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Midlandjobs Adds Field for “Key Competencies” in Job Listings

To highlight the importance of competencies in the recruitment process, the website has now uniquely had a new field to our job listings screen, especially for Key Competencies. We strongly encourage employers to consider using competency based recruitment techniques in 2021.

Of course skills will always be important for securing a job anywhere. And yes, good qualifications are often a minimum requirement. However there does seem to be some disruption to the usual norms of hiring going on right now, amid the uncertainty of a pandemic-hit jobs market of 2021.

In fact, the only certainty about the supply of talent this Summer, will be uncertainty itself. Uncertainty about how many skilled new hires a business will need before the end of this year. Uncertainty around how many qualified candidates will be available, already located on the island of Ireland [and are therefore not subject to hotel quarantine]. Uncertainty if overseas candidates will even be free to travel this year to take up jobs in the Midlands.

The adoption of Competency-based recruitment techniques in this scenario, could provide employers with the chance of securing suitable staff, even in this restricted pool of candidates.

Competency recruitment is to an extent, about focusing only on the absolute MUST HAVES!! You’re reading the cv and asking yourself if there is any evidence of your pre-designated key competencies. So even if there may be some shortcomings in the skills and qualifications, if those key competencies are present at all, you could potentially proceed through the stages of the recruitment process with this candidate.

The key to success is in deciding what those key factors are as you write up the job description and job ad, all of which takes a little longer at the start. It also makes the job of the pre-screening that little bit more onerous. But it’s at that all-important point of hiring that the hard work pays off in spades. Now you know that while your successful candidate may not be coming to you necessarily with all of the boxes ticked, they certainly have come through as having the ideal “attitude” and approach to the job you’re hiring for. You know they will hit the ground running and they will be a safe pair of hands.  You can at least hope that you’ve uncovered a gem and that your hire will turn out to be a win-win for both the company and the candidate.

Silver Lining

From a candidate point of view, many may not realise that the demand for talent in many sectors continues unabated, despite the disruption to business caused by the pandemic. Could this be the opportunity that many talented local candidates have been waiting for? – their moment to shine. And the good news for candidates is that competencies (not to be confused with aptitude) can actually be developed throughout your career. You can train yourself for competencies.

We know in Midlandjobs that there is no shortage of competency in the Midlands. Naturally occurring, home-grown talent, already located in or in some other way connected to the Midlands region of Ireland. In a normal year, international job-boards help to channel cv’s through from overseas candidates. And so the eyes of employers may inadvertently be drawn away from local talent. It could be very beneficial therefore that local candidates strike while the iron is still hot in 2021 and keep a close eye on job opportunities with local employers on and all job boards used by Midlands employers.

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What Work Perks Should Employers Offer Irish Candidates?

Working in the Midlands

Work perks are quickly becoming a crucial part of attracting the very best candidates to your roles.

Yes everyone loves a competitive salary, open-plan city-centre offices and plenty of holidays – but companies are being forced to get inventive with perks to make their business the place to be for inspired, young applicants.

So, what can Irish companies, in particular, do to set themselves apart from the competition and offer some truly attractive work perks?

Freedom to travel

Travel is on everyone’s mind these days.

It’s almost as if you haven’t lived until you’ve hopped on a plane and seen the world.

Even career-minded folk who value their company position over the thought of nights sleeping on the beach can be forgiven for yearning to get away from it all. In this new reality, employers shouldn’t try and repress a yearning for adventure, they should embrace it.

A great work perk to rope in great candidates early is to offer them the opportunity to travel down the line. Sabbaticals and extended holiday periods are now becoming commonplace, but give your team the impression they won’t need to give years to the company to get a month out to travel. You can even introduce the idea of remote working while travelling to please both parties.

Adventurous go-getters can also be swayed by the promise of travelling for work. Whether internationally or within the country, travelling for business can be an enlightening experience for your staff. With saving systems such as an Applegreen fuel card (fuel card novices can learn more here) and frequent flyer miles it doesn’t even cost businesses that much to send an extra staff member on what could be a great educational journey.

Relocation assistance

More and more Irish companies across a number of different sectors are embracing the idea of hiring internationally.

Bringing in international candidates is not as easy a process as our global economy might suggest. Yes, the tools are there to find great applicants, but there are legitimate logistical issues to hiring from abroad. If the process is not treated with respect and consideration for the individual involved you can end up missing out on a high-quality candidate with a unique, creative perspective.

You need to make these candidates feel comfortable – and doing so requires relocation assistance.

Make the applicant feel wanted. Show them you’re willing to help them find a temporary living situation until they find the perfect permanent home. Put effort into acclimatising them into a new culture with social events. Provide home comforts to make them feel more at ease in their new setting, particularly when they’re at work.

Expecting someone to just slot in and feel at home in a new place, no matter how far they’ve travelled, is ignorant. Listen to what international applicants are saying and build a relocation plan around it.

Milestone celebrations

We all want a great salary, the corner office and free coffee on tap – but above all else most workers just want to feel appreciated for the effort they put in.

You can’t put a price on being celebrated for a job well done, but you can use it to make sure you have a happy workforce. HR Headquarters reported earlier this year that 24% of Irish workers believed they were underappreciated at work, making it one of the biggest barriers to engagement in offices across the country.

If you want to build a team that works to maximum capacity and brings new ideas to the table you need to make sure you appreciate what they already do.

One of the better ways to do this is to celebrate important milestones. Making a big fuss about a job well done, winning a new client or recording new profit records is great – but sometimes you need to just take a moment to celebrate the presence of key workers.

Celebrate major milestones with the company, whether that’s promotions or anniversaries. It gives everyone an opportunity to take a break from work and celebrate one important person. That worker will now realise that their presence alone is appreciated and go back to their work invigorated to keep performing.

It’s a simple, harmless way to build morale and keep your best people happy.

Remote working and flexi-time

By now, a lot of us are very familiar with the idea of working remotely.

If you were averse to it before and believed your company could never stay as productive from makeshift bedroom offices you’ve likely been proved wrong.

Many modern companies can do everything entirely remotely and even if you’re not planning to go down that route full time there are a lot of lessons about making your business more flexible to take away from this whole experience.

The modern worker has hundreds of responsibilities and not enough time to do it in. they have childcare needs, appointments to get to and a social life to try and balance with their work. Having a more flexible schedule in your organisation can help accommodate these needs and make sure you’re not losing out on key talent for the sake of “the way things have always been.”

Embrace remote working as a permanent option for your team. Don’t force it upon people it doesn’t accommodate, but be willing to accept it as an alternative. Lockdown has shown there are communication and project management tools out there to keep businesses running as usual even if people are out of the office.

Workers who are used to this will be attracted to the prospect of retaining theri schedule in a new job, and won’t be afraid to turn down an opportunity to work with you because of potential life changes.

In reality, employee perks are pretty easy to get right. People want to work less and feel happier. That might not chime with your profit margins, but you can work around the edges of that sentiment to create an environment where people are inclined to put in the effort and build a strong collective.

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Job Skill & Education Fair – Friday May 17th

Minister Bruton to deliver address at the Jobs, Skills & Education Fair & Idea Generation Bootcamp Friday 17th May in Mount Lucas Training Centre, Derrycricket, Daingean, Co. Offaly from 10am – 2pm.

Another great opportunity for local Midland Job-seekers to meet local employers face-to-face and talk to them about their local opportunities.

For full details check out the Westmeath LEO web page.

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Introducing the Midlandjobs “Best Places to Work” Package

The newly redesigned Midlandjobs website offers our employers a unique opportunity to really sell their Midlands based employment. The uploadable areas of the site, such as the Company Profile and the Job Post area allows employers to add promotional material such as picture files and video. Pictures tell a thousand words, video sells a whole story.

The benefit of this to employers is very simple. At a time when it is increasingly difficult to track down and engage the “exact fit” candidate for our increasingly niche  roles, there is a massive advantage in being able to reach out and “promote” the excellent employment you offer.

Companies often don’t have staff  in-house to properly develop images, photos, graphics, video and so on tailored to promoting your actual employment. Midlandjobs can now offer this to employers for the development of their careers page. This means you are putting your best foot forward when it comes to attracting in the right talent for your pivotal jobs.

This new aspect to our service therefore consists of the following:

Combined with our new targeted Midlandjobs’ social media campaign for pushing out our job content, we consider these to be two compelling new reasons for local employers to list their job vacancies on They give our employers the competitive edge on attracting the best talent to the Midlands.

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Att: Midlands Employers – List Jobs on to Target #SkilledMigrants Post-Brexit – #WarForTalent


The world of International recruitment is changing by the hour. By now, International job candidates will already be thinking very carefully about where they want to locate themselves post-Brexit. In recruitment terms, in December 2018, we’re already in the run up to this game-changing #Brexit. Migrant job-seekers could #indeed represent a massive opportunity for Midlands employers.

Here, demand is once again out-stripping supply for specialised skills. Some skilled roles can often be pivotal to a business operation. If vacancies in such positions can not be filled quickly, there can be potential implications for the financial health of a  company, as well as for the very future career prospects of it’s staff.

Which makes it all the more astonishing at this time of a global #WarForTalent, why any modern civilised country would effectively want to shut their doors to sources of the scarce skills which often migrant workers offer. In fact, it is difficult to see how there is any business case whatsoever for not seeking more inward migration. Thankfully, the Irish system is actually increasing the numbers of work permits it issues from year to year and has recently had the good sense to set about reviewing  it’s procedures to be better able to respond to skills shortages. Ireland also seems to have a very good track record of integration of populations from overseas countries and this is certainly evident in day-to-day life in the local Midlands towns with different nationalities living in relative harmony thankfully.

Midlands employers could and should position themselves to benefit from the change in the Geo-Political atmosphere in Britain, the US and other countries inexplicably turning their backs on sought after skilled immigrants. In fact, it can not be highlighted enough that Ireland will be the only English speaking country within the EU post-Brexit. The chances are the isolationist political mood of populism will fairly quickly be found out to be flawed and will probably even be reversed soon enough. But until such time, Irish [Midlands] employers with skills requirements should take swift advantage of other Global regions lack of HR foresight.

As the very excellent, recently launched Invest Mullingar website very clearly points out, we are very well positioned in the Midlands to attract overseas staff ,with far more affordable accommodation than Dublin, yet within striking distance of the Capital and Dublin Airport. The message is a very simple one – The Midlands is [and has always been] an open and welcoming market for migrant workers and in 2019 is very much open for business.

Employers: Once a company posts a vacancy on it is then available to be promoted by International job aggregator sites, making your vacancy available to be applied for by International candidates. Click here to Post a vacancy.

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Automatic Jobs Feed for Online Publishers & Communities in the Midlands

Final JobsFeed

Midlands based publishers and online communities can now publish automatically selected local jobs for their readers using a simple Jobs Feed tool offered by

This is one of many new features on Midlandjobs designed to improve circulation of job posts for the benefit of local Midlands employers in your local area.

The links below are tailored for the main towns – however all locations can be made available if needed by getting in touch with us.


Jobs Feed Links Midlands towns







If you have any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 086 8237179

Below is an example of how the creators of the Invest Mullingar website have successfully used this feature to publish jobs on

InvestMullingar Feed

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Basic Midlandjobs Listing             –         €29.95 plus VAT

Blog listing + Social Sharing         –         €20 plus VAT

Additional boost Admin Fee         –         €20 plus VAT (+ your boost budget)

The online database is a register of job-seekers seeking to find work in the Midlands region. The candidate database has been steadily growing since 2006. When a local employer posts a new job on the site, job alerts are automatically emailed to relevant locally based job-seekers informing them of your new vacancy.

However Social Media channels have now also opened up our service to other forms of reaching relevant job-seekers in the Midlands area. While the employer themselves may not have a well-developed social media presence, or their channels are not orientated around their recruitment, they can now easily list on through our Midlandjobs’ presence.

For moderate extra administration fees, you can place your job wording onto the Midlandjobs blog and share it socially amongst our Social Media followers, as well as your own dedicated social fans. CV applications will still be channelled through the Midlandjobs’ application mechanism ensuring you get the best possible local coverage for your vacancies.

As always, the sooner you get your vacancy working for you, the sooner you are likely to have found your ideal new team member, so don’t delay in talking to us.

For more information on the best way to circulate your job wording to a wider audience call Tom on (086) 8237179 or email

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Do I know you? #Denisecallsup #RemoteWorking #eWorking #Midlandjobs #productivity #worklifebalance #warfortalent

Denise calls up

Fascinating to look back on this amazingly prescient film from 1995 “Denise Calls Up“, featuring a group of 7 remote working New Yorkers who live their whole lives on the end of early mobile phones and laptops – but never actually meet up. This was even before smartphones, tablets or 4G were even conceptualised – like 20 years ago. The first time I saw it was in the quirky old Lighthouse cinema in Abbey St. Dublin. Check out their early laptops phones and desk-tops. YouTube, Google, Twitter and Facebook didn’t even exist let alone Tinder or Plenty of Fish. While it was a sort of comedy – if it was meant to be a prediction or a warning of what was to be coming down the tracks socially, well then it couldn’t have been more accurate. They find every excuse why their busy lives prevent them from indulging in genuine real human contact.

20 years on and remote working still has made hardly anything by way of in-roads in Ireland. What is the big problem you would wonder – management culture in Ireland by any chance? Some considerable strides are being made in terms of broadband coverage in the main towns yet still midlands based workers are forced into the car-park like traffic on the road into and out of Dublin city day after day. As an alternative, have a look at some of the e-Working centres available by Westmeath Co Co for example. Makes sense. The ultimate unique selling point (USP) of the midlands is the quality of life it offers. Never before has it been so easy to live here close to friends and family and still be entirely productive. Increasingly, it is possible for your employer to be based in New York and you working from home in Newtown lawns, Mullingar for example. As the war for talent intensifies, the more forward-thinking hiring managers overseas will spot this and start to cherry-pick from it. Local Irish employers might be well advised to do likewise.