Your Pursuit Of Happiness

toptierrecruitment

Career advice and industry news for the Irish FinTech & financial services industry.

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In this episode, Paul and Laura cover various aspects to consider when drafting and editing your cv. Did you know you should adapt your cv to each and every role you apply to?

Jan 13

15 min 53 sec

As we look back on 2020, Paul and Laura discuss how this year will differ from previous ones. Tune in for plenty of tips!

Jan 13

9 min 47 sec

Recruitment always gets slower coming up to Christmas. Companies are focused on their end of year results and hiring Managers take time off to spend with their families, so it always takes a back seat. It is the perfect time to brush up on your cv, interview skills and job search strategies.

Nov 2020

8 min 50 sec

We are now in our second lockdown, however, this time does feel a lot less severe – perhaps it has become out new normal.

Nov 2020

13 min 28 sec

In this episode, we discuss: What is the reason for being at a point where you are considering changing career? Do you know what you want to do? Mind the gap! How will you know you are making progress? What is your timeline? What are you prepared to do to achieve your goal?

Aug 2020

13 min 51 sec

In this episode, we discuss: What are you seeing in the financial services market at the moment and how has it changed over the course of the pandemic? Are there any particular sectors that are hiring at the moment? What types of roles are particularly in demand? In terms of level, anything standing out? What impact is Brexit having now?

Aug 2020

8 min 33 sec

Wow, what a hectic year!!! 2020 will certainly be one we will all never forget. For some, it has been stressful, sorrowful and an unenjoyable experience. For others, it has given them the chance to press the reset button, get their exercise and eating patterns at a satisfactory level, and has allowed them reassess what is important to them.   Regardless of where you are in your Covid journey, an interesting question is continually raised from our clients and candidates – “when do you think we will return to the office?”.

Aug 2020

12 min 48 sec

We were delighted to have Adrian Whelan join Paul on this episode of Your Pursuit of Happiness. Adrian is and SVP and Head of Regulatory Intelligence with BBH but is also actively involved in a long list of extra circular activities within and outside of BBH, a lot of which revolve around Inclusion and Diversity.

Aug 2020

20 min 49 sec

As we know Pride week is themed every year and this year the theme was “In this together” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was joined by Vessy Tasheva who shared some intimate details about her story and how she celebrated Pride this year.

Aug 2020

24 min 41 sec

Interviewing by Video in the “New Normal”   For anyone on the job hunt, you will know the market is starting to pick up again and there are more and more roles being released every day. We work in Financial Services and Fintech and these industries have remained strong throughout, but some industries did stop all recruitment which is starting to move again.   For anyone who has not interviewed by video before, read below our Top 5 useful tips for Interviewing by Video:   Ensure you are comfortable communicating your skillset through video While we should be able to present ourselves as we would face-to-face, this method might be new to some people, hence can be off-putting.  A simple way to overcome your resistance to this method is by doing a mock interview with your recruiter if you went through one or asking a colleague or friend to help. This can help you become more familiar and comfortable with the video method when the interview goes ahead. Presentation should still be high on your agenda You should dress yourself as you would for an interview, although you can get away with dressing only the bottom half 😉 I have caught someone who had to get up for something and I saw their checkered patterned, undisguisable pyjama bottoms! Also make sure the room you are interviewing in is tidy. The best way to position the came is to point it to a blank wall as your backdrop. Limit distractions You are most likely working from home where children and animals can be a huge distraction – make sure if there is someone else at home, they are watching them during the interview. Perhaps you can lock the room you are in. Some people think it might be a good idea to keep lots of notes you can refer too but remember even though you are not in front of your interviewers, they can still see you 😉 It is better to limit as many distractions as you can. Make sure you have a stable WiFi connection If you have an unstable WiFi connection that you are aware of, please leave the house and ask a friend or family member if you can use theirs. It can be annoying when you are having a conversation with someone and they suddenly freeze. It is your responsibility to counteract such occurrences. Another alternative is to use your phone as the 4G on your phone might be more stable. Be as natural as possible This is a regular interview, albeit through a different medium, so prepare as you would normally. By following the above steps, you can reduce any stress or nervous energy you might have around interviewing in this way.   For more tips on interviews and to assess our various resources, visit: https://www.toptierrecruitment.com/jobseekers/resources   To check out our open vacancies, visit: https://www.toptierrecruitment.com/fintech-and-financial-services-jobs  

Jul 2020

7 min 31 sec

"What Basis.Point does is it puts together those people who want to make a difference and want to make a change with those who can" - Edel O'Malley's succinct description of what Basis.Point do. We were delighted to have Edel on the show, particularly in light of their quickly established but effective Emergency Fund to help charity partners during Covid. For notes and links, check out https://www.toptierrecruitment.com/podcast

May 2020

17 min 13 sec

In this special episode, we welcome back Pete Townsend of Norio Ventures to discuss the impact Covid 19 is having on the FinTech, Blockchain and Financial Services market with Paul.   In this hour long special, we cover the opportunities and challenges for businesses operating and recruiting in this market, what Pete is seeing in areas like fundraising, transformational projects and who will come out of this stronger than ever while Paul gives an insight into the recruitment market and demand for coaching.   Please don’t forget to check out our complimentary 90 min coaching session offering through Possible.ie for any SMEs, leaders or HR professionals who could do with support during the Covid 19 crisis. Go to www.possible.ie/covid and tell us how we can help.

Apr 2020

57 min 30 sec

Brexit has come to pass and will affect Irish business and employment for years to come. We spoke with the former Brexit spokesperson at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Katie Daughen, for her thoughts on how best to deal with this huge change. Show notes here.

Feb 2020

16 min 26 sec

R3 is an exciting international enterprise blockchain software firm that continues to grow in Ireland. Join us as we talk with Dave Hudson and Katelyn Baker from R3. Show notes here.

Feb 2020

23 min 22 sec

The Funds Industry in Ireland has gone from strength to strength and today we're joined by an industry leader, Karen Malone. Karen is Founding Partner & CEO of Centaur. With offices in Europe and North America, Centaur delivers independent fund administration and regulatory services worldwide. Show notes here.

Feb 2020

26 min 43 sec

We're joined by former Leinster and Ireland rugby player, Jamie Heaslip. Jamie is an investor and member of the team at the successful Irish Fintech, Flender, which is a digital lending platform that provides Irish SMEs with flexible finance, quick decisions, and competitive rates. Show notes here.

Jan 2020

35 min 13 sec

FINTECH Circle is the leading Fintech angel investment network. It also helps banks and service providers to make sense of Fintech.  We spoke with Michal Bezak, Head of Partnerships at FINTECH Circle, all about FINTECH Circle and the future of FinTech. Show notes here.

Jan 2020

24 min 14 sec

Starling is an exciting Fintech company that is reshaping the world of financial services. We spoke with Felim O'Donnell, COO with Starling International, about Starling's journey past, present, and future. Felim also shared some fascinating insights on creating a positive, powerful workplace culture. Show notes here.

Dec 2019

31 min 54 sec

Coral Movasseli is the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, a dedicated platform for women-in-tech and entrepreneurs. Coral joined Laura & Paul for an entertaining and informative chat. Show notes here.

Dec 2019

34 min 38 sec

Following her excellent article in the Employee Retention Guide, productivity expert Moira Dunne from BeProductive.ie joined Laura & Paul to share her ever-useful workplace productivity advice. Show notes here.

Nov 2019

22 min 43 sec

The weather has turned cold in Dublin and the Top Tier Recruitment team got to talking about what we could do to help people less fortunate than ourselves this winter. We made a decision: Instead of giving gifts this Christmas, we've decided that we will donate €100 to the Dublin Simon Community every time we're asked to fill a new vacancy (within Fintech & financial services) between now and Christmas Day. We'd love it if people shared this within the FinTech & Financial Services industries. Show notes here.

Nov 2019

15 min 41 sec

Following her excellent article in the Employee Retention Guide, peak performance strategist Abigail Ireland joined Laura & Paul to talk about employee engagement and peak performance. Show notes here.

Nov 2019

14 min 29 sec

Made it through the first interview? Phew! Well done! Now, Laura and Paul explain how to handle the second and third interviews . . . Show notes here.

Nov 2019

7 min 45 sec

Laura & Paul had a fascinating discussion with Evelien Veenman - Chief Happiness Officer at innovative Dutch company, Experius. Show notes here.

Nov 2019

15 min 56 sec

Laura & Paul had a fascinating discussion with Joanne Hession of LIFT Ireland about LIFT's inspiring mission to increase the level of positive leadership in Ireland. Show notes here.

Nov 2019

23 min 35 sec

Laura & Paul had a fascinating discussion about employer branding with Niamh O'Connor, Brand Strategist at The Pudding. The Pudding is a commercial and creative brand agency in Dublin. They work with companies to build, re-position and grow game-changing corporate and employer brands. Read on or listen in to understand the power of employer branding and how to make it work in your business to attract (and retain) talent in the financial services and Fintech industries. Show notes here.

Oct 2019

24 min 14 sec

Employers: Top Tier Recruitment do things a little differently. Today, Paul & Laura discuss a few of the key differences, including: Our ‘Jerry Maguire approach’ to recruitment. The four key things we focus on so that we get consistently high ratings from clients. And plenty more. Laura and Paul explain how . . . Show notes here.

Oct 2019

18 min 1 sec

Congratulations! You got the job! Now, let's make sure you hand in your notice of resignation in the right way. Laura and Paul explain how . . . Show notes here.

Oct 2019

9 min 33 sec

Paul recently had a fascinating talk with Enda Lynch, Head of Enterprise at Munster Rugby.  Enda runs the Munster Rugby, High Performance Leadership Programme business in partnership with the University of Limerick.  Read on or listen in to learn how to achieve high performance in your career and in your business. Show notes here.

Oct 2019

25 min 21 sec

It can be really disheartening when you're unsuccessful in your job application. What should you do? Laura and Paul help you through this difficult time . . . Show notes here.

Oct 2019

8 min 42 sec

We had a fascinating conversation about employee engagement (and a lot more) with Fania Stoney of Great Place To Work. Show notes here.

Sep 2019

24 min 48 sec

Congratulations! You got the job! Now, how do you negotiate the job offer? Laura and Paul tell you how . . . Show notes here.

Sep 2019

8 min 34 sec

We discuss employee financial wellness with Adam Hankin, General Manager - Ireland at Wagestream, a rapidly-growing Fintech. Show notes here.

Sep 2019

22 min 11 sec

Today, we're very pleased to be joined by Andrew Quinn, Course Director for Accountancy, Finance, Financial Technology & Business Analytics Programs at Dublin Business School. Show notes here.

Sep 2019

19 min 46 sec

Today, we're very pleased to be joined by David Kindlon, CEO of Eppione, a company which offers cloud-based HR and Employee Benefits software as well as a complete insurance broker service. Show notes here.

Aug 2019

25 min 45 sec

Today, we're very pleased to be joined by Hesus Inoma, a leader from Grant Thornton's Financial Services Advisory practice where he leads the FinTech service offering. Hesus kindly joined us to talk about all things Fintech, funds, and financial services. Show notes here.

Aug 2019

22 min 40 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Ever wondered whether it's necessary to keep track of job applications and to follow-up?  If so, how and when do you do it? Laura and Paul give you the low-down on this issue. Show notes here.

Aug 2019

8 min 2 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Ever wondered whether you should try to steer the interview discussion or is it best simply to respond to questions? If trying to steer the conversation, how and when do you do this? Laura and Paul walk you through this dilemma. Show notes here.

Aug 2019

7 min 49 sec

Philip Coffey is an Executive Career and Life Coach based in Dublin. Show notes here.

Jul 2019

28 min 10 sec

Pete Townsend is an influential tech leader who regularly delivers insight as a keynote speaker, moderator, MC, and podcaster. We spoke with Pete about his background, how he helps tech businesses via TheStartup.com, and about the future of the funds industry in Ireland. Show notes here.

Jul 2019

35 min 32 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Ever wondered about the impact of your social media activity on your career? Are there things you should do? Are there things you shouldn't do? Laura and Paul walk you through the social media minefield. Show notes here.

Jul 2019

7 min 16 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Ever wondered whether you should apply to a job directly or via a recruitment firm? Sure, we lean a particular way on this but, today, Laura and Paul will give you their honest opinions and give you some tips to consider either way. Show notes here.

Jun 2019

11 min 59 sec

Welcome back to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Today, we're talking with Vessy Tasheva of Vessy.com.  Vessy helps organisations develop and implement diversity & inclusion strategies. Show notes here.

Jun 2019

25 min 53 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! If you've applied for a job or been asked in for an interview, the chances are good that your potential employer will take a look at your LinkedIn profile. Today, Laura and Paul discuss why you should optimise your LinkedIn profile and how to do it. Show notes here.

Jun 2019

8 min 54 sec

Paul Smyth from Top Tier Recruitment gave the opening address at the FuSIoN event with an exploration of the concept of 'safety' and how it applies to financial services companies in Ireland seeking to improve their diversity & inclusion. Show notes.

Jun 2019

8 min 51 sec

Welcome back to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Today, we're talking with Sarah Johnston of Briefcase Coach. Sarah helps high performers land amazing jobs. Show notes here.

May 2019

25 min 33 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Many businesses use behavioural interviews to assess the skills, knowledge, and values of potential new employees. Today, Laura and Paul explain exactly what is behavioural interviewing and how best to answer the questions you'll be asked. Show notes here.

May 2019

5 min 35 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! The Brexit saga continues. Today, Laura and Paul discuss how Brexit impacts upon the Irish jobs market and how you should react. Show notes here.

May 2019

7 min 35 sec

Welcome to the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast! Today, Laura and Paul share their tips and advice to help you manage your job search. Show notes here.

May 2019

9 min 1 sec

Today, Paul talks with Claire Savage (COO) and Lorraine Lyons (Senior Business Development) from Irish financial services success story, AQMetrics, to learn a little about the company's story and to discuss new opportunities opening up at the rapidly-growing Fintech. Show notes here.

Apr 2019

18 min 52 sec