1. Reach out to your connections

Don’t pass up any opportunities that come to you. Job opportunities can often come from unexpected places or connections.  One of the most effective ways to find a job is through your friends or professional network. Building up your personal brand on social media, sharing your professional experience and industry knowledge, and connecting with people in the same field will increase your chances of getting hired faster. Have you tried it?

2. Focus on the job search

Preparing yourself before changing jobs is the best way to optimise your time for the job search. Focusing on the jobs that closely match your skill set will help you get hired quickly. Get specific. Search by keywords. If you are really interested in a certain field or a company, don’t be afraid to spend extra time digging deeper into the company’s activities, plans and competitors. You can tailor your CV to meet their requirements or impress employers with interesting and relevant information in your cover letter. This is an opportunity to showcase how your qualifications are a perfect match for the job requirements.

Tips to get hired fast

3. Apply through a recruiter

This way will help to save you a lot of time and increase your chances of getting hired. A professional recruiter who has experience and a deep understanding of the labour market will be able to advise you on your job search and recommend the jobs that best fit your profile. They will provide you with information about the company, the job requirements, the employer’s expectations, and training before interviews. That’s why they can support you to go through the hiring process quickly and successfully.

4. Don’t stop your job hunting too quickly

Finding the right job that is the perfect fit takes time and effort. Don’t give up at the first hurdle. Keep your eyes open for other opportunities. Learning why you failed in an application is really important. It’s essential to follow up with the hiring manager. This knowledge can then be used to improve your CV, upgrade your skill set, or change how you perform in an interview. Finding a job is a numbers game, the more applications you fill out, the better your chance of success is in getting hired fast.

5. Prepare for a successful interview

Don’t skip the preparation and practice step before an interview. Learning about the company, the requirements of the job, the type of questions that can be asked in the interview, the competitors, or how to solve an issue are all critical to success. Practice your answers and when appropriate, ask questions.  This shows that you are engaged with the company and the process. Remember, an interview is a two-way conversation, not an interrogation. Small details like appropriate dressing, eye contact, or pre-testing of equipment for an online interview will increase your chance of success.

We have more than 300 open roles across Ireland, UK, US and Spain. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help. We can guide and support you to get hired fast.

Tips to get hired fast

We all know finding the right job that is the perfect fit for us can be a lengthy process, and a grueling one too. The excitement of the opportunities that lie ahead for us is dulled by the daunting task of the big search. Starting out on this journey, whether by choice or necessity, is intimidating for the best of us – so how can we help ourselves and get a positive head start on the process?
Engaging the services of a professional recruiter is one of the easiest ways to find work. Our expertise allows you to speed through the search process and will also give you knowledge and insight for a competitive advantage over other applicants.
It is important to have a good relationship with your chosen recruiter. You need to get to know each other, trust and respect are important on both sides.
Here are some very persuasive reasons why engaging a recruiter will get you through this process quickly and successfully.

1. Recruiters save you a lot of time

Think about it… you have a lot of life commitments and are very likely to be still working in your current job or studying. Recruiters do this for a living. It’s our job to match candidates to roles and clients. At E-Frontiers, we know what roles are open, and what roles are coming up that may not yet be advertised, and most importantly, we know you are in the market for a job. Searching job sites and sending applications is a time-consuming chore, recruiters take the pain out of it for you. Our core values at E-Frontiers include showing respect, winning together and responsiveness. We will always respond to you in a timely manner, giving you constructive feedback and advice.

2. Access to a much larger network

Networking and making connections are part and parcel of a recruiter’s job. It’s what we do. At E-Frontiers we draw on our global network of connections and the trusted relationships that we have forged with senior industry leaders and this reach is something you can take advantage of to maximise your job search efforts. We are in your corner, so by using a recruiter, your network has grown exponentially. Also, recruiters work across many different clients and industries. We have first-hand information on many opportunities and jobs, and have relationships built up with clients over time. Increasing your options, increases your chances of getting hired more quickly.

3. Career Partners

Recruiters spend a lot of time researching specific job markets, making us the best career partner to provide you with up-to-date information and data on market trends and opportunities and the competition you may be up against. Our team of experts will advise on salary rates for your level and industry. We will critically appraise your CV, give valuable advice, and may recommend training and upskilling that will help you improve your qualifications and employability. Our team will also give you a detailed insight into the position available, and the company and culture so you can determine if the opportunity is a good fit for you.

4. Get shortlisted

Recruiters know their clients and the detailed job spec. We also know additional details that may not be in the job description, and most importantly we have a feel for the type of person the client is looking for and who may fit the client’s needs best. If you match these criteria, you are straight onto a shortlist and in front of the client, giving you more visibility and a much better chance of getting hired than applying directly to the company.

5. Confidentiality

If you are currently working, you may want to remain quiet about your job hunt to your employer until you are ready to resign. Working with a recruiter allows you complete confidentiality throughout the process. Your employer will have no access to recruiter databases, and you will have no public applications to job databases, so your job search can remain confidential until you are ready for the next step.

Why should you a apply through a recruitment company

6. Recruiters help you through the process

A skilled recruiter will guide you step by step through this process from application to acceptance. We are always on hand to provide expert advice to you on CVs, application documents, interview skills, portfolios, visas, moving countries, and more. We possess a wealth of knowledge on these topics. Most important is that we will advocate for you and negotiate for you on salary, benefits, and terms. We will also provide you with feedback and give you guidance and expert coaching for the next interview stage. Don’t forget a good recruiter is striving to place the best candidates in the shortest timeframe – this is good news for you as the candidate.

7. You remain on the database

Even if things don’t work out the first time around, there will be many more openings that you may be considered for. At E-Frontiers we use specialized computer software that matches the information on the database to relevant jobs. Your CV does not get forgotten. You will be on your recruiter’s radar going forward. This brings us nicely to the final point.

8. Keep in touch – future plans

A good relationship with your recruiter can be a very valuable thing for you. It is a competitive world out there, you never know when you may be in search of a new job, so having a professional recruiter on your side is hugely beneficial. We can become your career coach and advocate and can offer you ongoing professional support that will enable you to thrive in your career.

These are very compelling reasons why it makes sense for you and your career to engage the professional services of a recruitment specialist. So really the question is ‘Why not work with a recruiter?’ Can you afford not to? It’s a win-win situation. We are here to help you, please send us your CV today to discuss your future career options.

Knowing when it’s the right time to change jobs is important. You want to make sure that you are not jumping into a new job too soon or too late. By knowing when the right time is, you can make the most of changing jobs and get the most out of your next role.

When you have one of the signs below, it may be time to consider a transition.

1. Lack of motivation to work

Does thinking of going to work tomorrow scare you? Do you always feel like your working day is too long? Do you just stare at the clock and expect time to fly faster?

It’s hard to find someone who always loves their job. Everyone has some good days and bad days. However, when your job no longer brings you joy and your negative feelings are becoming more common, it’s time for you to think about changing jobs.

Time for changing jobs

2. Feel burned out

When you have noticed some negative changes in your health, you may need to review and measure your stress level. Does the stress from work impact not only your physical exhaustion but also your emotions and quality of sleep? When your health is suffering, you should think of looking for a job change.

3. No career progression in a long time

Everyone should have their own career goal. If you stay still for too long, no matter how comfortable you feel at work or how much you like your company, you run the risk of losing out on opportunities. Everyone needs an objective assessment of their situation occasionally. Maybe, the job is no longer suitable for you, or you have outgrown your current position. Please keep this in mind: new challenges and higher requirements are opportunities for your self-development.

4. Toxic working environment

Are the comments from your boss and your colleagues constructive to your work? Or do they seem to be more criticisms and personal attacks? Suggestions can help you improve your productivity at work, but negative outside factors will have a significant impact on your performance at work. In the long run, it will affect your career development and mental health. Maybe, changing jobs with a better working environment is a better choice for you.

5. Upskill yourself and ready for more challenge

When you set up a clear plan for your career, you should also do in-depth research about the industries and companies you want to work for. Before changing jobs, it’s time to increase your competencies, upskill, and retrain thus enabling you to be better qualified and focused to meet the bigger and more rewarding challenges ahead. This is a smart preparation before a recession in the economy or a downturn in your industry.

 

Our recruitment experts reveal that Spring is always a good time to start your job search when many of our clients are hiring and there are high volumes of vacancies for both permanent and contract jobs in IT, Business, Sales, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, and Construction. We have more than 300 open roles across Ireland, UK, US and Spain. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss in more depth the right timing for you to consider a change.

Every UX designer needs a portfolio.

Don’t underestimate the value of having a strong UX design portfolio in securing that first-round interview. It’s so important to create an impressive portfolio that showcases you.  Employers want to see your talent when interviewing for creative roles. By having a comprehensive portfolio, you can prove your worth. Your creativity and uniqueness, your design ability and talent, and your personality are all vital attributes that you want to show to prospective employers. Create a portfolio that stands out from the crowd and that is easy to navigate and review.

Here are some top tips that you can follow to make your portfolio more effective and attract more attention.

 

Tips for UX design portfolio

1. Focus on important projects only

Include your best projects in your portfolio. Three to five projects presented in detail are best. Remember to include projects that are relevant to your potential employer’s field and industry.

2. Describe your process

Don’t just add your final images – explain your design process and your journey. Make your portfolio become your storybook. Focus on the HOW and WHY – how you design things and why you design them. Detail the problems you encountered and how you solved them. Show where you have added value because of your design.

3. Case Study

Take at least one project and expand on it as a case study. Do an end-to-end walkthrough –

  • What was the brief?
  • What was your role in the project?
  • Who were the target users?
  • What were the pain points?
  • Tell your design process – user research, personas, user flows, journey maps
  • Challenges and resolutions- highlight your problem-solving ability
  • Results and impact on the business
  • Learnings from the project

Tips for UX design portfolio

4. Easy navigation

Efficient navigation makes your portfolio easy to review. Challenging navigation will annoy the reviewer no matter how impressive your work is. Make it as easy as possible for the reviewer to look at your portfolio and immediately see all sections and details without having to go into the details of each section.

5. Updated and Online

It is so important to keep your portfolio up to date with your most recent work and projects. This shows your progression as a designer. Having your portfolio online helps you to build a vital online presence. An online portfolio looks more professional and provides easier navigation of the content.

And of course, don’t forget to include a Home/Landing page, an About me page, and a Contact page.

If you want to find out more about the available UX Design jobs, please get in touch. You can contact our specialist recruiter Elisa Cullen by InMail or at [email protected]

Contractors are in high demand right now. There are many reasons why people choose to be a contractor. This article will explore some of the main reasons why people choose to work as a contractor.

1. Flexibility

The first reason is that some contractors like the independence and flexibility of being a contractor. This can also suit employees that want to take some time out between their contracts. Some for travelling or those with families taking time off during summer months, making this a good option for full-time working parents.

2. Lucrative

With different types of contracts, contractors can decide whether to have their own company or to work under an umbrella company which gives them more control over their pay and benefits.

Using the Irish Euro tax calculator* will give you an approximation of your monthly take-home pay.

* The calculator forms information from a third party and should only be used as a guide. E-Frontiers are not responsible for the accuracy of the information within.

3. Exposure to a variety of industry sectors

Another reason why people choose to be contractors is that they get to work with different companies and industries instead of just one company or industry. Contractors get exposure to all kinds of industries which helps them build their skillset and provide more value for their clients in the long run.

3 reasons to move from a permanent employee to a contractor

E-Frontiers and Our Contractors

Along with the high demand for talented contractors of our clients in Ireland, the UK, and the US, we have an abundance of contract jobs that are often extended or we will help you find a new contract job quickly that matches your skills and expectation.

Our guide provides information on options available for working as a contractor, whether you prefer to work as your own limited company or under an umbrella company. Also included is information on our trusted financial partners who will guide you and take care of all your contracting needs.

If you want to learn more about contract opportunities, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Are you looking for an opportunity at a top company or a dynamic startup? These organisations often recruit talent for their team with a professional recruitment company. On the other hand, recruiters also search and support their candidates through the recruitment process by giving detailed insight and professional advice for their preparation before interviews and assessments. How can you attract the right recruiters who will help you get your dream job?

Our recruiters indicated some key points that they will look for in your profile before reaching out to you.

Upgrade your knowledge and skills

One of their first actions is to make sure your knowledge and skills match the requirements of a position you want. Therefore, you should update your profile to emphasise your strengths such as your working experience and your new skills which don’t need to be a part of your current job. They could be what you have learned, practiced, and achieved during your self-learning. Of course, it would be better if you can show recruiters the proof such as your trial projects or certificates.

Improve your digital footprint

In the technology era, your digital footprint can be the first impression for recruiters as well as employers. During the hiring process, your online activities which show your knowledge as an expert in your realm could be considered an important factor to make you stand out among the talent pool. It will be ideal for you to build your personal brand on the internet.

Grow your network

Don’t hesitate to connect to recruiters in some LinkedIn groups or at a professional event. They will reach out to you when they make sure they can bring you a great opportunity matching your experience and skills.

Be honest about yourself

Be honest about yourself

Yes, it is an essential factor to bring you a further move in your career. Let recruiters know you are open to a new opportunity is the first step to attracting them. You should make it clear about your career orientation and expectations. You can also be transparent about your job-hunting background, your worries, and even your concern. Based on their understanding of the recruitment market, recruiters can give you some advice to improve your CV or upgrade your skills for the next step.

Are you considering changing your job? Where should you start? What do you need to stand up in the busy talent market? Here are some tips from our recruitment consultants which will help you prepare well before switching your workplace.

Start with a plan

If you are worried about where to start, draw a plan for yourself. Break it down into small steps. It is easy to know which stage you are in and what you should do at each stage. Here are our suggestions for a job-changing plan.

  • Research
  • Preparation
  • Applications
  • Interview preparations
Prepare for changing a job

Research about the market

What do you want in your next job? Do you want to look for a similar job to your current one or a higher level? Do you want to work in a different realm?

After having the answers, you should search for jobs on career platforms or social media to learn how the job market has changed. Then, compare your skills and experience with the requirements. Are you good enough to change a job? Which skills are necessary for you to make a great move in your career?

 

Find out your core values

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your successes and failures?
  • Which experience and knowledge have you gained from your previous and current jobs?
  • How are you different as compared with yourself in the last 6 months/last year/last 2-3 years?
  • How have your colleagues and supervisors evaluated you?
  • How have you contributed to the organisation(s)?

This is a crucial step to understanding your core values and finding out your “unique selling point”. It helps you prepare yourself better before changing a job.

Prepare for changing a job

Talk to a recruiter

Contacting recruiters will save you time when changing a job.

You should be honest about yourself, your situation, experience, expectations, and even reasons to change a job. This is key information for them to help you navigate the job market and to look for jobs that match your skills. A recruiter can be your ally to give your practical advice for your CV, interviews, skill tests, and insights about the employers to help you go through the recruitment process.

 

Search for a recruiter for your areas or send your CV to us, our recruiters will be in contact as soon we find a job that uniquely fits you.

 

Develop and execute your plan

Changing a job sometimes takes time. You should be patient to find your dream job. After mapping out the directions, you should activate your plan. During your job search, you will learn what to update and modify your plan.

 

Hope you will find your dream job soon.

These days, working from home is not news anymore, let’s just say that most companies will offer the choice to work remotely at least a few days a month. For employees, working from home has become a valid criterion in choosing a certain role over another. People love when the employer shows flexibility because this comes with trust and respect.

The benefits of working from home are well known: we save a lot of time that we would spend in traffic, we could focus easier on the task without being interrupted by anyone, we get time for little tasks like collecting the kids from school, having lunch together, helping with homework, doing some housework and the list could go on and on. This flexibility gives you freedom and sets your mind for work – maybe this is the greatest benefit, once you put away all these things that occupy your mind during the day (little tasks you think about while at work because it has to be done) your brain activity is focused on your work – and this is the key to the increased productivity.

At the same time though, for people working from home, there are lots of challenges. As we all know, people need social interaction in order to feel appreciated. Well, imagine you are always working on your own – it is fun in the beginning, but after a while, you get lonely. You miss the chit-chats over coffee in the morning, you miss the discussions about the latest episode of the most recent series, no beers and fun after work. Your colleagues become some avatars on some messaging platform. It might sound a bit dramatic, but this is very true. In order to avoid this, it would be great to organise visits to the office once in a while, especially when there are important meetings or events in your company. Even having video meetings and calls would do it. This will give you the comfort of being part of your group of colleagues. I tell you, I work in Romania for e-Frontiers a company based in Dublin and every time I get to go to the office (twice a year), I am very happy and it fills me with positive energy and the sense of belonging gets very strong. This year I will be there for the Christmas party (yay!).

The second challenge is that working from home, you can be easily distracted from your work by factors like getting a parcel, electrician visit and so on. That’s why it is so helpful to have a kind of structure in place. It is advisable to have some rituals that help you be more efficient. Some people have a To-Do list ready every morning and then tick off the tasks through the day, others have early calls and make a plan while there are others who go with the flow and get things done. It depends a lot on what sector you work in but at the end of the day, either very rigorous or loose, it all depends on how you feel it works for you and for your team and company.

Another challenge is when it comes to meetings and calling candidates because it is so easy to forget some things especially when you are focused on another task. It would be a good idea to have some sort of reminder in place. To be very honest, to have this sort of meeting, calls, deadline in the calendar is a lifesaver. I met some people who had reminders to finish work ????and others told me that, after a number of years, there is no difference between professional and personal life (if you remember something at 21:00 o’clock or you have a brilliant idea at 22:00, you just go in your “home office and you have it done”).

My conclusion is that working from home is not for everyone. If you can adapt and if you are very organised, it might be great for you. Otherwise, I am not sure. One sure thing is that working from home will soon be a benefit in every company. And then, companies have to bring something new in order to raise the employee’s efficacity. I understand in Japan they introduced, for the first time, the 4 days working week and the productivity increased a lot. I wonder, is this the way to go forward?

January 2020

Roxana Sandu

Working in Ireland, how I made a great choice in my life?

For me, coming to work in Ireland is one of the greatest decisions in my life. I not only made a big step forward in my career but also am having a really nice experience with Irish culture and lovely landscapes in Ireland.

What motivated me to come to work in Ireland?

Besides many opportunities for a French girl to work in Ireland, I also take this chance to improve my English by working and living in an international environment. So far, I am proud of understanding many different English accents of speakers from around the world.

As William Butler Yeats, a famous Irish poet introduced his country: “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met”. “Exactement!”. I’m so eager to discover the beautiful landscapes and great culture in this Emerald Isle and be around friendly and supportive locals, especially my colleagues.

What are the differences in living and working style between France and Ireland?

As compared with recruitment vacancies in France, there are more opportunities and well-paid jobs for a recruiter to move further in their career. I prefer the requirements and challenges for recruiters working in Ireland. Besides certificates and experience, we focus more on soft skills to become an active team player and a trustful friend for my candidates to support their career development and deliver the best quality services from e-Frontiers.

In my spare time, I love to learn more about the Irish culture with lovely songs, vibrant dance and great beer. However, the downside of living in Dublin is the challenge of getting accommodation and the general expensive living costs.

Besides many opportunities for a French girl to work in Ireland, I also take this chance to improve my English by working and living in an international environment. So far, I am proud of understanding many different English accents of speakers from around the world. As William Butler Yeats, a famous Irish poet introduced his country: “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met”. “Exactement!”. I’m so eager to discover the beautiful landscapes and great culture in this Emerald Isle and be around friendly and supportive locals, especially my colleagues.

What are the differences in living and working style between France and Ireland?

As compared with recruitment vacancies in France, there are more opportunities and well-paid jobs for a recruiter to move further in their career. I prefer the requirements and challenges for recruiters working in Ireland. Besides certificates and experience, we focus more on soft skills to become an active team player and a trustful friend for my candidates to support their career development and deliver the best quality services from e-Frontiers.

In my spare time, I love to learn more about the Irish culture with lovely songs, vibrant dance and great beer. However, the downside of living in Dublin is the challenge of getting accommodation and the general expensive living costs.

How could I overcome the obstacle of living and working in Ireland?

The language and different lifestyle could be considered as tough obstacles. However, all were solved quickly as I learned to be more patient and open-minded to accept and integrate myself into a new life which is definitely a big change from my previous life in France. My efforts are paid off. I have really settled into the Irish lifestyle now (though I will always be French!) while enjoying working at e-Frontiers.

Customer Success Manager – New key leading to a successful business

In the business battle among B2B technology companies today, Customer Success Manager is one of the major keys to hook and maintain a relationship with clients. How much do you know about this interesting position?

What exactly is Customer Success Manager?

This is a very new and recent title that has only existed the past 7-8 years and many people might not know exactly what a Customer Success Manager (CSM) does or what skills are required to do this job.

Many SAAS companies have created a separate function in their business dedicated specifically on managing the client/customer relationship and ensuring that the clients and vendors goals using their software has a beneficial outcome. This client/customer relationship is managed by the CSM.

What does Customer Success Manager do?

A CSM’s main goal is to create strong and long-lasting relationships with their clients/customers and to make them as successful as possible. The CSM will be the primary contact person for the onboarding of the client/customer, provide the training of platform end user onsite or via online video platforms, identifying opportunities and act as a client advocate and collaborate closely with other teams such as Sales and Technical support.

Which skills are expected in a Customer Success Manager?

The main skills that I believe a CSM needs is excellent communication skills and relationship building skills, empathy and a positive attitude and desire to help clients/customers reach their goals. These soft skills are key factors when trying to reach a successful outcome and a long-lasting, proactive relationship between the parties involved. Other skillsets and experience that are also very useful to have in order to succeed as a CSM, are strong analytical skills, experience, and knowledge in the SAAS or the software industry, Account Management experience, etc.

Customer Success is a title that continues to develop mainly in the SAAS and software industry, and I believe will quickly grow into other industries as well. Although the technical and analytical skills are crucial to have in this role, I do believe that your mindset, positive attitude and drive to help to find the right solution is everything when being a successful Customer Success Manager.

I am happy to listen to your career story and discuss further Customer Success opportunities. Please forward your CV to [email protected].

Customer Success Manager – New key leading to a successful business