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Half of Irish workers are not confident describing work achievements

Written by Robert McHugh, on 30th May 2016. Posted in General

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A new study by Linkedin has found that half (50%) of Irish workers surveyed weren’t confident that they could effectively describe their achievements if they stumbled across their dream employer.
 
The survey also found that nearly all (97%) of Irish workers surveyed understand that making a good first impression is important during the application process. Sixty-four percent of recruitment decision makers always look at a candidate’s LinkedIn profile and almost half (42%) make a judgement based on a candidate’s online presence.
 
Furthermore, 55% agree the impression you make online is just as important as the one you make in person and more than three-quarters (78%) believe it’s difficult to overcome a bad first impression.
 
This is despite the fact that  almost two-thirds (64%) of Irish workers didn’t think about their online persona before starting their current role.
 
The study indicates that Ireland’s lack of confidence in talking about work achievements may stem from a fear of bragging that over 55% of Irish workers feel when talking about their professional success.

The Irish workforce’s “fear of putting the head above the parapet” may hurt their wallets as over 63% agree that it is important to let senior staff members know about professional achievements in order to get a pay rise or promotion.   
 
Head of Global Consumer Communications at LinkedIn, Darain Faraz says, "Our research shows that half of Irish workers aren’t confident they could effectively describe their achievements if they stumbled across their dream employer."

He added, "Even doing simple things like updating a LinkedIn profile to include experience, and adding an image, will give you up to 21 times more views and make it easier to land that dream job."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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