Thinking about a new job?

The typical pathway to finding a new job involves anything from 5-12 steps. Yes, you read that right, up to 12 steps! And let’s face it, most of these steps are far from enjoyable for you as the candidate. At E-Frontiers, we can take the pain out of the recruitment process for you when looking for a new job. Our goal is to make the recruitment journey as seamless and stress-free as possible for you. We value your time and strive to provide a positive and transparent experience at every step. This really is the main reason you need to consider working with one of our recruiters for your next new job search.

Finding a new job with E-Frontiers

The difficult part

You are probably already familiar with the drill. A huge amount of time is spent trawling through job ads online, working your contacts and network. Seemingly never-ending rounds of CVs and applications, sent out with very little in return.

Trying to decipher cryptic job specs to determine who the job in question is looking for, you or perhaps indeed a superhuman. It’s time-consuming, stressful, and sometimes overwhelming, and it’s all too easy to give up too soon before you’ve gotten near to landing your dream job or getting your foot onto the next rung of the career ladder.

Make it easier for yourself!

The value we bring to the recruitment process? Simple. We can cut through the noise and do it in 4 steps for you!

Let’s simplify the recruitment process.  With continuous communication and support throughout from E-Frontiers, we can reduce this process to 4 steps. Meet, Chat & Plan; Evaluate Opportunities; Interview Stage; Onboarding!

As the recruiter, we know the client and what they are looking for.  Your recruiter will have the real low down on whether you are in with a decent shot at securing the position– answering the all-important question ‘Where am I in the running?’. You can then decide whether to invest more time and energy in this application or cut your losses and move on to the next opportunity.

Keep your options open

There are many opportunities out there and it can be easy to miss out on the best and most suitable of them as you concentrate all your time on one option. Your recruiter can avoid this pitfall by planning and thinking ahead for you.

We look at other suitable roles and opportunities as they arise and will apply and start the process on your behalf. This means you have the time to focus on one process at a time, without getting frazzled and stressed about the ‘what ifs’.

How E-Frontiers can help

You can conduct your job search the hard way as just described above, or the easy way.  So, what happens with the easy way?  Our recruiter will put the time in for you. While you concentrate on your day-to-day, your recruiter will do the leg work for you. The background research. The detailed job applications. The due diligence on whether the position and company are a good cultural fit for you.

We will give you direction and ideas on upskilling, based on what your peers in the same industry are investing in.  You will receive lots of CV advice, and we know that making the appropriate CV changes and improvements BEFORE the job application will hugely increase your chances of getting an audience with the client.

Use your recruiter to your advantage

Your recruiter is your ally. Meet up for a coffee and chat and take advantage of their resources and their knowledge of the position and client. We want you to succeed and will do everything we can to make it happen.  Quite often, client interview processes can be longwinded, going the route of stop, start and stop again, and are generally fraught with difficulties and stress. Your recruiter will be on hand to support you through this on a daily and weekly basis, giving meaningful feedback and providing you with a genuine insight into what is going on with the client. This way you don’t feel alone in the process or feel like there’s no hope and give up.

Help is always at hand

If you are shortlisted for the interview stage and need help, you have the option of using the services of an interview coach. We will help with coaching you on the questions and answers to consider, and give you inside tips on what the client is looking for so you can then tailor your responses accordingly. We’ll give you proper feedback after each stage and further advice and insights for the next stage.

Conclusion

And once you secure the role, our support doesn’t end there. We are on hand to help you with your negotiations on benefits, salary, and your total package and onboarding experience. The lines of communication always remain open, and we are a phone call away if you need our expertise at any stage, now, or indeed into the future when the time is right to consider your next move.

Contact any member of our team today to discuss options for your next career move.

Did you know that only 1 in 8 candidates manage to get past the first interview? Securing a job interview is a crucial milestone in pursuing your dream job. However, even the most talented candidates can sometimes stumble and make mistakes during the interview process, resulting in rejection.

We have collected feedback from over 690 first interviews conducted across Ireland this year. Here, we highlight some common mistakes our clients have pointed out as the reasons for rejecting candidates. To help you avoid these pitfalls, our recruiters offer valuable advice and insights. So let’s take a dive into the most common mistakes candidates make in an interview.

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1. Inability to expand on technical skills.

The core aspect of the interview process for IT roles primarily revolves around assessing your technical expertise. Whether or not you are tasked with a preliminary technical exercise, it remains crucial to proficiently articulate and showcase your skills and problem-solving approaches.

Advice: Give examples…

A valuable guideline to follow is that if a particular skill is listed on your CV, you should be capable of explaining when and how you’ve applied that skill, as well as demonstrating the depth of your knowledge in that domain. The best way to do that is by giving a few examples of projects where you’ve applied it and the thought process behind using the technology of choice.

2. Inability to discuss experience

Candidates who struggle to articulate their past experience, fail to impress employers. A good idea would be to apply the STAR method when putting together your answer. That will touch on the situation, task, action, and result of the skill you are looking to prove your experience in.

Advice: Use the STAR Method…

For example, if you are asked to outline your experience in API integrations, you should start by summarising your experience and then proceed into giving details about:

-Situation- Projects that involved API

-Task- Your responsibility on the project in respect to API

-Action- How did you go about completing your tasks

-Result- what was your contribution to the project

You need to find the right balance between giving a detailed answer and talking too much, but practice makes perfect. Write your answer down and make sure to assign the time to prepare before the interview.

3. Negative remarks about previous employers

If you are one of the unlucky ones and have experienced a bad working environment or a manager that you clashed with, I’m sorry you had to go through that. I know, we are all human, and frustrations and emotions can play a part in some situations. However, there is a place and time for giving out about your previous employer or colleagues, but during an interview is not the place. Keep that discussion for your closer acquaintances and focus on opportunities for career progression, learning and development, and exploring new challenges.

Advice: A new opportunity awaits…

Think about the interview as an opportunity to start a new positive experience and this all starts at the interview stage. Negative remarks will only damage that clean slate. If you do need to address a previous conflict, the best way to go about it is to focus on acknowledging your mistakes and the lessons learned. The other party is not being interviewed here, you are!

4. Culture fit and interest

Would you accept an offer from a company you have no interest in? Or if there is a misalignment between their values and yours? 

It’s a two-way street and as much as you need to impress in an interview, it’s important that you get a good feel about the company and the culture to ensure that it’s a place where you would actually like to work. In preparation for your interview, you should review their values, and check their social pages and Glassdoor reviews to try and get a feel of what they are as an employer.

Advice: Ask the right questions…

But, don’t stop there, remember, you need to show interest. How to do that you ask? By asking questions! What is it like working for you? How do you give back to the community? How do you support your employees with their career development goals? What will onboarding look like? Their answer will give you a sense of how they treat their employees and what the day-to-day will look like.

Advice: Demonstrate your research…

Another great way to show you’ve done your research and that you are keen is to reference the things you know about the employer. For example, ‘I saw you are branching out into AI, that is so interesting, I’m very passionate about that field and would love the opportunity to be part of that initiative.’

Conclusion

Interview failures can often stem from these common mistakes made by candidates. By addressing these, candidates will greatly improve their chances of success. Our recruiters play a crucial role in guiding candidates to avoid these common pitfalls, to be prepared, and to thus optimize their interview performance.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and our team of recruiters for interview help and career advice.

 

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All the daily conversations I have with clients or with candidates always reflect and evaluate the Contracting marketHow are you seeing it? Where is the opportunity? What skills are in demand? How are the rates?  

Given my role and the industry we are in, we are always keen to hear our clients take on things as our demand will be driven by them. With all the talk of layoffs and the talk of an impending recession, it did feel like things would inevitably slow, which they did – on the permanent side of the recruitment world. Subsequently, we saw an increase in the flow of new contracting requirements coming in. This occurred from November through to the end of January and could be attributed to several factors such as year-end, budgets, and all the other usual reasons.  

The expectation is that in times of uncertainty permanent headcount requirements can always be paused. This is true. Being the eternal optimist and working on the contracting side of the business, I am of the opinion uncertainty can be good for contracting. This has certainly been the case since November. A recent conversation with a senior figure in a large consulting firm has reinforced this viewpoint. Albeit some clients may choose the consultancy route over the contractor route.  

The demand is remaining consistent across the PM/BA skillsets as well as the Software Engineering. Noticeable increases have been seen in the DevOps skillset in the last 6 months also – although this may not surprise many.  

Additionally, a publication from Contractor UK echoes our own experience in the market for January, leaning toward cautious optimism.  

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Contracting Market: What we have seen in 2023 so far  

Contractor renewals are extremely high with above 95% being renewed.  

The number of requirements coming to us is maintaining. 

Lead time has lengthened from interviews to offer – could be due to hesitancy in the market in general. 

Candidates converting from permanent roles to go contracting have reduced (albeit not significantly). 

Demand for 12-month contracts is at an all-time high. 

Supply of 12-month contracts is not at an all-time high.  

Rates are maintaining. 

Now, why am I writing this article? I guess it is to try to convey a sense of optimism in the contracting market that is currently seeing lots of layoffs from Big Tech. While this is no doubt a very difficult transition period for those affected, I am speaking purely with my contract recruitment hat on. Outside of the fact that while there may be a slight softening at some stage, we are seeing signs of the contractor market maintaining for the foreseeable.  

I am having more conversations with clients who are looking to explore or even just gather more information on the contractor market and process given some of the challenges around permanent headcount. My role is to advise and present the contractor route as a solution to our clients who still require projects to be delivered.  

If this is you then do reach out, even if it is just to gain a better understanding of the area. We can provide a turnaround within 24 hours depending on the complexity of the request. Enough of the sell for now.  

Demand is still there if you are thinking of becoming a contractor and leaving the security of a permanent job. Just do your research and speak to the agencies (or rather our recruitment company) to get a feel for what’s on offer. 

Kenneth O’Connor

Head of Contracting

To get hired fast, besides checking your rich experience and knowledge of the industry in your CV, employers also expect their software engineers to have some basic soft skills to integrate into their new team and work environment. Let’s discuss the 5 crucial soft skills for IT professionals.

SOFT SKILLS FOR IT PROFESSIONALS

1. Communication

This is the most basic soft skill that is required not only for software engineers but also in many other roles. Communication skill includes listening, understanding and sharing your opinions and perspectives. It often requires both verbal and written communication. This soft skill will contribute to effective teamwork.

2. Problem-solving

No matter how carefully we plan a project, there are always unexpected situations. Therefore, employers prefer software engineers who have the problem-solving skills to propose solutions for complex issues instead of avoiding them. They need to understand the project’s goals, processes, and technologies so that they can brainstorm solutions.

3. Adaptability

Technologies are constantly updated and developed, so adaptability becomes one of the vital soft skills of IT engineers. They need to adapt quickly and stay up to date with not only technology but also society. It will help them plan their projects, complete their tasks and solve problems faster.

4. Time management

Most of the tasks of software engineers require to commit to the schedule of a team or a whole project. Therefore, organising their daily tasks and priority jobs is crucial. Managing their time properly allows them to optimise their time for daily tasks, group work, or urgent tasks. This soft skill helps to reduce their stress and limit extended work while still being productive.

5. Teamwork

Most important projects are done by a group of developers. Therefore, teamwork is always the soft skill that determines whether you are hired or not. Teamwork includes listening skills, focusing on common goals, personal responsibility, and supporting other members. Exchanging experience and knowledge with other software engineers not only helps to achieve common success but also supports oneself to promote their strengths and self-development.

The soft skills above are only five of many other crucial skills that are expected in a developer. If you are looking for an IT job in Ireland, UK, USA or Spain, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Send us your CV, our recruiters will contact you if they find a job that suits you the best and support you through the interview process.

If you are lacking in one of those soft skills, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and upgrade yourself.

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.

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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.

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.

The choice of moving from permanent to contract working is becoming a popular option and has its benefits.

We have seen an increase of people moving from permanent to contracted working. This type of working can suit a range of careers including Business Analysts, Project Managers, Technical Support, Software Development and Database Analysts. Contracting offers more felixibility and can be a more lucrative option to permanent.

Here are three reasons why making the change to contracting can be a good option:

Flexibility

This can suit those that want to take some time out between contracts. Some for travelling or those with families taking time off during summer months, making this a good option for full-time working parents.

Lucrative

With different contracting options available you can decide whether having your own company or working under an umbrella company gives you more control over 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 be used as a guide only. e-Frontiers are not responsible for the accuracy of the information within.

Exposure to variety of industry sectors

Working in a variety of industry sectors provides the contractor with building on their expertise and exposure to a wide choice of projects and technologies.

Contracting Options

Our guide provides information on options available for working as a contractor, whether you prefer to work as your own limited company or to work 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.

Download our brochure to find out more.

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Contact one of our recruitment consultants for all contracting jobs.

Trish Lynch specialises in Project Managers, Business Analysts, Test Analysts, Test leads, Test managers, Java and Technical Architects.

Anca Antonica Database Development, Test Automation, .Net and Front-end.

John Ryan specialises in System Support, Security Consultants, Virtualisation Specialists, Infrastructure Consultants, Cloud Automation Specialists

Alexandra Pop Contractor and Customer Success Manager