Here is an interesting initative that I came across today – the launch of Hireland.ie.
They have established a website and are encouraging small and medium enterprises in Ireland to pledge to create new opportunities.
On their website they published some research that had been undertaken with 150 SME’s in Ireland (average number of employees was 36) to ask them about their recruitment plans for 2012 in Ireland. The survey took place between 9-12 January 2012.
I have certainly noticed a lot of new opportunities in the technology sector being announced of late.
Employment opportunties in SME’s in Ireland forecast to increase in 2012
The results of the Amarach research are interesting read and not what I expected to find based on the conversations I have had with businesses this year:
- 52% of SMEs plan to hire one or more new employees this year
- Of those planning to hire they expect to recruit 4 new staffSMEs expect to employ an average of 4 new staff.
I personally have not met owners of SME’s who have told me that they are planning to increase the number of positions in their organisations, but if research is born ot in new vacancies being created that is going to be great news for employment opportunties in Ireland.
The research also reported that the benefit they were looking forward to was the ‘potential for better customer service’. Don’t get me started on customer service (or lack of it in many cases). Great customer service is not dependent on number of staff – it’s about education, culture and a employing talent in your organisaiton who have a mind set and desire to deliver great service.
But back to Hireland.ie – this is an initiative you can get involved in and pledge your support to increasing employment opportunties – check them out at http://www.hireland.ie.
Speculative job applications can lead the way to unadvertised opportunties
One quick tip for those who are finding it difficult to find an opportunity – don’t give up on the speculative enquiries. I recently met with a young graduate who has spent their last 2 years in paid internships.
They wrote a speculative job application to an SME last Summer who were impressed with their experience, held onto their CV and called them for an interview when an opportunity arose in their company.
So yes there are opportunities to be found and more often than not the vacancies are not advertised.
As an ex-boss of mine used to say ‘Keep the faith’ – in this case with your job search!