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Attracting the Top Housing Talent with ARK Engage

14th Oct, 2020

As Northern Ireland’s leading third sector recruitment agency, Engage Executive Talent has partnered with ARK Consultancy, the UK’s leading housing consultancy, to create a radically new and unique talent recruitment service for Northern Ireland’s housing associations. We’re celebrating with a Zoom event at 1pm on Wednesday 9 December 2020.  To register for for the event,…
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The effect of Covid-19 on the number of executive candidates

3rd Jun, 2020

Patrick Minne – Director, Engage Executive Talent Two weeks ago I wrote about the effect that Covid-19 was having on the timing of executive recruitment by non-profits.  Since then I have had a number of conversations with charity board members who are trying to gauge the extent to which the pandemic has inhibited the appetite…
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Covid-19: Timing your executive recruitment

20th May, 2020

As many third sector chief officers, senior managers and administrative staff locked their office doors behind them in March and learned a whole new language of videoconferencing and remote team working, many put their recruitment plans on hold.  Apart from wondering about the logistics of how they could conduct interviews effectively, they had understandable anxieties…
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Charity Trustees: What to ask during Covid-19

6th May, 2020

If you’re  a charity trustee at the moment, you might well be asking yourself how the Covid-19 disruption affects your role, and how best you can support your organisation during this stormy time.  Intended just for this period, here are a few pointers to help steer the ship. The first thing to remember is that…
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Videoconferenced Interviews: What you need to know

22nd Apr, 2020

Like most recruitment services worth their salt, Engage has always provided the option of conducting interviews with candidates through videoconferencing.  That option was only occasionally deployed for candidates who were located abroad, and generally was limited to early stage interviews because employers still placed huge importance on being able to gauge personal rapport and chemistry face…
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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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