Cpl in the media: Cpl Employment Monitor receives widespread media coverage

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Cpl’s latest employment monitor has received a lot of high profile media coverage over the last few days. The quarterly report was conducted in partnership with Ronan Lyons, Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin, and included a number of eye-catching findings including: 40% of employers say that women generally accept less remuneration than men for equal roles 44% of employers are expecting to recruit for growth in 2014 65% of employers have discovered that a candidate has falsified their experience on their applications The findings were the subject of articles across a variety of national, local and industry media. There were reports and opinion pieces in the Irish Times, the Examiner, the Independent and theJournal.ie. Further comment on … Continue reading

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4 Factors an employer will spot in the first minute of an interview

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It may not be possible to get a job within the first few minutes of an interview but you can certainly lose one in that time. According to our latest employment monitor, over 80% of hiring managers make a decision on a candidate in less than five minutes. Those snap decisions are likely to be made based on the same criteria. Every hiring manager will notice four main criteria before you even start talking. It’s vital that you get each of these right to give yourself the best chance at interview. Smile This should be obvious but we still see candidates who look uncomfortable, uninterested or downright unhappy at interviews. Enthusiasm for the role is one of the key characteristics … Continue reading

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Cpl release Q1 2014 Employment Market Monitor Report

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Cpl’s Q1 Employment Market Monitor for 2014 provides a comprehensive analysis of Ireland’s latest employment trends across the following sectors: IT, Science, Engineering & Supply Chain Sales, & Marketing, Retail, Accountancy, Banking & Finance. The most prominent findings of the report were: Number of jobs posted up 40% year-on-year 40% of employers say that women generally accept less remuneration than men for equal roles Over 80% of hiring managers make a decision on a candidate in less than 5 minutes 44% of employers are expecting to recruit for growth in 2014 65% of employers have discovered that a candidate has falsified their experience on their applications The Employment Market Monitor Report was a joint initiative conducted between Cpl and Ronan … Continue reading

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Will automation testing make manual testing redundant?

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Having spoken to many QA candidates, one statement that pops up time and again is “I don’t have automation experience but I would like to get some”. Many of them fear that their roles as manual testers will shortly be redundant. . Let’s look at whether or not these are valid fears; starting with some of the advantages of employing an automation tool: Speed Once a test script is written in an automation tool, there is no doubt that it will complete the task quicker (provided there is sufficient scale) than when done manually. This leads on to my next point. Cost Effectiveness Companies are always looking at ways to increase productivity, and if this can be done effectively while reducing … Continue reading

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Famelab and the keys to success in Science & Engineering

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Success in science and engineering is all about unique perspective. To find a solution to a problem or identify the critical key to how something works, you need to see things a little differently to those around you. That’s what makes scientists and engineers unique. It’s also what makes science and engineering candidates such an attractive prospect for employers at the moment. As we begin to rely more and more on scientific or engineering solutions in day to day life, those skills become more and more important and relevant to all manner of jobs. However, there are challenges for science and engineering candidates. As brilliantly pointed out by last year’s Famelab winner Fergus McAuliffe in his recent TED talk, there … Continue reading

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What is a good reason to look for a new role?

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Moving for the wrong reasons is a common career mistake. The problem with the wrong reasons is that they are often hard to spot. A decision that seemed like a good idea at the time can turn out to be a mistake when it’s just too late to reverse it. If the wrong reasons are difficult to identify, maybe we should look for good reasons to move instead. How do you define a ‘good’ reason to look for a new job? Bad relationship with manager/colleagues If you don’t get along with your colleagues it can make work a really difficult place to be. It’s natural to want to get away from a place that you can’t bare going to every … Continue reading

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5 Other ways to find a great new job

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The basics of job hunting haven’t changed much over the years. You need to create a CV, identify potential employers and make an application. It’s a tried and trusted formula that has served most of us well for years. However, it is just the bare minimum. The current economic climate and the increasingly global nature of most businesses have created an extremely competitive jobs market worldwide. The bare minimum is no longer enough. While you can use social media, online job boards and your smartphone to try to find an edge, they only provide more advanced versions of the same process. There are other things you can do to get the best chance of landing that perfect job. Be available … Continue reading

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6 Ways your phone could boost your job search

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In today’s job market, you need to use every job seeking tool you can lay your hands on and find an edge wherever you can. That means putting in the extra work on your personal profile, staying on top of potential job opportunities and squeezing in every second of job hunting that you can. In fact, as long as you own a smartphone, you have no excuse not to fit your job search into your routine. Your smartphone should become your most effective job seeking tool, because you can use it to perform so many of the most important job seeking tasks. Find jobs These days jobs will be advertised on job boards, company websites and social media; you can … Continue reading

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Do you really need a LinkedIn account?

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I recently sent the details of a software developer over to a hiring manager for review, and his first comment had nothing to do with the candidate’s qualifications. Instead, he told me he couldn’t find any sign of the candidate online. Before he looked at the details I sent him, the hiring manager proceeded to search for the candidate online. The fact that he couldn’t find him was an instant red flag for the hiring manager. While he would never make a final decision on that basis, the software developer was already at a disadvantage because he wasn’t visible online. The simple fact is, if you are looking for work, you need to work on your online presence. There are … Continue reading

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Your CV is far too long

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Asking how long your CV should be is a bit like asking ‘how long is a piece of string?’ There is no right answer, but there are plenty of guidelines. Aiming to cover everything in two pages is a good rule of thumb, but it’s not perfect. If you’re looking for high-level executive roles, with twenty years of experience, two pages are unlikely to be enough. On the other hand, if you’re just out of college, two pages is almost two pages too long. In fact, a better rule of thumb for most of us is this, ‘your CV is too long’, plain and simple. Your CV is meant to provide a snapshot of your career. It’s only function is … Continue reading

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