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How can you land a job in a crowded market?

26 May 2017

The availability of jobs is one thing. Landing a job is something else entirely. So how can you secure a brand new role?

In a relatively quiet week for jobs, just 170 new roles were announced across Ireland, with e-commerce giant Pitney Bowes carrying the bulk of those. Tech company OpenJaw and fintech firm Redline round out the rest.

The Irish OpenJaw announcement came amid news of a global expansion, which will see 200 new roles added to the company’s books.

We also took a more theoretical view of jobs – not the jobs that are available, but, rather, the jobs you could have – with five data science-related roles that may surprise you.

Of course, as always, the availability of jobs is just one part of the puzzle. It’s, say, 10pc. The other 90pc? Actually getting the job.

To make that a little easier for those who are struggling to find work, LinkedIn this week poured €180,000 into non-profit Jobcare, which assists jobseekers who are facing challenges.

There’s also some more specific prep you can do if you’re targeting a particular role or area.

Want to be a software developer? We have some tips. Want to work in biopharma? We tell you what you should (or could) study.

To provide some inspiration, we also spoke to Bristol-Myers Squibb bioprocess associate Cheryl Hyland, who gave us an insight into what her days working for a pharma giant are like.

In the great arc of career development, what happens after you land a job can be just as important as the act of landing it. This week, we asked, ‘if a company has a bad culture, will that affect your prospects?’

A company’s culture can also have a detrimental effect on staff health. We looked at that in detail, offering ways for management to manage overall stress levels, and improve employees’ health.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. 100 new jobs for Dublin as Pitney Bowes expands

Tech giant Pitney Bowes is to create 100 jobs at its new operations centre in Dublin, which will comprise a client support centre as well as a research and design centre.

2. Airlines’ swoop on e-commerce enables OpenJaw to soar to 450 people

Earlier this week, it was reported that OpenJaw Technologies is to create 50 jobs in Dublin and Galway, but it turns out the company is also expanding globally.

3. 5 surprising jobs you can do as a data scientist

Data science is still one of the hottest sectors to get into, and there’s so much more to it than simply mining huge amounts of data.

4. LinkedIn invests in helping jobseekers get back to work

Social network LinkedIn has committed €180,000 to a partnership with non-profit Jobcare to assist jobseekers facing challenges in finding work.

5. 9 tips to kick-start an amazing software developer career

So, you want to be a software developer. We’ve got nine essential tips to get you started on the road to success.

6. Want to work in biopharma? Here’s what you need to study

There are plenty of programmes you can study to start your career in biopharma, from science to engineering.

7. The best thing about working in biopharma? The passion is infectious

Cheryl Hyland, a bioprocess associate at Bristol-Myers Squibb, gives us an insider look at her role and her daily work with the pharma company.

8. Could a bad company culture ruin your chance at success?

Company culture doesn’t just affect your day-to-day life. It can also have a massive effect on how successful you are in your career.

9. Have your team’s stress levels reached breaking point?

If your employees are stressed, it will cause problems. Here’s how to monitor stress levels within your team and keep them down.

10. How companies can improve their employees’ health

We all suffer from stress and anxiety from time to time, but what happens when it all gets a bit too much at work?

Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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