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Career Advice

Hays Career Advice gives you information on how to write a cv, a cover letter and how to prepare for an interview

At Hays, our purpose is to put the right person in the right job every time. We have expert career advice, our aim is to help you in all areas of your job search, whether it’s how to write a CV, a cover letter or how to prepare for an interview

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Hays recruitment expert advice as seen in The Irish Times

Read useful tips from Hays director Mike McDonagh on how to prepare your CV, how to prepare your job application, what to do in the interview and how to treat your first job offer.

The CV
The job application and interview
The job offer
From college to employment

LinkedIn profile checklist:

LinkedIn is an online professional network used by professionals to connect with other professionals. Here is a guide to getting started in order to put your best foot forward and appeal others in your industry.

Part 1- Getting Started 
Part 2- Maintaining your presence

How to get your dream job

There are many options for graduates to consider upon leaving college. Here we discuss the avenues of employment which they may take such as graduate programs and internships as well as the exciting routes there are within the IT industry for graduates to consider.

Graduate hotspots

Qualifications vs experience

Different areas of IT require different levels of qualifications and experience. This guide shows a breakdown of the importance of certifications and experience in IT.

What matters most in IT?

Do you know when and how to say no?

Strategically managing your career involves knowing when and how to say no. If you are good at your job and have reached a certain point in your career, you will soon get noticed and naturally new projects will fall on your desk. However, in order to build on your success you have to accept that you can't do everything and you can't please everyone.

Learn how to say no in the right way

10 ways to get noticed by your boss

Getting recognition from your boss is about making yourself an indispensable member of the team – a team member who adds value and enthusiasm to the organisation. It’s not just about doing your job well; it’s about going above and beyond the call of duty and showing you are more than capable of doing more.

10 tips to ensure that you never get overlooked by your boss

Searching for a new job?

There’s no escaping it, hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn to find and vet candidates. Savvy and experienced candidate screeners can spot a false claim on an online profile very quickly, so make sure you can back up every statement you make.

Avoid these 6 LinkedIn mistakes

Just started out in your career?

Success in the corporate world is no easy feat. For young professionals, the path to reaching your “corporate dream” can sometimes seem out of your control. Check out the below tips that will help you progress in your career.

These 5 tips will help you progress

How to develop your startegic networking game plan

First things first, what is a strategic network? The clue is in the title: It is the development and maintenance of mutually valuable relationships. This type of networking does require planning and effort as opposed to ‘getting out there’, dealing your business card deck and hoping for a few leads.

Learn how to build & nurture your strategic network

Make the switch from external audit to internal audit

Internal audit roles can be very rewarding and often lead to positions at more senior levels of the company. Here we explain how an internal audit could make your career.

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The three types of network you need to succeed in your career

There are three distinct linked forms of networking, all of which play a key part in our lives and careers: Personal, Operational and Strategic.

Build your market profile and network

How is your job hunting on social media?

Everything is social these days. And most importantly, people are being ‘social’, without realising it. Hay's Stephen Flanagan offers his advice on how to use social media in the job search.

How  to use social media in the job hunt 

How to build your personal brand online

Your online reputation is now just as important as your offline one, so you need to put your best self out there, and here’s how:

How to build your online brand profile 

Build your career plan today

Not many of us have a clear vision of what we want from our career at a very young age. However, somewhere along the way, we have to stop and realise that unless we decide on our career goals and take action to achieve them, where we end up will be a matter of luck. 

Begin to plan your career today with this simple 4 stage process.

Interview advice

'Power Pose' your way to sucess in interviews.  Searching for a job can take up all your time and energy to decide what you want to do, then searching for jobs, changing your CV and then the wait. When preparing for an interview, most of us don't think about how you should sit in an interview.  Do you know what your body language can portray about you?  Amy Cuddy, TedTalks explains how power posing can make you stand out from the crowd.

Find out how to 'Power Pose'

LinkedIn Advice

How to use LinkedIn: LinkedIn is like a huge networking event except in this case you have the opportunity to connect with over 1,000 million members globally. How can this help with finding a job?

How to use LinkedIn

Guidelines for temp and contract workers

Due to the nature and urgency of most temporary assignments, it is of paramount importance to our clients that our temporary staff are committed and reliable. Here, we outline the guidelines all temp and contract workers should abide by.

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