Applicants seek any job in the hope of internal movement
Published 16/12/2010 | 05:00
THE IRISH jobs market remains in the doldrums, but according to Paul McClatchie (right) of Careers Register -- the financial recruitment arm of Cpl Recruitment -- applicants are helping themselves by thinking outside the box when it comes to getting that precious job.
"The big difference between now and a few years ago is that job seekers are more willing to take any job to get in the door of a firm.
"Many firms aren't hiring big numbers of people externally but internal movement is still happening. The key thing for potential employees is to get in the door and then really sell yourself as a valuable addition to the company.
"It's a very competitive market now so the basics, like having a strong, clean CV are more important than ever.
"As well as this, those who lack experience are now offering firms, usually SMEs, their services pro-bono for a few hours a week. That suits both parties -- the employer gets a good employee they couldn't take on otherwise, while the employee gets valuable experience."