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Job seeking tip – 2. “Begin with the end in mind…”

This quote is not my invention, it comes from Stephen Covey’s seven habits book. But it’s a good’n.

Work out good and early all the parameters that you’ve got to work within. Particularly timescale, financial, career development, location / transport and so on. Decide which ones are absolutely unmovable eg.

“must have x amount in the bank to cover next month’s mortgage and the month after. With this in mind, i’ll travel a little further or I’ll forgo career prospects for now just to have constant work”.

Or you may have some flexibility and decide to stick to your guns on finding a relevant job which offers good experience to suit your qualifications. Or you might try a bit of both in a sort of balancing act.

The main point is to plan all this out early on, set your priorities and targets realistically, then refer back to your plan as you go through your job-searching campaign.

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Job-seeking tips – 1. “Don’t Panic!”

People find themselves on the jobs market for a whole load of different reasons – usually through no fault of their own. When you do, it can be a daunting enough experience to be faced with having to find new work.

It doesn’t have to be though and the number 1 tip anyone can ever give you in such situations is that famous Douglas Adams-ism… “Don’t Panic!!”.

For sure this is easier said than done, especially if you feel under pressure to pay bills – we’ve all been there.

It becomes even more important at times like this to think your job-search through and not just run at it blindly. It is difficult no doubt to think clearly if you’re totally stressed out. But failure to plan your strategy early on can often result in your falling into traps in the later stages. Possibly even putting you right back to where you started. It’s as crucial as that.

In a series of tips (hopefully one or two per week if I get time) we’ll work through the simple steps to successfully getting you back working again.

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Don’t miss The Apprentice – Week 11 – The Recruitment Interview

A friend of mine was recently on a sales training course and as part of the programme the trainees were shown excerpts from last year’s Apprentice show. So this show goes out over the air waves as free-viewing for anyone interested to watch.

Later on, the dvd of the show costs the guts of €900 to hire to be used as training material.

What I am trying to illustrate here is that as a job-seeker you will have the chance to watch some extremely valuable interview material FREE of charge this coming Wednesday night 6th June. Don’t miss it. Even if you haven’t been following the show this will give you a fly-on-the wall view of the dynamics at an employment interview – For details click here.

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Our stall now well and truly “set out”

The basis for our service is to offer a tight listing of sought-after jobs for the Midlands region – Offaly, Westmeath, Longford & Laois. However, we also endeavour to have a decent variety of jobs to cater for most interests. From that point of view, the mix of jobs currently on offer (17th May 2007) is the best we’ve had so far.

If you look at the featured jobs section you have everything from a Data Analyst in Portlaoise to a Financial Planner in Athlone to a Lab Assistant in Longford. All very live jobs, ie. “recently” posted. As well as including a good mix of agency jobs, by now we are satisfied that our stall is fully “set out” and we’re open for business.