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How to Successfully Ask for Time Off (The Ultimate Email Script)

The holiday season is approaching quickly. For many professionals it is often the case when your send your manager an email requesting to take a few days off for holiday, the following response can seem familiar. Even though many of us are entitled to our holiday allowance, we can get pushback from management, especially when … Continued

How to write a CV and cover letter that work

How to write a CV and cover letter that work It’s an old saying but it’s true nonetheless and even more so in the area of job applications. Many people see writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter as something of an administrative chore but successful job seekers know that this is the first … Continued

UPCOMING EVENT: Evolution & Change: Opportunities Offered by the Irish Funds Market

Evolution & Change: Opportunities Offered by the Irish Funds Market Lincoln Recruitment Specialists, Pinsent Masons, Bridge Consulting, MUFG and PwC would like to invite you to a half day conference surrounding the opportunities offered by the Irish funds market. Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, Ireland, with its highly developed infrastructure and expert advisers … Continued

Profile of the Future-Forward CFO

In the years gone by, finance teams were facilitators rather than drivers of organisational strategy. At the most rudimentary level, CFOs are assigned the responsibility of positioning their companies for growth (both organic and M&A) while keeping costs within acceptable parameters. However, recent paradigm shifts have re-balanced role dynamics to the extent that CFOs (and … Continued

Gender Diversity in Ireland’s Legal Sector

Female solicitors now outnumber male solicitors The movement to increase the diversity in law and provide a more equitable balance between females to males is an on-going international movement. Ireland, however, shows the most conspicuous change. According to independent.ie Irish, females now make up about 52% of the Irish solicitor workforce. At the end of … Continued

The Value of Humble Leadership

Introduction Trying to be the best CEO for the company can be a difficult position to discern. CEO’s have to consider how they appear to others, in particular the board and the company employees. Confidence must be exuded from any CEO to provide that front-line face of security that investors and all stakeholders of a … Continued

Want To Be A Good Retail Manager? Read These Top Tips

The Background on Leadership When you are trying to recruit new employees into a retail company, you will want to evaluate them for their potential to become future managers. Retail organisations must change to become more dynamic, or they will go out of business like many around the world including pop up shops and large … Continued

The Future of Accountancy and Artificial Intelligence

The History In 500 years there have been little or no game changing innovations in accountancy since double entry was invented. Maybe the creation of the electronic calculator in the 1960’s is the last time anyone can point to an advancement that excited and terrified accountants in equal measure. Since then the computer and internet … Continued

Dublin Ranks as Top Tech City

Dublin Ranks Number 19th as Top Tech City Savills World Research, a global property agent, has been ranking the world’s top tech cities based on a bunch of criteria for years ranging from the volume of inward venture capital investment through to the cost of a flat white coffee, to establish which cities are the most … Continued

The Importance of an Employee Value Proposition (EVP) in a Competitive Market

Hyper-competition demands a strong Employee Value Proposition (EVP) Compared to just a few years ago, candidates now have far more power during the job search. According to our research, current job market is 88% candidate driven. That means you don’t pick talent anymore. Talent picks you. Today’s workforce, especially with the emergence of millennials, seek meaningful positions that grow them … Continued

12 Questions to Ask Your Manager in 2019

“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

New Recruiting Role: The Rise of the Employer Branding Specialist

The Rise of the Employer Branding Specialist It’s a new year, and with it comes new challenges, trends and forecasts for the recruitment industry in 2019. One of the big HR and recruitment trends for the year ahead is the rise in employer branding. The Irish Independent highlight this as educating talent on “company culture … Continued

The 6 Essential Qualities of Great Store Managers

The Essential Qualities of Great Store Managers In Ireland and all over the world, hiring a good store manager is one of the most critical business decisions that face companies across all sectors of industry. Finding the right fit is such a difficult task that according to the Harvard Business Review, companies fail at it … Continued

How to Attract the Best Nursing Staff

Many hospitals, long-term care homes, assisted living facilities, doctor’s offices, clinics and trauma centers, particularly in rural areas, are facing dire shortages in qualified nursing staff. This leaves HR departments with the difficult task of recruiting qualified nursing staff who will stay with the company. Hire a Recruiter A recruiter can benefit any company of … Continued

Retail Recruiting: Tips for Recruiting Retail Professionals

The Retail Industry has many challenges when it comes to recruiting good employees. Many unqualified people will apply for retail positions simply because the positions are perceived as entry level jobs that are plentiful. However, even entry level positions require technical knowledge and soft skills, and finding the people with this combination can be made … Continued

Tips for Moving Up to Nurse Manager

Advice for Nurses Moving Up to Nurse Manager Perhaps you’ve reached a point in your nursing career where you want more professional challenge and responsibility. For some, this means becoming a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse practitioner; for others, the move to nurse manager is most appealing. A nurse manager is the head of … Continued

The Most In-demand Skills for 2019 According to Linkedin

For professionals on the market for a new job in 2019 those with the right hard skills will not find the 2019 job market quite as challenging. According to analysis from networking site LinkedIn, 2019’s employers are looking for a combination of both hard and soft skills, with creativity topping the list of desired attributes. Having analysed data … Continued

From COO to CEO: Ensuring a Smooth Succession

An Accenture study found that approximately one in nine COOs moved into the CEO’s shoes within a year of their departure and that half of COOs see themselves as the “heir apparent. Yet remarkably few companies have a comprehensive succession plan in place to make that transition successful. With this in mind, we look to further … Continued

Marketing and Digital Market Update Q1, 2019

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

Engineering & Construction Market Update Q1, 2019

This year saw further rapid growth in the Irish construction sector, with Ireland being identified internationally as a prime location for inward investment. The sector saw extensive investment and an increase in hiring across industries, with plans granted for numerous multi-million-euro infrastructure and building developments in 2018. The highest levels of hiring and growth have … Continued

Legal Market Update Q1, 2019

This year we are expecting the demand for legal talent to continue unabated. It promises to be a great market for jobseekers as international firms seek to grow out their teams, large domestic firms fight to preserve their place, and large mid-tier firms continue to make gains in market share. Private Practice 2018 was the … Continued

Information Technology Market Update Q1, 2019

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

10 Reasons Why you Should do the ACCA Exams

In today’s current climate, being a qualified accountant has never been more important. After the credit crunch and ensuing financial crisis in 2008 the emphasis on comprehensively audited accounts and accurate financial information to stakeholders has been under an infinitely higher level of scrutiny. This in turn has led to new and ever changing IFRS® … Continued

Consulting & Advisory Market Update Q1, 2019

The Irish management consultancy sector continued to grow over the course of 2018 across all main service lines and industries driven by Ireland’s buoyant economy. This year has seen a blend of organic and inorganic growth. Notable acquisitions this year saw BDO acquire Eaton Square to bolster its consulting offering, EY’s first acquisition in Ireland … Continued

Funds and Asset Management Market Update Q1, 2019

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

Compliance & Risk Market Update Q1, 2019

The Compliance & Risk markets in Ireland continued to be extremely busy across all levels in 2018. Within the compliance profession, we saw a particular demand throughout the year for professionals with experience in financial crime, conduct of business, compliance monitoring, AIFMD and data protection. The reason for the buoyancy in the market is Brexit-related … Continued

Financial Services Market Update Q1, 2019

2018 has been a busy and eventful year for recruitment into the financial services sector in Ireland. The year has seen further changes to the pillar banks, new entrants to the banking market from both home and abroad and increased scrutiny from the CBI of banking and insurance activity.  The tracker mortgage situation, exposure to … Continued

Accounting & Finance Market Update Q1, 2019

The Accounting and Finance market, as we expected, continued to grow and there were few companies that didn’t make an additional hire in this sector this year.   Industry & Commerce While hiring continued across all traditional sectors including FMCG, Pharma etc., we saw a significant increase in indigenous growing tech firms that were hiring … Continued

15 Business and Sports Books That Will Optimise The Way You Work

At any time in your career, you can undergo a transformational experience, and a book might be your major catalyst for change. There’s always room for improvement, and there’s nothing better than learning from the best. We’ve assembled this list of the “best of the best” for your reading pleasure and continued professional growth; you’ll be … Continued

The Job Interview: A Two Way Street

Many employers assume that an interview is all about their choice: who will be the best, most qualified, and most competent candidate for the job? However, the truth is that interviewing should be treated as a two-way street: not only do employers need to gather the information they need to make an informed choice, but … Continued

Announcing the launch of
the 1% Podcast

The 1% Podcast Lincoln Recruitment are proud to announce the launch of our podcast The 1% Podcast, hosted by our managing director Shay Dalton. The 1% Podcast brings together the 3P’s of People, Professions and Performance. We chat to top-class performers from eclectic areas (sport, business, politics, art etc.) to extract the tactics, tools and routines … Continued

Lincoln Win Best in Executive Recruitment at the InBusiness Awards

A prestigious list of Irish businesses came together on Tuesday, December 4th to celebrate their excellent achievements over the course of 2018, for the 7th consecutive year of the InBusiness Recognition Awards, which was held at the Westin Hotel, Dublin. The InBusiness Recognition Awards 2018 recognised outstanding accomplishments in the Irish business community. Winners were … Continued

National Survey Reveals Business & Employee Optimism Despite Brexit Unpredictability

Lincoln Salary & Employment Insights Report findings: What’s the most demanded employee benefit, which sectors plan high recruitment and where’s the biggest talent crisis? Lincoln Salary Survey 2019 launch pictured (l/r) Alan Ahearne and Shay Dalton. Photo Chris Bellew. The Lincoln Salary and Employment Insights Survey shows strong business and employee confidence across the majority of … Continued

How To Resign Correctly: 5 Unwritten Rules

Are you planning on leaving a job in the near future? Make sure you consider how you plan to resign from your job. Doing it the wrong way can lead to bad feelings between you and your employer, recriminations or even a bad reference. On the other side, correct resignation etiquette will contribute to continued … Continued

Designing High Performance Teams Through Marginal Gains

  reating a high-performance team is a matter of design; within that is the philosophy of marginal gains. This is a method of reaching high-performance levels by constantly making small, incremental improvements. When these small improvements are considered as a whole, great progress can be seen to have been made. This approach became well known … Continued

Advice When Preparing for a Consulting Interview

Having worked with some of the world’s leading management consultancies helping them to attract talent from Partners to Analysts, Owen Thomas offers some insight into what to expect from an interview in the sector. Management consultancies typically have 2 or 3 rounds of interviews depending on the seniority of the position. They are almost always … Continued

How we utlised GDPR to build closer ties with our clients and candidates

Now that much of the initial flurry and panic of GDPR compliance has settled a bit, many organizations are returning to “business as usual”, regarding GDPR as little more than a regulatory change and the need for a few more disclaimers on their website. However, organizations that view GDPR in that way may be missing … Continued

Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards Winners Announced

Talented professionals from all walks of life recognised at glittering awards ceremony in the Mansion House, Dublin. The winners of this year’s Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards in association with KBC Bank have been revealed. Professionals from across 16 different sectors entered this year’s competition which saw a record number of entries. A selection of Ireland’s … Continued

New Appointment: Emma Morrissey Lincoln Recruitment Specialists

Lincoln Recruitment Specialists are delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Morrissey as a key member of our well-established Accounting & Finance Recruitment Division. Emma comes to Lincoln with over 4 years’ experience working primarily in the recruitment of temporary and contract hires. With a B.A from Trinity, Emma started her career in Finance & Business Support before … Continued

How to Transition from CFO to a CEO

What Skills Does A CEO Need? The ability to hold a vision and engage in long term thinking is a crucial trait that a CEO will need to keep the company focused over the long term in reaching goals that have definitive and positive impact. A C-level worker will already have certain skills that make … Continued

What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Leadership

Ten years ago, I was traveling in the US and you can’t avoid the name Lincoln as you drive around Washington and New York.  At the time I was also thinking of names for a new business venture and while there were several original names or created ones, Lincoln kept popping to the top of … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Last call for entries to prestigious Irish Early Career Awards

Deadline extended by a week to cater for increased level of interest this year  IRELAND- The deadline for entry to the Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards in association with KBC Bank Ireland has been extended until the 30th of September. Enthusiastic young professionals from all industries stretching from marketing to finance and digital can … Continued

The Rise of CMO’s: 5 Skills Marketers Bring to the Position of CEO

In the 21st-century, corporations are looking beyond the traditional pool of CEO candidates to find leaders who can meet all the challenges of the digital world. Enter CMOs. Reebok, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dick’s, KFC, and QuickenLoans are all major companies that have hired former CMOs as their CEOs. In fact, a recent study found that 25% of CEOs … Continued

Understanding The Benefits of Recruitment Process Outsourcing

Recruitment Processing Outsourcing, or RPO, is when a company hires an outside agency to manage all aspects of recruitment. This can include but is not limited to, marketing for new hires, screening interviews, and administering of any testing or group interview processes. RPOs may also take on other HR functions within a company such as … Continued

Launch: The Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards 2018

his September we are delighted to announce our continued support and title sponsorship of the Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards 2018. With nominations now open we invite you to get involved by nominating Ireland’s young talented professionals across multiple professional services sectors. With the entry deadline set for September 21st, there’s plenty of time to apply, nominate … Continued

The number 1 quality people look for in a manager

f you were to go out and ask “what are the qualities of a good manager”, you will probably end up with a list of over 20 qualities. Why? Because it depends on so many differing factors and is of course, different for every organisation, industry and situation. The qualities of what makes a good manager vary greatly … Continued