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Quick Tips for Job Hunting

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


With the clocking going forward there’s certainly a feeling of Spring in the air. It’s a time we as company see much activity as candidates look for new opportunities.

If you’re thinking of a move, here’s a few of our top tips for job hunting.

  • Get Organised!  In a competitive market you need a solid plan for how you plan to pursue employment opportunities.  A shotgun approach probably won’t work.  Target specific companies / industries, do your homework and then aggressively go after leads you uncover.
  • Distinguish yourself!  Look for ways to make yourself stand out in a crowd of applicants.  Turn perceived disadvantages into strengths.  Concerned that you’re “too old” to compete?  Emphasise your professional maturity, years of experience, ability to handle a variety of situations, etc.
  • Listen to the needs the interviewer very carefully.  Interviewers will hire the candidate they think truly best meets their needs.  Listen carefully to the needs of the interviewer, ask thoughtful questions and then address how you can meet the needs of a particular job opening.
  • Focus on the positive.  Don’t buy into “doom and gloom.”  And don’t spend valuable interview time talking about how tough it is “out there.”  Optimism is very attractive and it says a lot about what kind of employee you’ll be.
  • Go back to basics.  A perfect CV and constant networking are more important than ever!  Make sure that your CV and cover letter is flawless.
  • Maintain your momentum.  Don’t allow yourself to drag.  Be true to your emotions, but don’t succumb to feelings of depression.

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Fancy a change?

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Walt Disney was a former newspaper editor; Elvis Costello was a computer programmer 2002 --- Harrison Ford during a promotional tour for the movie K-19: The Widowmaker. --- Image by ? Viviane Moos/CORBIS and Harrison Ford was a carpenter. Career changes can and do work out but there are a number of considerations when contemplating a career change.? 1. Plan for a longer job search. Changing industries requires research and time.? Assess your financial situation and make realistic decisions.? This could even mean that you may have to consider an interim position or part-time work to bridge to your new career. But don?t be side tracked by short-term issues. 2. Stay grounded in reality.?? Successful career change is based on setting realistic goals and making an honest assessment of your skills, then matching those against the current market situation and conditions. 3. Network, network, network.? Networking is the key to any successful job search, (more…)

“I’ve always hated James Bond” – are exit interviews a good thing?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Last week Sean Connery topped the poll of the most popular British actors in the USA.

The American ‘Q score’ charts released their first ever ‘Brit Q’ rankings in which the 83-year-old actor triumphed.

Still recognised for “Bond, James Bond”, you would think that Sean Connery would relish in his 007 fame. But that’s not the case.

He (infamously) said: “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.”

So, how important is it to tell your former employees that the job really wasn’t for you?

One way is the “exit interview” which tends to get overlooked by companies here, but they are an effective tactic in understanding why people are leaving and how to most successfully enhance retention.
Important questions any employer should ask are: (more…)

How to communicate redundancy news to staff

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The recent labour market figures for Northern Ireland confirmed that 118 redundancies were notified in August 2013, taking the total number of proposed cut backs to 1,416 since the start of this year.

Having to let staff go is extremely difficult and can often cause high anxiety and low morale amongst employees.

Whilst the job market is becoming more buoyant and hopefully less redundancies will (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?