CPL, Irish Jobs & Microsoft: The Future of Recruitment

00992CS-UFor the €200 fee CPL, Irish Jobs and Microsoft will tell you what The Future of Recruitment is going to be like.

The conference will include content on:

What challenges the CPL and Irish Jobs are experiencing in the current climate?

How Microsoft recruits?

How cloud computing is evolving recruitment?

The future trends, techniques and technologies from the CPL Irish Jobs and Microsoft

Examples of Irish companies that are offering innovative recruitment products and services and connecting to job seekers in new ways…. – I believe this is again from the above three companies.

Irish Jobs Ireland

Irish Jobs Ireland is a site I made a few years ago when Microsoft published it’s small business offer called Office Live. What you got there, and I presume you still get today is a domain name, hosting, CMS, email hosting,…. well basically everything you need to start doing business online. The CMS was really good (for the CMS-es two-three years ago), but the DNS settings a kind of strange and it seemed that Google did not really like those sites on the Office Live. Google spiders didn’t really visit those sites that often then. Today Google seems to be bringing quite interesting amount of the relevant traffic, that shows that some things have changed. Obviously Google cannot ignore the Office Live based sites any more.

So if you are a start-up recruitment agency, and a serious freetard, Office Live is for you. Free web site, free hosting, free domain name,… free place to advertise your jobs and receive your applications… Go for it!

Actually it is not that bad, it shows some basic visitor statistics and has a generous disk space allocated. I guess I should write a proper review of it, and instructions on how to utilise it from the perspective of the Irish recruitment agency.

Microsoft released Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 today in Dublin

It staff should upgrade their skills since soon enough we will see the Microsoft 2008 products in the job specs for the IT contractors and permanent staff.

Here are a few photos I took there today uploaded to: flickr.

Jobs in Ireland – Microsoft & Yahoo

The proposed acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft will definitely have an impact on the jobs in Ireland if the merger goes ahead. By looking at the type of the jobs in Microsoft Ireland today, the majority of the jobs are in the European Operations Centre (EOC), where the Sales jobs and Customer Service jobs dominate. There are some Localisation jobs, and some software development jobs based in Ireland, that mostly relate to the Microsoft Live for the European markets.

Yahoo on the other had was always predominately a US market oriented company. Yahoo never really had much of an impact in Europe. Perhaps that is the opportunity that Microsoft wants to explore, in bringing the Yahoo services to the rest of the world, where Microsoft has a strong foothold? If they decide for such a move that would definitely mean a strong workforce presence of Yahoo in Europe.

The situation in the US is a bit different. What both Microsoft and Yahoo, and any other tech company has to recruit there is the techies who will make the products or the services. As in the

Cnet’s article: Another difficulty for a Microsoft-Yahoo marriage: Recruiting

The battle for tech supremacy, then, is largely a battle for talent. And so one crucial question about Microsoft’s $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo is whether a combined company could more easily attract software engineers–an increasingly precious commodity. Both companies are already fighting the perception that their most innovative days are behind them.

Our situation in Ireland is quite different. Since the techies are a minority in the US based companies operations on Ireland. The Customer Support Jobs and Sales Jobs make a majority of an average Irish based subsidiary of the US corporation. So the Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo, if it goes ahead is bound to make a strong Yahoo presence in Ireland. The best bet is actually in South Dublin in the Sandyford Industrial Estate & Leopardstown Business Park where Microsoft is based as well.

Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share

Well, Microsoft tried really hard to develop their own MSN AdCentre to try to compete with Google AdWords. Years passing by, but a miserably low percentage of the online advertisers switched to Microsoft’s offering as opposed to Google’s AdWords. Microsoft thought it has a ‘channel’ via it’s MSN.com, and Hotmail. But Google’s Gmail actually managed to attract new users, with a smart marketing offers (2 GB of free space!) and a Anti Spam that actually works!

So if Microsoft wants to capitalize on it’s Investment in the AdCentre and also Live.com (that seems a bit lost or beheaded) they need to purchase someone who has visitors – to be able to display the adverts from their AdCentre customers. Yahoo? Well, if there is nothing better on the market, and there does not really seem to be, is a good choice. Yahoo has the experience (remember Overture?), and is has a much better search technology than that MSN ever managed to develop. In the last years the MSN search results are actually becoming more and more pathetic. Ok to be more precise – irrelevant.

So is it a good move for Microsoft to buy Yahoo?

For the Irish workforce it might actually be good. Since Microsoft has a strong presence in Ireland, while Yahoo never bothered opening an office here. I bet if the acquisition goes ahead, we will see some Yahoo jobs in Ireland as well.

Do you Yahoo?

Microsoft International Tech Jobs Blog

As Gretchen correctly pointed out in the comments of the Microsoft Jobs Blog – The Winner of The Best Recruitment Blog in Ireland Award 2008 the Microsoft Jobs in Ireland are actually covered on the Microsoft International Tech Jobs Blog as opposed to the US one.

The Microsoft International Tech Jobs Blog is actually on a Live Space platform that has its own advantages and disadvantages as a blogging platform. Live Spaces is great for networking since it is integrated with both Hotmail and Instant Messenger, and you can have your Profile and Photo albums there as well. So kind of a well rounded service offering a nice integration of all various social networking activities. The drawback for a blog itself is that if the blog is the only thing you want to promote, your interface is extremely cluttered with all this MSN stuff all over the page. There isn’t a 1000 WordPress Skins to choose from to apply to match you taste and needs. You are just stuck with all this advertisements for Windows Live Something. OneCare. WhoCares?

Declan Fitzgerald’s blog is in the Irish environment simply revolutionary. Two things stand out:

  • 1. RSS Feeds of Microsoft jobs in each EMEA Centre
  • 2. Video representation of each Microsoft EMEA Centre

Oh, and BTW all the Microsoft Jobs in Ireland posted as blog posts.

Declan has got it right. It is extremely simple to check and subscribe to the RSS of fresh Jobs in Ireland for example, and there is an inviting video where Declan will walk you through what they do, and what they are looking for. Those are the two main messages a recruitment blog should have. It needs to say what are we looking for in the skills list, and show what positions are currently open. The RSS Feed is actually above the expectation here. Since this is the first Irish Employers Recruitment Blog, it has set a high standards for the followers.

Again, well done Declan, and well done Microsoft in Ireland!

Declan Fitzgerald’s (Lead Technical Recruiter in Microsoft)Blog

It is interesting to see how Microsoft employees know how to blog only, and I mean ONLY about Microsoft. They might stride to a game of golf, but in general, every single blog post from a Microsoft employee is about the Glorious Microsoft. No other company managed to ‘swing’ the employees as well as Microsoft does.

Declan is a Lead Techincal Recruiter in Dublin. Check the blog yourself:

http://internationaltechjobs.spaces.live.com/

www.joinmicrosofteurope.com is brilliantly designed using’…. something tells me I will disagree, but let’s not jump o conclusions, perhaps this Silverlignt is not as it looks like, just another Flash. I will be writing about SilverLignt as a development platform for a recruitment agency web site early in the next year. It would be interesting to see if Silverlight can challenge WordPress (on php!).