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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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