Recruitment Insights from Ian Murphy 2021 - AA Euro Group Ltd.

Recruitment Insights from Ian Murphy 2021

Ian Murphy is the Recruitment Manager for Euro Executive Recruitment and also focuses on executive-level appointments. In this profile, Ian tells us all about his career in recruitment along with the latest recruitment insights.

Recruitment Insights: Ian Murphy

Recruitment Insights Ian Murphy

Having completed a Single Honours Economics degree from University College Cork (UCC) and after a brief stint working in banking, Ian transferred into the recruitment industry and has not looked back since.

As the Recruitment Manager of Euro Executive, Ian also specialises in executive-level appointments, primarily in the data centre / M&E space, an area where he’s witnessed large growth.

Speaking of his time at Euro Executive, and when he first joined the team, Ian says:

“I suppose there was a slight risk involved when I started out as the company was relatively new, and we aimed to disrupt the industry and begin to forge relationships. To see how much it has changed in almost 6 years is nice to look back on, but it’s also important to highlight that a lot of hard work has gone into it too.”

“It hasn’t always been easy, but it is nice to see the company established with a good name in the industry.”

Motto: “Focus on the process, not the outcome.”


Market Trends

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“Naturally, remote or hybrid working is an emerging trend, and it is crucial for companies to adapt. Where this would have been totally alien to some of our clients just 18 months ago, it is now the new normal.”

“With an open mind and some tweaks to structures, companies can expand and explore far larger talent pools by implementing flexible and remote strategies.”

In relation to how COVID-19 has changed how we work, Ian says: “Increased flexibility from employers will see greater rewards from employees. I think if companies struggle to adapt, they will struggle to retain staff going forward.”

“On the flip side, it’s crucial to highlight that everyone is different, and there doesn’t need to be a regimental ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy. It’s up to employers to keep their finger on the pulse and manage employees accordingly.”


Candidate Insights

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We asked Ian for his recruitment insights and what makes a candidate stand out in their job application, which he considers to be:

  1. Relevant Project Experience: Extremely important to highlight on an application or CV.
  2. Good Layout/Structure: For a hiring manager, it’s crucial that CVs have good formatting, layout and structure.
  3. Interesting Non-Work Information: Whether it be playing golf, yoga, GAA or walking – include something to show the person outside of work, as it has a huge impact on the people inside of work.

“Beyond the application, the qualities that employers seek in candidates include a willingness to adapt, flexibility, a hard-working ethic, and the ability to improve an overall company culture.”

We asked Ian what is the most common mistake that job seekers make. “Applying for every single position that they think they might be suitable for. Naturally, I am biased, but by working with a consultant with who you can develop a relationship with, they can identify the perfect role for you. I have seen this work, where we take a more targeted approach, and present opportunities to job seekers that they didn’t know existed.”


Job Seeker Advice for 2021

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When asked to provide some advice to job seekers who are navigating the job market in 2021, Ian says:

  1. “Don’t be afraid to look outside your locality, as the future of the industry in a lot of sectors will be remote. Opportunities that may have been outside your commuting radius could very well now be on your doorstep.”
  2. “It has never been easier to explore an opportunity, video interviews have become normal, and advice is always available on hand.”

Contact Ian for all your Recruitment Needs

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