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Why Cybersecurity should be in every employers' budget!

06 Nov 2018

It’s no secret that Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand and low supply. After attending the European Cyber Threat Summit Ian Donnelly, Senior Consultant on Brightwater’s IT team discusses the threats and opportunities facing the industry.

A Career in Recruitment

31 Oct 2018

Patrick Keeney, Consultant in Brightwater’s Accountancy division illustrates why he thinks running a marathon is similar to working in recruitment.

Flexible working arrangements in the legal sector – what private practice is offering

19 Oct 2018

A career in law can be very rewarding but it doesn’t come without hard work. The pressures of the role and the demands of clients who are, in a lot of scenarios outside of the jurisdiction and time zone, can mean long hours in the office. The desire for the elusive ‘work/life balance’ is a big motivator for the majority of solicitors who get in contact with Brightwater and a big factor as to why so many solicitors look to make a move away from private practice and into in-house roles.

You're a Qualified Chartered Accountant - What Next?

12 Oct 2018

We had the pleasure of joining the ACA Autumn Conferring yesterday and in the words of Barry Dempsey (CEO of Chartered Accountants Ireland), it was “impossible not to feel the palpable pride in the room” as the newest members of Chartered Accountants Ireland became ACA qualified. Years of hard work culminating in a fantastic ceremony and celebrations with loved ones. Now the dust - and the champagne bubbles - have settled the biggest question you are probably asking yourself is “now what?”

Innovation & Recruitment – the challenges facing Blockchain in financial services

10 Oct 2018

I recently attended the third annual Blockchain for Finance Conference in the Aviva Stadium. A three day event, it was a terrific opportunity to learn about the challenges that those working in financial services face trying to exploit the potential of disruptive technologies like Blockchain. There was a great line-up of speakers and panellists and each talk was incredibly interesting. As someone who works with clients beginning to request an increasing number of CVs with Blockchain experience, it was particularly fascinating to hear all the differing viewpoints. I took away two main points from the conference; (a) innovation in this space (b) challenges facing the industry including recruitment.

CPD-The Final Countdown for Legal Professionals

04 Oct 2018

As the 31st December CPD deadline fast approaches, what can solicitors do to ensure that they’re compliant with all CPD requirements for the 2018 cycle requirements?

When and How to Rebrand - Relaunching an already successful brand is not as easy as it looks

21 Sep 2018

Sometimes when it comes to branding, the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” isn’t the best approach. That’s particularly true in this era of constant change, both in consumer audience demands and ever evolving technology.

CIO Summit- The Evolving Digital Landscape

19 Sep 2018

Anne Marie Walsh discusses how the evolving digital landscape is something that poses both one of the greatest challenges and opportunities to the world of work as we know it.

Brexit - The Main Challenges Facing the Irish Supply Chain & Logistics Sector

12 Sep 2018

Marc Bentley, Consultant with Brightwater’s Supply Chain & Logistics division recently attended the Food & Drink Business Expo in City West and was struck by the number of challenges facing the sector, particularly in the face of Brexit.

Family Law Update - upcoming legislation on family leave.

10 Sep 2018

Aoife O’Donovan, Senior Consultant with Brightwater’s HR division has put together a few points to help HR professionals keep on top of legislation regarding family leave.

How many jobs are too many?

08 Aug 2018

I work placing HR professionals into all types of employment: permanent fulltime/part time, fixed term contracts and temporary assignments. In the HR field statutory and maternity contract covers are commonplace, yet occasionally good HR professionals I represent not even considered based on their career structure and career history. Particularly the amount of jobs they have had within a space of time, or how long they have spent with one employer.

When Summer In The Office Means Extra Work

03 Aug 2018

When the summer holidays roll around (particularly in July and August), offices can resemble ghost towns. But don’t let the absence of your colleagues fool you! There is still plenty of work to be done and if you’re the one left in the office, how do you handle the extra workload without needing a holiday yourself?

Why Brand Names Aren't Enough Anymore

31 May 2018

To attract top talent today, employers can no longer rely on salaries, benefits, generous perks and all the accompanying bells and whistles. Sadly neither can they rely solely on their brand name to both attract and retain staff.

Ireland’s Newest Tech Paradise

29 May 2018

Hugh McCarthy, Regional Manager of Brightwater’s IT division, has nearly 20 years’ experience within the IT sector. Recently, Hugh has made the move from Dublin to Cork to develop Brightwater’s regional IT recruitment division. He shares his thoughts on the sector and why he is optimistic about the market in Munster.

Attracting & Retaining Millennials – Is It Really That Complicated?

28 May 2018

By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the workforce and some major debate is going on about the generational transformation that organisations need to undergo in order to attract and retain these individuals. There is a lot of talk about the stereotypical perks and benefits being offered to attract millennials, particularly with the big tech companies such as on site break out rooms, beanbag chairs, concierge services, yoga classes and subsidised canteens amongst others. This tends to strike panic among the SMEs who just can’t compete with this level of generosity. But is this really what millennials want or are we over-complicating matters?

Let's Talk Tax

21 May 2018

Robert Patterson, Senior Recruitment Consultant within Brightwater’s Public Practice and Taxation division recently attended the Irish Tax Institute Annual Conference, he shares his thoughts on the many talking points of the conference and the future of the tax profession in Ireland.

The Evolving Role of an Accountant

17 May 2018

As a recruiter in the accountancy field, I’ve seen both the roles and performance expectations of accountants evolve over the years so that they have become a real commercial driver within their organisation. So it was incredibly fitting that last week’s Chartered Accountants conference in Kilkenny had “Evolve” as its theme.

Probing into Probation

16 May 2018

Brendan McCarron, Assistant Manager of Brightwater’s HR division discusses the pitfalls of probation periods and the elements to managing a successful one.

How The World Cup Can Score You Your Dream Job

30 Apr 2018

With the past few weeks of football over-indulgence and the high drama of the penalty shootouts, I started thinking about similar high-pressure situations. There are similarities between a successful penalty kick and a successful interview which I thought I’d share here.

Chartered Accountants - Consider a career in financial services

30 Apr 2018

We’ve come to the end of a two week period of Spring Conferrings for the ACA Chartered Accountants. It was a huge achievement for all those being conferred in Cork, Dublin and Belfast. So after the celebrations, where to now?

Genevieve Slater

08 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day Thursday Brightwater is celebrating inspirational women. We are championing women who are leaders in their field and make a difference in their community. In this profile we are highlighting Genevieve Slater, Office Manager Europ Assistance as an inspirational woman.

Aisling Keegan

08 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day Thursday Brightwater is celebrating inspirational women. We are championing women who are leaders in their field and make a difference in their community. In this profile we are highlighting Aisling Keegan,Vice President & GM of Dell Ireland as an inspirational woman.

Barbara McGrath

08 Mar 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th, we’re championing inspirational women who are leaders in their own fields. We may be slightly biased but we think our very own Barbara McGrath, MD of the Brightwater Group is pretty inspirational herself. So we asked her a few questions to see what she had to say about her own career to date.

Shauna Greely

08 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day Thursday, March 8th Brightwater is celebrating inspirational women. We are championing women who are leaders in their field and make a difference in their community. In this profile we are highlighting Shauna Greely, Finance Business Partner at Ulster Bank and President of Chartered Accountants Ireland as an inspirational woman.

Estelle Davis

08 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day Brightwater is celebrating inspirational women. We are championing women who are leaders in their field and make a difference in their community. In this profile we are highlighting Estelle Davis, Managing Partner of Brightwater Executive, as an inspirational woman.

Aoife Clarke

08 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day March 8th Brightwater is celebrating inspirational women. We are championing women who are leaders in their field and make a difference in their community. In this profile we are highlighting our very own Aoife Clarke, Associate Director Brightwater Group as an inspirational woman.

Elaine Forde

08 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day March 8th Brightwater is celebrating inspirational women. We are championing women who are leaders in their field and make a difference in their community. In this profile we are highlighting Elaine Forde,Test Manager at Davy as an inspirational woman.

Engineers may see the rising sun

27 Feb 2018

We recently did a survey with a number of Irish engineers on the reasons for deciding not to come home to Ireland. With the changes in the economy and the media constantly telling us that we are out of recession, why is now not the ideal time to come back to the “auld sod”? Our survey turned up some very interesting reasons, most being obvious, and some that varied between lifestyle and career. The possibility of “getting a job” wasn’t a barrier as people feel there are jobs here. However, are they the right jobs? Ireland has a lot to offer people at the moment but here are the main areas of concern for Irish professionals abroad who are considering coming home.

6 interview tips for the would-be recruiter

27 Feb 2018

Recruiters can be harsh critics, after all, our reputation with our clients depends on getting them the right candidate. But when it comes to interviewing people to work as recruiters alongside us, we can be the toughest of judges!

How to get ahead in an IT interview #LovingIT

15 Feb 2018

If you work in IT, you are aware the job market is in a very healthy place for most IT disciplines, whether you work in Software Engineering, anything Data related or Infrastructure. While there are many job opportunities, the market is still competitive and companies are discerning about who they bring into their teams, both in terms of technical capabilities and cultural fit.

Marketing Yourself Online = €$£

13 Feb 2018

In sales it’s important to be able to market yourself effectively to both potential employers and potential buyers. The way to do this is constantly evolving. In the past a good salesperson was only expected to generate revenue through traditional sales, this was typically over the phone or face to face. Social selling is becoming progressively more significant. We can now use social networks to leverage our contacts, this allowing us to build successful effective relationships, prospect leads and achieve sales targets through channels that weren’t previously possible.

Love it or leave it – getting the most out of your job

13 Feb 2018

Let’s face it – there are days when our jobs frustrate us so much that we want to go home at 11am but those days should be the exception rather than the rule. If you’re just working for a paycheck and not even liking any aspect of your job, then you should definitely think about a move. In order to excel in your career, your job should really engage and challenge you. So how do you start to love your job again?.

Behind every new job is a door to different opportunities!

07 Feb 2018

Temp jobs open up a world of opportunity. Every assignment exposes you to new people and new contacts. You never know where paths may cross further down the line and what temp role may lead to an employer referring you to another department/company that they know is recruiting.

The Wheel. Electricity. Blockchain..?

06 Feb 2018

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently you’re bound to have noticed how much coverage Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ripple have been receiving. It has brought the subject into the public consciousness from a position of relative obscurity. Most of the stories have gone something like this…”I bought €10 worth of Bitcoin 5 years ago by mistake and now I’m a millionaire!”…and, yes, for a lot of people who are actively involved in the marketplace it is a speculative attempt to make money.

Considering a career in Financial Services?

19 Jan 2018

Becoming a Qualified Accountant is a huge achievement and no doubt the result of a lot of study, determination and hard work. With the ACCA exam results released last Monday the 15th of January, many newly qualified professionals are wondering what next?

Marketing is the unsung hero of the company!

08 Jan 2018

​The landscapes of organisations have changed so much over the last 12 months. We have seen a huge amount of growth in marketing divisions. What was once seen as the fluffy side of the company has now become an integral part of a company’s overall strategy.

New Year - Time to Make that Move?

03 Jan 2018

At some stage in their career, everyone experiences that dreaded “Sunday Evening Fear”, where you really don’t want to drag yourself into work on the Monday morning. The Christmas holiday period only serves to exacerbate this feeling for many. This means that the first day back in the office in January is the time when most people decide to make that move! But before you decide to tender your resignation, here are a few things to consider!

Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders…

03 Jan 2018

Coming into a brand new year, many ambitious people will be aiming to get a promotion! Brightwater's Stacy Keogh discusses the steps to take in order to further in your career.

The Temptation to Temp

02 Jan 2018

If you’re not looking after your employees, somebody else will!

14 Dec 2017

If you're not looking after your employees, somebody else will! Brightwater's Aoife O'Donovan discusses how employers will have to provide additional compensation, expand benefit packages and improve the overall employee experience in order to retain talent in 2018.

Employment Law - A Year in Brief

14 Dec 2017

Brightwater's Assistant Manager, Brendan McCarron discusses headline and ticket items from the 2017 Employment Law change and Industrial Action Ibec forum.

My Career in Recruitment

13 Dec 2017

Recruitment is most certainly not for everyone.The challenge lies in the fact that you are working with people and people are the most unpredictable product you could sell!

Caution - Engineers Ahead

12 Dec 2017

Recently government bodies announced Ireland’s unemployment figure has fallen to 6.3%, the same figure as of November 2008. This figure identifies rebalancing of our economy post-recession and signals changes ahead for all sectors. Conor Bannon, Assistant Manager of Brightwater‘s Engineering Division talks changes ahead in the sector and what’s next on the recruitment front.

Are you really happy or just really comfortable?

11 Dec 2017

It’s the time of year where we all tend to reflect and measure where we are at in terms of career satisfaction. It’s a natural thing as you look towards the following year. The question you should be asking yourself is, are you loving your job? Nothings perfect, but if you have serious concerns as an IT candidate on an aspect of your current role, the answer might be to make a change.

Building an award winning team!

08 Dec 2017

Commercial Director at Brightwater Mark Byrne discusses what winning Best in Practice Sales & Marketing at the NRF awards means to him.

Meet Michelle Magner and Alison Byrne

08 Dec 2017

Brightwater’s Talent Acquisition Specialists Michelle Magner & Alison Byrne give a little insight into their own backgrounds and how they came to develop their careers in (and love) recruitment!

Why December is the best time to job hunt!

01 Dec 2017

Like promising to go to the gym every day or learn a new skill, so many people decide that the start of the New Year is the ideal time to look for a job. It’s easy to assume that employers down tools when it comes to hiring in December but are you missing out on vital preparation time?

Putting The Talk Back Into Recruitment

30 Nov 2017

Probably the most enjoyable thing about working in the recruitment industry is the number of people you interact with on a daily basis. It’s energising! As a recruiter you have the opportunity to speak with lots of people, to build lots of good relationships whilst enjoying some light banter, and all of this whilst doing your job. Daily networking certainly beats staring at a screen all day.

Eyes Opened at Cyber Threat Summit 2017

03 Nov 2017

I attended the Cyber Threat Summit last week at the fantastic “Helix” on Dublin’s DCU campus. This event was a real eye opener. It kicked off with ICTTF president Paul C Dwyer. Paul is one of the world’s leading Cyber Security experts and he captured the audience with a very entertaining presentation giving an overview about how a small country like Ireland can play an integral part in the ongoing war with the “bad guys” in the IT world; hackers and criminals out to steal and disrupt. The ICTTF are a task force of professionals in cyber security that all have a common goal and believe you need a network to defeat a network. Then all of a sudden, an army of drummers banged their way down onto the stage. If people were not fully awake from Paul’s very entertaining presentation on how Bono could make the perfect CISO, this certainly shook things up. I have been to quite a few IT conferences over the years and have to say this was one of the best openings I have seen to date. Great job Paul.

The Who, What, When, Where & Why of GDPR

31 Oct 2017

At present, most working professionals will have heard of, or been exposed to GDPR in some form or another. At the very least, you may have heard those 4 letters flung around the office in slightly panicked tones. For those who still haven’t got to grips with it, an extremely simple outline of it is detailed below.

Why Job Seeking is like Trick or Treating!

26 Oct 2017

With Pumpkin Spice Lattés on the menu in every corner coffee shop, evenings getting ever darker and Halloween just around the corner, why not face your job seeking fears head on and begin your search today for a new role in finance? With just 8 Mondays separating Halloween from Christmas begin your job search now before everyone makes getting a new job their New Year’s Resolution!

So you want to be a recruiter? Here's what you need to know!

23 Oct 2017

When you work in recruitment, you do get a lot of criticism. “Sure, how hard is it to send a CV over?” is one of the most popular (or unpopular depending on your viewpoint) comments. And in some respects, they’re right. Recruitment isn’t a hard job. But it is a tough one.

So, you’re finally a Chartered Accountant!

13 Oct 2017

So, the day has arrived, you are now an ACA Chartered Accountant!!! It is an immense achievement! Proud pictures of ‘your dapper self’! Diploma in hand, trailed with bad dad jokes of ‘Be Audit You Can Be’. Your mother shedding a happy tear or two. After all why wouldn’t she, she has witnessed a mere 6- 8 years of hard work, late nights and lots of coffee!! The words ‘social life’ and ‘late nights’ will now all have new meanings to you. So where to now?

Could you be part of Ireland’s army of cyber security experts?

14 Sep 2017

With cyber-attacks becoming more and more of a global threat and concern growing for businesses worldwide, the importance of cyber security cannot be underestimated. Nor can the ever increasing need for cyber security experts!

Hiring Temporary Staff & the Benefits to your Business

06 Sep 2017

Brightwater’s Cork office has grown its temporary and contract division significantly over the last couple of years. Our experienced consultants specialise in placing the best temporary candidates across accountancy, engineering, business support and IT sectors. Our expert consultants outline the benefits that temporary employees can bring to your organisation.

Receptionist – the ultimate multitasking job!

25 Aug 2017

As recruiters, we sometimes get to hear very frank and honest (if somewhat misleading) views of jobs both from job seekers and employers. One of the pet hates of our Business Support team is when they get asked to recruit for a receptionist and are told to find someone who can answer phones and look presentable! A receptionist is SO much more than that! On the flip side, we also get lovely employers who ring up in a panic wondering how they’re going to replace their receptionist with just one person!

Returning to work for a previous employer - good idea or not?

21 Aug 2017

Thinking about returning to work for a previous employer? Been wooed back by the promise of promotion, career progression and the comfort of a familiar environment? You’re not alone. More people have taken this step than you think.

The 7 P's of a Great Sales Professional

04 Aug 2017

Sales is one job that everyone thinks they can do! But it’s definitely harder than it looks and needs a certain type of person regardless of their academic qualifications or self-conviction that they could sell sand to the Arabs.

It’s Not You, it's Progression

29 Jun 2017

So you beat some tough competition and have an exciting new job offer! Congratulations - now the hard part - handing in your notice...

GDPR - Made Simple!

29 Jun 2017

On 25th May 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Directive from 1995. The new measures contain many of the same principles and concepts as the current Data Protection Act. Which means that companies already successfully abiding by the 1995 legislation will probably be covered. However, the penalties for non-compliance are severe, and GDPR cannot be ignored.

Why would I use a recruiter? 5 candidate benefits from the inside

02 Jun 2017

Before starting my career in recruitment not all of these benefits were evident! The lack of knowledge around how recruitment consultancies work could mean that you’re completely missing out on exclusive opportunities, guidance around the interview process. More importantly even better negotiations around your terms of employment, all of which come at absolutely no cost to you.

Reputation and Control

24 May 2017

IBEC’s Employment Law conference in Croke Park on the 11th of May was a fantastic insight into the future of employment law, in particular how it is influencing best practice in the workplace.

Data Protection – What You Need To Do

18 May 2017

With only one year remaining before the new EU regulations on GDPR come into effect the words whispered the most at the IBEC Employment Law Conference on the 11th of May were ‘Data’ and ‘Protection’.

Disruption 2017

17 May 2017

Last Friday Brightwater Consultants attended the Chartered Accountants Ireland Annual Conference as a sponsor in the Radisson Blu, Galway. Assistant Manager of our Accountancy division Ciarán Bergin shares his thoughts on this flagship, annual event.

Cork is the real digital capital!

16 Mar 2017

Ever Thought of a Move to the Rebel County?

16 Mar 2017

Thinking about a move to the Rebel County? Tom Wilkinson, Commercial Director at Brightwaters Cork office talks why many professionals are considering the move to the “real” capital.

The return of Engineering

10 Mar 2017

The Engineering sector is slowly but surely experiencing noticeable recovery in Ireland. This industry in particular was affected more drastically than other industries in Ireland during the recession.

ACCA exams - what next?

09 Mar 2017

So you are about to sit your fundamental ACCA papers or perhaps your final exams, but have you anticipated where this will lead to and what opportunities may await you on the market?

ACA Young Professionals – Taking the Fear out of Networking

22 Feb 2017

Brightwater was delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with Chartered Accountants Ireland and our sponsorship of the ACA Young Professionals. Brightwater’s Commercial Director Jean O’Donovan, along with Grace Caraher, Robert Patterson and Anneke Silva of our accountancy division were in attendance at ACAs most recent event “Taking the Fear out of Networking".

How to Love Your Job

17 Feb 2017

Do you love your job? If you don't this doesn't have to be a permanent feeling and you can start the road to loving your job by following a few easy steps!

Why Engineering is a career to love!

16 Feb 2017

Have you ever considered Engineering as a career path? Read our latest blog post to see why it is an excellent and fulfilling career path!

Falling in Love with your New Job

13 Feb 2017

Got a new job but not sure if it’s right for you? Brightwater has put together our top tips on how to fall head over heels with your new job.

Chartered Accountants Ireland Annual Dinner

06 Feb 2017

Brightwater was delighted to kick off our 2017 events calendar with sponsorship of the Chartered Accountants Annual Dinner on the 2nd of February in the Convention Centre.

Appraisals

11 Jan 2017

The start of a new calendar year is usually the period when employee appraisals take place in the workplace. Read our latest blog post to make sure you are ready for your upcoming appraisal!

New Year, New Job – Take Control of Your Career in 2017

10 Jan 2017

Ready to take control of your career in 2017? Let Brightwater take you through some of our top tips for securing your dream job and taking the next step in your career.

Brightwater - Temps of The Month

08 Dec 2016

Read about our Temps of the Month during 2016.

Legal Island Annual Review of Employment Law 2016

02 Dec 2016

Employment law is always a tricky yet busy area for HR professionals and getting the chance to listen to a summary of the year’s changes was an opportunity not to be missed. Eileen Wall and Marguerite Brahim of Brightwater’s HR recruitment division were delighted to attend this week’s Legal Island - Annual Review of Employment Law 2016. The highly popular annual event examined current developments in employment law and HR. As always, the event proved to be thought-provoking and delegates left with a much stronger understanding of the HR sector in Ireland.

5 Qualities of Good Administrative Assistants

25 Nov 2016

Administrative assistants are the backbone to a business. Find out the qualities of good administrative assistants on our latest blog post.

Irish Brokers Association – Annual Conference 2016

23 Nov 2016

Brightwater Recruitment Consultants Emma O’Driscoll and Anneke Silva were delighted to sponsor and exhibit at the IBA Annual Conference at Croke Park on Thursday 17th of November.

Is a career in IT contracting for you?

22 Nov 2016

A job doesn't have to be 'for life' anymore. You can read more about IT contracting here.

IACT: Corporate Treasurers Summit 2016

22 Nov 2016

Eimear Walsh and Sara Goulding of Brightwater’s financial services division and Estelle Davis and Jean Heylin of the executive team were delighted to attend and sponsor the IACT: Corporate Treasurers Summit Conference 2016.

PyCon Conference 2016

07 Nov 2016

We were delighted to be sponsors and exhibitors of the PyCon 2016 conference on the 4th and 5th November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane.

Business and Finance CEO 100 2016

02 Nov 2016

On October 18th, Business and Finance launched their annual CEO 100 edition sponsored by Brightwater Executive in the Marker Hotel.

Building your Career in HR

02 Nov 2016

Human Resources is a fast-paced and lucrative career field with plenty of opportunities for job development and progression. Aoife O’Donovan, HR recruiter at Brightwater, talks about your career path in HR and what you can do to take the next step!

Got your FAEs - Now what?

28 Oct 2016

3 long years of studying and you finally have your FAE results – now what? Ciaran Bergin, Senior Accountancy Recruitment Consultant at Brightwater discusses the current employment market and opportunities for qualified accountants.

SYS Annual Conference

27 Oct 2016

It’s that time of year again! Brightwater’s Michael Minogue Team Lead for Legal and Marketing Executive Laura Mattimoe were delighted to attend & sponsor the SYS conference 2016 at the Strand Hotel in Limerick.

ACCA Financial Services Chairman’s Breakfast

26 Oct 2016

Brightwater was delighted to sponsor the ACCA Financial Services Chairman’s Breakfast in the Gibson Hotel. The Brightwater financial services team of Eimear Walsh, Sara Goulding, Chloe Sheils, Lyn White, Grace Caraher and Annita McGettigan, along with Estelle Davis and Jean Heylin of the Brightwater Executive team were all in attendance at this highly topical morning.

Are you interested in becoming a Legal Secretary?

25 Oct 2016

Working in Ireland

18 Oct 2016

There has never been a better time to come and work in Ireland. Brightwater outlines the practical realities of working in Ireland with a guide to all you need.... Read on!

ACCA New Members Celebration

17 Oct 2016

Brightwater recruitment consultants Annita McGettigan, Lyn White, Ciaran Bergin, Robert Patterson and Associate Director Jean O’Donovan were delighted to attend the ACCA New Members Celebration 2016 at the Aviva Stadium last week.

The Future is Bright.. for IT Graduates

14 Oct 2016

Predict Conference– Journey From Data To Predictive Analytics

07 Oct 2016

Brightwater were delighted to come on board as a partner of this year’s Predict Conference. Predict 2016 took place in the RDS from the 4- 5th October.

Chartered Accountants Ireland - ACA Careers Evening

03 Oct 2016

Brightwater is delighted to continue its partnership with Chartered Accountants Ireland and was proud to get a chance to speak at their Careers Evening on the 29th of September. Members of our accountancy team Lyn White, Ciaran Bergin, Robert Patterson, Grace Caraher, Annita McGettigan and Commercial Director, Mark Byrne were all in attendance at this interesting and informative evening.

The Financial Services Sector & Brexit – What's Next for Dublin?

28 Sep 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is expected to drastically change the financial services sector in both London and Dublin. London has always been an attractive city for multi-national firms to operate, however Brexit has put Dublin as a leading beneficiary with a number of international banks considering relocating part of their operations. The financial services division at Brightwater discuss what implications Brexit may have for the Irish employment market.

Thinking about a career in retail?

20 Sep 2016

The steady growth in Ireland over the past two years has resulted in a very healthy retail market. With domestic consumer demand steadily improving, the need for more retail staff is evident. Retail is the country’s largest industry and it is the largest private sector employer. Working in the retail industry offers a very exciting career path with there being many positive benefits to be gained from a career in retail. Retail jobs provide varied and challenging work and the chance to learn valuable skills.

Why Fund Services?

16 Sep 2016

The funds sector continues to be a rapidly growing industry within financial services. Currently over 35,500 people work in financial services sector in the IFSC with industry trends pointing to even more positive growth. Dublin has positioned itself as a global hub in the funds industry with many of the largest firms such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, State Street and Blackrock operating within the capital. At Brightwater we’re seeing hiring and salary growth across all funds companies and the career development opportunities are higher than ever before.

IPASS Graduation 2016

08 Sep 2016

On Saturday the 3rd of September myself and three other consultants specialising in accountancy here in Brightwater, Mark Byrne (Commercial Director), Lyn White and Tara Higgins headed to the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra to attend the IPASS graduation.

Making the Move in to Financial Services as a Newly Qualified Accountant

25 Aug 2016

So you are a newly qualified accountant and are wondering what your future holds. The first job you move into following your qualification is crucial, therefore it is wise to ensure you are well informed about the options available to you.

Changes to European Medical Device Regulations - how does it affect Ireland?

24 Aug 2016

With so many medical devices companies based in Ireland, the new European regulations governing medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics will have an impact - not least on costing, traceability and skills resources.

Post-Holiday Blues - Returning to Work

22 Aug 2016

There’s nothing worse than the post-holiday blues that first day back in the office. Often the excitement of a holiday faced with the reality of work is not a pleasant experience, however there are a number of ways to make your return a little easier (and we’re not talking about scoffing toblerones from the duty free!)

You’ve Got Your Leaving Cert Results – Now What?

17 Aug 2016

It’s that time of year again – 50,000 students across Ireland have this morning received their Leaving Cert results. This can be a time of delight for some, however can also mean dejection for others. The Brightwater team would like to congratulate anyone who has completed their Leaving Cert and have put together some useful advice whatever your results.

Holidays from Work – How to Switch Off

16 Aug 2016

No matter how driven ambitious or career orientated you are, everyone needs a break from work from time to time. Holidays serve as a great opportunity to unwind and most importantly, return to the office refreshed and relaxed. In order to have a stress-free break here are our top tips to get the best from your time off.

5 Top Tips for Starting a New Job

12 Aug 2016

Starting a new job is always intimidating regardless of experience. First days can prove a mixture of anticipation, engagement, and disorientation. During your first number of weeks it is critical to make the right impression with your new employer and colleagues. New recruits should be aware that there are a number of steps you can take in order to create a seamless transition into your new role.

Thoughts on the CIPD Conference

29 Jul 2016

​Brightwater attended the CIPD conference in Dublin last Thursday (16th June). The theme, “Shaping Engagement and Wellbeing to improve performance” ; we thought that it would be another conference revisiting the topic, but delighted to be proven wrong! The variety of perspectives and speakers brought the core themes of engagement and wellness to life!

ACA Young Professionals Business Leaders Corner Summer BBQ 2016

28 Jul 2016

The ACA Young Professionals Business Leaders Corner Summer Barbeque 2016 organised by The Young Professionals Committee and sponsored by Brightwater was held in House on Lower Leeson Street on Thursday June 23rd. I was joined by my colleagues, Mark Byrne, Ciaran Bergin, Robert Patterson, Grace Caraher and Lyn White.

An Alternative Career for Legal Professionals

28 Jul 2016

If you asked recruitment consultants if they always wanted to be a recruiter, the majority would tell you that they fell into it rather than deliberately choose it as a career. However, you ask the same recruiters if they’d change jobs now, then the majority would tell you no! This is simply because recruitment offers a high-energy, competitive career that is unlike any other.

Why should I use a recruiter to find a job?

01 Jun 2016

How many times in your life have you switched GP’s or your trusty mechanic? Apart from major moves or dissatisfaction, I’m guessing you have forged a long relationship with them – they understand your medical history and when to change the oil or go with the works on a full service (you or your car). Why would your career and your personal brand be any different?

IPASS Payroll Conference & Exhibition 2016

27 May 2016

My colleagues and I attended this year’s IPASS Payroll Conference & Exhibition 2016 in the Croke Park Conference Centre. There were a number of engaging speakers on the day discussing the exciting opportunities and challenges facing payroll professionals in Ireland.

Brexit & the Dublin Financial Services Industry

24 May 2016

On June 23rd Britain will vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union. The term “Brexit” has been around since approximately 2012 when serious rumblings from our British neighbours began to appear in relation to the pros/cons of remaining in the EU.

Game Changers: ACA Annual Conference 2016

20 May 2016

Last week Brightwater’s Accountancy team was delighted to sponsor the 2016 ACA Annual Conference in the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway.

Privacy and your job search

28 Apr 2016

It’s no secret that as a job seeker today, you will come across a hiring manager (or two) who will run a search on your social media profiles to see what lies beneath the professional front that you present. Sound unfair?

Spotlight on Women in Tech

26 Apr 2016

I recently sat down with Vicky Twomey-Lee to catch up about Women in Technology. Vicky is a force to be reckoned with in the Irish Women in Tech scene, she founded and runs the Coding Grace and PyLadies Dublin as well as being on the executive board of Women in Technology and Science Ireland.

Thoughts from Irish Tax Institute Conference 2016

22 Apr 2016

Last Thursday, The Brightwater Tax Team set off for Galway to attend the Irish Tax Institute’s Annual Conference. We landed in the Radisson Blu in time to join the participating delegates and conference organisers for a welcome reception in the hotel bar.

5 Ways To Ace Your Video Interview

21 Apr 2016

In today’s time-poor and global market, the rise of the video interview is inevitable. Although they can feel awkward, here are 5 handy steps to help you prepare and ensure you get the most out of your video interview.

5 Reasons you didn’t get called for an interview (and how to bounce back!)

18 Apr 2016

So, you spotted an ad for a job that was right up your street but got the bad news that you weren’t shortlisted for an interview? All is not lost, treat it as a lesson and avoid it happening it to you again with these 5 helpful tips.

Moving forward with your Maths/Statistics focused PhD

14 Apr 2016

Graduates with backgrounds in Mathematics and/or Statistics wondering where to go next? If you haven’t thought about Data Science as a career previously, now is the time to investigate it further. There is a massive demand for high calibre candidates with your skills and technical abilities in Dublin.

Influential Women; Brightwater Women in Leadership

08 Mar 2016

On a day as important as International Women’s Day, we recognise and appreciate the path that was carved out for us by fellow women. We also reflect on the responsibility that we have as women, for the path that we carve ahead for future generations.

International Women's Day at Brightwater

08 Mar 2016

As we approach International Women’s Day in 2016, it looks like we are finally seeing some significant advances as Irish women leaders take their place amongst the decision makers of our nation.

How great is Cork to live and work in?

23 Feb 2016

The Cork market for job seekers is very exciting at the moment – it might be the sense of community and the resilience of the people who have pushed through and successfully come out the other end after the recession.

40 Days to a new career

09 Feb 2016

Don’t give up, get hired! Instead of half-heartedly giving up sweets for Lent, here’s a plan to set you up for success come Easter time!

Is IT Contracting a Solid Career Choice?

02 Feb 2016

Ireland has an enviable reputation as an IT hub and offers terrific job opportunities for permanent and contracting professionals. A steady supply of independent IT professionals (contractors) lowers both cost (financial and riskwise) to the employer without the loss of innovation.

Getting Started in Your Job Search

15 Jan 2016

There are several reasons why you may want to move job; career progression, money, wanting more challenges or the opportunity to gain new skills. Whatever your reason, there are several ways to go about it.... Read on

Using Social Media in Your Job Search

14 Jan 2016

With the advent of social media, job hunting just got easier! Or did it? We take you through the minefield of social media channels to secure your ideal job......... Read on

How to Resign

13 Jan 2016

With every new job offer, there can also be the tricky scenario of having to resign. In many cases, a resignation causes a lot of emotions on both sides but how do you avoid any bad feeling.......... Read on for our top tips:

How to Handle a Counter-Offer

12 Jan 2016

You have succeeded at interview, you’ve secured the job, signed the contract and written a gracious resignation letter but what do you do when your current employer counter-offers.......... Read on....

Writing a Cover Letter

11 Jan 2016

A cover letter is the best introduction to your CV that you can offer potential employers yet is still a major pitfall for most job seekers. For the best tips on composing a cover letter, read on........

CV Preparation

10 Jan 2016

Writing a good CV can be one of the biggest obstacles you will face when seeking a new job. We've outlined our top tips to get your CV to the top of any employer's shortlist....... Read more below:

Interview Preparation

09 Jan 2016

Your CV may have secured you an interview but now interview success is all up to you. With interviews, the key is to do your research and be fully prepared for all the interview will throw at you. For our best advice, read on.........

Competency Based Interviews

08 Jan 2016

There are several types of interviews but the one that is becoming increasingly common is the Competency Based Interview. It may sound intimidating but the reality is that this type of interview will get the best out of you as a candidate........ Read on for more

Panel Interviews

07 Jan 2016

A panel interview can sound intimidating. Faced with the prospect of sitting opposite three or four interviewers, this can prove daunting for even the most senior executives but they are increasingly becoming a common part of the interview process........... Read on for our best advice on handling them.

Body Language in Interviews

06 Jan 2016

We all know how important what you say in an interview is but never underestimate the importance of body language...... Read on.....

Common Interview Mistakes

05 Jan 2016

We all get nervous during interviews, we all make mistakes. But employers are witnessing the same mistakes turning up again and again. We outline how you can improve your performance in interviews......... Read on for more

How to Get a Promotion

04 Jan 2016

Even when you know you work hard and you deserve to be recognised, asking for a promotion can prove extremely stressful. Here's how to ask........

Negotiating a Pay Rise

03 Jan 2016

Think you're due a pay rise and you're not sure how to approach your manager? Here's how to successfully get a pay increase...........

Getting the Most out of Networking

02 Jan 2016

Whether you're looking for a new job, seeking a promotion in your current one or simply trying to develop new business relationships, networking is a vital lifeline. But if you're not prepared to put in the work, is networking a waste of time? Read on for our top tips on getting the best out of networking..........

Working Overseas

01 Jan 2016

Working abroad can be an incredibly exciting experience but have you thought your decision through? And how do you deal with visas, work permits and the actual packing? We've outlined everything you need to consider before making your final decision............ Read on for more

The 2016 Salary Survey is here!

14 Dec 2015

Details and insight to ensure that no matter if you’re a job-seeker who wants to know your worth or represent a company interested in current market rates, you will get up to date information about the Irish job market.

I’ve passed my FAE’s, now what?

17 Nov 2015

A new generation of FAE qualified professionals are carefully considering their options as their training contracts come to an end.

Are you our next Recruiter?

19 Oct 2015

The Brightwater Group is looking for highly motivated Recruiters to join our teams.