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Our stall now well and truly “set out”

The basis for our service is to offer a tight listing of sought-after jobs for the Midlands region – Offaly, Westmeath, Longford & Laois. However, we also endeavour to have a decent variety of jobs to cater for most interests. From that point of view, the mix of jobs currently on offer (17th May 2007) is the best we’ve had so far.

If you look at the featured jobs section you have everything from a Data Analyst in Portlaoise to a Financial Planner in Athlone to a Lab Assistant in Longford. All very live jobs, ie. “recently” posted. As well as including a good mix of agency jobs, by now we are satisfied that our stall is fully “set out” and we’re open for business.

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The Midland Jobs concept

Here we go..

Yet another wannabe Bill Gates, raimeising on about his latest website. I can think of more interesting things to be reading.

And yet there is a case for explaining how a new website comes into being. What is it’s purpose in life? How does it go about it’s business?

Why is Midlandjobs.ie needed? Does the world really need another jobs website?

There’s a very special and unprecedented set of circumstances in Midlands recruitment right now. Even leaving techie developments out of the discussion for the moment, there seems to be loads going on here.

First off, there are some fairly major road developments busting their way down through the region. There are countless new housing and accommodation developments. Many major shopping complexes are under construction in the main towns with more planned. More commuter trains to the capital than I’d say ever before. Every week when you open the local newspapers there’s another announcement about more jobs in… There’s even been some realistic enough talk about a regional airport around the Horseleap area. And don’t even get me started on the whole Midland Gateway, National Spatial Strategy thing.

I used to work as a recruiter here in Mullingar. Midlandjobs.ie emerged out of that. Not just as an idea but out of a sense of necessity. The other HR resources then available to me, well established and all as they were, at times could be toothless enough. The technology was available for me to make a dedicated regional HR resource into a reality. So I did it.

What if you put together all of the material relating to local recruitment under one (virtual) roof? What if you totally excluded information about recruitment in any other part of the country? If you brought together listings by companies who themselves are perhaps not normally involved with one another. Jobs listed by say a retailer in Laois, featuring alongside engineering jobs in Longford. If you could feature jobs with some of the smaller local companies. The whole idea seemed too appealing and workable for me to not have a go at it.

But to anyone who might be expecting a big PR / marketing push for Midlandjobs.ie… you’ll be waiting cause it aint gonna happen. One of the cool things about being in the Midlands is the relative lack of hype about everything. People just get on with whatever it is they do without fuss. Work, community, sport, whatever. It’s just the midlands way, where a spade is a spade. A breath of fresh air you could say. And our job site aims to reflect exactly that same no frills approach.

Interestingly more and more people who register online with Midlandjobs.ie cite the source of their enquiry as “word of mouth”. It is hoped that this blog, the Midlandjobs.ie forum, will help with that process of building awareness. So in a way, this post is about as close to a press release as we’re ever gonna get.

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It’s an interesting pint

It’s been said to me that a company’s main website (in our case Midlandjobs.ie) is like your office. It’s your place of business. Where you get the job done.

But your blog is like a lounge or your local pub where you drop in for a pint and a chat after work. (The Tap or Caseys) Where the talk can be equally as important as in the office, just less pressurized.

So I’m wondering if these posts are just like bar-stool comments. They tend to slide down-hill as the night goes on.

Might be an idea to hide the lap-top at around 8pm… specially on Fridays.

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Moving out of Dublin

Many people who are looking for jobs in the Midlands region can be a little “at sea” when it comes to finding out information about local jobs, employers and recruiters. In fact they need lots of information about all sorts of other subjects as well. Those who have come through the whole process already may have something useful to say to help others who haven’t yet moved.

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Recruiter comments

Has the Midlandjobs site worked for you? What was good about it? What was not so good? What issues are you facing as a local recruiter? If you had a room full of candidates for jobs, what would you say to them to help them to prepare for an interview with your company? What is your best vacancy at the moment? Llink from here to it if you want eg. click here What’s going on at your company at the moment?

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Are you new to blogging?

If you’re new to the medium of blogging, it’s can be easily explained as a way for you to share ideas with others interested in similar issues and topics. In this case – employment in the midlands.

So for example recruiters might like to share tips and ideas about the latest best practices they are putting in place.

Job-seekers might like to find out from other job-seekers where to find specialist recruiters for their industry sector in the Midlands.

Generally the rules of blogging are that there are no rules, however this blog is a forum specifically associated with Midlandjobs.ie and so for that reason will need to be orientated around it’s niche subject. Shur we’ll see how it goes anyway, but don’t be afraid to drop in a post here and there if you have something to say on a subject.

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The Opening shot..

Yesterday I attended an event by Westmeath County Enterprise Board about the subject of blogging. There were a number of speakers from the IIA (Irish Internet Association) all extolling the benefits of blogging for people in small businesses. Such as myself.

In all honesty, I went along with a fairly sceptical view of what blogging was all about. These days there seems to be endless schemes for getting people to spend all of their time gazing into a computer screen. (Bad enough really). And then I just can’t say that I’m a huge fan of having to read other people’s spoof just for the sake of spoof.

But I must admit, “traditional” websites can be sterile places. Take my own website, Midlandjobs.ie is (by design) a super-functional site. It only says what it needs to say and does only what it needs to do. Nothing more. It’s a no-frills, take no prisoners sort of website.

It’s very purpose was to to allow people to easily find and apply for the jobs which interest them in the local towns. So they can work right there where they want to work. And they can apply as quickly and as hassle-free as possible without having to read reams of information before they get to what they’re looking for. Thankfully I’d say, that much has been achieved.

It occurs to me now though that the users of the website, both job-seekers and recruiters alike, might value an area which allows them to discuss the issues that are of interest to them. These discussions don’t need to be cluttering up the main website, but they could have a valuable purpose in their own right.

I have been in both situations, both recruiting and job-seeking and without a doubt there are things to talk about for both groups. So despite my initial scepticism, I’m happy to start the conversations here today, even if only on a trial basis for the moment. You the reader, may have some valuable feedback for us about the Midlandjobs site itself. Whether it has been of help to you – or not as the case may be. And if not, how can it be improved. We’d be interested to hear from you.