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At Cpl, our recruitment consultants help job seekers find the job of their dreams. Job hunting can be a difficult path to navigate, with all stages in the recruitment process requiring dedication and preparation. We've created a series of articles that will guide job seekers through each step of their job hunt.

Key Articles from our Candidate Series

Why haven’t you changed your job?

In 2022, job vacancies are up 119% year on year, the landscape has shifted from an employers-focused market, with a large pool of applicants for each role. To a candidate-focused market in which; candidates have most opportunities to influence contractual terms and employers are upping their offerings. The pandemic has also hugely contributed to the change in employer’s strategy towards how we work, including, work from home (WHF) arrangements, flexible working hours, wellness programmes, and Learning and Development (L&D). With over 41% of workers globally considering quitting their jobs, employers really have to go the extra mile to attract talent. In this blog, we explore just some of the perks and benefits employers are offering, and why now is the right time you change your job.

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6 benefits of recruitment agencies

As mentioned, there are a lot of opportunities out there for the right job seeker. The job market is so vast that it can be hard for those looking to find the right role for them. Speaking with someone experienced in recruitment, who is aware of what is available in the current employment market and is a specialist in their industry can help job seekers find the perfect role. This is when working with a recruitment agency can help. In this blog, we explore how recruitment consultants help job seekers, find the right role and more importantly, how they can secure it

How to update your CV

With the booming Irish job market, the Cpl recruitment consultant teams have seen an increase in job seekers looking to take advantage of the many opportunities available. Their first bit of advice for candidates is to update their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and LinkedIn page before starting the job hunt.

When looking for candidates to put forward to a client, recruiters on average spend 6-7 seconds scanning a CV to decide if the applicant is suitable. With so little time to catch their eye, your CV has got to impress instantly. We’ve put together everything a jobseeker needs to know to make their CV stand out above the rest including structure, presentation, and work history.

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The most in-demand jobs | Ireland 2022

With employment is due to grow by an average of 6.9% by 2024. The term ‘candidate- first market’ is being used in media headlines across the country, but what does this really mean? And what opportunities are out there for job seekers? We looked at some of the most in-demand roles in 2022 and the pay and benefits packages associated. If you’re reconsidering your career or looking to get an overview of the opportunities out there in 2022, this blog is for you.

Top 5 reasons to live and work in Ireland

Ireland has the fastest growing economy in the European Union (EU) and is becoming one of the top countries for multi-lingual job seekers. Since Brexit, Ireland is now the only English-speaking country in the European Union, which makes it an easy relocation choice for people who want to work in an English-speaking environment.

With the number of multinationals deciding to make Ireland their EU home growing year on year, we’ve put together a list of 5 reasons to live and work in Ireland.

How to succeed in your next interview

All Interviews can be difficult, 40 mins to an hour is an extremely short amount of time to communicate a wide range of skills and experience related to getting that dream job.

No matter the format of a job interview, we’ve put together some top tips to help a candidate ace their interview and be on track to the next phase in their career.

Competency based interviews

Competency based interviews are used to show how a candidate would use certain skills in the workplace. A competency is something quantifiable and measurable. Interview questions are carefully designed to probe specific skills, competencies, and characteristics which are relevant to the position. In this blog, we delve deep into competency-based interviews and how a candidate should prepare for one.

Handing in your notice: 8 steps on quitting your job

Job hunting can be an exciting journey, you’ve secured a new job. Mission accomplished. But when it comes to making the leap, it’s normal to feel stressed at the thought of handing in your notice to your manager. Before you hand in your notice there are a few other things that need to be considered such as legalities – annual leave and notice period, writing your letter of resignation, and planning your handover process. Ensure a smooth transition to your new job with our 8 steps to quitting your job.

Negotiating your new salary

You’ve flown through the interview process and been offered the job, but the salary isn’t what you’d hoped for. The shocking truth is that only 30% of people are happy with their salaries. When reflecting on the time and preparation that has gone into securing your new role, it’s only right to take the chance and negotiate your salary. Salary negotiations are all a part of the hiring process and could also positively impact an employer’s impression of a candidate. Read this blog for tips on securing the salary you deserve.

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Should you accept a counteroffer?

People decide to change their jobs every day for different reasons, and since the pandemic employees' needs have changed dramatically. Not meeting these needs is the number one factor employees quit their job. If an employer is looking to match a prospective employer's offer, the counteroffer should address the reasons someone is leaving in the first place. It could include, better working conditions, a pay rise, a promotion, or other perks and benefits. According to a recent study, 67.5% of managers have proposed counteroffers, if you’re trying to decide if you should stay or go, read our blog.

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​​From advice on Ireland’s current job market all the way down to settling counteroffers, our Candidate blog series can help you on your recruitment journey. The biggest piece of takeaway advice from our jobhunting articles is to work closely with a recruiter. At Cpl, we have specialist recruiters working across sectors that know their specialised industries inside out, alongside their client’s needs. If you’ve only begun to take the next steps in your career and need more information, get in touch.


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  • The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?, Microsoft, March 2021.

  • How Long Do Hiring Managers Look at a Resume?,, June 2021.

  • Quarterly Bulletin No.1 2022, Central Bank of Ireland, January 2022.

  • Irish economy growing at the fastest rate in EU, The Irish Independent, Sept 202.

  • Job interview statistics, Job Description Library, Jan 2022.

  • Percentage of workers satisfied with their salary in the United States from 2003 to 2017, Statistica, Jan 2021.

  • Exploring the Pros and Cons of Employee Counteroffers, LiveCareer.