• 30
    October

    Seven job interview mistakes you don’t want to make

    Posted in Uncategorized

    1. Coming over too familiar. A surplus of premature familiarity tends to be a problem in most arenas, and it is certainly a no-no in job interviews. Be professional. Be warm, but keep your distance. These people are assessing you from a variety of angles, primarily professional. While your...

  • 30
    October

    Overcoming the vacuum so you can excel in Skype interview

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Q: I’m being interviewed by Skype next week for a job. The position is overseas and I have the skills and experience to do it, but I am worried about the Skype interview because all the other candidates will be interviewed in person. I fear Skype may be impersonal and I am concerned I won’t...

  • 14
    October

    Harnessing the power of LinkedIn

    Posted in Uncategorized

    LinkedIn is such an enormous part of the recruitment world – and yet, the feedback we have got from recent columns on the topic, and when working directly with clients, is that many few people don’t really understand how to use the platform.

    Unearth opportunities by building a quality LinkedIn...

  • 13
    October

    Money talk can come later

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Q: I’ve gone through the first and second interviews for a job I’d really like to get. On the second day, I expected them to bring up the issue of salary, but they didn’t. I’m not the world’s best negotiator so I didn’t bring it up either. Should I have? And, secondly, how do I...

  • 10
    October

    Holiday shouldn’t be a deal-breaker

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Q: The interview is on June 4. I’m going on a week’s holidays on June 18. I’m afraid it will come against me? Should I tell them during the interview, or say nought for now? (IK, email).

    A: First off, a good holiday never came against anyone. Even the man who died suddenly on holidays can...

  • 8
    October

    Your actions will help you graduate to next level

    Posted in Uncategorized

    Around about now, thousands of students are bursting onto the jobs market. The jobs market can seem a daunting place. This generation of students have known only negative economic commentary and conditions since their Leaving Cert. days, and many are deflated by it all. But being deflated is not a...

  • 24
    April

    Ten questions all job-seekers should ask themselves

    Posted in Career Guidance, Courses4u.ie

    Ten questions all job-seekers should ask themselves

     

    1. Do you have a good quality CV that summarises and highlights your skills in an effective way?
    2. Do you tweak/amend your CV every time you send it out so that it speaks to the employer in question?
    3. Do you have a neat and professional Cover Letter...
  • 18
    April

    Promotion rebuff has got me thinking

    Posted in Career Guidance, Courses4u.ie

    Q: I’ve been working as a field salesperson in the same company for the last 15 years. I have performed very well during that time, consistently exceeding sales targets, and also winning a number of sales awards. Recently a job came up as sales manager. I went for it, and was immediately...

  • 18
    April

    Cracking the overseas code

    Posted in Career Guidance, Courses4u.ie, distance learning, Education

    : I’m trying to start working in the USA. Now, I’m not a spring chicken student going over there for a summer or to hang around illegally for a few years. I’m 37, married with a young daughter, and my wife and I both want to move lock, stock and barrel. I work in a specialist area and I have...

  • 18
    April

    Taking time to choose the right career

    Posted in CAO, Career Guidance, Courses in Ireland, Education

    Q: My son is in Transition Year, but he hasn’t a clue what he wants to do after school. He’s mad into sports – plays a lot of rugby – and I also notice he has an interest in property: he’s forever checking out prices of properties, and he watches all of those home makeover and ‘a place...