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Eoin Murray CIP – 360 Search.
I joined 360 Search in September 2021 after nearly 4.5 years in the Insurance industry. I had spent quite a lot of time working for big brokers and, more recently, working in a smaller brokerage. During the pandemic, I, among others, took the time to re-evaluate my current. I looked at my career to date, the trajectory and decided that I was ready for a move.
I was connected with Lynda and Sarah through an old colleague and friend who had recently been placed into a new role by Lynda and spoke highly of them of 360 Search. It felt like a natural fit to remain close to the Insurance industry, given my background. When speaking to candidates, my experience helps create a common ground as I have been where they are now, working the same job not too long ago. I have lived the career path and can offer advice and guidance. I am grateful that Lynda and Sarah have given me the opportunity to join the industry at such an exciting time!
We are currently in a “people-led” market, meaning jobs are plentiful, and companies are willing to offer flexibility regarding salaries, packages, and working from home. This has been a real eye-opener for me, as I was a jobseeker in recent months.
During my time working with 360 Search, I have noticed one common thread among all conversations. The need for flexibility and hybrid working. I strive in an office environment, I enjoy the buzz and learning that comes with this. I even mid-pandemic made the choice to return to the office when working with my previous employer. During my onboarding, I have been office-based and have found it extremely useful for learning and training as I can listen to my colleagues during meetings, negotiations and celebrations!
I am seeing more and more people stress the importance of work/life balance. This is a crucial turning point in the Irish Market for companies to retain their workforce. By comparison, and during a brief relocation to Sydney, I noticed that most Irish workers “live to work”, whereas the Australians “work to live”. I have always prioritized my job over personal engagements; however, since experiencing multiple lockdowns, I have learned that it is okay to put work/life balance as a priority, a perspective that I know many have reached also. As a working nation, Ireland is headed in the direction of permanent change and is adapting to a new world of flexibility and hybrid working. I believe this will be impactful on people's lives for the better.
Working in the recruitment industry, a persons’ network and working relationships are crucial. Covid has changed how we interact with our clients, candidates and peers. What once was a coffee in the kitchen or meeting a client for lunch, suddenly halted and we stopped leaving our houses. I believe that your colleagues make a huge difference to your job, and those positive working relationships can change your experience daily. You can help each other out when needed, and even more so than ever, it is essential to build that support network at home and at work. From our experience, we have seen that onboarding during covid or moving to a fully remote working environment has been a struggle for some as their typical support network is not so easily accessible.
I am thrilled and relieved to see some normality in workplaces across Ireland and reignite connections among coworkers. The market has a real sense of growth to it. I look forward to what the coming months will bring, helping our clients find talent and helping job seekers find their next career move. The recruitment industry is undoubtedly rewarding and challenging, and I am excited to see how the next year unfolds.