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22-01-2016
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As experienced recruiters, the Senior Appointments team in Morgan McKinley have the privilege and pleasure to meet with Ireland’s top talent. 

We see on a daily basis the wealth of knowledge and expertise available across companies throughout various sectors and specialisms.  

However when looking for that next move, it can seem a daunting task to those more experienced and tends to take a little longer and feel a little more intense that seeking a new career move at a less experienced level. 

Application Do’s & Don'ts 

Do: Keep an open mind
Although at the more experienced level there isn’t always a detailed job specification, and many job offers start out as a “casual coffee”, it is important to yes more than no at this level.  It is important not to overthink an initial meeting.  Do your research and get a firm understanding of the company and its recent history / newsworthy stories.  Many companies will create roles at a senior level within a business for the right candidate who has more than just the business as usual to bring to the table.  And if something does not arise today in that business, they will remember someone who has impressed them even over a casual chat.  Sometimes patience can really pay off in these scenarios.

Don’t: Assume that all experience is transferable…
If you have operated as a CFO in an insurance company, your wealth of knowledge lies in your knowledge of that sector.  Many companies, unfortunately, will see this as a stumbling block if they are not in a similar or the same industry when applying for senior level roles.  There are exceptions but as a rule, although you may feel your skills are highly transferable (and they probably are!), a companies perception is that your intellectual property and wealth lies in not only your day to day activities in your former companies but in the profile of that business also.  There is a lot to be said for sticking with what you know rather than trying to reinvent yourself at a stage in your career where you have built up a lot of knowledge in a specific area / sector. 

Do: Tailor your CV
With years of experience comes pages and pages of information to include on a CV to ensure that you have covered off all that you have done.  Over summarise is not an option at this level.  What is clever however is to have a few different versions of your CV – ideally 3.  These three CVs should cover off the various fundamentals surrounding key areas that you have had responsibility for over the years but also include a generic CV which is a one size fits all for those generalist roles that exist.

Do: Be proactive

  • Update your LinkedIn
  • Get into Twitter
  • Have loads of coffees - build up your points in Insomnia, Starbucks, Butlers etc.
  • Go to every professional event
  • Join industry / professional qualifications related societies
  • Reconnect with past colleagues / college friends


Do: Use an agent
Whilst it is definitely a candidates market we are really seeing a huge amount of competition for popular roles. Whilst an expert skillset is the foundation, market knowledge and client relationships will really win the day. With senior appointment roles across a number of industries, Morgan McKinley continues to be a market leader and career ally for candidates at all levels.

Please see below for just a snap shot into what we currently have available on the market at present:

  • Regulatory Consulting Manager
  • Fund Accounting Manager (AVP)
  • Financial Services Consultant
  • Client Service Manager - ETF
  • Financial Controller FTC
  • VP Structured Finance Europe
  • Financial Control Manager


Please feel free to get in touch with me or any member of the Senior Appointments team for a confidential chat on 01 4321 555.

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