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New Year, Fresh Start

For many people the 2nd January was a stark wake-up call following lots of lazy lie-ins over the holiday break.

For many people the 2nd January was a stark wake-up call following lots of lazy lie-ins over the holiday break.

By mid morning and a coffee or two later, that knot in the stomach starts to ease and motivation for the job starts to kick-in in earnest. It doesn’t take long until we have settled back into our jobs and are re-energised by the prospects, projects and planning on the horizon for 2013. Happy Days!

On the other hand, we are all familiar with another group of people who spend their time complaining to family and friends (in fact just about anyone who will listen) about their jobs, their employer, their pay and any other aspect of their working lives with which they feel out of sorts!

What a perfect time of the year to move on from this space and to start taking some action – don’t be a victim. Start putting a plan in place to turn your situation around and do it now.

Before you start sending out cvs you will need to sit down and do some evaluation – this will save you a huge amount of time later on in the process!

What are your priorities/ what motivates you?

Consider salary, hours of work and/or work-life balance?

What is your ultimate goal?

Consider what type of role you would like and what level of responsibility?

What type of business would you ideally like to work in and do you have the skills sets required? Consider multinational vs indigenous; small vs large; manufacturing vs services; pharmaceutical vs FMCG vs SSC vs Group vs other.

What sacrifices are you prepared to make to get this job? ​

Consider relocation, working longer hours, commuting, travel, taking on additional study, staying away from home during the week?

What type of environment do you want to work in? 

Consider the culture - pressurised/aggressive/competitive, relaxed/casual, tight deadlines or a more flexible project environment?

At the same time, keep your eyes and ears to the ground - we all know the market is tight for roles but there are also a lot of good news stories out there.

Log onto all the relevant recruitment websites:

Overtime you will get a sense of trends by location. Certain counties are lagging others in terms of job creation. Some counties are more aligned to manufacturing while others are more service based. Mismatch between where you live and the jobs/industries that you are ideally looking for? Time to do some serious soul searching!

Listen to the news: 

Announcements of employment stories tend to form trends.  ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and service based industries have dominated FDI (foreign direct investment) news stories recently.  Conversely a lot of the news about jobs leaving Ireland over the last few years has been from high volume, low margin manufacturing jobs.

Keep an eye on the IDA and Enterprise Ireland websites: 

These websites will be able to tell you what is happening in the jobs market and where the jobs are being created.

Tanya Thomas is a Recruitment Manager with Morgan McKinley. Tanya is based in Kilkenny but works on roles Nationally and is more than happy to answer specific questions you may have around your job search and the market in general. Readers can submit questions to Tanya at

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