold with mild symptoms (the odd sneeze), drink plenty of hot liquids, take some over the counter non-drowsy medicines (after…

Tadhg Kearney Promotion

We are thrilled to announce that Tadhg Kearney has been promoted to Head of Accountancy & Insurance for Abrivia Recruitment with responsibility for managing recruitment in the Accountancy & Finance and Insurance sectors. Tadhg has worked in the recruitment sector for over 5 years. He joined Abrivia as an established recruiter with a strong reputation…

Should I Put My Photo on My CV?

The blunt answer is no, do not put your photo on your CV! You may feel that adding a photo to your CV will differentiate you and make your CV stand out from other CV’s, whilst making you likeable to your prospective employer as you have a ly photo. However, the opposite effect to…

Dressing for Interview Success

Does it really make a difference how you dress for an interview? In many cases, it does have an impact on your interview success.  The moment we set eyes on someone, our minds make evaluations and judgements with lightning speeds. What you see is what you get If a candidate can’t put himself/ herself together…

3 Occasions When to Laugh in a Job Interview

A nervous, loud or high pitched laugh at an inappropriate moment may not be appreciated and could be met with raised eyebrows in an interview situation. However, a modest laugh at an appropriate moment can add to your attractiveness and likeability. Your interviewer makes a je and is laughing/smiling You can generally know from your…

Women’s Refuge Service Day a Huge Success

Last Friday, the Abrivia team visited a women’s refuge in Dublin where they organised and painted wooden storage boxes for current and future residents. The team also gave the outdoor children’s play area a complete make over in addition to collecting clothes and toys for the residents. The refuge was ighted with the overall outcome…

3 Reasons Not to Yawn In Interviews

You have been rehearsing late at night for your interview and you didn’t get a good night’s sleep as you knew you had an interview first thing in the morning. In the middle of the interview you get a huge urge to yawn and a voice in your head goes “go ahead and yawn, you…

Final Three Tempting Lies to Tell in Interviews

We recently loed at the tempting lies of filling gaps on your CV, exaggerating your previous salary, exaggerating educational achievements, reasons why you left your last job(s) and that you got on fantastic with previous bosses, when you clearly didn’t. This blog will lo at lies told around long commutes, company research and what your…

3 Leaving Cert Lessons

With 120,000 students sitting the Leaving Cert exams this week, the pressure on young minds can be somewhat overwhelming as some see the Leaving Certificate examination as the be all and end all in terms of career progression. The good news is that there are many options and avenues in regards career progression as your…

Cyber Security as a Career

The field of cyber security here in Ireland and all across the world is a growing area of expertise. Escalating cyber-attacks, demand for safe and secure data, and other apprehensions mean that organisations need cyber security professionals to keep their eco-system and information safe. As well as cyber security being an in demand skill set,…

Another Three Tempting Lies to Tell in Interviews

The last blog addressed popular interview lies relating to gaps in your CV, previous salary levels and exaggerating educational achievements. This blog will lo at redundancy, exaggerating skills attained and lying about the relationship you had with your previous boss. Lie 1: I wasn’t made redundant-I left For some people the word redundancy is a…

3 Tempting Lies to Tell in Job Interviews

Three of the most tempting lies to tell in a job interview relate to gaps in your CV, previous salary levels and educational achievements. Lie 1: Filling in Gaps on your CV There is huge temptation to remove actual gaps in your CV by simply changing the start and finish dates of your previous jobs.…

Dubliners on the move – Kildare remains the favourite destination

16% of the 18,716 movers of Dublin origin who moved outside of Dublin choose Kildare as their new residence in the previous year (Source: 2016 census). The second most popular destination was County Meath, at just under 14% of the 18,716 movers, then followed by Wicklow at 11.8%. Cork represented an impressive 8.2% of these…

Free Food and Beanbags. Should I accept the job offer?

In Ireland’s multinational technology sector, the perk culture is often quite novel but at the same time very impressive. Companies try to differentiate themselves through on site perks as the war for talent intensifies in Ireland’s technology sector. Free food is now taken as a given in many companies such as Google, and Dropbox…

5 Questions You Should Never Ask Your Interviewer

There is usually a space allotted at the end of an interview where you, as a candidate, can ask your interviewer some questions. Below are some questions best avoided, unless you want to get your interviewer’s back up. When was your organisation founded? Generally, any informational nugget than can be quickly ascertained from a Google…

Hobbies and Interests on your CV

Have you ever decided not to leave your hobbies and interests on your CV because you don’t see them as relevant to the job you are applying for? Think twice before you do this, as most employers want to ve beyond your achievements and find out about your true personality, your drive, your ambition…

Hard Border or No Border-That is the Question

On March 31st, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk when outlining the EU’s negotiating guiines on Brexit stated that “we will seek flexible and creative solutions at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland”. On Wednesday March 10th, on RTE Radio 1, Manfred Weber, chairman of the European Peoples Party Group…

Here For A Good Time, Not For A Long Time?

“You’re only young once” is what I heard from my mother recently as I lamented to her about my complete inability to save money. I finished college this time last year and I have been working full-time ever since. I don’t need to remind anyone how expensive it is to live in Dublin and this…

Have you considered a career in cyber-security?

With the recent ransomware attack, which to date, has over 200,000 victims in over 150 countries worldwide, cyber-security is the number one item on news stations globally and the number one priority for many business owners waking up this morning. The thought of one unfamiliar e- attachment being opened by one unsuspecting employee with the…

The ability to match people to jobs is an art a robot cannot manage

I’m sure you’ve read articles over the last few years suggesting that many jobs could be automated within the next two decades, and I’m sure that you already know that time flies!!! Last April 27th 2017, I attended the National Recruitment Federation Conference in Dublin which highlighted new and relevant technologies and their relevance in our…

Inspirational Irish Eurovision Winners – What’s another year?

Every year I tell myself that I am not going to watch the Eurovision this year as it is tacky and crass. However every year a voice enters my head which says “What’s another year?”. What follows is compelling viewing in that you are never sure what is going to happen next and of course…

Irish Unemployment Level Hits 9-Year Low

The number of people on the live register in April 2017 is the lowest number recorded since October 2008 (Source: CSO). In April 2017, there were 263,417 on the live register. When compared to April 2016, this represents an annual decrease of 13.8%. In regards gender breakdown, male claimants have decreased by 15.8% and female…

The Power of Networking Events

It’s a well-known saying that ‘People do business with people, not business’, which reinforces why it’s not always about who you are or what you know, it’s about who you know. In fact, we are connected with each other right now, you and I, all thanks to the digital age we live in. Even…

Brexit Refugees Begin To Arrive

Of great significance to many employers is the current right of EU citizens to freely live and work across the EU, thereby supporting employee mobility, labour supply and flexible recruitment practices. In theory, if the UK were to leave the EU then citizens of other Member States would no longer enjoy an automatic right to…

The Downside of the Mobile Revolution

Since changing jobs at the start of the year, I have joined many people who make the daily commute to work using public transport. I sit on the train every day only to watch a panorama view of commuters face down engrossed in their phone, loing up only to check if they are approaching their…

5 Tips On How To Compose A Resignation Letter

You have landed your dream job, you are keen to move on from your current employer, hand in your notice and swiftly move on. But hold on for a few minutes and take stock. An ill-conceived, ill thought out, hastily put together resignation letter can be easily taken as an insult by your current employer.…

28% of employers expect to lose staff due to increasing costs of purchasing a new home

The Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey found that 28% of employers expect to lose employees because of the increasing cost of purchasing a new home. It also found that that 63% of house purchasers will seek a salary increase due to housing market conditions. The Daft.ie House Price Report for Quarter 1 2017 found that the…

Recruitment as a Career

Recruitment in my opinion is one of the most dynamic and exciting jobs one can have.  From sourcing top talent, winning new client accounts, engaging and training new colleagues, one’s day is truly diverse. Competition and pace is a part of life. You will be in a race to attract top talent, and fortunately you…

Abrivia makes Eggs-tra special delivery to Temple Street and Crumlin Children’s Hospitals

Last week we organised an eggs-tra special ivery of over 900 Easter eggs, donated by ourselves, our clients and our suppliers, to the children in Temple Street and Crumlin Children’s Hospitals. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all of our fantastic clients and suppliers for their eggs-ceptional generosity and support for this very worthy…

Google Algorithm Change Management

Anyone involved in SEO will appreciate the importance of the Google algorithm, how a change in the Google algorithm can have a dramatic effect on your Google ranking and where you appear on the results page for certain keyword searches. The Google algorithm can be viewed as an ever-changing law which digital marketing SEO professionals…

Census 2016 Insights – Fingal remains youngest population in Ireland

The average age in Ireland, as per Census 2016 stands at 37.4 years. In 2011 the average age in the state was 36.5 years. The county with the youngest age profile is Fingal, which boasts an age of 34.3 years. This stands to reason when one los at the population boom in Fingal in recent years.…

Can I Have Your Attention Please?

Recently I was at a client meeting and on the way back to the office, I was listening to Tubridy (don’t judge me! I like him and the Late Late as well) but the topic was the introduction to songs. In today’s music world, the average introduction to a song is 5 seconds before the…

MacSweeney presents to UCC Food Marketing students

Abrivia’s Denis MacSweeney gave a captivating presentation to undergraduate and masters students of the food marketing program in University College Cork yesterday. Students got to hear what thought leaders in the category management industry felt about career progression opportunities, the challenges of the day to day job, recruitment challenges in the industry and how category…

Over 50% of employers in favour of trialing Swedish-style six-hour workday

The recent Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey found that just over 50% of employers are in favour of trialing a Swedish style six-hour workday. When employees in Ireland were asked the same question the percentage supporting the idea rose to over 80%. Whilst the level of support for the six-hour workday among employees doesn’t come as…

“If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.”

The Irish are particularly noted for story-telling. Indeed, one of our endearing traits is the ability to spin a yarn and have it believable right up to the very end. This is the bedrock of some of our best nights out. It’s vitally important however that when it comes to developing our economy for…

The Importance of Good Company Reviews

81% of candidates seek out company reviews from reputable sources prior to attending an interview, according to the findings of the 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey. 79% who read company reviews prior to interview stated that a negative review would influence their decision to attend an interview or accept a role. Therefore, companies should pay …

Should We Embrace Remote Work?

As a recruiter, I meet with an abundance of candidates on a daily basis. This affords us the opportunity to really understand what is important to candidates when considering a new move or to simply motivate them to stay with their current employer. Historically, salary and career progression have been cited as two of the…

Career Advancement Opportunities Play a Pivotal Role in Attracting Marketers to Ireland

30% of marketers who came to Ireland from overseas cited career advancement prospects as the main reason in forming their decision to move here. This was closely followed by friends and family (26%) and in third place came pay (18%). Sectoral growth prospects only accounted for 8% of respondents, as did Work/Life balance, according to…

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Buntáistí ag baint le foghlaim na Gaeilge

I láthair na huaire, ós rud é, go bhfuil muid ag céilireadh Seachtain na Gaeilge, (agus mé as cleachtadh í a labhairt) shíl mé go scriobhfainn alt beag (blog) inár bpriomh teanga oifigúil. Tá tabhacht ag baint le foghlaim na Gaeilge cé gur ag an bhéarla atá an buntáiste i gcúrsaí tráchtála. Tá buntáistí ag…

IQ (Intellectual Intelligence) gets you hired, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) gets you promoted

As children, most of us were taught that intelligence correlates with success. However, let´s ask ourselves the following question: are our smartest classmates the ones that have been successful in life? Are they the ones who are working in areas they really ? In many cases, the answer is no and the main reason…

Gender diversity is the biggest challenge to diversity in the workplace in Ireland

The Abrivia 2017 Salary survey asked Irish based companies what they considered the biggest challenge to diversity in the workplace. Over 34% cited the lack of gender diversity as the biggest challenge. 23% cited the lack of race diversity and 20% cited the lack of age diversity as the biggest challenge. A mere 13% cited…

What motivates ICT candidates to accept a job offer?

The Abrivia 2017 Salary survey found that two of the biggest motivators which affect ICT candidates accepting a job offer were the availability of healthcare and company sick pay policies. 48% of ICT respondents stated that the availability of healthcare had a major impact on them accepting a job offer whereas 42% said it had…

Switching Off

Have you ever received an e from someone in a work-related context at 8.30pm and found yourself unsurprised that they were essentially ‘working’ at a time technically outside of their required hours? It has become very commonplace for people to have access to their work es on their smartphones, allowing them to engage with work…

Abrivia’s Vision

We choose a vision of quality over ordinary which is to grow and become Ireland’s premier recruitment company.

Friends and Family Play a Significant Part in Attracting Office Support Staff to Ireland

The recent Abrivia Salary Survey asked Office Support staff not originally from Ireland what was the main determining factor in making the decision to come to Ireland. 31% cited “friends and family” as the main factor in deciding to come to Ireland. This was ahead of career advancement opportunities (21%), salary prospects (15%), work-life balance…

Under Pressure

Work and pressure are two terms that can be synonymous with each other and any individual who never encounters pressure at work is a rare find. Pressure comes from a variety of sources: targets, deads, performance reviews, financial debts – the list is endless. If you care about the outcome of a situation, it’s likely…

Career Advancement Opportunities are the Main Determining Factors Attracting ICT Candidates to Ireland

The recent 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey asked ICT employees who are not originally from Ireland what was the main determining factor in them deciding to come to Ireland. An overwhelming majority (25%), cited career advancement opportunities as the number one reason to come to Ireland. This is followed by 19% of respondents who cited “friends…

Lack of Career Advancement Opportunities Drive Office Support Employees to Leave Their Jobs

19% of Office Support employees cited the lack of career advancement opportunities as the main reason why they left their last job. This was closely followed by unhappiness with organisational culture (17%) and dissatisfaction with management (16%). These are the findings according to the Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey and Economic commentary, in association with Trinity…

What drives Irish Sales Professionals to move jobs?

Lack of career advancement opportunities is cited as the number one reason amongst Irish sales professionals as the key factor which drove their last move. 29% of sales professionals cited lack of career advancement opportunities as the main reason for leaving their last job, according to the 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey, in association with Trinity…

Unhappiness with Organisational Culture Drives HR professionals to leave their job

The number one reason why HR professionals cited for leaving their job was “unhappiness with organisational culture ”, which accounted for 22% of respondents who work in the HR sector. However, employers in the HR sector feel that dissatisfaction with management and work not being challenging enough as the two main factors that drive employee…

VISUALISING “WIN WIN” SUCCESS

Why do some people get what they set out to achieve and others simply don’t? Some people achieve everything they want and others feel like that they have consistent bad luck with no success. However, does bad luck really exist? I don’t think so. When people around you say that they have bad luck it…

What drives ICT Employees to leave their jobs?

According to the Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey and Economic Commentary, in collaboration with Trinity College, Dublin, the number one reason ICT employees left their last job was a lack of career advancement opportunities (25%). The second biggest motivator according to employees was unhappiness with organisational culture (17%), followed by dissatisfaction with management (15%). Interestingly, pay…

What drives marketing professionals to leave their jobs?

According to the Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey & Economic Commentary, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, the number one reason why marketing professionals in Ireland leave their jobs is due to a lack of career progression, which accounted for 26% of respondents. The second most popular reason was unhappiness with organisational culture (17% of respondents),…

Diversity in the Irish Finance Banking and Insurance Sector

According to the Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey and Economic Commentary, 44% of employees in the Finance, Banking and Insurance (FB&I) sector feel that the importance of diversity management has increased whilst 51% said it had stayed the same. The remaining 5% felt it decreased. On a positive note, 83% of employees in the FB&I sector…

Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting

Did you know that only 3% of adults have clear, written goals? These people accomplish five and ten times as much as people of equal or better education and ability, but who for whatever reason, have never taken the time to write out exactly what they want (Tracy, 2013). Here at Abrivia Recruitment, we speak…

2017 ABRIVIA SURVEY SPOTLIGHTS ICT EMPLOYEE TRENDS

Some very interesting ICT employee trends were spotlighted in the 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey and Economic Commentary.  Among the main findings were: 80% are expecting a salary increase in 2017. 41% plan to change job in 2017. 48% of all ICT employees surveyed said they would only accept a salary decrease of between 1-3% to move…

Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing Highlights

The first Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing to place in the lavish surrounds of the Dining Hall in Trinity College on Thursday, January 19th. Over 120 clients attended the Breakfast Briefing and received fascinating insights from our three keynote speakers, Dr.Charles Larkin, Dr.Na Fu, and Dr.Brian Lucey. Topics covered included Brexit, the housing crisis and…

Securing Ireland

Ireland is fast becoming an IT Security hub for Europe with companies focusing on R&D, threat research, security forums, and security operation centres activities/functions here. There has been a significant investment not only from large global security organisations, such as Mandiant, FireEye, and Symantec but also locally grown companies such as Daon, Espion, and Integrity…

2017 ABRIVIA SURVEY SPOTLIGHTS ICT EMPLOYER TRENDS

This year, the annual Abrivia Recruitment Salary Survey and Employment Trends is undertaken in association with Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin. The findings revealed some interesting ICT employer trends. Donal O’Brien, managing director, Abrivia Recruitment said, “We are ighted to partner with the Trinity Business School for our seventh annual salary survey.  Our…

Beating the January Blues

As we venture into the final week of January, many people are likely breathing a heavy sigh of relief that this dreaded month is nearly over and the January blues will soon be a thing of the past. The New Year can be tough for a variety of reasons – dark mornings and dark evenings,…

Positive Outlook from the Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing

The first Abrivia Salary Survey Breakfast Briefing to place in the lavish surrounds of the Dining Hall in Trinity College on Thursday, January 19th. Over 120 clients attended the Breakfast Briefing and received fascinating insights from our three keynote speakers. Dean of Trinity Business School, Dr Andrew Burke, opened proceedings and was quickly followed by…

Time for Change

2017, a new year, time for change. It is at this time of the year that people consider changing and landing that ‘dream job’, making the leap with a different company into a new role, one that is challenging and better aligned with your overall career goals. January is a good time for change…

The Abrivia/TCD Salary Survey 2017 highlights issues around pension, rents and living in Dublin

This year, the annual Abrivia Recruitment Salary Survey and Employment Trends is undertaken in association with Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin. Donal O’Brien, managing director, Abrivia Recruitment said, “We are ighted to partner with the Trinity Business School for our seventh annual salary survey.  Our team of experts at Abrivia and Trinity Business…

How to Quit Your Job

You have just received a job offer. You are ighted. Your interest in your current job immediately wanes and you are tempted to tell your boss and colleagues what you really think of them once you quit your job. What have you got to lose? Sure, the lo of shock on their faces will be…

Setting Goals for those 2017 Resolutions

With the New Year festivities now a distant memory for many, most of us are now focused on New Year’s resolutions and making our lives better in 2017. However, it is often an exercise in vain if the chances of the resolution materialising are slim to negligible due to the lack of a simple roadmap.…

Christmas – The Perfect Time for Reflection & Evaluation

Between the Christmas pudding, mince pies and endless days of overindulgence there is ample opportunity to reflect on the year gone past, what you have achieved versus what you hoped to achieve, how you have furthered yourself in regards your career objectives and whether you truly enjoy your current job. It is next to impossible…

Psychology at Work

Psychology can often seem like a somewhat abstract concept that doesn’t hold much relevance to professionals outside the mental health sector and academia. It’s also frequently dismissed as unscientific and without credibility. However, psychology is a discip that focuses heavily on interpersonal relations and what environment has a diverse mix of personalities and interactions…

Ireland – The Global Technology Hub

Nine of the top ten global software companies are based in Ireland. Nine of the top ten global ICT companies and four of the top five IT services companies are also based here.   Why has Ireland become a global hub for technology companies? Availability of Skilled Labour According to IMD, we are number one…

How Do You Define Career Success?

Many career coaching and self-help groups refer to strategies that can be utilised in achieving career success. A general societal view of a successful career is that you must be high-earning, high-achieving and be well-respected by your peers to ultimately attain the coveted title. Most bos assume the same also. Career success is not about…

Knowing Your Worth or Paying Your Dues?

Being a recent graduate is tough no matter what. Competition for well-paying and degree-relevant jobs that offer real career development opportunities is strong, especially for college graduates who are often no older than 21 or 22 years of age and may not have a wealth of experience compared to their older counterparts. Also taking into…

5 Top Tips for Office Kris Kindle

As we get closer to Christmas many offices are rolling out their version of Kris Kindle. In most cases this is a great opportunity for employees in the business to have a bit of fun with their colleagues and create a positive atmosphere within the company. However, there are a number of tips for both…

Have a Hot Vision for your Career Success

Envisioning your career path and milestones will make it a lot easier to achieve career success. However, this vision should be inspirational in order to become a key driver in your career success. As children, we were often asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was always “A businessman…

Avoid Negative People

Negative people can cause you to doubt yourself, which in turn can hinder you in achieving your career goals. Negativity may cause you to lose focus as you expend, or waste your energy on negative thoughts, which in turn drags you down. Sometimes it is impossible to avoid negative people. You don’t have the option…

How to Find Gigs While Working from Home

Taking the plunge, leaving your company, and going freelance is a major decision. All kudos to you for going for it. Working freelance and/or working from home can have major benefits to your lifestyle, work life, and income, but there are cons too which you should consider like health. Overall, if you do not mind…

Spot On No Bother…Deadly, Brilliant

Hailing from the northwest of Ireland I have a tendency to use the words “sound”, “mighty” or “no bother” in response to questions. Sometimes this causes eyebrows to be raised. Each part of the country has its own regional responses. It may be “spot on, no bother” in certain counties and “aye, surely” in others.…

Irelands phenomenal economic performance continues unabated

The most recent results from the Central Statistics Office are in relation to Quarter 2,2016. They show GDP growth of 4.3% over the past 12 months and GNP growth of 4.4%, a very strong performance for the Irish economy. Personal consumption expenditure rose by 2.1% in the same time period. In terms of the value…

What to ask during an Interview?

When you make the decision to secure a new role, interviews can be long and stressful processes, with candidates feeling as if they need to showcase their experience and sell themselves to the company within a very small window of time. However, as the market is becoming increasingly candidate led, particularly in IT, candidates are…

WIIFM and your Interview

What’s in it for me? WIIFM or “What’s in it for me?” plays an intrinsic part in the most successful and impactful marketing material on the planet. Even when space is at a premium WIIFM can be found. Logos often have straps which state succinctly “what is in it for the consumer?”. Even symbols can…

Are ultimatums in the workplace best avoided?

Several US celebrities issued ultimatums that they would leave the US if Donald Trump were to be elected as president. Among the most famous celebrities are comedians Amy Schumar and actress Lena Dunham who said they would move to Canada should Donald Trump be elected. However, in the wake of the election results Amy Schumer…

Top 10 reasons to join, stay or return to Public Practice

As a Senior Recruiter working with the practice market on and off for nearly 10 years, I’m constantly pushing back on reasons why not to join a practice. Below are my Top 10 list of reasons to stay, return, or move into Practice: 1.Great People Engagement There has been significant investment in people engagement strategies…

The Power of Perseverance

With the Irish rugby team overcoming what seemed like insurmountable odds in beating the mighty All-Blacks for the first time in 111 years, this exemplifies the power of perseverance. Also, like him or loathe him, Donald J. Trump confounded the pundits by creating the biggest electoral shock in US electoral history in a race where…

Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Gone are the days where it is all about the money when weighing up which role to choose and what company to work for. Candidate expectations have evolved with people now loing for company cultures that are aligned to their values, work like balance initiatives, remote working, and training and development programs. With the war…

How to deal with a loudmouth in the office

Noisy. Brash. Arrogant- can be all traits of a loudmouth? And let’s face it I think we have all worked with one- or maybe currently work with one! And maybe not as famous as Mr. Trump!- I am lucky to work with a fun loving bunch in Abrivia so no complaints (I just hope they…

Do you have a contingency career plan?

With talks between the government and Gardaí representatives not loing likely to avert a strike this Friday, talk has quickly moved on to contingency planning for this eventuality. Who will step in if there is civil unrest this Friday? Who will carry out police duties in our airports? Who will help ensure that ATM machines…

The Royal Origins of Halloween

With “trick or treat” rapidly approaching this Monday night, it struck me that Halloween has become a global phenomenon, but not many people realise that Halloween has its roots in Neolithic times on the Hill of Ward, near Athboy, County Meath, which is also known as the Royal County. In fact, this is where the…

Succession planning is key to business success

Regardless of the size of your business, succession planning is critical to business success. There are three certainties in life; death, the tax man and that one day you will leave your business. Have you identified and developed new leaders for this eventuality? If not, the time to develop a succession plan is now, as…

Key Talent Drivers in the Irish Financial Services and Insurance Markets

A recent survey conducted by amongst employees in the Irish Financial Services and Insurance markets focussed on the sole question “What is important to candidates when considering a job?”. The most popular answer was work-life balance. This was closely followed by compensation and benefits. There then existed a considerable gap in terms of popularity…

Technology Start-Up Challenges In Ireland

It is well documented that Ireland has an incredibly strong track record of fostering innovation in the tech sector, and this can be seen through the number of Irish start-ups which are currently flourishing in an international setting. Research has indicated that, over the last 5 years, there has been a 20% increase in IT…

Irish Consumer Sentiment Remains Upbeat despite Brexit

The consumer sentiment index dipped ever so slightly in September (Source; ESRI). This was a combination of uncertainty regarding Brexit and the recent Apple ruling, according to the ESRI. However, when compared to September 2015, the positive outlo of Irish consumers has increased significantly since September 2015. The Brexit story is interesting in that UK…

Health is your wealth!

It’s no secret that healthy workers are among the happiest and the most productive at their jobs. Numerous studies have shown that employees in better overall health exhibit high performance and efficiency levels leading to a greater focus on corporate wellness programs. The opposite is also true, poor health often results in lower job performance,…

Budget 2017-Income Tax Savings for the Irish Worker

The highlights in regards income tax savings and budget 2017 are as follows The three USC brackets will be reduced by 0.5% The home carer tax credit will increase from €1,000 to €1,100 Interest relief for residential rental property repair increased to 80% for new and existing mortgages Other income tax initiatives include: Rent to…

Irish Unemployment Drops below 8%

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September 2016 stood at 7.9%, the lowest rate in 8 years. To put this head figure in context one needs to lo at unemployment rate in Ireland over the past 40 years. In December 1985, unemployment hit an all-time high of 17.3%. Seventeen years later, in January 2012, unemployment…

Pay & Packages -vs- Projects and Technologies, which one wins?

Every day I see blogs on the subject of ‘the most important thing to candidates when loing for a job’. Inadivertibly, it always comes down to the same few factors; money, location, projects & technologies, work-life balance and the overall financial package. Overall, in my experience, location is usually the first thing that will rule…

I don’t get on with my boss

A common interview question is “How do you get on with your current boss?” or “How would your current boss describe you?”. Some candidates will give a knee jerk answer and say “To be honest, I don’t get on with my current boss”. Whilst this may be true it will raise many red flags for…

What is important to IT candidates in Ireland when considering a job?

’s Talent Drivers survey for Quarter 3 2016, found that the most popular driver for IT candidates in Ireland, when considering a job, was work/life balance. 63% of respondents cited work-life balance as a major factor when considering a job. The next most important driver was the level of compensation and benefits on the job…

10 Top Tips for work nights out

As we move into October we are coming into the season of work nights out. Be it an end of summer party or, come November, the beginning of the Christmas work party season, these occasions are very important events for people but have the potential to make or break someone’s career. Do: Go to the…

30% Flat Tax Rate for Highly Skilled Emigrants Returning Home

In October 2015, the then jobs minister, Richard Bruton, proposed a special tax deal aimed at highly skilled foreign workers and highly skilled Irish emigrants, in an effort to attract them home to Ireland. The flat tax rate for specialised highly skilled returning Irish emigrants was proposed to be set at a flat rate of…

Support for High Potential Start-ups

See below an excellent video from Enterprise Ireland into how they provide valuable support to high potential start-up companies. Enterprise Ireland client companies created 10,000 net jobs in 2015, a record achievement in the organisations history in bringing total jobs in Enterprise Ireland client companies to 192,223.

Do you do a “Davy Fitzgerald” with your business team?

With the news that Davy Fitzgerald is to step down as Clare hurling manager as he didn’t have the support of the of the whole panel, it begs the question “Do you do a Davy Fitzgerald with your business team” if you lose the support of the majority of your team? Davy to the brave…

ESRI calls for relaxation of wage inflating central bank rules

The ESRI has called on the Central Bank to relax the rules requiring first time buyers to have a deposit of 20% for any house purchases valued over €220,000. This is having a huge impact on the supply of credit, which in turn means that builders and developers are less incd to invest and build…

Like Mayo, do you have the resilience to bounce back from own goals?

The 2016 All Ireland Senior football final was an enthralling affair. Underdogs Mayo gave a fantastic performance despite scoring two of the most bizarre and unfortunate own goals in the first half. Despite this extreme bad luck, they displayed focus and resilience and finally managed to etch out a draw in the dying minutes of…

Current Hiring Trends

As the war for talent intensifies, employers will be really tasked with differentiating themselves from the competition in order to win talent. Resonating from last year, employer branding, utilising recruitment analytics, identifying new sourcing channels, and repairing the candidate experience have all prevailed into 2016. This buoyant market will act as a double negative…

Reasons why professionals in Ireland want to quit their job

A recent survey conducted by amongst Irish professionals found that the main reason for professionals in Ireland to quit their job was a lack of career advancement opportunities. In fact, an astounding 45% cited career advancement as the most common reasons for leaving their past employers. The other two most popular reasons were being…

What are the best paid sectors in Ireland?

The overall average weekly earnings in the Irish economy have experienced a marginal increase of 0.5% in the past year. In Quarter 2, 2015 the average weekly earnings in Ireland was €700.66. In Quarter 2,2016 this figure was €703.83, representing an increase of 0.5%. But what are the best paid sectors in Ireland? With average…

Bridging the Technical Talent Gap at Second Level

Working in technical recruitment, particularly within the development space, it is clear and well documented that Ireland has a significant shortage of talent in this area. Research PWC conducted indicates that upwards of 60% of HR decision makers are struggling to hire the desired candidate due to a shortage of qualified individuals. This is all…

Swearing in the Workplace

With John “Bubbles” O’ Dwyer issuing an apology for the use of the “f” word on live television in his triumphant post-match interview and Michael Conlon using the “f” word multiple times after his highly controversial defeat in Rio, it got me thinking is it acceptable to use swear words in the workplace as the…

Do you build a wall in your interview?

With Donald Trump proposing to build a controversial 2,000 mile wall along the border between the US and Mexico, it begs the question do you build psychological, hard to penetrate walls during interview situations? Psychological and emotional walls are often a protective mechanism which stems from an insecurity, a fear of rejection or a negative…

The Importance of Contingency Planning

The current discussion with regard to Apple and taxation is an interesting one. Regardless of your point of view on what strategy the Irish Government should adopt, the worrying thing is the level and quality of contingency/risk planning which is evident from the obvious surprise/shock on the level of award made and the lack of…

How to handle underhand interview questions

Underhand interview questions are designed to throw you off your rhythm and out of your comfort zone so an interviewer can gauge your response under pressure. For example, an underhand or sneaky question inviting an emotional response is “Why have you not been working for so long?”. The key to answering this question about being…

Do you procrastinate?

Procrastinators avoid doing important tasks, often until the last minute, giving less important but enjoyable tasks priority over unpleasant tasks. Do you put off making important decisions until the last minute or never at all? If so, you are in the presence of many procrastinators. You could be wasting time unnecessarily and making yourself…

Sweden’s 6-hour Workday Increases Productivity

Sweden has again led the way globally in terms of workplace initiatives this time striving to get an ideal work-life balance by introducing a 6-hour workday last year. Initial results of this exciting experiment have found increased productivity, less staff turnover and a reduction in sick days. (Svartadalen nursing home trial) A closely monitored trial…

Dublin is officially the happiest workforce in the EU

According to Indeed’s Global Job Happiness Index, Ireland’s capital, Dublin, has the happiest workforce in the EU. As a nation, Ireland ranks as the fourth happiest workforce globally. The happiest workers in the world are to be found in Columbia whereas the most dissatisfied workers in the world reside in Japan. The Global Job Happiness…

Live Register Falls by 1.7% in July

There was good news for the Irish economy as the Live Register figures for July recorded a seasonally adjusted decrease of 1.7% when compared to June 2016. In addition to those who are unemployed, the live register also includes part time workers and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Benefit(JB) and Jobseekers Allowance(JA). In the…

How to survive the FAE exams

The final examinable hurdle for many trainee accountants begins this Tuesday with the beginning of the FAE exams. After spending your weekends for the past year attending lectures and the whole summer surrounded by the equivalent of a small forest of notes, it’s finally time to get your life back…but first the exams! 1. Breathe!…

Don’t Let Redundancy ruin your confidence!

As someone who deals with both sides of the interview process both from the client and the candidates perspective. The stigma with the word redundancy is long gone and not an issue in this day and age. People still tend to think that the word redundancy is dirty but it’s not! It’s just a part…

What to do if you are Counter offered?

“I’m shocked, this couldn’t come at a worse time. I thought you were happy in your job.” “We don’t want to lose you; you do a great job” “Let’s digest this news, sleep on it and have a proper discussion before you make your final decision.” In 2003 I was moving house, I was also…

Does the length of your CV meet Rio Olympic standards?

If there existed a CV Olympics, how do you think your CV would fare against the competition? After watching an enthralling football match between Brazil and China last night and with the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics taking place this Saturday, it is apparent that the power of focus is paramount in achieving success.…

Fleetmatics to be acquired by Verizon for $2.4 billion

Verizon Communication Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Irish software success story, Fleetmatics, for $2.4 billion in cash. Fleetmatics was founded in Ireland in 2004 and quickly became a leader in the area of global fleet management solutions. In 2010, Fleetmatics acquired US software company SageQuest LLC, who provide vehicle management solutions in…

How do you get your next job?

So you have decided that for whatever reason it is time for that change. Maybe your job is not challenging any, perhaps you cannot see any career progression opportunities, you are bored, or maybe you feel you’re not being paid enough. There is a multitude of reasons why you may decide that it’s time to…

Touchdown in Ireland for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic

The IDA has just released an excellent football themed video aimed at US multinationals considering setting up a base in the EU. It is perfectly timed and perfectly themed as many influential US business people will be travelling to Ireland in September for the Aer Lingus College Football classic. The classic will see the Boston…

What do you know about our industry?

This popular interview question can come in many guises. You may be asked, “what is your take with regards to the current trends in our industry?” or “what is your view of the current hot topics in this industry?”. The aims of these related questions is to quickly check the level of research and preparation…

Paul Pogba: The Pros & Cons of returning to your previous employer

Manchester United have recently bren the world transfer record with their purchase of Paul Pogba. Pogba had previously played for Manchester United, who he signed for as a 16-year-old back in 2009 before leaving them in 2012 at the age of 19, to sign for Juventus citing a lack of playing time as his main…

The Infectiously Enthusiastic Candidate

Infectious enthusiasm is catching! When you are in an interview are you a monotone unenthusiastic candidate or are you enthralling your potential employer with infectious enthusiasm? Being an enthusiastic candidate will often land you that dream job, especially in situations where you are in a tightly run two horse race to the finishing . Being enthusiastic…

Baby Boom as Population Increases by 3.7%

According to preliminary results just released by the CSO, Ireland is experiencing a baby boom as the population has increased by 3.7% since 2011. The highest growth rate was recorded in Fingal, which witnessed a population growth rate of a staggering 8%. Other fast growing counties were the Dublin commuter belt counties of Meath, Kildare…

Pokémon GO a No Go in the Workplace

Many employers are concerned that the Pémon GO craze which is sweeping across the world will have a negative impact on productivity in the workplace. Already in Australia many instances of workers chasing Pikachu’s around the workplace have already been recorded, to the bemusement of irate employers. The thought of employees chasing fictional video game…

Accountants, NOW is the time to move!!

Ireland’s economy continues to improve.  The ESRI has predicted a net creation of 100,000 extra jobs by 2016, bringing the unemployment rate down to 8.4% as a result of the economy growing by 4.2% in 2015 and by a further 3.5% in 2016. The ESRI also predicts that consumer expenditure will increase by 2% in…

Recruitment in a Candidate Led Market

It is clear that there is currently a significant talent shortage in the Irish market, when it comes to recruiting for highly technical and difficult to fill positions. Research published by Pwc suggests that upwards of 60% of HR decision makers are struggling to hire the desired candidate due to a shortage of qualified individuals.…

What is your management style?

Discerning what style of management, you adhere to is an important question in management interviews, as a potential employer will use to try and determine will you fit into the culture of his/her organisation. The key to answering this question is to prepare your answer with examples into how your management style helped to motivate…

Mind mapping your way to job interview success

I am currently in the middle of a very interesting bo titled “Head Strong-how to get physically and mentally fit” by the inventor of the mind map, Tony Buzan. A large proportion of the bo deals with how to develop the untapped potential of the brain through mind mapping. A mind map in its simplest…

Passing That Technical Interview

IT professionals much like every other profession, must prepare accordingly when deciding to go to market loing for a new role. They will have to prepare their CV, work on how they intend to tread their story, and naturally work on their communication and presentation skills. However, most technical professions also face a technical interview.…

Annual Unemployment Rate Falls by 1.8%, now well below the European Average

The annual unemployment rate in May 2016 stood at 7.8%, a 1.8% drop when compared to May 2015. This is fantastic news when one considers that the seasonally adjusted rate in the Euro area is 10.2%. When one los specifically at the EU28, the average unemployment rate stands at 8.7%. Ireland is nearly a full…

Relax, you have it under control

Your phone won’t work – again. You just got landed with assignments even though you’re working 60 hours per week as it is. Your colleagues are annoying you. It feels like you’re in a horror movie loop. Frustration at work can wreck your day. Don’t let it. Think of these tips to remove the…

Branding Leaders Evening a huge Success

The Abrivia Summer Branding evening, which to place in the Harbourmaster, IFSC, on the evening of June 23rd turned out to be a huge success. Recognised leaders in the branding industry, Paul Hughes and Bob Gray, of Wild Atlantic Way fame, kicked off proceedings by explaining how branding is much than a company logo…

Welcome to our new website

You may have recently noticed a new lo and feel to Abrivia. In fact, we have totally rebranded and replaced our old website with a slicker, new state of the art offering for you, our customer. So what does this mean for you? User Experience User experience is our number one priority so we have…

How to prepare for a Competency based interview

The interview process can be a long and stressful process for candidates seeking to land their ideal role. Competency based interviews are becoming and prevalent by both the HR side of the business, but also direct hiring managers, during the recruitment process. Competency based interviews allow the interviewer to gain an insight into…

Public Practice – Moving between firms and what to consider

As everyone knows the current market for qualified Audit, Tax, Corporate Finance and Advisory professionals is extremely tight. Intake of qualified talent from overseas is on the up and there is a constant battle (or perceived battle) between the Big 4, Top 20 and smaller firms are in this battle to attract talent. While this…

When and how have you dealt with a difficult situation?

This particular behavioural question “when have you dealt with a difficult situation” can be extremely difficult to answer in an interview situation if you haven’t fully prepared. The main purpose of this question is to gain an insight into your problem solving ability, your communication skills, your general analytical skills and how you behave in conflict…

Resolution #1 Get a New Job

The top item on many New Year resolution lists is to get a new job. This may be a result of your current job filling you with dread every Sunday night before you commence a new week. It could also be a result of you not being able to reach your full potential in your…

What do you know about our company?

This interview question often comes in the form of “What do you know about our company?” or “From your research, what did you find out about our company?”. Many candidates approach this question as a soft opening question but if you do so, you do at your peril. Be sure to avoid reporting any negative…

Microcosm reveals Macrocosm

There is a famous in the bo “What colour is your parachute” which says microcosm reveals macrocosm. What does this mean? Basically it means that your behaviour in the past can be used to predict your likely behaviour in the future. Potential employers will use your CV as a tool to scrutinise your past…

Annual Unemployment Rate Falls by 1.3%

The unemployment rate in April 2016 stood at 8.4%, representing a drop of 1.3% when compared to April 2015. In people terms this drop represents 25,700 less people claiming unemployment benefit or assistance when compared to the same month last year. When analysing the gender breakdown the rate of male unemployment still remains significantly higher…

LVG sacked!! Is anything confidential anymore?

So Louis Van Gal has been sacked and the inevitable appointment of Jose Mourinho appears to be just around the corner. The timing of such, makes even the coldest punter feel an element of pity for a man that has just won the FA Cup final. Surely even Louis Van Gaal deserved a day in…

Advice for Job Hunting Graduates

I’ve been in recruitment for just over a year now, and a huge part of my day to day job is graduate recruitment. Having met over 100 graduates to date I’ve learned what works and so what doesn’t work for recent graduates. With the 2016 graduate class almost upon us, here are a couple…

Show your competitive edge through Honours & Awards on your CV

Accomplishments on a CV are often solely focussed on work place achievements rather than accreditations and awards, something you were actually recognised for with some form of certification or award. This not only shows a real competitive edge and a drive for success but also provides a potential employer with social proof of your accomplishments.…

3 Tips on how to make your Interests More Interesting on your CV

Interests on a  CV is a section many of us gloss over and write within a 5 minute timeframe as we assume it is the least impactful section of a CV. As a result, the Interest & Hobbies section on your CV usually contain boring one word statements such as movies, walking, watching TV (etc.). Not very…

3 Tips in Addressing Unemployment On Your CV

During the recent economic downturn many people’s jobs were made redundant, resulting in a gap, or a period of unemployment on many CV’s. Below are some tips on how to address this matter, which cause many job hunters unnecessary anxiety and stress prior to interviews. 1. Use Years instead of Months If you were between…

Do you know what your competitors are doing?

In business, this is one of the most important questions you can ask before you develop a strategic plan to grow your business. It is also important to focus your attention on the companies who are the most successful in the industry. Who has the largest market ? Who has the most profitable business mo…

The Importance of a Killer LinkedIn Profile

in my opinion has now become the most popular on platform for finding a new role.  A well put-together killer  profile helps to separate first rate candidates from average ones – despite what might be on your CV. It’s a one stop shop for you to show a captive audience just how credible you…

Abrivia ‘scrums down’ with Brent Pope to aid Aware

Coping mechani in pursuing a successful career was top of the agenda at the Abrivia Leaders Series breakfast on Thursday 13th August in Dublin at which the guest speakers, rugby expert, journalist and author Brent Pope and psychologist Dr Claire Hayes, outd the ways in which organisations can support their employees’ mental health and reduce…

Conquering Workplace Frustration

For many people the most frustrating part of an average day is time spent in the workplace. Some workplaces are paralysed by bureaucracy, whilst others have a culture of conflict at every turn, where even the most menial of tasks become exhausting to execute. Creativity is often stifled and those who have a genuine passion…

3 Tips to Avoid Interview Inconsistencies

In the pressurised environment of an interview it is quite easy to start contradicting yourself directly or contradicting something you have written down, either on your CV or on Social Media. Below are 3 good tips to avoid interview inconsistencies: 1. Ensure that there is a natural flow between your profile and your CV…

30,000 increase in peak time rail commuter’s signals economic recovery

Irish rail announced this morning that for the first three months of 2015, there has been an estimated 30,000 increase in rail commuters, the equivalent of 300,000 additional rail journeys, representing a very strong tangible signal of economic recovery. Economists refer to the “Dart Index” as a measure of economic activity in the Dublin region…

Avoid Self-Sabotage in Interviews

You are on the cusp of landing your dream job, a fear of the unknown suddenly envelopes you and as a sudden subconscious knee jerk reaction, you say something negative or inappropriate and within seconds you have just scuppered a fantastic job opportunity. Why do we self-sabotage interviews? There are numerous theories into why we…

Irish Unemployment Falls By 9.5%

The March live register figures show a 9.5% drop in Irish unemployment when compared to March 2015. This represents a decrease of 33,076 people no longer on the Live Register when compared to the same month last year. Male claimants fell by a huge 12.1%(-25,705) whilst female claimants fell by 5.4%(-7,371). Even welcome was…

Final 3 Great Questions to Ask Candidates in Interviews

See below the final in the series of 3 great questions to ask candidates in interviews: 1. What was the least likeable aspect of your last job? Be wary of candidates who say something controversial about their last employer such as “There was a horrible culture in my last job where many people were there…

Another 3 Great Questions to Ask Candidates in Interviews

In yesterday’s blog we covered the following interview questions; “Why do you want to work in this industry?”, “Tell me about Yourself?” and “What did you think of your previous boss?” as questions which not only give a good insight into a candidates personality, how they behave under pressure, what they have really achieved but also…

3 Great Questions to Ask Candidates in Interviews

Your job as hiring manager is to identify the best talent for the organisation by asking the “right questions” in an interview situation. What are these “right questions” an what will they achieve? The “right questions” will probe a lot deeper than anything than can be ascertained from a CV or application form. They should…

8 top tips in engaging with a recruitment company

Most job seekers will use a recruitment company at some stage in their career. There are hundreds of recruitment agencies in Ireland from large multinationals to niche agencies employing handful of consultants. Choosing the right agency is key to ensuring you have a great candidate experience. 1. Do your research – Search Google & for…

What value does a company bring to you?

The subject of much writing is what value you can bring to a company in order to land that dream job and remain in that dream job over time. However an interview or an employer/employee relationship is not a one way street in regards adding value. The value a company brings to you should be…

An Additional Three Great Questions to Ask Candidates in a Job Interview

See below an additional 3 great questions to ask candidates in a job interview: 1. What are your salary expectations? If a candidate give you a definite figure straight away they are at a disadvantage immediately due to the rules of negotiation. If a candidate counteracts this question with “well, what are you willing to…

3 Tips to make Your New Year Resolutions Stick

The New Year is upon us and many of us have drawn up a list of New Year resolutions. Lose weight, stop sming, start exercising, get a new job, move house, volunteer , drink less, save and spend time with family; to name just a few. However drawing up a list of aspirations…

Job Opportunities In 1916

The job opportunities in the newspapers of 1916 were extremely different to today, as space was a premium, the cost of ed paper was relatively astronomical when compared to today and papers were rarely larger than 8 pages. Job ads as a result were confined to no than 10 s of small . Most advertisements…

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

The world famous best-selling author and business guru Peter Drucker originally uttered these brilliant words and the then president of Ford, Mark Fields brought this impactful message to a wider audience that if a strategy is incompatible with a company culture, eventually culture wins over in the end and the strategy becomes extremely difficult to…

How often should I change jobs?

How often should I change jobs? There are no hard and fast answers to this compelling question. Some industries value stayers; people who stay than 5 years whilst others expect job-hopping as a means of career progression. There is also a general different perspective between Baby Boomers and Millennials. Baby Boomers are likely to come under…

Enhance your personal brand through blogging

Blogging is a great way of enhancing your personal brand and if written and researched correctly a great way of enhancing your chances of landing your dream job. Publishing your blogs on the Pulse system on is a very effective means of being perceived as an expert in your field. This is extremely important…

Mindfulness and your job interview

The founder of the increasingly popular mindfulness concept Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, on judgmentally”. Put simply mindfulness is about knowing what is on your mind by focusing your awareness in the mind itself. In essence by practicing mindfulness techniques you become …

HR Seminar promotes innovative health and wellness

HR Seminar promotes innovative health and wellness implementation in the workplace. Abrivia, in conjunction with Aware hosted a HR Breakfast Briefing in the Spencer Hotel on March 8th. The gathering of over 100 HR professionals were treated to insightful and very thought proving talks by Dr. Claire Hayes (Clinical Director, Aware), Martina Sheehan (Head of…

Who to go into coalition with?

Who could I work for? As the election campaign gathers momentum and old foes are now suddenly the best of friends (I still can’t see Fianna Fail getting into bed with Fine Gael or vice versa, can you?). Have you ever thought about who to go in to coalition with? (Not from a personal point…

When and how have you dealt with a difficult person?

This question is aimed at unveiling your interpersonal skills and how you fare in conflict situations. The expected source of conflict so usually with a fellow employee or a disgruntled customer. It is extremely important to follow the STAR (situation, task, action, result) when answering this question. Start by outlining the background situation in depth…

Referees-Who to choose?

You have successfully gone through the interview process and your dream job is within touching distance pending your potential new employer having a wee chat with your job referees. You nervously await the outcome. What will my referees say? Did I choose the right referee? Am I going to fall at the final hurdle? These…

What would your old boss say about you?

This is an extremely tricky question in an interview situation especially if you had a bad relationship with your old boss. It is often framed as “if I was to ring Joe Bloggs, what would he/she say about you?” From an interviewers perspective this is a great insightful question as it will quickly discern if…

Are you considering a career as a Legal Secretary?

Legal secretaries are a specialised secretary that are in very high demand in the current market. As a legal secretary, it will be your job to act as a Solicitor/Barrister’s ‘right hand person’. This is an extremely important role in a legal firm. You will be in charge of providing support to a partner, solicitor,…

Getting Adequate Sleep the Night before Your Interview

There is usually a million different things running through your head the night before your interview. This makes it extremely difficult to get a good night’s sleep and be fully fresh for your interview the following day. Below are some tips which should assist 1. Go to bed early One of the keys to getting…

What slogan will get you elected in your job-hunt?

Political parties and Independents vying for election to the 32nd Dail are using slogans to great effect in this year’s election. The main purpose of these slogans is to leave voters with one resounding message which will hopefully resonate with them on Election Day. Fine Gael is espousing “Keeping the recovery going”,Fianna Fail is claiming…

Why did you leave your last job?

The above question is a potential banana skin in many interviews where a perceived positive proactive candidate can transform into a negative secretive persona whose attitude and credibility may be called into question. Badmouthing a previous employer, although it may be justified, is not the correct tack to take. The key to answering the loaded…

5 Reasons to Stop an Interview

Although rare, on different occasions candidates decide to stop interviews for a variety of good reasons. Below are some of the most common occasions when to stop an interview: 1. You feel sick or experience extreme anxiety of panic during the interview. The best tack is to stop the interview, explain to the interviewer how…

The provisions of the new data pact

Since 2000, companies in America have been allowed access to my data. Any web searches on Google, any products bought on or simply any update I have d have all been easily accessed by our neighbours across the Atlantic. This was down to a Safe Harbour agreement between Europe and America which allowed American…

Personal strategic planning – clear career goals

Do you have a personal strategic plan where you have identified you clear career goals and potential stumbling blocks which are in your way to achieving these goals? Business guru Brian Tracy refers to personal strategic planning as measuring a return on energy on a personal level. This differs from businesses who generally measure returns…

Checking the Terms and Conditions

You may have heard a radio ad campaign which is on at the moment for a new current account with one of the leading banks. The offer sounds fantastic, cash back to the tune of 10 cent on every transaction when you use your card. Sounds too good to be true, but hey, why not,…

Time for a career change?

Gary Neville recently made the move into football management and after a disastrous couple of months it may be over before it started, considering the harsh reality of football management. With Barcelona’s 7-0 demolition of Valencia adding to an already awful start to his campaign Gary may be returning to Sky studios sooner than expected.…

3 More Great Questions to Ask Candidates in Interview Situations

To date we have covered the important interview questions of “Why do you want to work in this industry?”, “Tell me about yourself?”, and “What do you think of your current boss?” In a subsequent blog the questions “Why are you leaving your current role?”, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?” and…

How to handle Non-Disclosure Agreements in Interviews

Many non-disclosure agreements (NDA’s) forbid you from disclosing details about specific work for your current or previous employer. This makes it a very awkward situation in interviews .Questions many job hunters will ask themselves are: Do I say nothing about my previous role? Will I chance it? What will happen if I say nothing? In…

Will you get elected in your job hunt?

With a month left to the general election 2016, with an anticipated 600 candidates competing for 158 seats, policies, proposals and promises are being espoused and promoted on a daily basis in an effort to becoming elected. This level of preparation and policy formulation got me thinking about the parallels between and election candidates and…

69% of female respondents expect a salary increase in 2016

The Abrivia Recruitment 2016 Salary Survey has revealed the key issues facing employers and staff in the coming year.  It also highlig hted economic and recruitment trends affecting female respondents working in ICT, legal, finance, HR, sales, marketing and office support sectors. 69% of female respondents expect a salary increase in 2016 Survey Highlights •…

January a time for Re-evaluation

With January coming to a close, people are continuing to assess and make resolutions for the upcoming year, whether it be on a personal level or career wise. In the recruitment industry we often see an increase in candidates in the New Year who are interested in hearing of new opportunities. The good news is…

3 Tips in Dealing With interview Fear

Many jobseekers experience extreme anxiety and fear prior to interviews, which can cause normally strong candidates to freeze when asked even the simplest questions. What can you do to to help overcome this fear? Tip 1: Preparation is key Be prepared for the obvious questions such as “tell me about yourself?” and “Where do you…

LinkedIn mobile app receives major facelift

The mobile app has received a welcome facelift which was released across all IOS and Android devices in Ireland earlier this month. Profile Enhancement The most visible enhancement when you lo at a profile on the new app is that the profile picture is now centre stage in a aesthetically pleasing circular frame.…

3 “Dummy” Interview Tips

A dummy interview is a dummy run simulating a real interview event. It is usually conducted by a friend or colleague and involves role playing, usually whereby you take the role of the candidate and your friend adopts the role of the interviewer. As this is not a real interview it can often descend into…

2016 Abrivia salary survey highlights accountancy sector

2015 has been a great year in the Accountancy, Industry and Commerce markets as the Irish economy continues to improve. The ESRI has predicted that consumer expenditure will rise by 2.8% in 2015 and by a further 3% in 2016 resulting in job creation in Irish manufacturing, FMCG and retail sectors due to increasing domestic…

Legal _ Private Practice & In-house Survey Highlights

The Abrivia Recruitment 2015 Salary Survey has revealed key indicators of Ireland’s economic recovery. The data was compiled from a survey of 4,000 companies and 45,000 employees across multiple industry sectors. The key highlights are:- 30% increase in roles from 2013 to 2014 within the legal private practice teams 22% of in-house legal teams surveyed…

Job-hunting Oscar Nominations 2016

With two Irish films, Brolyn and Room being shortlisted for best film in this year’s Oscars, with two Irish actors, Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender receiving nominations and best actress and best actor respectively, it begs the question would your interview performance receive an Oscar nomination? Have you wowed your peers in how you have…

72% HR professionals are planning to change jobs

72% HR professionals are planning to change jobs Our recently released 2016 salary survey highlighted that 72% HR professionals are planning to change jobs. 72% of HR Professionals surveyed are planning to change jobs in 2016 (the highest percentage of all professionals surveyed). So, what are their chances of finding that dream new job? While…

2016 Abrivia survey spotlights ICT employment trends

The Abrivia 2016 Salary Survey finds that 2016 will be another strong year for the ICT industry given its premium status within the Irish economy. Salaries and daily rates are likely to see an upward curve again and there are indications that IT professionals will become mobile and open to explore opportunities given…

3 Reasons Why Job Hunters Need LinkedIn Profiles

Occasionally we encounter job hunters who don’t see the value in having a profile and don’t bother joining this professional network. This is a critical mistake. Below are 3 reasons why it is imperative for professional job hunters to have a professional profile: Reason 1: You need to be found is often…

Should I include Hobbies and Interests on my CV?

Including hobbies and interests in your CV is a bit of a contentious issue. Some employers and recruiters are not interested in your achievements or pastimes outside of work or academia. However, others consider additional interests to be an essential element in determining whether you are a well-rounded individual and therefore an appropriate fit for…

Resolution #2 Take a more positive outlook

Many New Year resolutions encompass making an attitude and outlo change to what happens around us. Generally this goal will encompass taking a positive attitude. Abrivia, in conjunction with Aware hosted a HR Breakfast Briefing in the Spencer Hotel on March 8th. The gathering of over 100 HR professionals were treated to insightful and…

What is a Full Stack Developer?

Full Stack, Full Stack, Full Stack!!! Over recent months I have worked on a number of Full Stack Developer roles, from start-ups to larger companies. During the week I had a coffee with a Ruby on Rails developer who was loing for a new position. We were working through his CV, talking about his career…

10 Things that can let you down in an interview

An interview is your opportunity to demonstrate your value and to prove you are the perfect candidate for the position. On paper, you may have the experience, education and skills suitable for the job but ultimately it will come down to the candidate who performs the best at the interview. Researching the position, company and…

3 Tips for a better Work-Life Balance

In an increasingly busier work environment there is pressure than ever for employees to go above and beyond for their employer. Do you find yourself stressed out? Working longer hours? Bringing work home? Ultimately having less time for yourself.  Getting that work-life balanced right can be difficult. 1) Work Smarter Not Harder Do you…

Flexibility in Your Job Hunt

When deciding to lo for a new role, a large part of displaying true commitment to this process is displaying flexibility in your job hunt. Not only do you need to be flexible about the roles you are going for themselves, weighing up different roles against technical opportunities, promotional opportunities and the overall package. But…

Is your transfer window open or closed this summer?

On Wednesday 10th of June the 2015 summer transfer window officially opened, this now means that clubs will be in stiff competition to secure the services of players that have been released or under current contract with clubs worldwide. The clubs have not stopped working due to the fact the majority of the playing staff…

Top 3 Advantages of Psychometric Testing

Psychometric tests are increasing in popularity in an Irish context. The main advantage to employers in commissioning psychometric tests are as follows: 1. Understanding of Skills and Competencies Psychometric tests provide employers with a deeper understanding of a candidates personality skills that can usually be ascertained from a 45 minute/1 hour interview. The employer can…

PRESENTATION OF SECOND QUARTERLY FUNDRAISING CHEQUE

Presentation of second quarterly fundraising cheque MD of Abrivia Donal O’ Brien (right) with the Abrivia team making a presentation of second quarterly fundraising cheque to Drew Flood, Business Development Manager of Aware (left) As part of Abrivia’s partnership with Aware to promote positive mental attitude in the workplace, MD of Abrivia, Donal O’Brien made…

The Irish, the art of storytelling and Interview performance

The Irish are renowned the world over for their prowess in the art of storytelling, producing world conquering authors and poets in the form of Heaney, Joyce and Beckett. Storytelling is part of the Irish psyche which was mastered by Seanchai in 400 BC. Seanchai were servants of local chieftains, whose job it was to…

IDA Launch Compelling Video on Why to Invest In Ireland

The IDA (Industrial Development Association) has launched a very impressive video aimed at overseas investors titled “Why to Invest in Ireland”. As you can see from the below video, the reasons are compelling in that Ireland has the track record, talent, tax and technology which are essential investment considerations for companies considering an overseas base.…

Axonista takes the Grand Prix Award at 2015 Appys in association with Abrivia Recruitment

Axonista Ltd has won the Grand Prix App of the Year Award at the 2015 Appys in association with Abrivia Recruitment. The QVC app was also awarded the gold award in TV App of the Year category, at the awards ceremony which to place on Thursday, 19 November in, Lillie’s Borlo in Dublin. Established in…

Contracting Pros and Cons

As we draw close to the end of 2015, it is clear that employment levels have continued to improve, particularly in the IT Sector. As was highlighted in the Abrivia Salary Survey, 2014 was the year of the contractor and in terms of 2015, nothing has changed in this regard. 2015 has seen as significant…

Advantages of Drinking Water during Your Interview

You will normally be offered a glass of water during your interview. Many candidates feel that they will be inconveniencing their interviewer by accepting a glass of water and only ay the commencement of the interviewer, to the annoyance of your potential employer. However this is rarely the case and there are many compelling advantages of…

3 Breathing Tips for Your Interview

Interviews can be very stressful situations for most people with anxiety causing hesitancy and in extreme circumstances, panic. However, by applying effective breathing techniques you can quickly transform form a state of near panic to a state of relaxation, which should play a major part in enhancing your interview performance. Below are 3 effective breathing…

The Interview Banana

Bananas are an ideal fruit to eat prior to going into your big interview. Research shows that the combination of beta-blockers and potassium naturally contained in bananas is an ideal way of quelling interview nerves. Combined with this bananas also contain tryptophan, which is a protein that the body converts into Serotonin, which also helps…

The Good Handshake

The simple handshake is often overloed as one of the ideal opportunities to make a lasting impression with a potential employer. Limp reluctant handshakes or vice-grip like handshakes do not give out a good first impression in an interview situation. A firm handshake accompanied by good eye contact and a smile is an excellent way…

Raw Emotion In Interviews

Displaying enthusiasm and passion in interviews is generally a good thing. However, displaying extreme nervousness or negative defensive emotions is generally a bad thing in regards interviews. The ability to control our raw emotions whilst being able to understand and interpret the emotions of others is considered a key ingredient to success. This can also…

Overanalysing Your Way To Stagnation

Being over analytical in interviews can eventually lead to stagnation, in you becoming extremely hesitant in answering even the most common of interview questions, in the quest to iver the perfect answer from a multitude of options. The usual fear which can cause the normally direct person to become over analytical is the fear of…

When to say no in an interview

There is a tendency to avoid saying “no” in an interview as it will be misinterpreted as being negative and in general interviewers are loing for positive “can do” people to join their organisation. However, on certain occasions, it is necessary to say “no”, normally ivered in a polite manner. Below are examples of some…

Everyone Needs a Jackie Tyrrell in their organisation

Kilkenny wins its eleventh All Ireland hurling final in seventeen years, an achievement unlikely ever to be seen again in the great game. After a flat first half by Kilkenny standards, an injured Jackie Tyrrell steps up to the plate and gives a rousing speech which inspired Kilkenny to go on an win the Liam…

Advantages of Smiling In an Interview

Candidates who don’t break into a smile in an interview can come across as distant and may even cause a negative mood to evolve in an interview room. The advantages of breaking into a smile are many. Below are what I consider the top three: 1. Smiling Exudes Confidence Most interviewers will interpret a smile…

ESRI Predicts 100,000 Net Extra Jobs By 2016

The ESRI has predicted the net creation of 100,000 extra jobs by 2016, bringing the unemployment rate down to 8.4% as a result of the economy growing by 4.2% in 2015 and by a further 3.5% in 2016. The ESRI also predicts that consumer expenditure will increase by 2% in 2015 and by a further…

5 Essential Tips in Regards Preparing Answers for your Interview

Below are five essential tips when preparing and practising answers for interview questions. Tip 1: Research the Organisation Researching and practicing answers to common questions such as “What do you know about our company?” or “What do you know about this industry?” is imperative. In addition, be sure to know the main products and services…

Putting yourself first in salary negotiations

Putting yourself first in salary negotiations You have done a fantastic interview, you have returned and given a fantastic presentation and finally you have received a phone call offering you the job you always dreamed of. However the salary being offered is less than you expected. What do you do? You don’t want to jeopardise…

Fall in Unemployment Picks Up Pace with Most Opportunities Emanating From Dublin

The rate of which unemployment is falling in Ireland has picked up significant pace when compared to the same period last year. The drop in those signing on the live register in January 2015 is 1,300 than the drop in January 2014. The overall fall in unemployment in 2014 was 10,000 greater than the…

LinkedIn profile pictures – The Good, The bad and The ugly!

profile pictures – The Good, The bad and The ugly! Love it or hate it, is a social media networking site that now has over 1 million users in Ireland. As a Recruiter I use on a daily basis and I’m still shocked by the quality of some people’s profile pictures. So…

3 Third Round Interview Tips

Below are some useful tips to take into consideration regarding third round interviews. 1. Tailor your answers to reflect your audience The chances are that someone in a senior position will be interviewing you in a third round interview situation. You should sharpen up your answers to reflect this with succinct focussed answers as your…

Company Start-Ups reach 7 year High

The number of company start-ups in Ireland has hit its highest level in 7 years, with 17,923 companies formed in 2014, according to Vision-nets Annual Business Barometer 2015. When compared to 2013 there were 15,665 start-ups and in 2010 this figure was a mere 14,185.This 14% increase in start-ups is welcome news for the Irish…

5 Second round interview tips

Being called for a second round interview is an achievement in itself. Below are some good tips to help you succeed in Round 2. Tip 1: Acknowledge this achievement Remember to acknowledge what you have achieved in being called back for a second interview. Review what went right in Round 1 and work on where…

The First Round Interview

If you have been called for a first round interview, congratulations in that you have passed the first major hurdle. Based on your CV or pre-screening interview your interviewer feels that you could possess the skills, knowledge and ability to fulfil the requirements of the job on offer. Your job in the first round interview…

The Pre-Screening Interview

Pre-screening interviews, whose function is to determine the minimum requirements for an advertised position, are becoming very popular in Ireland. Usually these interviews are conducted either over the phone, by a recruitment agency or a brief meeting with an in house recruiter. The advantage for a prospective employer is that these pre-screening interviews immediately narrow…

The 6 Step Interview Process

The 6 Step Interview Process Below are the 6 general steps to the interview process. (The 6 Step Interview Process) 1.The shortlist  The first step in the interview process is to get shortlisted for interview. This may involve you sending a tailored CV and cover letter in response to an advertised position or going through…

Budget 2016-What it means for you?

Below is an excellent video(courtesy of taxback.com) which highlights the key changes of Budget 2016.

Confidence amongst savers reaches 5 year high

The ESRI in conjunction with Nationwide recently reported that confidence amongst Irish savers is now at a 5 year high. Confidence is most notable amongst savers under 50 years of age. This encouraging data corroborates the ESRI’s Consumer Confidence Report which shows that confidence amongst Irish consumers is now nearing the same levels as experienced…

What’s Your Greatest Strength?

What’s Your Greatest Strength? One of the most common questions in an interview situation is the “greatest strength” question. This is an ideal opportunity for prospective employees to sell their skills competencies and abilities related  to the job on offer. The key here is to choose skills which are particularly relevant. Otherwise potential employers will…

Speak American

We have all been there; the words are out before you had time to censor them….. I was truly horrified reading the story that Sarah Palin (Former Republican vice-presidential nominee) said that immigrants to the US should “speak American”.  Now in fairness to the Irish Times they did put the quote in context where she…

Tell me about yourself?

Tell me about yourself? “Tell me about yourself” is one of the most common interview questions and if properly prepared, it gives you a fantastic opportunity to shine. However there is a danger of going off script and off on a tangent to this open ended question. The key is to keep focussed on what…

Daft and Done Deal to Merge Forces

Irish on property giant’s daft.ie have announced an exciting Norwegian company, Schibsted Media, owners of the hugely successful on marketplace, DoneDeal.ie. The merger between Daft and Done Deal represents a huge opportunity for this new venture to go head to head with US internet advertising giants. Adverts.ie will also be included as part of this…

What is your greatest weakness?

What is your greatest weakness? The often dreaded question “what is your greatest weakness?” is one that makes many of us very anxious and catches out even the most competent of candidates. Should you say something banal and boring and move on quickly to the next question or should you mention something that will make…

Passion in Your interview-the Language of Passion

In many interviews candidates display how they can do the job and that they are willing to do the job but fail to get over the finishing . They are often pipped to the post by a candidate who may have a lesser skillset but who is full of emotion. What is this emotion that…

Can I change industry?

There are many people who would to change industry but do not know where to start. It may be a result of your industry being in dec whilst another industry which you are interested in is in rapid growth mode. If you break into this rapid growth industry, not only will it be …

Personal Branding Your Way to Job-hunting Success

All good brands; Nike, Google, Starbucks(etc.) have a common thread in that they offer customers a compelling value statement and know exactly how this statement ties in with the needs and desires of the customers they are targeting. Successful jobhunters adopt the same approach, through personal branding. The tools used are not billboards and TV…

How do we Attract Our Emigrants Home?

As the economic recovery continues, with GDP growth of 3.9% predicted for 2015, standardised unemployment at 10.5% and 73% of companies intending to hire permanent staff in 2015 the government is considering a number of income tax reform measures to attract emigrants home to Ireland. With over ¾ million people born in Ireland living abroad,…

The Appys 2015 is now open for entries New Headline Sponsor – Abrivia Recruitment

The Appys 2015 in association with Abrivia Recruitment are now open for entries. The award show itself will be held in Dublin’s Lillie’s Borlo on November 19th, 2015 Entry is simple via our on platform at www.theappys.ie and the closing date for entries is October 18th 2015 Now in its sixth year, The Appys celebrates…

THE APPYS 2015 NEW HEADLINE SPONSOR – ABRIVIA RECRUITMENT

THE APPYS 2015 THE APPYS 2015 NEW HEADLINE SPONSOR – ABRIVIA RECRUITMENT The Appys 2015 in association with Abrivia Recruitment are now open for entries. The award show itself will be held in Dublin’s Lillie’s Borlo on November 19th, 2015. THE APPYS 2015 NEW HEADLINE SPONSOR – ABRIVIA RECRUITMENT Entry is simple via our on…

The informal Chat – Interview with an employer

The informal Chat – Interview with an employer In Ireland, it is very popular to be asked to meet “for a cup of coffee and a wee chat” with a potential employer. This informal chat is often the precursor to a formal interview. Despite the presence of exotic coffee and the location often being an…

5 Things to leave off your CV

A resume may be the only opportunity you have for making a good first impression with a prospective employer, and getting your foot in the door for an interview. It is therefore worth your while to invest some time making it the best resume possible. Here are five things you should consider leaving off your…

8 Serotonin Boosting Tips to Boost Your Mood!

8 Serotonin Boosting Tips to Boost Your Mood! Recently, I have come across quite a few situations where Mental Health has been the topic of conversation. This is a good thing as it signifies that we are becoming open about the subject. A couple of people have also come to me specifically asking if…

3 Good Rapport Building Tips for Your Interview

Building rapport in an interview involves identifying areas of commonality between you and your interviewer. In many cases these may be interests or hobbies you have in common. Perhaps you are both GAA enthusiasts who attend all the league away marches for your respective county teams. Perhaps you have a passion in common for languages,…

3 ESSENTIALS TO RESEARCH FOR YOUR INTERVIEW

3 Essentials to research for your interview It is often easy to get side-tracked and focus the majority of your pre-interview research on one aspect of the company that you are particularly interested in. This micro approach is usually not sufficient and most interviewers will expect you to have a macro view of their company…

ARE YOU AS YOU SAY ON YOUR CV?

Are you as you say on your CV? There is a great temptation to exaggerate your capabilities and work experience on your CV in order to make you appear attractive to a potential employer. However this strategy usually backfires after a few probing questions from a discerning interviewer. Are you as you say on…

7 Key Interview Tips

Below are 7 key interview tips to help you land your dream job. 1. Preparation is Key Prepare answers to obvious questions. For example, be sure to know your strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments inside out. 2. Dress to Impress It is always better to err on the side of caution in regards what to wear…

Pleased to Meet You, Hope you Guess My Name

The Importance of Remembering Names in Interviews If, like myself, you can remember faces and even put faces in a past context, but have great difficulty in remembering names, this article is about you. Remembering a person’s name conveys value, interest and respect. As the famous author Dale Carnegie (How to win friends and influence…

Economic Recovery Spreads to All Regions

More evidence merged this week that the economic recovery is no longer confined to the Dublin region, but has spread throughout Ireland as a whole. The latest Live Register report for August shows that annual unemployment levels have fallen across all regions in Ireland. Dublin witnessed an annual drop of 11% whilst the Mid-West and…

When to Pay a Compliment in an Interview

In many interviews you will be asked on how you would improve on something that the company does or is offering to its customer. The temptation is to “go to town” in regards criticism so you can exemplify how you can improve greatly on what is currently a poor offering. A typical example would be…

Happy New Year?

The last quarter of the year is upon us and with one eye on the New Year Law firms will now begin to lo at their 2016 legal hiring program and budget. Hiring the wrong legal candidate can be costly on a number of levels. It is not just the actual recruitment and salary costs…

3 Tips to Create an Outstanding CV

Creating an outstanding CV is no easy feat and requires several hours of edits and revision and edits and revision. Below are 3 useful tips in creating an outstanding CV. Tip 1: Tailor Your CV to the advertised position A good idea is to start with a blank piece of paper with two columns.…

5 Tips on Using Keywords in Your CV

Using the correct keywords in your CV can greatly increase your chances of being called for interview. Below are 5 tips in regards CV writing using keywords: Tip 1: Note the main keywords on your job specification Highlight the main keywords on the job specification and note the frequency of each. Ensure that the most…

Inspiring Seanfhocals for Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seanfhocail Inspioráideacha do Sheachtain na Gaeilge Ní raibh iomrá ar na “Gurus” fadó.  Inniú molann  siad  dúinn;  “ar an bealach is fearr le cairde a chrúthú;  le tionchur a bheith againn ar dhaoine” agus;  “ go mbíonn an ceart i gconaí ar thaobh an Ceannaitheora.” Bhí i gconaí, agus tá anois, corra cainte sa Ghaeilge…

0.75 Million People Born In Ireland Now Living Abroad

There are now than three quarters of a million people, who were born in Ireland, now living abroad(Source: Irish Times & UN International Migration Report). When compared to the last wave of emigration in 1990 the destinations of choice for Irish emigrants has changed dramatically Australia has surged in popularity, with 77,500 Irish born…

Unemployment Reaches 7 Year low but where are the jobs?

There was welcome news for the Irish economy as Irish unemployment levels reached a seven year low, to 9.5% in July. The largest annual growth surge in employment was witnessed in the construction sector, which saw employment levels increase by a phenomenal 18.5%, or 19,700 workers. The financial insurance and real estate sector also experienced…

3 Tips for Telephone Interview Success

The telephone interview is a tool for your recruiter to assess whether you are a serious applicant and decide whether or not to take you further through the application process. The questions are likely to focus on your general competences and skills. Your aim is to try to show your enthusiasm and commitment…

Back to school nerves the same as starting a new job

The nights are slowly closing in and there is a noticeable change in temperature, morning / evening traffic is busier than usual and people seem to be active and rushing around frantically. This can only mean two things autumn is on the way and the kids are back in school. Just like all the…

The 5Ws and H technique in interviews

Sometimes in interview situations candidates freeze when they have to ask a question. The 5Ws and H technique, which many journalists use to complete news stories, will get you out of this sticky situation, should it arise. What are the 5W’s and H? They are Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. Questions that the…

How to ensure punctuality for your interview

Being late for an interview gives a very bad first impression as your reliability immediately comes into question. Below are 3 useful tips to assure that you arrive on time for your interview, thus avoiding a stressful situation for both you and your interviewer. Tip 1: Preparation is key If you have a morning interview…

The Importance of Active Listening In Interviews

Active listening involves keeping communication channels open, both verbal and non-verbal with your interviewer or interviewers at all times during an interview. It shows the interviewer(s) that you are totally engaged and focussed on the job on offer. It can be difficult to fake attentiveness and active listening if your mind is wandering and you…

Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace

The Abrivia Leaders Series for HR Managers aimed at promoting mental health in the workplace was held in the Marker Hotel on Thursday 13th August. Dr. Claire Hayes, clinical director of Aware and rugby expert, Brent Pope spe passionately about promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. At the event, Dr. Claire Hayes explained how by promoting mental…

What is the social gaze and why is it important in your interview?

The social gaze is often described as a friendly gaze which involves moving your eyes around an imaginary inverted triangle on someone’s face. The inverted triangle is between the two eyes and the mouth, whereby you focus on one eye first, then the other and then you move your focus to the person’s mouth. By…

Interview Sitting Position-3 Good Tips

Body language plays an important in successful interviews. Getting your sitting position and posture right plays an important part in sending positive signals to a potential employer. Below are 3 good tips in regards how to sit comfortably and confidently in an interview situation. 1. Avoid crossing your legs high up Crossing your legs high…

5 Things Best Avoided On you CV

Making mistakes with your CV can spell the difference between being shortlisted for interview and not. Below are five things best avoided on your CV. 1. Spelling and Grammar Although usually unintended, if your CV has a number of typos and grammatical errors it will come across to your potential employer as not caring and…

3 Tips to properly Evaluate Your Achievements On Your CV

The achievement section of your CV is a part of your CV that potential employers specifically hone in on, as your level of achievement in the past is indicative of what you will potentially achieve in the future. How should you evaluate your achievements on your CV? Tip 1: Show Outcomes There is no point…

Irish Motor Industry Registers 2,800 New jobs

The Irish Motor industry has registered a phenomenal growth rate, with the creation of 2,800 new jobs in Quarter 1 alone, according to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). The motor industry is often seen as a key economic indicator of economic growth, as the economy prospers, consumer confidence and consumer income grows,…

Self-Care: Whose Job is it Anyway?

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a couple of workshops called Self-Care to Self-Awareness with people working on the front in social services with clients who need high quality care and support. The dedicated workshop participants have chosen this career because they want to make a difference in people’s lives. They believe their clients…

Do you park the bus when it comes to your career?

With the ongoing controversy raging in GAA circles regarding the blanket defence system, with teams putting 15 men behind the ball in  order to thwart opposition advances, do you have the same defensive attitude when it comes to opportunities regarding your career? In recent years, with Ireland experiencing the deepest recession in its history, the…

Abrivia Leaders Series Launched By Bobby Kerr

The first of the Abrivia Leaders Series was formally launched by the charismatic chairman of Insomnia Coffee, Newstalk anchor-man and founding dragon of RTE’s Dragons Den, Mr. Bobby Kerr, on Tuesday 28th July in the Sky Suite of the Radisson Hotel, Dublin 8. In a humorous, captivating and inspirational speech, Bobby outd his own real…

Presentation of Quarterly Fundraising cheque to Aware

As part of Abrivias partnership with Aware to promote positive mental attitude in the workplace, MD of Abrivia, Donal O’ Brien, made the first quarterly cheque presentation to Drew Flood, business development manager for the mental health charity, Aware. Every time Abrivia gets a person a job they make a contribution to Aware. Separate from…

3 TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID NEGATIVE PEOPLE

Negative colleagues not only act as a de-motivator but can have a seriously detrimental effect on you achieving your goals. Saying “I don’t do negative people” is easier said than done. Below are 3 good tips on how to avoid negative people. 1. Hang out amongst a positive group. If you have lunch every day…

3 Tips on Building Rapport in Your Interview

Building rapport with your interviewers can give you a distinct competitive advantage over your competitors in an interview situation. Below are 3 tips on how to build rapport with your interviewer. 1. Dress to Impress Have a lo at your interviewers profile or just do a general search on Google Images and focus in…

Non EU Business Migration to Ireland Soars

A recent study from the ESRI found that non-EU business related migration to Ireland soared in 2014. India now accounts for 30% of business visas, followed by china on 18% and Russia on 13%. The main types of people availing of this visa are immigrant investors, immigrant entrepreneurs, intra-company transferees, graduate trainees and any other…

Body language In Interviews

Professor Albert Mehrabian’s (UCLA) highly regarded research on communication states that only 7% of communication is verbal (what you say) and 93% is non-verbal. The non-verbal 93% is made up of 55% body language and 38% tone of voice. Therefore in an interview situation, over 50% of how you communicate with your potential employer is…

3 Memory Tips for Your Interview

One of the biggest fears many candidates have is forgetting key items in an interview situation leading to an embarrassing and awkward silence. Tip 1: Memorise keywords by letter There are certain keywords that will stimulate your brain to remember what you needed to say. It is a good idea to group these keywords by…

49% of Irish Based Multinationals to Increase Investment in 2015

A recent PwC Pulse survey found that 9% of multinational CEO’s who have a base in Ireland plan to increase investment in 2015. A further 92% believe that their decision to invest in Ireland has been a success. Ireland is now the number one destination for US foreign direct investment overseas. The survey found that…

3 Phrases Best Avoided In An interview

Interviewers generally get annoyed by some stock phrases which are constantly used in interviewers but are best avoided. Below are three of the most common irritants. 1. “No problem or “no worries” No problem This answer conveys a lack of enthusiasm and tells the interviewer that what they have asked could potentially be viewed as…

Getting your scheduling and timing right for interviews

There are two main elements to getting your scheduling and timing right for interviews. The first is obviously arriving 10 minutes before the interview and the second is to strategically select the optimum time slot for your interview that will keep you fresh in the interviewers mind and potentially give you a marginal advantage over…

IBEC Predicts 5.3% Growth In 2015

IBEC has predicted phenomenal growth of 5.3% for 2015. Consequently unemployment will fall below 9% by year end. Ireland is now the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone with the services sector now at its highest growth level in the past 8 years (Source Investec). This is buoyed by a surge in retail sales and…

3 Tips on Creating Compelling Interview Stories

Interviewers generally remember short stories in an interview situation a lot than facts which are stated in a list format. Short focussed compelling stories give life to your answers. Below are 3 tips in regards creating compelling interview stories: Tip 1: Think It, Ink It If you have experienced a major challenge in work…

Who Hires An Executive Leadership Coach?

Well – for the most significant professional relationship you will experience, the answer is simple! YOU hire an Executive Leadership Coach – especially when you are that someone who seeks a confidant, or a sounding board, or needs direction in one or several of these following areas: • Gifted leaders who want to sustain and…

3 Tips to Maintain Good Eye Contact in Interviews

Nonverbal communication is critical to interview success. One of the most important and effective methods of non-verbal communication is maintaining good eye contact. Good eye contact make you credible and memorable for potential employers. Below are 3 tips on how to maintain good eye contact in interviews. 1. Start as you mean to continue…

What Made Joe Canning Score Probably the most audacious goal of the decade

Whilst watching Kilkenny v Galway on Sunday in the Leinster final I witnessed what can only be described as a moment of sheer genius, where Joe Canning caught the sliotar with his left hand, surrounded by three Kilkenny defenders, pirouetted to his right and scored a phenomenal goal whilst still turning. It got me thinking…