Jobs Recruitment

Celtic Tiger or Shortage of Workforce in Ireland?

788 Employers are currently recruiting on Irish Jobs web site. Quit a few of them have a long list of jobs as well. From the employers list of 788 companies the majority has a few or more jobs advertised. The calculation shows quite simple that thousands of jobs are available in Ireland today.

Is it a Celtic Tiger all over again? It certainly does not feel so, with even the property prices ‘frozen’ for more than a year now. The unemployment rate is as low as it can be, so if there are thousands of vacancies in Ireland today it is clearly the serious shortage of workers currently in the country. How will that impact the Irish economy? Would we benefit from the increase of the import of “Brain Power”?


eBay and PayPal Irish Jobs and Career Website

eBay & PayPal Jobs site ( is the second Irish Employers recruitment web site (that I have found so far). The fact that there is a web site is very good for eBay & PayPal, but the web site itself is… everything that a jobs site should not be. It is absolutely amazing that a eBay and PayPal both 100% Web 2.0 companies managed to have a jobs site of so low standard.

Just a few main points what is wrong with the eBay and PayPal jobs in Ireland web site:

1. domain name as opposed the Irish domain – this will definitely impact the search engine ranking, and help in hiding the site from the Irish job seekers
2. A home page is just a pure branding message. Where are the jobs?
3. Where exactly are the jobs?
Click on Careers in eBay. A new page opens. Are the jobs there? No.
Click Search eBay Vacancies? A new page opens. Are the jobs there? No.
Click on Search openings link. Are the jobs there? No.
But there is a Search form. Fill the form
Click search, and VOILA! Here are the jobs.
In just 7 clicks and you are reading a job description!

From a usability point of view – that is a failure.

By looking a bit deeper into the structure of the page itself, one can see that the jobs are actually not on the, but the page is actually showing a page in a window frame. The effect of that is that no search engine will ever find a single job advertised on the page.

From the search engine optimisation point of view – that is a failure.

Compared to the Microsoft Recruitment site in Ireland that has even the RSS feeds,

eBay and PayPal Irish career website
wins the
2nd Best Irish Recruitment Site Award for 2008.

I also need to mention that eBay is one of the 10 Best Companies to Work for in Ireland.