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Network to success!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

You may have noticed actor Kevin Bacon starring in recent EE adverts promoting the mobile operator’s new 4G service.

Well, Kevin wasn’t chosen to appear in the adverts solely because of his fame, but because of an amusing game, popular in America, called “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”.

The game is based on the “six degrees of separation” concept, by which we are supposedly only ever six connections away from any other person. The “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is based on the same principle but challenges movie buffs to connect any other actor to Kevin Bacon!

This brings me back to EE, who cleverly enlisted Kevin Bacon – a clearly well connected man – to front their campaign to highlight the endless connectivity options provided through their 4G service.

The campaign is certain to revitalise the notion that we all are in fact just 6 connections apart from the people we want to know, and in the world of recruitment, this couldn’t be truer. That’s where the importance of networking comes into play.

It’s estimated that almost 50% of all jobs are found through networking. Therefore getting to know the right people will prove invaluable, whether you are actively searching for a new job or not. It’s no secret that that maintaining a relationship with well-connected business leaders across your industry, will increase your chances of being headhunted at a later stage.

There are four crucial qualities for successful “networkers”:

When interviewees become the interviewer

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

You’ve reached the end of a job interview having previously thought about every possible question the company could ask you, when you are faced with one you maybe didn’t contemplate- “Have you anything to ask me?”

For many, the natural reaction is to nod, smile and say: “No, I think that’s everything.”

People don’t want to ask about salary, hours of employment, extra benefits, for example, for fear of coming across as too pushy and instead, they try to wrap the interview up quickly.

But there are many reasons why asking questions is important, not least the fact that you need to fully understand what the position entails before accepting any potential offer.

The following questions will help you know more about the job and, indeed, the company: (more…)

NI Executive Recruitment Market

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

There are conflicting views on the state of the economy in Northern Ireland.  It seems that one week we are hearing from one economist that the worst of the recession has passed, only then to hear another economist stating that there is worse to come.

Will there be a recovery? Will there be a double dip? (more…)

Senior Management Jobs – NI

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Gilpin Executive Search is currently sourcing a number of senior executives for exciting opportunities in the Northern Ireland marketplace. These assignments fall into both the advertised and unadvertised markets.  Some of these interesting appointments include >>> (more…)

Executive Recruitment NI: What’s beneath the surface?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The stringent employment legislation in Northern Ireland that has been seemingly rigidly enforced for the past couple of decades appears to have created an image of the employment market that has led a number of senior Executives to become reactive to it.

These Executives are not usually as reactive in their approach to business, so why have they become so reactive about their own career opportunities?


Executive Recruitment in Northern Ireland

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

We are currently searching for high calibre candidates with a successful track record
to fill the following vacancies:

  • Export Sales Director – £100k+ (Manufacturing Company)
  • Finance Director – £70k+ (Sales & Distribution Company)
  • Managing Director Designate – £100k (Manufacturing Company)
  • Managing Director – £100k (IT Sector)
  • Business Development Manager – £negotiable Financial Services Sector
  • Fund Manager – £50k+ (Finance Sector)
  • Sales Executive – £35k (Distribution Company)
  • Interim Quality Manager – £negotiable (Manufacturing Company)
  • Sales Manager – £40+ (Construction Industry)
  • Shift Production Managers – £35 (Manufacturing Company)

If you, or someone you might know, would be interested in the above please get in touch. In addition to the above positions,
clients have informed us that they will be recruiting in the coming months at senior level across a range of functions.  If you wish to register your interest please email your details in confidence to