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Engage’s Con Collins on ‘The Why’

21st Feb, 2020

A big aspect of my role at Engage is explaining how the third sector works to the uninitiated, including how people who work in the sector tend to be motivated differently than in the for-profit environment.   What makes them get up in the morning is the value they know their role adds to the quality…
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The Ingredients Of A Strong Interview

6th Dec, 2019

Job Interviews and the Power of Preparation Guest blog by Nora Smith, CEO, CO3 There are few people on the planet who haven’t been afforded the opportunity to be sitting across the table sharing their career story to illustrate why they are the best person for a job.  Very often this is to a panel…
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The Thousand Year Old Interview Exam

1st Nov, 2019

Some people will tell you that psychometric testing has been around for more than a thousand years. Seventh century Chinese historical records show that candidates for important dynastic jobs underwent a suite of aptitude tests to gauge their ability to manage income and expenditure, legal governance and military strategy. In the modern era, their invention…
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Engaging with the third sector – a better way

17th Oct, 2019

In our latest blog, Engage Director Patrick Minne considers some of the differences in leadership challenges between third and private sectors. If you think the pace of change in the private sector is accelerating, you should try working in the third sector.  The majority of the sector is exclusively focused on the welfare of its beneficiaries,…
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Interim Executive Service

23rd Sep, 2019

Having delivered the training of Interim Executives for the last three years and, in that time, been the Interim Executive of three 3rd sector organisations, it feels like a good time to reflect on the experience.   From the point of view of 3rd sector organisations, bringing in a skilled and experience Interim can fulfil…
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People who make Northern Ireland a better place to be crowned

23rd Sep, 2019

Nominations are being sought for the people who do the most to make Northern Ireland a better place. The annual leadership awards of Engage Executive Talent’s parent charity, CO3, were launched today. The awards celebrate the achievements of Northern Ireland’s charity bosses, CO3 chief executive Nora Smith said: “Charities are by definition in the business…
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New executive recruitment agency challenges old models

21st Sep, 2019

CO3 – Chief Officers 3rd Sector – has formally launched its bespoke, executive and board-level recruitment service under a new brand. ‘Engage Executive Talent’ is a social enterprise that offers a holistic, full-service recruitment package to organisations in the public, private and third sectors. Led by CO3 Chief Executive Nora Smith and newly appointed Director…
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