Challenges recruiting staff in 2024

Recruiting challenges in 2024

Are you an employer and struggling to recruit?

We are now half way in to the year, hard to believe!

Recruiting in 2024 has certainly presented a unique set of challenges, some of which may have evolved from previous years while others are influenced by new factors.

I have listed the main challenges that employers are facing

1.Talent Shortages: Depending on the industry and location, there might be a shortage of skilled workers, especially in high-demand fields like technology, healthcare, and engineering. This scarcity can make it difficult to find suitable candidates for open positions.

Employers are having to be resourceful and use Recruiter much more than before to source suitable qualified candidates.

2.Competition for Talent: With the job market becoming increasingly globalised and remote work more prevalent, companies are competing not just with local businesses but with organisations worldwide for top talent. This competition can drive up recruitment costs and necessitate innovative approaches to attract and retain employees.

My best advice is to try and retain top talent as much as possible. Look at rewarding staff without them coming to ask you. Otherwise, you will lose them and it will be costly and to replace them.

3.Changing Work Preferences: The preferences of the workforce are continually evolving, with younger generations placing greater emphasis on factors like work-life balance, flexibility, and purpose-driven work. Recruiting efforts need to adapt to these changing preferences to appeal to a diverse range of candidates.

Employers need to look at this and address this.

Since covid are priorities have changed especially with work life balance.

4.Remote Work Challenges: While remote work offers flexibility and access to a broader talent pool, it also presents challenges for recruitment, such as assessing candidates’ remote work capabilities, maintaining company culture, and ensuring effective communication and collaboration among distributed teams.

However, it’s here to stay and employers need to look at this and allow flexibility.

Employer that offer hybrid or remote workers are more likely to retain staff.

5.Technology and Automation: The rapid advancement of technology, including AI and automation, is transforming the recruitment process. While these tools can streamline certain aspects of recruitment, they also require careful implementation to ensure they enhance rather than replace the human touch in hiring.

6.Diversity and Inclusion: Building diverse and inclusive teams remains a priority for many organisations, but achieving these goals requires proactive efforts in recruitment. Overcoming biases in the hiring process and creating inclusive environments where all candidates feel welcome and valued are ongoing challenges.

7.Skill Gaps and Training Needs: As technology continues to advance, there may be skill gaps emerging in certain industries. Recruiting efforts need to consider not only current skill requirements but also future needs, with a focus on providing training and development opportunities to bridge these gaps.

8.Data Privacy and Security: With increasing concerns about data privacy and security, recruiters need to ensure that their recruitment processes comply with regulations such as GDPR and that candidate data is handled securely throughout the hiring process.

Addressing these challenges requires a proactive and adaptable approach to recruitment, leveraging technology, data-driven insights, and a focus on candidate experience and employer branding to attract and retain top talent in a competitive market.

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New Job : Project Manager c50k – 60k + bonus + car Allowance

Project Manager

c50k- 60k + OTE 80k + car or car allowance + mileage

Based in Derry /Londonderry

This well respected and local specialised design manufacturer are looking for an experienced Project Engineer/Manager to join their busy team.

They have a great opportunity for an experienced Project Manager, however, will consider Project Engineers or Junior Project Managers who have worked with delivering projects in a construction/fit out setting, with the ability to manage installation on client sites.

The ideal candidate should have creative / design experience and able to sit in meetings with Designers/architects and discuss materials/colour/finishes etc.

The successful candidate must also have a demonstrable experience of delivering multiple projects up of a value of £50K plus, with a background in construction or fit out projects.

They will consider Graduates/couple of years out from college/university with degree in Product Design/Mechanical Eng/Construction

They have an amazing portfolio of clients throughout the UK and Ireland and deliver a high-quality service to their clients. They take immense pride in their work and their reputation among their clients is first class. They take pride in their staff offering a competitive salary with additional benefits.

This is a permanent position and will require travel to clients throughout Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland and UK.

The role

· You will be the main point of contact for a project and liaise directly with the client.

· You will be responsible for looking after a wide range of projects at one time and must be able to coordinate and run these.

· You will liaise with the design team on artwork and any amendments required.

· Co-ordinate with the following departments design, production, finance and liaise directly with clients.

· Achieve design sign off with the design team

· Procure outsourced elements that are required.

· Handover to production in-house elements

· Agree timescales with customer

· Keep budget tracker for each project

· Provide health and safety pack for each project

· Arrange installation and dates

· Ensure quality of finished job.

· Gross Profit margin for each job on target

· Attending meetings internally and externally as required

· Delivered on budget and on time.

· Liaise with internal teams at all and communicate back to client

· A completed client feedback form for each project

Qualifications and Skills

· The ideal candidate must have previous experience delivering multiple projects up of a value of £50K plus, with a background in construction or fit out projects.

· Will consider Graduates/couple of years out from college with degree in Product Design/Mechanical Eng/Construction

· Your experience can come from any of the following backgrounds, working on project management either in a construction, kitchen manufacturer or manufacturing industry.

· Experience working for a manufacturer and installing on site and managing the whole process essential.

· Ability to work on numerous projects at one time.

· Experience working in any of the following industries an advantage; Kitchen manufacturer, Construction, Architects ,shop fit outs, Printing or sign manufacturer.

· Good IT skills – Office & online meetings

· Project management experience essential

· Construction knowledge & experience

· The ideal candidate must be a good communicator, confidence inspiring with an eye for detail and a can-do attitude.

· Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

NB Hours of work are 7 am to 4.30 pm

The successful candidate must be able to travel to office based in the North West for 7 am daily and be able to travel to clients sites through Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland when required.

Please note they will only consider candidates who currently live and able to commute within 30 minutes

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Busy Bee: Filling Jobs in the Bustling World of 2024

Busy Bee: Filling Jobs in the Bustling World of 2024

2024 has got off to a busy start with challenging roles to fill.

In the dynamic landscape of 2024, the job market is a whirlwind of activity. With industries evolving, technology advancing, and global events shaping the workforce, the role of a job filler has never been more demanding. From navigating the intricacies of remote work to addressing the growing demand for specialised skills, the challenges are abundant, but so are the opportunities.

Riding the Wave of Remote Work

One of the most significant shifts in recent times has been the widespread adoption of remote work. As companies embrace flexible arrangements and employees seek greater work-life balance, the task of filling remote positions has become paramount. Matching candidates with the right skills and the ability to thrive in a remote environment requires a keen understanding of both the job requirements and the nuances of remote collaboration.

Navigating the Skills Gap

In the fast-paced world of 2024, technological advancements continue to outpace the development of skilled professionals. The rise of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other cutting-edge technologies has created a significant skills gap in many industries. As a job filler, staying ahead of these trends means constantly scouting for talent with the latest skills and expertise. Whether it’s coding languages, data analysis capabilities, or proficiency in emerging technologies, the ability to connect employers with qualified candidates is more critical than ever.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion have rightly taken centre stage in the workplace conversation. Companies are increasingly recognising the value of a diverse workforce, not just as a matter of ethics but also as a driver of innovation and success. As a job filler, promoting diversity means actively seeking out candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and ensuring that hiring processes are fair and inclusive. By championing diversity in hiring, job fillers play a crucial role in shaping more equitable workplaces for the future.

Adapting to Economic Shifts

The economic landscape is constantly evolving, influenced by factors ranging from geopolitical events to technological breakthroughs. In 2024, job fillers must remain agile in the face of these changes, adapting their strategies to meet shifting demands. Whether it’s navigating periods of economic uncertainty or capitalising on emerging opportunities, flexibility is key to success in the ever-changing world of job filling.


In the bustling world of 2024, job fillers are the unsung heroes of the workforce, tirelessly connecting companies with the talent they need to thrive. From embracing remote work to addressing the skills gap and championing diversity, the challenges are immense, but so too are the rewards. As we navigate the uncertainties of the future, one thing remains clear: the   role of a job filler is more important than ever, shaping the workforce of tomorrow one placement at a time.

If you need help recruiting staff or looking for a move please get in touch

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Embrace Change – New Year, New Career !

Embrace Change

New Year, New Career !

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many of us are filled with a sense of hope, excitement, and the anticipation of a fresh start. It’s a time when we reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. One common resolution that frequently tops the list is the desire for a new career. The phrase “New Year, New Career” encapsulates the idea of embracing change and pursuing professional fulfilment.

In this blog, I will explore the reasons behind this popular resolution, strategies for making a successful career change, and tips for navigating the exciting journey ahead.

Why Consider a New Career or even a new job?

  • Professional Growth and Development:

People often seek new career opportunities to challenge themselves and continue their professional growth. A fresh start can open doors to learning new skills, taking on different responsibilities, and expanding one’s expertise.

  • Passion and Purpose:

Pursuing a new career aligned with your passions and values can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Many individuals find that a fulfilling career contributes significantly to their overall happiness and well-being.

  • Adaptation to Industry Changes:

Industries evolve, and job roles transform with technological advancements and changing market trends. Embracing a new career may be a strategic move to stay relevant and adapt to the evolving needs of the professional landscape.

Strategies for a Successful Career Change:

  • Self-Reflection:

Before embarking on a new career path, take the time for self-reflection. Identify your strengths, weaknesses, interests, and values. Understanding yourself better will help you make informed decisions about the direction you want to take.

  • Research and Explore:

Research potential careers of interest. Attend industry events, network with professionals, and explore online resources to gain insights into different fields. Understanding the requirements and expectations of a new career will help you prepare effectively.

  • Skill Development:

Identify the skills required for your desired career and work on acquiring them. This may involve taking courses, earning certifications, or gaining hands-on experience. Continuous learning is a key element in successfully transitioning to a new career.

  • Networking:

Build a professional network within the industry you are targeting. Attend networking events, connect with professionals on platforms like LinkedIn, and seek mentorship. Networking can open doors to valuable opportunities and provide guidance during your career transition.

  • Update Your CV and Online Presence:

Tailor your CV to highlight relevant skills and experiences for your new career. Ensure your online presence, including your LinkedIn profile, reflects your aspirations and showcases your commitment to the transition.

Navigating the Journey Ahead:

  • Embrace Uncertainty:

A career change can be challenging, and there may be moments of uncertainty. Embrace the unknown and view it as an opportunity for growth and learning. Stay flexible and open to new possibilities.

  • Seek Support:

Share your career change goals with friends, family, and mentors. Having a support system can provide encouragement, advice, and valuable insights as you navigate through the challenges of a new career.

  • Stay Positive and Persistent:

Stay positive and maintain a resilient mindset. The journey to a new career may involve setbacks and challenges, but persistence and a positive attitude will carry you through difficult times.

Embarking on a new career journey at the beginning of the year is a powerful way to align your professional life with your aspirations and goals. By taking the time to reflect, research, and prepare, you can set yourself on a path toward a more fulfilling and satisfying career.

Remember, a new year brings new opportunities, and with the right mindset and strategy, you can successfully make that leap to a new and exciting chapter in your professional life.

Good luck ,Cathy

Happy New Year 2024

Wishing all my clients and candidates a very happy and healthy New Year going into 2024.

Thank you for all your support in 2023 and look forward to working with existing and new clients in 2024.

New Year New Career


New job for Plant Manager,manufacturing, based in Midland of Ireland

Plant Manager (Manufacturing)

Excellent renumeration package

Car + additional benefits, including Healthcare

Location – The midlands, Ireland

This well established and reputable manufacturing company are a dynamic, progressive and forward-thinking manufacturer who are committed to delivering high-quality products to their customers. The company is part of an important group and global player.

With a commitment to innovation, efficiency, and excellence, they have established themselves as key players in the market. They are currently seeking a dynamic and experienced Plant Manager to lead their manufacturing and plant operations and drive continuous improvement initiatives.

The Plant Manager will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the manufacturing facility, including management of the production site, including Operations, Finance and HR. They will ensure optimal production efficiency, product quality, and safety standards.

The successful candidate will play a key role in leading and developing a high-performing team, implementing best practices, and contributing to the overall success of the organisation.

The role

  • Reports directly to the CEO
  • Generate growth, maximise performance & profitability.
  • Manage plant based on relevant KPI´s and increase efficiency of production to ensure in time, stable, reproducible, reliable product delivery with the right quality.
  • Development and implementation of a unified production system, description and standardisation of all processes, including complete documentation (i.e., Six Sigma, Lean)
  • Responsible for the transformation with the involvement of all relevant employees
  • Improve and optimise service, inventory levels and logistics
  • Ensure compliance with environmental and safety regulations, internal regulations, legal and local regulations/laws and other obligations including health and safety, ISO.
  • Enforce quality control processes to ensure products meet or exceed customer expectations.
  • Implementation of a new ERP System cooperation with corporate IT
  • Ensure timely and quality procurement of raw materials
  • Participation in the planning/construction of new production facilities and expansions of existing systems in collaboration with the specialist departments
  • Collaborate with the supply chain team to optimise inventory levels and ensure timely delivery of materials.
  • Close collaboration with customer service and sales
  • Inspire, lead and develop the local team.
  • Lead, mentor, and develop a skilled manufacturing team and promote a culture of continuous improvement, safety & performance.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Manufacturing or a related field.
  • Master of Business Administration preferable, knowledge and experience in the areas of finance and HR
  • Proven experience,7 years + in a plant manufacturing leadership role, with a track record of achieving production targets and improving operational efficiency, (continuous production)
  • Experience with polymers is a major plus
  • Experience of transformation processes, change management
  • Experience in successfully implementing production methods and continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma
  • Extensive safety knowledge, EHS and experience of all applicable ISP regulations
  • Sound IT skills, with experience in ERP systems
  • Business Acumen, business management skills, excellent commercial and business awareness
  • Energetic, agile, analytical, straight-forward thinker and performance driven professional, entrepreneurial spirit, a growth mindset and strong execution abilities.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills.
  • Hands on shop floor manager.
  • Excellent problem-solving capacities, result oriented and decisive
  • An inspiring leader with the ability to lead from the front.


How to explain job hopping on your CV

How to explain job hopping on your CV

Explaining job hopping on your CV requires a thoughtful and strategic approach.

Job hopping, or frequently changing jobs, can raise questions for potential employers, but you can present it in a way that highlights your skills, experiences, and overall career growth.

Here are some tips on how to explain job hopping on your CV:

  • Write reasons for leaving after each job

If you have had a considerable number of jobs e.g., 1 per year this doesn’t look good regarding commitment and you will be seen as a job hopper. If you have valid reasons why you left these roles, it is important to add this in after each job.

  • Group Similar Roles:

If you had multiple short-term positions or jobs within the same industry, consider grouping them together under a relevant heading. This can help demonstrate your expertise in a particular field while minimising the appearance of frequent job changes.

  • Provide a Profile summary

Include a brief summary or objective statement at the beginning of your CV. Use this space to explain your career goals, the skills you bring to the table, and your commitment to a long-term position.

  • Highlight Achievements and Learning Experiences:

Focus on your accomplishments in each role rather than the duration of your employment. Highlight how you added value to the company, learned new skills, and contributed to the success of the team.

  • Address Job Hopping in the Cover Letter:

Use your cover letter to directly address any concerns about job hopping. Explain the reasons for your job changes in a positive light. Emphasise your commitment to finding the right long-term fit and how each experience has contributed to your professional growth.

  • Be Honest and Transparent:

If asked about job hopping in an interview, be honest but focus on the positive aspects. Explain any legitimate reasons for leaving, such as seeking new challenges, career growth, or a change in personal circumstances, maternity cover, or the fact that it was a temporary job.

  • Show Consistency in Recent Roles:

If your most recent positions demonstrate stability and a longer tenure, it can help counterbalance earlier job changes. Highlight your commitment to your current or recent employers.

  • Emphasise Transferable Skills:

Emphasise transferable skills that you gained in each role. This can help show that, despite the changes, you have developed a diverse skill set that can benefit a potential employer.

Remember, the key is to present your job history in a way that showcases your strengths and growth. Tailor your approach based on your specific circumstances and the requirements of the job you’re applying for.

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Top Interviewing Tips to Land Your Dream Job

Top Interviewing Tips to Land Your Dream Job


The job interview is a critical step in the hiring process, where you have the opportunity to showcase your skills, experience, and personality to a potential employer. While it can be a nerve-wracking experience, proper preparation and confidence can make all the difference. In this blog, we’ll explore the top interviewing tips that will help you shine during your next job interview and increase your chances of landing your dream job.

  1. Research the Company

One of the most fundamental interview tips is to research the company thoroughly. Understanding the company’s history, values, mission, products or services, and recent news will not only demonstrate your genuine interest but also enable you to tailor your responses to align with the company’s culture and goals. You can find this information on the company website, social media profiles, and news articles. Make sure you check their recent social media before your interview so you are aware of up-to-date news.

  1. Know Your CV inside and out

Expect the interviewer to ask about your previous work experiences and the skills listed on your resume. Be prepared to discuss specific projects, achievements, and challenges you’ve faced in your previous roles. Make sure you can articulate how your skills and experiences make you a strong fit for the position you’re interviewing for. Think of why you want the job and have an answer of why you are the best person for the job.

  1. Practice Common Interview Questions

There are several common interview questions that you’re likely to encounter, such as “Tell me about yourself,” “Why do you want to work here?” and “What are your strengths and weakness?” Practice your responses to these questions in advance. Keep your answers concise, relevant, and positive. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your responses when discussing specific experiences or accomplishments.

  1. Prepare Your Own Questions

An interview is a two-way street. Prepare thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, team dynamics, and the role you’re applying for. This not only demonstrates your interest but also helps you evaluate whether the company and job align with your career goals and values.

  1. Dress Professionally

Your appearance plays a significant role in making a positive first impression. Dress professionally, taking into account the company’s dress code and industry norms. When in doubt, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.

  1. Practice Good Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal cues, such as your body language, eye contact, and handshake, can convey a lot about your personality and confidence. Maintain good posture, make eye contact, and offer a firm but not overpowering handshake. Be aware of your facial expressions and avoid fidgeting during the interview.

  1. Showcase Your Soft Skills

Employers value soft skills like communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. Use examples from your past experiences to demonstrate how you’ve effectively used these skills to achieve success in your career.

  1. Highlight Your Achievements and Results

Quantify your achievements wherever possible. Use numbers, percentages, and specific metrics to highlight the impact of your work. For example, “I increased sales revenue by 20% in six months” is more compelling than “I improved sales.”

  1. Prepare for Behavioural Questions

Many interviewers use behavioural questions to assess how you’ve handled situations in the past. Be ready to share stories that illustrate your ability to handle challenges, work in teams, and demonstrate leadership.

  1. Follow Up After the Interview

Sending a thank-you email or note after the interview is a professional courtesy that can set you apart from other candidates. Express your appreciation for the opportunity to interview and reiterate your interest in the position.


Interviewing for a job can be intimidating, but with proper preparation and a confident attitude, you can make a strong impression on potential employers. These top interviewing tips should help you navigate the interview process more effectively, increasing your chances of landing your dream job. Remember, practice makes perfect, so hone your interview skills and approach each interview with enthusiasm and confidence.


Good luck






What to include in your CV

What to include in your CV

Writing a good CV (Curriculum Vitae) is crucial for landing job interviews and securing your desired job.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create and craft an effective CV

  1. Choose the Right CV Format:

Chronological CV: Lists your work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent job first).

  1. Contact Information:

Include your full name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile (if applicable). Make sure your contact information is up-to-date and professional.

  1. CV Profile Summary

Write a concise, compelling summary statement. This should briefly highlight your work experience, qualification, skills and achievements as you want to stand out. This is something I would highlight to include in your CV.

  1. Work Experience:

List your work experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent job.

Include the job title, the name of the company, location, and dates of employment (month and year).

E.g., of layout

Dates –

Company Name –

Position –

 Provide detailed bullet points describing your responsibilities and achievements. Use action verbs and quantify your accomplishments when possible (e.g., “Increased sales by 20% in Q3 2022”).

  1. Education:

List your educational background, starting with your most recent degree.

Include the degree earned, the name of the institution, graduation date, and relevant honours or awards.

  1. Skills:

Highlight your key skills, both technical and soft skills, that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Use a bulleted list or a skills section to make them easily identifiable.

E.g., if computer literate and used Advanced Excel or SAGE for accounting list these.

  1. Certifications and Training:

Include any relevant certifications, workshops, or training programs you’ve completed.

  1. Professional Memberships:

Mention any memberships in professional organisations or associations related to your field.

  1. Projects or Portfolio (if applicable):

Include a section showcasing relevant projects, publications, or a link to your portfolio website. Best add this as a separate document e.g., in Graphic design jobs

  1. Languages (if applicable):

List any languages you speak and your proficiency level if relevant to the job.

  1. References (optional):

It’s common to mention that references are available upon request. You don’t need to provide them on your CV unless explicitly asked.

  1. Formatting Tips:

Use a clean, professional font and maintain consistent formatting throughout e.g., Times new roman 12

Keep your CV concise, ideally limiting it to no more than 3 pages.

Use bullet points for readability and avoid dense paragraphs.

Proofread your CV carefully to eliminate typos and errors.

  1. Tailor Your CV:

Customise your CV for each job application by emphasising skills and experiences relevant to the specific job description. Don’t use the same CV for different job roles, Put some effort into it.

  1. Update Your CV Regularly:

Keep your CV up to date with your most recent experiences, skills, and achievements.

  1. Get Feedback:

Ask for feedback from trusted colleagues or mentors to ensure your CV is clear and compelling.

Remember, your CV is your marketing tool, so make sure it presents you in the best possible light and is tailored to the job you’re applying for. Adapt and refine it as needed for different positions and industries.

The right CV will get you an interview and that’s your number one goal.

So best put some effort into it, with relevant content too.

Good luck


Job for Fire Safety Engineer covering Northern Ireland

Senior Fire and Security Engineer based in Antrim

33k – 36k + generous bonus  scheme + company van + fuel card + phone

This reputable Fire Safety company are recruiting for an experienced Senior Fire and Security Engineer to join their small team as they embark on an ambitious plan of growth and diversification.

The Role

  • The successful candidate will become a key player in their company as they contribute their knowledge and experience.
  • The role initially involves installation, planned maintenance and remedial works on a wide range of fire and security equipment throughout companies in Northern Ireland
  • Covering customer sites throughout NI and occasionally ROI
  • As the team grows, there is potential to progress to other roles such as project management, leadership or sales. Therefore, if you are ambitious and want to progress this could be the job for you.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 8+ years of experience in the fire and security industry
  • Excellent knowledge of addressable fire alarms, including BS5389
  • Some experience with other disciplines such as emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, intruder alarms, CCTV and/or access control
  • Located within Greater Belfast or up to 30 minutes from Antrim
  • Electrical qualifications would be advantageous i.e., worked as an Electrician
  • Experience working to BAFE, NSI or SSAIB standards
  • Experience leading teams/projects
  • Interested in career progression

Additional Information

  • Hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
  • 30 Days holiday including bank /public holidays
  • On call rota
  • All required tools provided
  • Ongoing training provided
  • All necessary training will be provided
  • Must be located within Greater Belfast or up to 30 minutes from Antrim