Top Tips for Finding a New Job in 2022

Top Tips for Finding a New Job in 2022

New Year, New Career

January marks the start of new year’s resolutions and making changes in our lives.

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is finding a new job, one you love!

What better time of the year to find a new job and start off your career afresh!

Here are some top tips to get you started:

  1. Update your CV and make sure you proof read it.
  2. Add a summary profile to make it stand out – check out my blog on writing a summary profile. Would you hire you?
  3. Make sure to add additional information and make your CV interesting.
  4. Check online job boards and see if any jobs appeal to you.
  5. Review the job description and any available information you have on the position and company. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role?
  6. Adapt your CV and covering letter to the job. Make sure you are not using the same CV and covering letter for different roles. Take time on this!
  7. If you have a LinkedIn profile, update it with a professional picture and refresh your information – you can use it to network.
  8. Make sure you add a covering letter with a summary of your skills and experience relevant to the job and explain why you are currently looking for new opportunities.
  9. Ask for referrals from business contacts and friends.
  10. Set up google alerts for jobs with your job title and category.
  11. Prepare for interviews by doing research on the company.
  12. Check out what type of interview style will be involved. Will it be straightforward open-ended questions e.g., ‘Tell me about yourself’, or competency-based questions?
  13. If it is competency-based interview, be prepared and research the SMART technique.
  14. Finally check out how your social media pages look to potential employers – they will check it out!

If you need help or advice to land that perfect job, get in touch or check out our latest jobs.


Reflections on Recruiting in 2021

Reflections on Recruiting in 2021

The future is bright with opportunity!

As another busy year of recruiting comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on 2021 and look ahead to 2022.

Here’s to a busy and productive 2021 and I look forward to what 2022 brings.

Despite the pandemic and restrictions, job opportunities have increased. People are now having flexibility and able to work from home. Hybrid working is now the norm and flexible working is here to stay.

The good news is there are plenty of job opportunities for those that want to work. Businesses are still moving on and new opportunities have been created.

As a Recruiter, it’s important to hire the right people for the job. It’s more than just what their CV says, it’s also how their personality fits in with the rest of the team and company culture.

This has become equally important as skill set and relevant experience. It has to be a match for not just the employer but the employee too.

Companies are only as successful as their employees, without the right people they couldn’t accomplish anything. Recruiting is often what determines the long-term success of a company.

Recruiting the right people will continue to be of the utmost importance in 2022.

I would like to thank all my amazing clients who have supported me this year and look forward to working with you all again in 2022.

Here’s to a busy and productive 2021 and I look forward to what 2022 brings.


A very Happy Christmas to you all and a peaceful, prosperous and healthy 2022.


“People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” – Jim Collins

New job for SEO Link Building Specialist based in Northern Ireland

SEO Link Building Specialist- Home based in Derry/Londonderry

Competitive and attractive benefits package with remote working based in Derry/Donegal or surrounding areas.

This is an exciting career opportunity for an SEO Link Building Specialist to join an award-winning digital agency who are based in Australia. They are an Irish company and are expanding to Northern Ireland and have an opportunity for remote working based in Derry/Londonderry.

They are looking for someone passionate about SEO link building, outreach, and all things digital. You will be working on some of Australia’s most iconic brands with the support of the wider team. You will have your career development aligned with your future goals and objectives.

The role

Work with Account Managers to research people and websites
Use web-based tools to submit multiple business listings
Perform and track outreach through social, email and phone
Report to Account Managers with successes, progress and opportunities

Skills and experience required

Minimum 2+ years’ experience in link building, link acquisition and outreach
Good content marketing knowledge
Knowledge and genuine interest in best practices of SEO, especially as they relate to link building
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Excel and Word
Must enjoy working in a team environment and must work collaboratively with others
Ability to handle large volumes of projects quickly across various industries
Expert level attention to detail is essential
Native-level proficiency in English
Reliable internet connection


Attractive salary and benefits
Ability to work remotely.
Opportunity to create your desired lifestyle
Travel and work from wherever you want
Flexible schedule to allow for an optimum work-life balance
Create space for personal plans
7 extra days leave each year (27 in total)
Opportunity to grow with the company and travel to office in Australia
The company focus on extraordinary talent and build positions around your skills
Access to very experienced team members in various Digital Marketing areas.

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How to make your CV stand out: The importance of a summary profile

How to make your CV stand out : The importance of a summary profile

So, what is a profile summary?

A profile summary is a written statement located at the top of your CV that briefly highlights your experience, qualification, skills and achievements. It is usually written in a short paragraph or a few sentences or phrases and can be put in bulleted form.

Keep your profile short and concise and think of the summary as a snapshot of your skills, accomplishments, and knowledge.

Why is a profile summary important?

A profile summary gives you the opportunity to summarise your experience, qualifications and achievements. Crucially, it serves to convince a Hiring Manager that your CV is worth reading further, and that you are a worthy candidate to consider.

Therefore, it is imperative that it contains information on how skilled you are, and the relevance your experience and skills are to the particular job you are applying for.
Making sure that your CV stands out is important if you want to get noticed by the Hiring Manager, and this is where a profile summary can help.

What you can do

If you are looking for a new job or a career change, craft a powerful summary to highlight your accomplishments and skills. Show the employer at a glance why you are qualified for the job. Remember most Hiring Managers just glance through your CV so make sure your CV stands out.

What should a profile summary include?

An effective profile summary should be no more than 150 words and include up to 4/5 sentences.
It should include the following;

  • Your experience summary (how many years, doing what, etc.)
  • Your general experience (more specific skills, what’s your focus?)
  • Your top achievements (career highlights, include quantifiable change and data)
  • Your IT/Computer skills
  • Think of highlighting your skills and use examples, leadership, sales techniques, marketing, training, time management and relationship building.
  • Provide a statement that makes you stand out. Don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet!

Tips to do:

  • Tailor your profile summary and CV in general to each application.
  • Be honest on what your skills and experience are and be prepared to back this up.
  • Use the job description to help form your profile.
  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. As your personal profile sits at the top of your CV any errors will be immediately apparent.
  • Stick to limit of no more than 150 words and 4/5 sentences.

Tips not to do:

  • Do not copy and paste from your covering letter
  • Do not include unnecessary personal information such as your age, marital status etc.
  • Do not use clichés, slang or jargon.
  • Do not overuse buzzwords.
  • Do not include long winded sentences with no full stops or commas.
  • Read your sentences through, making sure it reads well and makes sense.

If you need further advice in helping your find the right job and making your CV stand out, please email Cathy at


Sales Order Processor 18k – 20k based in Omagh

Sales Order Processor 18k – 20k based in Omagh

Due to continued growth and expansion this innovative flexible packaging company have a new opportunity for an Order Processor.

The company pride their selves on quality, flexibility, rapid response and reliability and require the successful candidate to possess these qualities

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated and highly organised taking pride in their work.
You will report directly to the Operations Manager ensuring the proactive and timely processing of orders received daily within a specified time frame. This is a high volume, fast paced role working to tight deadlines which requires high levels of speed and accuracy.

The role

• Processing customer orders and order acknowledgements, received daily, within a specified time frame.
• 100% accuracy to be aimed for at all times
• Escalating queries to relevant persons and departments so that they are closed out in a timely fashion and promise dates are not affected.
• Daily contact with Key Account Managers to facilitate ongoing account management.
• Daily usage of IT systems and procedures to ensure accuracy
• Attending team briefs and meetings.
• Any other duties as delegated by Management.

Skills and experience required

• Previous experience working in an administration/processing role where a high degree of detail is required.
• Previous experience working in an environment with tight deadlines and an understanding of urgency
• Strong customer service skills
• Excellent key board skills with high levels of speed and accuracy.
• Proven ability to manage daily deadlines.
• Strong ability for multi-tasking and good attention to detail in all tasks.
• Good team player able to work in a pressurised environment.
• Good communication skills with the ability to work unsupervised, problem solve and initiate change where needed.
• Be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office – Microsoft Word and Excel

Please email in strictest confidence

Retail Store Manager c30/32k + Bonus – based in Derry/Londonderry

Retail Store Manager c30/32k + Bonus – based in Derry/Londonderry

A new opportunity has arisen for a competent & enthusiastic Store Manager with a strong retail sales background to join & lead a dynamic team in their new Derry/Londonderry store.
This company have over 30 years furniture experience and are proud to call themselves market leaders offering 5-star customer service.

They are opening up in Derry/Londonderry.
This challenging and rewarding position involves managing and supporting a team of sales people. You will have previous experience motivating and leading a team, ensuring they reach and exceed both personal and company targets.

Your main aim will be to ensure all day-to-day activities required for the smooth running and development of the new store are completed.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in sales, coupled with excellent organisational and communication skills, along with a genuine desire to deliver a first-rate customer experience.

The role

• Focus on driving sales for the business and working to targets.
• Lead and motivate a team of Sales advisers.
• Continuously communicate with & motivate team at all times.
• Deliver exceptional customer service at all times.
• Hold responsibility of being the first point of contact for the store when liaising across internal departments.
• Continually coaching team to ensure that product knowledge, company policies and brand values are reviewed and
reconsidered at all times.
• People management activities, working in liaison with HR & senior management.
• Completing regular reports for senior management.

Skills and experience required

• Previous experience working as a Retail/ Store Manager in a furniture or Interiors store preferred. Furniture
experience would be a benefit but not essential.
• A track record in leading and motivating a sales team ensuring communication at all times.
• Previous coaching skills.
• A proven track record in managing people
• Excellent administrative & organisational skill
• Computer literate, proficient in Microsoft Office with the ability to learn and pick up new systems.
• Ability to use your own initiative, escalating issues to senior management when appropriate
• Available to work to a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays.

Please email in strictest confidence

New Job for Accounting & Finance Manager in Buncrana Co.Donegal

Accounting and Finance Manager Excellent renumeration package based in Buncrana Co Donegal

A new opportunity has arisen for an experienced Accounting and Finance Manager to join this fast paced, growing business .

This is a hands-on role and you will have the opportunity to create and reshape accounting and control processes for the successful development of the business.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified Accountant with commercial acumen.

This is a senior role, reporting to the Director.

The role:

  • Oversee and manage of all day-to-day accounting, processes, payments, invoices, intercompany transactions, salaries
  • Timely and accurate monthly reporting (Balance Sheet, P&L, Cashflow)
  • Prepare Annual Accounts, periodic Management Accounts and financial reporting as required
  • Contact person for key external stakeholders such as auditors, banks, company registration office, tax authorities
  • Maintain and evaluate records of all services provided to assess sustainability and viability of those services
  • Provide financial analysis and information to non-accounting staff to support decision making.
  • Completion of bank and general ledger reconciliations, and investment strategies
  • Regular cash forecasting and treasury management
  • Regular tax reporting (VAT in ROI,  corporate income tax)
  • Oversee and maintain documentation required for keeping companies in good standing
  • Oversight of Finance Function
  • Support in execution of the business model including initiating projects to improve the Finance function to align with the business model. This includes project management within the Finance Function

Skills and experience required:

  • Educated to degree level
  • The role would suit a qualified accountant (ACCA, ACA, CPA or CIMA)
  • At least five years’ active experience of accounting and tax, including experience with the above detailed tasks.
  • Computer literate with excellent knowledge of MS Office programs, especially Excel

Enquire about this position

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Graduates: that placement year really counts!

Graduates: that placement year really counts!

The important of getting a placement from your university experience.

Did you know that getting a work placement during your time in university may well be the difference in securing a job once you graduate? This is why it is really important to consider the option of a course and a university that offers this opportunity: A placement year increases your chances of employability once you graduate.

If you think about it, that may be your ultimate goal once you graduate, so, why wouldn’t you do everything you could to maximise the chances of securing a job while you are studying?

Most students will graduate with little or no work experience relevant to their degree, and most students will leave with a good degree, so having a full year of experience is guaranteed to propel you miles ahead of the competition.

This is what counts!

When you decide what course to do at university, you normally take into consideration the following:

1.The subjects you like/enjoy at school.

2.Where you want to study in terms of location.

3.The kind of course you want to pursue.

4.The type of job you want at the end of it.

Now I am adding in another factor to consider:

4.Check if the university offers work placements.

If you are not sure what you want to do and what type of course to follow, then look at those courses that include a placement year.

There are many advantages of having a placement year under your belt:

  • More chance of gaining employment once you graduate
  • Established industry network connections
  • A taste of the real working world
  • Putting theory into practice
  • New and improved academic performance.
  • Work in a team: teamwork is essential in every type of job.
  • Chance of a job offer: companies that you worked for on placement are more likely to offer you a job once you complete your degree.
  • Better grades, as you can apply your industry experience.
  • Commercial awareness: knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick.
  • Communication: delivering your message to your audience, as well as listening to the views of others.
  • Learning new skills e.g., problem solving, leadership, negotiation, organisational, perseverance, ability to work under pressure and motivation skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • A placement year will give you confidence moving forward.

As you can see, the benefits are massive and well worth considering. Make sure you take into consideration all these points when choosing what course to study. Having the experience of a placement year will give you a competitive edge in a crowded recruitment marketplace.

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Job opportunity Field Sales Executive (Packaging) based Omagh, N.Ireland

Field Sales Executive c30k + OTE 40k, not capped + company car- Covering Ireland North & South

My client is an established innovative flexible packaging company that provide solutions to the food, industrial and horticultural industries. As they experience a period of sustained growth, they are looking for an experienced Field Sales Executive with a proven track record in field sales, preferably within packaging.

The company pride their selves on quality, flexibility, rapid response and reliability and require the successful candidate to possess these qualities

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, resourceful with a strong sales background and good trading knowledge.

The Role

This role will be divided between new business development and account management.
The successful candidate will be responsible for generating new business, identifying new leads and sales opportunities.
You will also be responsible for account management with established clients and upselling new offers and products to them.
Proactively put steps in place to build relations with past, current and future customers
The ideal candidate must be used to working in a target driven sales environment and target focused and driven.
You will be resourceful by mapping out potential leads and opportunities.
The role involves working with the Internal sales team who will be there to support you.
Strong organisational skills required as you must be able to plan and organise your workload and appointments.
Qualifications and Skills

The successful candidate must have minimum 3 years proven track record in field sales working to targets.
A track record in achieving goals and working to targets is essential.
Experience working and selling packaging products to food industries/Industrial and horticultural industries desirable.
Commercial awareness and business acumen necessary to secure business in a range of markets.
Packaging experience would be an advantage.
Strong negotiating skills with the ability to close essential.
Exceptional communication skills with a passion for building relationships
Ability to communicate and negotiate comfortably at all levels
Full clean driving licence

Top Ten Tips on How to Find that New Job

Do you need help in finding a new job? Or are you just not sure where to look?

Looking for a new job is a full-time job in itself. The best advice I can give is to allocate time to search, make a list of the different places to look, and keep notes!

In the meantime read these top ten tips on how to find that new job below.

1. Establish exactly what type of role you are looking for

Before starting your job search, take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing.
What do you enjoy best and what’s most important to you? Is it the company, the job title, your actual role, money, promotion, the work itself, location, or company culture?

2. Draw up a list of the companies you would like to work for

Start by doing some research into companies that interest you. Check out their websites and social media pages. You can even look at reviews and testimonials on their website and Google Plus too.
Ask friends and family and people you know who have worked for them too.

3. Tailor your CV to each job

One of the best tips I can give is to make sure your CV has enough content and information on the roles you did.
Take time to think of what you achieved and include this, as well as providing a profile summary.
Make it interesting and make sure you get someone to proof read it!
Answer this question: would you employ you on the basis of your own CV?

4. Create a LinkedIn profile

If you are looking for a professional job or a career, make sure you create a LinkedIn profile.
If you are not sure how to do it, ask for help.
Most recruiters, including me, use LinkedIn, and if you’re a professional, you need to be using LinkedIn to your full advantage. It’s a great tool for finding a new job and networking as well as making new connections.

5. Keep notes!

Make sure you keep notes of all the jobs and companies you apply to, as well as where you saw the job advert.
Keep an eye out for closing dates so you don’t miss the deadline too.

6. Use your network of contacts

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from friends, family and business contacts.
If you don’t ask, you won’t get!
A lot of jobs are filled by referrals and word of mouth. Therefore, a large and strong network of contacts, people who know you and want to help you uncover job leads, will result in more job opportunities.
If you can network in person and online this will help your success in your job search.

7. The early bird catches the worm

Always apply early and don’t wait until the last minute for the closing date.
Get your application in early as companies can start interviewing before the closing date finishes.
Also always take the first available interview slot you are offered, ideally in the morning or the start of the week, and try to avoid a Friday if possible.

8. Set yourself daily goals

Set yourself daily goals for completing job applications or searching for a new role to apply for.
It takes a great deal of time and effort to find a new job. In a long job search, it’s easy to get discouraged and distracted, but by focusing on achieving daily goals you can motivate yourself, while also building a foundation for success.

9. Prepare for interviews

Check out what type of interview it will be.
Is it competency based or just a “general chat”? (Check out my recent blog on competency-based interviews).
This is really important because if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail: this is so true, preparation is key. Carry out research on the company, dress appropriately, also allow yourself extra time travelling and know where you are going.

10. Follow up!

Don’t be afraid to reach out and follow up. That way the company knows you are interested.
Following up with the hiring manager regularly shows your interest and enthusiasm for the job.

And finally, don’t give up. It may take time so be patient.
The reality is that it might take months to find the right opportunity and get offered the position but things will work out so don’t give up!

If you need further help or advice email