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Your Job Search amid Covid-19: Tips & Actions to Consider

Ireland’s unemployment rate stood at 4.8 percent in February 2020, compared with 5.0 percent in the corresponding month of 2019 (source). Now, over four months on, it’s difficult to quantify how many people face unemployment. So, if you are now job hunting amid Covid-19 here are a number of tips and actions to keep in … Continued

CFO Insights on the Impact of COVID-19

CFO Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 In 2020, the advent of COVID-19 has imposed both operating and financial challenges on businesses across sectors and geographies. In this liquidity-constrained environment, we conducted a survey of CFOs across Ireland to gauge their views on the quantum of the expected impact, the timeline to recovery and other … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Motty Varghese The Impact of Sleep on Performance

Latest Episode: Motty Varghese The Impact of Sleep on Performance   Motty Varghese is a Registered Sleep Technologist and has completed a Mini fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from Perelman School of Medicine under University of Pennsylvania. He believes sleep is the cornerstone to optimal physical and mental health, and currently runs Sleep Therapy Clinic … Continued

Insurance Recruitment Market Update – April 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has already left its mark on just about every industry – though Insurance is one that hasn’t prompted quite as much concern. “Everybody needs insurance” is a phrase that rings true in relation to the jobs market for Insurance. While this attitude is not incorrect, like other any financial services entity, there are … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Fergus Connolly Lessons from a Global Performance Expert

Latest Episode: Fergus Connolly, Lessons from a Global Performance Expert   Dr. Fergus Connolly (@Fergus_Connolly) is one of the world’s foremost human performance thought leaders and influencers. Author of the bestselling book “Game Changer – The Art of Sports Science“, Fergus has applied performance science with leading sports, military, and business teams. He is the only … Continued

How to optimise your recruitment process amid COVID-19

How to optimise your recruitment process amid COVID-19 During these unprecedented times, recruitment and selection is still a priority for organisations to try to maintain revenue and growth targets. While the business environment is certainly much more challenging, the COVID-19 crisis will pass. Firms that are positioned with the best talent during these times and … Continued

Project & Change Recruitment Market Update – April 2020

Project & Change Recruitment Market Update – April 2020 The PMO (employment related to Change and Transformation projects) market would appear to have come to a halt for the most part currently. However, some sectors will remain afloat, such as Healthcare and Regulatory projects within Financial services, whereby certain regulations must be in place by … Continued

How to Choose and Partner with a Recruiter

How to Choose and Partner with a Recruiter Many people start out their careers with a particular company, often through a graduate program or traineeship, and spend a number of years there before deciding they want a change. Then, some will go to job boards and apply for positions they see advertised. Others will be uncomfortable sending … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Mark Beaumont, The man who cycled the world

Latest Episode: Mark Beaumont, The man who cycled the world   Mark Beaumont (@mrmarkbeaumont) is a British long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author. He holds the record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000-mile (29,000 km) route on 18 September 2017, having taken less than 79 days. Beaumont’s documentaries, events and books about ultra-endurance and adventure have … Continued

How to Prepare for Video Interviews – The Ultimate Guide

The Rise of The Video Interview Job interviews have traditionally involved diligent interviewers sitting across from anxious-looking candidates. Terse handshakes are exchanged before the interviewer fires off question after question to find the perfect person for the job. In an age of powerful technology, it’s no longer necessary or practical to bring candidates to you … Continued

Maintaining your mental health when working in isolation

Working From Home: The Mental Health Impact As we’re all very aware, the current coronavirus crisis has led to a massive increase in home working. However, while this is essential to ensure adherence to vital social distancing, it brings with it the psychological toll of isolation. Add in the fact that this very different workspace … Continued

Covid-19 – A message to our clients and candidates – Lincoln Recruitment

Lincoln Recruitment Covid-19 Update We are taking this opportunity to keep you updated on the measures Lincoln Recruitment is taking to ensure the safety of our people and the delivery of our service. As you know, this is an ever-evolving situation without business precedence, however, we are well-prepared with robust measures in place to protect our service delivery while remaining flexible … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Jamil Qureshi, The Psychology of Performance

Latest Episode: Jamil Qureshi, The Psychology of Performance Jamil Qureshi (@Jamil_Qureshi) is one of the foremost practitioners of performance psychology and an expert in high performance. As the co-founder of several change agencies – We Do Things Differently, Loudhouse and JQED – Jamil has worked with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sportspeople … Continued

Is Your Next Job A Poisoned Chalice? How to Assess the Job on Offer

Does Fortune Really Favour the Brave and Bold? The Latin proverb indicates that fortune favours the brave and bold, but when it comes to your career how much of a risk are you prepared to take? High profile candidates often enjoy a corporate buffet of prospects, job offers placed squarely on the table that could … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Robbie Cannon, Athletic Performance on and off the Golf Course

Latest Episode: Robbie Cannon, Athletic Performance on and off the Golf Course Robbie Cannon (@RobbieCannon) a qualified strength and conditioning coach, is probably best known for his performance work with golf Open Champion Shane Lowry. An accomplished golfer himself, he practices what he preaches and is three times Irish amateur golf champion.    Cannon through his … Continued

How to Calculate Your Daily Rate as a Contractor in Ireland

How to Calculate Your Daily Rate as a Contractor in Ireland More and more companies are turning towards contractors in 2020 to undertake specific projects and/or to provide extra qualified resources during busy periods. Contracting offers great opportunities for skills development, better pay, flexibility in how and when you work, and greater career control. As … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Stephen Smith Kitman Labs, The Game Changers

Latest Episode: Stephen Smith Kitman Labs, The Game Changers We’re delighted to be back with Season 4 of the 1% Podcast kicking off with Stephen Smith, CEO & Founder of Kitman Labs. Kitman Labs are an Irish sports science and data analytics company. Through advanced statistical analysis, rigorous scientific research their system evaluates athlete injury … Continued

Coronavirus: The forced remote workforce experiment

Coronavirus: The forced remote workforce experiment The onset of the Coronavirus is currently forcing many organisations to trial a remote workforce model. For many, this will be an involuntary experiment. As China continues to fight the crippling effects of the virus, organisations globally are urging any employees who’ve had contact with potentially infected persons to work … Continued

Recruiter Exclusivity: A More Effective Strategy for Clients & Candidates

Recruiter Exclusivity: An Effective Recruitment Strategy for Clients & Candidates It’s no secret that recruitment agencies favour exclusivity. In an ideal world, recruitment agents would choose to collaborate with a handful of candidates and clients on an exclusive basis. Let’s explore the key benefits associated with exclusivity from a recruiter’s point of view.   Increased … Continued

National Funds Open Day in Association with HSBC Securities Services

Lincoln Recruitment Funds Career Open Day in Association with HSBC Securities Services Date: Thursday, 27th February 2020 Time: 8am – 8pm Location: 5 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2 (find us).    Lincoln Recruitment in conjunction with HSBC Securities Services will be hosting an open day for Funds professionals on Thursday February 27th. Registration for this event is essential … Continued

Event Summary: Women in AI Ireland and global Law firm DLA Piper discuss “Ethically Driven AI Design”

Over the last decade, artificial intelligence has become increasingly more sophisticated and successful in carrying out tasks previously thought only humans could do. Its applications such as recommendation systems, advanced search algorithms, image processing and facial recognition, are rapidly transforming businesses and whole industries such as healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and many more. Since the 1960s, … Continued

4 Rules for Creating a ‘Perfect CV’

The Rules for Creating the ‘Perfect CV’ As recruiters, we often get asked about the rules for creating a ‘perfect CV’. A quick search online will bring up hundreds if not thousands of articles on this very subject with advice from ‘experts’ about the rules for creating a perfect CV. Let me save you some … Continued

What CFOs can learn from sporting teams

What CFOs can learn from sporting teams Business people often have a curious fascination with sports. It is not difficult to see why. Peering past the corporate suits vs. sports jersey attire comparison, there are several parallels between finance executives and elite athletes. In both cases, there is fierce competition to contend with, goals and … Continued

Examples of intelligent interview questions to ask at the end of an interview

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Do you have any questions for me?”[/perfectpullquote] The most common feedback we receive from a client post interview with a candidate is “they didn’t ask any questions”. So, why is it so important to ask questions? Asking intelligent and high impact questions can demonstrate your knowledge, but more … Continued

The Art of Being Head-Hunted

The shape of the labour market has shifted significantly over the years. Once upon a time professionals and executives would deliberate long and hard over their next career move, before seeking out potentially interesting opportunities. Nowadays the typical professional is more likely to move jobs every 3-5 years, and job opportunities are far greater than … Continued

Adminovate 2020 Event Highlights

On Thursday, January 16th 2020, Trinity College played host once again to the 3rd annual Adminovate conference. Adminovate is an event created to showcase innovation in people, processes and technology across the Funds industry. It proved to be a hugely successful day in what was Adminovates biggest turnout yet. The opening panel discussed ‘Operating Strategies … Continued

Should I Take The Job? 5 Key Questions to Help you Decide

Should I stay or should I go? You’ve been through the extensive interview process, and have been anxiously awaiting the outcome. You feel the interview went well, but nothing’s a given in today’s job market. To your delight, you are offered the role, but your glee is soon replaced by hesitancy – do you definitely … Continued

New Appointment: Darren Reilly Head of PMO Contracting at Lincoln Recruitment

Lincoln Recruitment Specialists are delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Reilly as Head of PMO Contracting at Lincoln Recruitment. Darren brings over 7 years of recruitment experience to the team and is a specialist in Project Management, Business Analysis and Senior appointments. As a PMO (Project Management Office) and Transformation specialist, Darren also holds a Diploma … Continued

Insurance Recruitment Market Update Q1, 2020

2019 continued to be a competitive year in Investments/Front Office from an employers’ perspective. The ability to attract the right candidate depended on the employers’ ability to move their hiring processes with pace, as investment candidates and newly qualifieds usually had several offers to consider. The market was very active, with strong demand for Investment … Continued

Executive Search Market Update Q1, 2020

Year in Review The Executive Search market has grown modestly in 2019, and we expect further growth in 2020, despite the uncertainty in the global economy next year. Driving forces for activity at a C-suite level continue to be a buoyant jobs market; a skilled and growing population; investment in technology by business and government, … Continued

Data Science Market Update Q1, 2020

The technology market has seen continual rapid growth over the last number of years, both in terms of its staffing requirements and the new businesses that are either being set up or are centralising IT teams in Ireland. This year we are seeing it beginning to exceed the peak levels of 2007, so with this … Continued

Financial Services Accounting Market Update Q1, 2020

The market has been consistently busy throughout 2019 and has seen few surprises in terms of the level of demand for Accounting and Finance professionals. Industry and Commerce We have seen hiring trends continue in the traditional reliable areas of I&C, but also a surge in areas of Industry including Start-ups and Energy alongside Healthcare … Continued

Financial Services Market Update Q1, 2020

2019 continued to be a competitive year in Investments/Front Office from an employers’ perspective. The ability to attract the right candidate depended on the employers’ ability to move their hiring processes with pace, as investment candidates and newly qualifieds usually had several offers to consider. The market was very active, with strong demand for Investment … Continued

Supply Chain & Procurement Market Update Q1, 2020

The technology market has seen continual rapid growth over the last number of years, both in terms of its staffing requirements and the new businesses that are either being set up or are centralising IT teams in Ireland. This year we are seeing it beginning to exceed the peak levels of 2007, so with this … Continued

Healthcare Market Update Q1, 2020

The technology market has seen continual rapid growth over the last number of years, both in terms of its staffing requirements and the new businesses that are either being set up or are centralising IT teams in Ireland. This year we are seeing it beginning to exceed the peak levels of 2007, so with this … Continued

Retail Market Update Q1, 2020

The technology market has seen continual rapid growth over the last number of years, both in terms of its staffing requirements and the new businesses that are either being set up or are centralising IT teams in Ireland. This year we are seeing it beginning to exceed the peak levels of 2007, so with this … Continued

HR Market Update Q1, 2020

Marketing leaders are now expected to be at the forefront of customer experience initiatives. As well as their traditional marketing responsibilities, like such as branding and external communication delivery, CMOs today need to use their analytics and customer intelligence expertise in order to drive revenue and sales, and much of this activity is interwoven with … Continued

Marketing and Digital Market Update Q1, 2020

The technology market has seen continual rapid growth over the last number of years, both in terms of its staffing requirements and the new businesses that are either being set up or are centralising IT teams in Ireland. This year we are seeing it beginning to exceed the peak levels of 2007, so with this … Continued

Engineering & Construction Market Update Q1, 2020

2019 was an extremely busy year, with even stronger pipelines leading into 2020 for the majority of Ireland’s Construction and Engineering contractors and consultancies. This further reinforces the strength and confidence in Ireland as a prime location for foreign direct investment from many major Tech, Pharmaceutical, and Financial institutions. Currently, the highest levels of hiring … Continued

Accounting & Finance Market Update Q1, 2020

The market has been consistently busy throughout 2019 and has seen few surprises in terms of the level of demand for Accounting and Finance professionals. Industry and Commerce We have seen hiring trends continue in the traditional reliable areas of I&C, but also a surge in areas of Industry including Start-ups and Energy alongside Healthcare … Continued

Compliance & Risk Market Update Q1, 2020

2019 was certainly an extremely busy year for recruitment into the Compliance and Risk markets. We saw demand increase for candidates across all levels, with demands for specialist skillsets increasing. Several factors were in play throughout 2019 resulting in the spike in demand, with Brexit-related contingency planning at the forefront. We saw an influx of … Continued

Funds and Asset Management Market Update Q1, 2020

Throughout 2018, hiring remained high across all levels within the fund services & asset management sectors. This year, we saw a number of highly notable companies within the areas choose Ireland as their E.U. hub following the fallout from Brexit. JPMorgan, Legal & General Investment Management, Barclays, and Standard Life Aberdeen are among the companies … Continued

Legal Market Update Q1, 2020

2019 continued to be a buoyant year for Legal recruitment. The backdrop of Brexit uncertainty may have resulted in a slowdown in M&A activity, but this did not translate to a reduction in demand for Corporate Lawyers. The new market entrants from the UK continued to put pressure on the larger commercial firms, and salaries … Continued

Information Technology Market Update Q1, 2020

Overview/Year in review The Digital and Technology market continues to grow apace. The market has become increasingly candidate-driven, with fears that the growing skills deficit across Europe will impact the speed at which technological developments can be made by FS organisations.  Salaries as well as daily contract rates have risen by a further 10 per … Continued

Consulting & Advisory Market Update Q1, 2020

The year in review The Irish Management Consultancy sector continued to grow over the course of 2019 across all main service lines and industries, driven by Ireland’s buoyant economy. In line with previous years, Financial Services firms have been substantial buyers of consulting services. Banks and Insurers are running a number of large-scale complex transformation … Continued

12 Questions to Ask Your Manager in 2020

Do you have any questions for me? No matter what industry you work in or what stage of your career you are at, it is always good to show initiative and identify the expectations your superiors have of you. It shows you are serious about your role, the success of the team and the advancement … Continued

Lincoln Winners for Recruitment Services at the 2019 InBusiness Awards

A prestigious list of Irish businesses came together on Wednesday, December 12th to celebrate their excellent achievements over the course of 2019, for the 8th consecutive year of the InBusiness Recognition Awards, which was held at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. The InBusiness Recognition Awards 2019 recognised outstanding accomplishments in the Irish business community. Winners were … Continued

Creating a Supply Chain CV to Showcase Your Expertise

Your CV provides a pivotal snapshot of you as a potential employee. Present a well-crafted CV, and meet the job criteria, and you’ve every chance of being called for an interview. Get it wrong and your name could simply be crossed off the applicant list before you even get to meet anyone face-to-face. Make sure … Continued

The 1% Podcast: Mark Gallagher Lessons from the fast lane

Latest Episode: Mark Gallagher Lessons from the fast lane A Senior Executive and respected Broadcaster in the adrenaline-charged world of Formula One, Mark Gallagher translates his experiences from the race track to the language of business. Gallagher’s passion for the sport has been partly driven by the dual challenges of managing risk and high performance. … Continued