3 new recruitment jobs in recruitment agency

Recently I was contacted by David Burke, Manager of Harvey Nash Ireland, to advertise 3 new recruitment jobs they have. Any one interested can apply directly to David at: david.burke@harveynash.ie

They are looking for:

1 X Experienced Recruiter. Ideally with some experience in contract markets and working IT but these are not mandatory.

2 X Junior / Trainee recruiters. Ideally some sales / recruitmnt experience but they will also consider strong graduates.

Integrity, professional approach to work as well as a strong work ethic are the main competencies they are looking for. In addition a high level of business communication skills (written and verbal).

While looking for young talented recruits they are also searching for proven achievers who maybe find themselves out of work due to company circumstances beyond their control but still retain a passion for best in class recruitment practices and interested in working for a debt free global PLC.

To learn more about the company check out their site here.


Irishjobs.ie Jobs Index in Association with The Last Word

Each month, Jane Lorigan of Irishjobs.ie and Eoghan McDermott of The Communications Clinic will bring you the latest jobs statistics across the country and advise jobseekers on how to get the interview, and get the job. Excellent initiative and kudos to the folk at IrishJobs.ie.

Listen to Jane and Eoghan's recent interview on Matt Cooper's Last Word show, here.


Chinese government sign huge deal with Mr Ted and embrace cloud recruitment

Here is the update from the Mr Ted web site.

Thousands of Recruiters Nationwide Will Leverage MrTed in the Largest-Ever Deployment of Cloud-Based Talent Acquisition Software

LONDON, September 22, 2009 - MrTed Ltd, the global leader in Talent Acquisition Solutions, today announced it has signed a major contract with the Chinese Talent Association (CTA) of China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) to build up a nationwide online Talent Acquisition System (TAS) and develop value-added services to help companies throughout the country improve the process by which they attract and hire the right talent, and help millions of talents in China to find the right job.

CTA is responsible for managing all national talent policies, standards and regulations on behalf of the Chinese Government. The project with MrTed supports an unprecedented nationwide initiative to develop and leverage online talent acquisition services to increase speed and accuracy of hiring for tens of thousands of companies across all industries throughout the country. As the only true provider of on-demand global talent acquisition solution in China, MrTed is ideally positioned to better serve organizations seeking to identify and hire the most coveted talent by providing a solution that is easily configurable, rich in features, easy to implement, and seamlessly integrated to other enterprise-class business systems.

“The improvement of the national employment situation is one of the key objectives for the MOHRSS in the next 5 years. We are honored that the Chinese government eventually choose MrTed as the long-term and strategic partner for achieving this critical mission,” said Johnny Wang, Managing Director for MrTed China. “We will support CTA to setup the largest Talent Acquisition platform in China, thousands of recruiters in all major cities and districts across China will make use of MrTed’s flagship solution, MrTedTalentLink. As the market leader in China, MrTed was already positioned to serve the needs of leading global companies here, and now MrTedTalentLink is positioned to become the underlying hiring platform for the entire nation.”

“With China emerging from the global downturn faster than other economies, the need to attract, hire and retain the best talent is expected to increase. That China has elected to centralize and standardize management of this critical process with MrTed clearly demonstrates the government agency’s appreciation for the best global talent acquisition solution. It also underscores MrTed’s unique ability to help the world’s largest organizations to master the complexity of recruiting locally on a global scale,” said Jerome Ternynck, CEO and co-founder of MrTed. “We are very excited to work with the Chinese government on this very important project, and we are proud to be part of the largest-ever deployment of cloud-based talent acquisition software.”

Monster shares on the rise

Monster has been on a very aggresive cost cutting excercise of late all around the world. I'm sure the folk at Monster will have welcomed the Barron's report which was followed by an upgrade by UBS that boosted their shares to a year high of  $18.57 which is more than three times the share price, $5.95, was in March this year.

The optimistic article, “Turning Into A Monster Of A Competitor,” talks about how Monster’s international reach accounts for 45 percent of the company’s revenue and how its acquisition of China.HR and Trovix added to the new emphasis on tools for the passive job seeker is going to help in it in the future.

These steps, plus a reorganization of its sales force and the improving global economy, says Barron’s, makes Monster “a good long-term bet.”

Also, Monster has also started to lauch some more commercials for its career tools - check the below one out. Not a big fan of them and much prefer the old stork videos.

Here's my favourite:

2 weeks to go the Irish Recruiters Future of Recruitment conference

It’s only two weeks to go to part 2 of the Irish Recruiters “Future of Recruitment Conference”! Here are some of the things you may learn:

  • What is Photo Bar Code recognition and how it can be used to recruit?
  • What is Augmented Reality and Life Casting and why should recruiters care?
  • What are the Irish made iPhone apps that are out there that make life easier for users and how they can increase your productivity and help you have some fun?
  • What are the other app stores out there and is there any recruitment content on them?
  • What are the recruitment apps that now exist on Facebook in the UK and Ireland?
  • Examples of location based services and how they will evolve recruitment?
  • What advantages does Live Streaming technology offer recruitment?
  • 10 predictions that I will make for the recruitment industry in the next 18 months
  • Learn why micro-blogging can assist your brand and allow you access new channels of information and candidates
  • Hear how to post jobs effectively on Twitter Job Search and open up a new advertisement challenge to reach candidates
  • Understand the challenge and opportunity that EMC saw with a potential cloud ATS offering
  • Learn the power of force.com and how cloud apps can save you time and money
  • Learn how green IT and remote video interviewing can help you cut costs
  • Hear from Fergal O’Byrne, author, ex- CEO of the Irish Internet Association and now new CEO of Sonru his thoughts on the future recruitment
  • Learn how successful companies like Alexander Mann are adding extra value to their clients and adapting to internet recruitment technologies

That’s not to mention a break out session on “Job Boards Vs Social Media”, plenty of time for networking and building community and much much more.

The future of recruitment in many ways is in the cloud and the Irish Recruitment industry in many sectors is “rebooting” itself. To learn more, take the rare opportunity to come to an event like this to share your interpretation of the future and learn from others what they think. It is my opinion that the Irish recruitment industry needs to become more sophisticated like our peers in the US. Hopefully, with this type of event we can raise the levels of recruitment sophistication in our industry and learn new techniques, tools and technologies that will help us attract the best and the brightest the world has to offer to our shores.

More information and ticket purchases can be found here:

A big thank you to Sonru and Prima.ie for sponsoring the event.

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Tweets: Sonru and Prima.ie to sponsor Irish Recruiters Future of Recruitment conference on the 7th of October  http://bit.ly/12ZGyX


CPL opens new office in Belfast

CPL are expanding into the northern market. Here what was in the Irish Times today:

Ireland’s largest recruitment agency has opened an office in Belfast, indicating confidence that the Northern Ireland economy is on the upturn.

CPL Resources, which offers recruitment, outsourcing and HR solutions and has offices across the State, eastern Europe and London, decided the time was right for northern expansion in the border city of Newry, it was announced today.

Ciaran Murphy, who is manager of the new branch of the agency, said: “It may seem like a strange time to open a new office in Belfast, but actually I believe the timing is perfect as I’m starting to see the recruitment market in Northern Ireland pick up slowly but surely.”

He said as the company was the largest recruitment agency in the Republic, opening in Belfast was a natural progression.

“Granted, the province hasn’t had an easy ride through this recession and job losses have been high, but on the whole the figure is lower than the UK average and I see reason to be extremely optimistic that we will see significant changes for the better in the recruiting landscape over the next 12 months.”

Speaking at the opening of the CPL branch in the city centre, Councillor William Humphrey, chairman of Belfast City Council development committee, said: “Our economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, and we hope that the worst of the recession is now behind us.

“It is heartening to see a company such as this one making an investment and a commitment to our economy at this time.”


Did you know?

Sonru to sponsor Irish Recruiters conference and Fergal O'Byrne to present!

Unfortunately, Flexitimers will not be giving a presentation at October's Future of Recruitment conference but I'm very glad to say that one of Ireland's most respected IT professionals, Fergal O'Byrne will be replacing them and giving his views on the future of recruitment and also talking about the new venture Sonru he recently jointed as CEO.

Here's Fergal's bio and very much looking forward to his presentation:

Fergal joined Sonru, as Chairman in 2008, having previously been a business mentor to the company. He subsequently became CEO in September 2009, after serving as CEO of the Irish Internet Association for 4 years. He is an internet industry entrepreneur and founded Interactive Return (formerly webBusters) back in 1998. He is on the Board of Directors of IGOpeople.com, WINC, and CCD Ltd. He is also Chair of the Project Advisory Group for Fáilte Ireland's eBusiness Support Initiative.

He regularly mentors start up and seed capital companies in Ireland and Denmark. In 2004 he was awarded the Microsoft/IIA Net Visionary Internet Marketer of the Year Award. Fergal is a member of the Irish Internet Association, Marketing Institute of Ireland and Engineers Ireland.

Fergal's most recent book - 10 Online Marketing and Search Engine Essentials was published by Thompson Books. He has been a guest lecturer on the MBA course at the Smurfit School of Business, Dublin. He was part of the original team that helped to set up eircom.net and was Content Development Manager in charge of such projects as the Doras Directory. He holds an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from DIT, Kevin Street.

I'm also glad to say that Sonru will be also one of the sponsors for the event!


NRF offering free job seekers workshops for candidates

The NRF have contacted me to spread the work about a new initiative they want to pilot to assist both agency recruiters and job seekers alike... you can read the update below.

"The NRF is committed to supporting Recruitment Companies in tough times. One area where recruiters are spending a huge degree of time is dealing with applications from candidates who may not have the fit for the role. However these candidates are often expecting a great deal of advice and counselling from an already stretched recruiter.

The NRF can help. We have agreed to run a job seekers workshop on September 30th from 6PM to 7.30PM at the Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin 4 and will be presented by NRF Committee member Peter Cosgrove. The goal is to provide insight and support to candidates who are currently in a difficult job market. This is targeted at all levels of candidate, from junior through to senior management. This is an event you can refer candidates to and depending on the success of this pilot event we can run these regionally and on a regular basis. The workshop will run for 90 minutes and will cover:

* Writing a world class CV
* Where to find the next job
* Advice on dealing with recruitment agencies
* Improving interview skills and techniques
* Networking skills
* Negotiating salaries

We appreciate that many organisations do provide the above advice but perhaps could do with some support. We also acknowledge the fact that there is plenty of career management services and career coaching provided by organisations. The NRF will be happy for any literature a company would like to supply to be available to job seekers at this event if they feel the jobseeker may need more detailed support. This is not a replacement for a detailed career management service but may open the job seekers eyes to the services that may be available to them.

We are asking for a number of recruiters to support us and perhaps give some support on candidates CV in the form of a CV clinic after the event.

To register a candidate for the NRF Jobseekers Workshop or offer your services for the CV Clinic please contact the NRF office on 01-8161754 or email name and contact details to director@nrf.ie

So please send the details onto any candidates who may benefit from this, it is only for a maximum of 100 jobseekers so spaces are limited"


Two new recruitment opportunities in Ireland

This week I have been contacted twice to advertise 2 new recrutiment opportunities in the recruitment industry in Ireland:

-Joe Henry of State Street Corporation has a contract recruitment role open. He explained that the role is flexible in terms of seniority and has the following requirements:

- Ability to deal with rapidly changing priorities
- Excellent ability to deal with people at all levels – internal and external stakeholders
- Excellent customer services skills
- Target driven and ability to meet key deadlines
- Ability to source directly from multiple channels
- Ability to recruit at all levels

I don't have anyting else to go with but if interested reach out to Joe at: Ph: 00353 1 6558339 | joe.hendry@ifs.statestreet.com

Also, StepOne are looking for experienced recruitment consultants looking for a new opportunity. For further information contact Jess on 01-6791000 or 0861921265"

Here's the detail:

"Step One is looking to speak with any experienced Recruitment Consultant who is currently in employment or out of work and looking for a new opportunity.

Specifically we are looking to speak with experienced consultants be they Temp or Perm recruiters who are either fed up with their current situation and the rewards they are getting for their hard work or who are out of work and still have a strong network of clients and contacts but don’t have the expertise or funding to set themselves up.

Step One can offer you the back up and funding required to set yourself up in a partnership agreement whilst you bring your client contacts.

The reward and payment structure is totally open to negotiation dependent upon what you can bring to the table but Step One can guarantee that you will take an even slice of your overall billings."

The gloves are off: Facebook offically takes on Twitter with @mentions

Looks like the world of Twitter has now got a littler more interesting with Facebook's recent announcment to launch a very similar service itself called @mentions on their own platform.

Here is Facebook engineer Tom Occhino’s explanation of the new feature:
Now, when you are writing a status update and want to add a friend’s name to something you are posting, just include the “@” symbol beforehand. As you type the name of what you would like to reference, a drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose from your list of friends and other connections, including groups, events, applications and Pages. Soon, you’ll be able to tag friends from applications as well. The “@” symbol will not be displayed in the published status update or post after you’ve added your tags.
Friends you tag in your status updates will receive a notification and a Wall post linking them to your post. They also will have the option to remove tags of themselves from your posts. We hope that tagging your status updates and others posts from the Publisher will enable you to share in a more meaningful and engaging way, and connect with even more people. We’re rolling this feature out over the course of the next few weeks, so you may not see the new feature just yet.
You can learn more here and here.


Try the New Free Irish Recruiters Toolbar!

Do you use toolbars to help your recruit? I love them and use them every day for various different reasons and see them as being an integral part of being an Internet Recruiter. The main reason I use them is to help me navigate in one or two easy clicks to a given program I want to use thus saving me time. Toolbars are not a new phenomenon they have been around for a long time as far back as the Xerox Alto computer in 1973 but most of us probably first came to use them most with programs like Adobe Photoshop, Word and Netscape.

When I think toolbars I nearly automatically associated the phrase with browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Safari, etc. I like to use a variety of toolbars on the multiple computers I use: desktop, laptop and mobile computer, and nearly all of them let me use pop-up blockers, auto fills. translators and email checking to be more productive, etc

I like toolbars so much I decided to build a toolbar for the Irish Recruiters community! In doing so I designed it thinking about what I would like to see added to my already configured Google and Windows Live toolbars and musing over what I think an Internet Recruiter in Ireland would want to help them keep up to date with some of Ireland's latest recruitment news and help them be more productive in their day job.

The answer I've come up with is the Irish Recruiters Toolbar!!!

Maximise and watch the following video to learn more and then give it a go (apologies for the poor zooming but I only got one shot at doing the recording last night!). You can download the toolbar here, It's currently only available on Internet Explorer and Firefox. It's really easy to configure to other setting you may want and also to uninstall if you don't like it.

I hope to improve it in the coming months and all you have to do is hit the drop down box at the start of the toolbar near the Irish Recruiters logo and hit "update" to stay on top of any advancements it makes and get the most up to date release. There may be a way to actually auto-update your toolbar as well so watch out for that. I may be able to make changes to the master toolbar and it will automatically populate on your toolbar and you'll see the changes without having to lift a finger.

Let me know what you think @irishrecruiters. I'd appreciate the feedback. If there other features you'd like on the toolbar which you think I've missed let me know.

Happy Hunting!

Disclaimer: Although the author has attempted to find and correct any bugs in the free software program, the author is not responsible for any damage or losses of any kind caused by the use or misuse of the program. That said the software is using etrust technology like thousands of other software programs and so far has been proven to be 100% safe from any form of security threats.  Enjoy!


Cloud Recruitment, the Ovi App Store and LiveCasting!

I'm looking forward to the Irish Recruiters future of recruitment conference-part 2 on the 7th of October. I'm currently researching my 2nd presentation on what cloud recruitment is and what is happening in the current app war that is raging on smart phones. I'm learning loads of new exciting stuff! Some of which I couldn't wait until the conference for and wanted to share now!

For examples, as part of my presentation I'll be mentioning some of the very futuristic concepts that Nokia are working on to catch up with iPhone and Android. Interestingly, with the scale of their business and the number of customers they currently have on the long tail of the scaling curve for apps on smart phones Nokia could be a serious competitor in the market place if Ovi takes off.

Check out the following video to see some of the exciting functionality they are planning that will allow you connect with employers and potential job seekers even easier in the cloud.


CPL reports 92% fall in pretax profits

Interesting new results out from CPL for the 12 months to June, here
and here

Dissappointing but understanable to see the number of recruiters in the behomoth recruitment company drop from 483 to 333 and to hear Anne Heraty, chief executive painting a gloomy picture for FY10:

“All our divisions felt the impact, especially in the second half of the year as many of our customers dramatically slowed down hiring on a permanent basis”.

“Past cycles indicate that we could see a prolonged period of rising unemployment. This suggests that demand for recruitment services will be weak though 2010”.

The results are probably a fair barometer of the extent of damage that has been caused by the recession in the last year or so. FY10 will be another tough year and also expect this to be exacerbated for agencies and job boards by a lot more social media and direct sourcing being conducted by a potpourri of techniques and creative referral programs.

LinkedIn to buy Xing

Fresh off the press it looks like LinkedIn are going to make their play to buy Xing which would give them even further dominance in the international field.

You can learn more here.

Irish Jobs offer new sourcing model: Pick, Pay and Go!

Get ready for a lot of new recruitment business models and sourcing services as we start to head into the last 4 months of the year. Recruitment is rebooting in Ireland and a lot of tech savvy recruiters who were used to 12 months ago paying for a job posting and quite happily sieving through the candidates that came through are now beginning to look to additional or alternative sourcing methods to get faster results with quite often lower expenditure of resources.

From a lot of recruiters I have talked to in the last few months and especially from those I listened to last week in the Irish Recruiters Tuesday Club as we discussed the topic "managing CV overflow and what happens in the black hole", the majority of recruiters present were exploring new techniques, tools and technologies to leverage the web , especially LinkedIn, to be more efficient in their search and provide less volume and more quality of applications. And most importantly in this recession: save money! Over the last 6 months in particular I've noticed an ostensible shift in how recruiters are now conceptualising their sourcing from the very beginning of when a job req lands on their table. Obviously, it depends on what industry you are sourcing for, and if the candidates in that industry can be found or want to be found using internet technologies, but certainly from what I gleaned from the discussion a lot of recruiters in the IT, pharmaceutical, finance, retail and even in certain circumstances the conservative medical fields are beginning to source more directly first before posting ads on job boards. It's almost as if LinkedIn is now in 4th position after their own databases, own career site and own referral programs. Where traditionally a job post would be posted now a search in LinkedIn is being conducted first and a few passive candidates contacted. Quickly followed by a job posting being posted! I'm sure this is not the case for a huge volume of recruiters throughout the country, especially small SME houses, where resources can be limited and time can be even more aggressive, likewise this is not always the case in the temp or contract worlds, but certainly in the multi-nationals that I have been talking to and in the discussion we had last week when it comes to full-time and contracts over 6 months a clear shift has taken place in the psyche of a lot of multi-national recruiters and hiring managers. Referral recruitment and direct souring are growing steadily stronger as channels.

Cherry picking is quickly becoming en vogue! And quite often the cherries are falling from the cloud!

Irish Jobs have grasped the concept of cherry picking with their new resume database offering. I got a mail, as probably a lot of you did today, advertising a new business model being used by the incumbent eponymous job board. This is a welcome evolution in the industry. It will be interesting to see when Monster which has the largest resume database in the world will follow suit and at what price point. A lot has been happening in Monster over the last 6 months in particular and I expect a lot of new services to come from them in fy10 as they fight to maintain their dominance and spread their portfolio of services to their customers with much more tailorised solutions at a variety of new price points.

Many other job boards are trying to capitalise on the current opportunities to offer new services. For example, JobSearch.ie the free jobs portal for agencies and employers has now built in functionality that allows you tweet about every job on their site and they are soon launching an application which will allow users on Jobsearch.ie to access their contacts lists on Facebook, Linkedin and other social media where they can recommend any Jobsearch.ie job posting to their friend. I'm sure most of the IT teams running the job boards in Ireland are thinking the same. If not, in my opinion they should be.

Hers is the details from Irish Jobs:

IrishJobs.ie is proud to launch our brand new 'Pay as you go' CV database system enabling you to cherry pick the candidates you want.

The IrishJobs.ie CV Database has proven to be a highly successful tool for both jobseekers and recruiters. Over 35,000 high calibre candidates across all industry sectors in Ireland have recently uploaded their CV onto IrishJobs.ie and this database is continually growing.

With our CV database you can

-tailor your search requirements by selecting the job category; roles, minimum -experience and salary range, plus include specific keywords.
qu-ickly identify CVs matching your criteria as search results are displayed as a -snapshot overview including the candidate's objectives
-search for suitable candidates in complete confidentiality - an excellent tool for times when you do not want to advertise a position

With our new 'pay as you go' model you only pay for the CVs you pick (Just €15 + VAT per CV).

Get ahead of the competition by targeting quality candidates instantly and efficiently. Check out our database in RMS today.

Kindest Regards,
The IrishJobs.ie Team