How to Show You’re Passionate in a Job Interview

Demonstrating passion is not the only predictor of a great job candidate, however hiring managers repeatedly reference this trait in their interview feedback — so you need to figure out how to convey what matters most to you. In your responses during interviews, rather than reference what you did, talk about why you chose to do it. Passion often lies in the activities you aren’t required to do, so talk about what you do with your extra time and why. Talk about your hobbies and how this passion flows into side projects. Talk about where you’ve worked for free. Don’t get overlooked during your next job interview because you don’t display the kind of full-throated, table-thumping behaviors companies tend to equate with passion. Show them that passion comes in different forms and yields impressive results

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The Top 3 Soft Skills Of The Pandemic And How To Cultivate Them

The pandemic tested us in so many ways professionally, challenging us to do our jobs in less-than-ideal circumstances. Not surprisingly, we relied heavily on soft skills to navigate our way through the prolonged uncertainty.

According to Prudential’s latest Pulse of the American Worker survey, the top three soft skills workers gained last year include adaptability, problem-solving, and time management; here’s how to cultivate them

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How To Quit Well During “The Great Resignation”

In recent months the number of people who are leaving the workforce or switching jobs has become so great that it has been characterized as the “Great Resignation”. Indeed, a recent survey from Microsoft found that over 40% of workers around the world were considering quitting their job or changing their profession.

4 steps towards achieving the ideal departure:

1. Leave the campsite better than you found it – The colleagues you are leaving behind are not going to be forgotten when you leave. Instead, they will be crucial advocates in your new career, so make sure you treat them well. Evans and Burnett use the analogy of a campsite to highlight how when we leave our jobs, we are duty-bound to ensure we leave it in such a way as your old colleagues can easily pick things up when you leave. This will maintain your relationship with them, and your ex-boss will thank you.

2. Rev up your network – Networks are crucial at all stages of our career, but especially when we are embarking on a new challenge. It is tempting to think that your soon-to-be old colleagues are going to be consigned to your past, but they know you better than most, so are likely to be a goldmine of opportunities and referrals.  Rather than burning your bridge to them, take steps to firm the bridge up.

3. Set up your replacement to win – While it is unlikely that you and your replacement will ever come face to face, you can still play a big role in their early success by the way in which you depart.  You should strive to ensure that any messes are tidied up and then leave fantastic documentation so that your replacement can really hit the ground running.

4. Exit well – How you leave will shape how colleagues feel about you, so make sure you leave them with a positive image. Ideally, you want to leave in such a way as to have them wanting you back rather than never wanting to set eyes on you again. A crucial part of this is developing your ‘leaving story’, as you will have many conversations asking you why you are leaving. Resist the urge to bad-mouth your employer or your boss, and instead, try and devise a constructive and positive narrative around your departure.

If you are tempted to move to pastures new during the “Great Resignation”, then it is vital that you do so in the most effective way for your career. With the tips above, you can ensure you do so successfully.

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N’ware creates 25 roles in Co. Laois

Canadian tech company chose Mountrath as home to its European HQ
N’ware, an expert in the field of Enterprise Resource Planning and business applications software, today announced the creation of 25 new roles with the establishment of its European HQ in Mountrath Co Laois.

This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Established in 1995 in Quebec, Canada, N’Ware offers feature-loaded software solutions for small to mid-size businesses (SMEs) or subsidiaries of large enterprise corporations. N’ware, with its main customer base located in North America and LATAM, supports clients in more than 25 countries.

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Outlook for Irish economy increasingly upbeat so long as reopening delays are temporary, says Central Bank

Ireland’s domestic economy is set to rebound more quickly in 2021 than anticipated, the Central Bank has said.

Despite the Government’s decision to delay the resumption of indoor dining, domestic activity is now on schedule to return to pre-pandemic levels and above as early as 2022.

Modified domestic demand — a measure of indigenous economic activity that attempts to strip out the activities of multinational companies — is forecast to grow by 3.4% in 2021 and 5.6% in 2022 after collapsing by 5% in 2020.

The Central Bank had pencilled in domestic growth of just 2.8% in its last Quarterly Bulletin in April.

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Limerick’s Kirby Engineering to create 300 jobs in expansion drive

 Kirby Group Engineering is to create 300 jobs as part of a significant expansion to meet demand for its services in Ireland and across Europe.

The family-founded, privately-owned company said the new jobs will include engineering, commercial, operations and administrative staff, with recruitment for many of these roles already under way.

Kirby has also announced a €2m plan to upgrade its company headquarters in Co Limerick. The construction phase of this expansion is projected to take six months, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

The company, which was set up in 1964, employs over 1,200 people with 200 new employees joining the company last year.

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We’re growing our Temporary team!

Are you a Recruitment Consultant or Sales Executive looking for your next career move? Would you like to work for a company who truly values and rewards their employees?

• Flexible and remote working options

• A company culture that promotes work life balance

• A values-based organisation

• Commitment to continued learning and development

• Rewards both team and individual performance

We are now seeking Recruiters to join our growing temporary division to provide recruitment solutions for temporary roles in the area of administration, customer service, call centre, accounts, operations etc. You will proactively develop leads and generate new business for your division. This is a key role within the business and recruitment team.

We would love to hear from you!

For a confidential discussion call Sarah on 045 881888 or email sarah@clark.ie


Could a four-day working week become a reality?

The benefits of the four-day week reported in international studies have included talent retention, higher employee satisfaction, lower sickness levels and higher productivity. A report by the UK campaigning group Autonomy in December 2020 found that a four-day week with no loss of pay would be affordable for most of the 50,000 businesses it surveyed, “through higher productivity or raising prices”

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270 Irish candidates apply to join Europe’s space agency

There are 270 applications from Irish candidates among the more than 22,500 people who have applied to become the European Space Agency’s next astronauts.

During ESA’s last call for astronauts in 2008, the number of applicants who provided a medical certificate and finalised their online application form was 8,413.

Between four and six career astronauts will join the ESA workforce as permanent staff members, and there will be a reserve of up to 20 people who will not immediately be hired by the agency, but will remain with their current employers until a flight opportunity is identified for them.

In the latest recruitment round, 257 people applied for the newly-established parastronaut vacancy, including four candidates from Ireland.

Around 5,400 (24%) of all applicants identify as female – compared to a figure of 15.5% in 2008.

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We’re growing our team!

Are you an experienced Recruitment Consultant ready to run your own desk?
Would you like the flexibility to work remotely or in a hybrid working environment?
Would you like to work for a company who truly values and rewards their employees?
We at Clark are growing and currently recruiting experienced Consultants to join our team.
We would love to hear from you! Click the links to find out more and apply:
For a confidential discussion call Stephen on 045 881888 or email stephen@clark.ie