Fascinating to look back on this amazingly prescient film from 1995 “Denise Calls Up“, featuring a group of 7 remote working New Yorkers who live their whole lives on the end of early mobile phones and laptops – but never actually meet up. This was even before smartphones, tablets or 4G were even conceptualised – like 20 years ago. The first time I saw it was in the quirky old Lighthouse cinema in Abbey St. Dublin. Check out their early laptops phones and desk-tops. YouTube, Google, Twitter and Facebook didn’t even exist let alone Tinder or Plenty of Fish. While it was a sort of comedy – if it was meant to be a prediction or a warning of what was to be coming down the tracks socially, well then it couldn’t have been more accurate. They find every excuse why their busy lives prevent them from indulging in genuine real human contact.
20 years on and remote working still has made hardly anything by way of in-roads in Ireland. What is the big problem you would wonder – management culture in Ireland by any chance? Some considerable strides are being made in terms of broadband coverage in the main towns yet still midlands based workers are forced into the car-park like traffic on the road into and out of Dublin city day after day. As an alternative, have a look at some of the e-Working centres available by Westmeath Co Co for example. Makes sense. The ultimate unique selling point (USP) of the midlands is the quality of life it offers. Never before has it been so easy to live here close to friends and family and still be entirely productive. Increasingly, it is possible for your employer to be based in New York and you working from home in Newtown lawns, Mullingar for example. As the war for talent intensifies, the more forward-thinking hiring managers overseas will spot this and start to cherry-pick from it. Local Irish employers might be well advised to do likewise.
Anyone who’s looking for a job or who has ever been out of work knows it’s a full-time job just looking for a job.
Jobnet is an award winning programme developed by Jobcare to address the needs of a new kind of job-seeker in the Irish jobs market – the professionally skilled individual or graduate who, because of the current economic climate, is finding it difficult to find work, yet has much to offer a potential employer. Jobnet offers a professional environment tailored to the specific needs of this group. The programme empowers job-seekers to market their skills and learn to network effectively to find employment.
This excellent programme is coming soon to Mullingar, in association with Mullingar Chamber of Commerce and Christian Voices Together Mullingar – starting on 20th February 2015. The programme is designed around the needs of Professionals and Graduates who find themselves out of work for whatever reason, redundancy, career change, lack of applicable experience and so on.
In Jobcare, Jobnet runs from 9.30 to 1.30 on Friday mornings for seven weeks. There are five programmes per year. Jobnet focuses on personal branding, networking, goal setting and job seeking in a digital age. In addition to the large group setting, participants work in table groups of six to eight people. Each table group is supported by a volunteer facilitator whose role is to be a resource to the group. Participants are encouraged to view each Jobnet session as a day at work and to plan appropriately. Key messages in the programme are confidence-building, reinvention, up-skilling, network building, targeted job search and seeking out local opportunities.
Each Jobnet session begins with table time where participants share their week’s activities with their facilitator. That is followed by a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by practical workshops led by the Jobnet team. Time is set aside for open networking in the middle and at the end of each Jobnet session.
TYPICAL JOBNET SERIES
- Week 1. The Recruiter’s Perspective
- Week 2. Developing and Marketing Your Personal Brand
- Week 3. The Art of Networking
- Week 4. Effective CVs
- Week 5. Interview Techniques (and mock interview)
- Week 6. Networking Event
For more information on applying to partake in the course please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brendan Healy on 087 4128903
Total Cost to participants: €20 (administration fee)
After so many years of basically giving out shite about everything, it’s nice at last to be able to compliment a member of the Oireachtas. I’m sure there are plenty of countries out there who’d be very happy to have a jobs Minister of Richard Bruton’s quality. I heard him speak at one of his focus group meetings last year in Longford and he has done way more good than he’s getting credit for. Some turn around in a short space of time. You’d have to hope he keeps it up.
Sorry my poor Dublin friends for rubbing ye’re noses in it. Not intentional except these reports remind me how much I don’t miss Dublin living. My idea of hell… When this happens in the country it hardly causes any traffic chaos. A clear cut reason to set up your office in the Midlands region if ever there was one.
This is real local democracy in action. We know that in fact “all” politics is local. Anyone interested in how their local representatives will perform on business and “employment” issues should attend before they cast their vote on Friday 23rd May. Congratulations to Pat Whelan, Mullingar Chamber President for arranging this on behalf of the Chamber’s members and it must be said, fair play to the candidates for agreeing to take part. Open to the public. Click pic to enlarge, or click here to go to Chamber Website
Quite a few office admin roles coming up at present. Here’s the latest based in Mullingar..
||Secretarial & Administration
||Part time position for experienced Administrator,
The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas:
• Customer service • Accounts (package used in office is QuickBooks, however experience in Sage/Redbooks is also an advantage) • Microsoft Office ( including Word,- essential, PowerPoint and Excel – non essential)
Role includes: Creditor account input VAT reconciliation Monthly Bank Reconciliation Monthly production of debtors statements Supplier account reconciliation Customer Service correspondence via Email and telephone. Ordering from Suppliers Holiday cover Other duties as outlined by management
Please forward your applications to martina at inetcs.ie
Alternatively click here to apply
Here’s a snapshot of 2013 year to date traffic analysis for the main website. Google still by far the biggest source of website traffic with hits from Indeed also notably on the increase. Roll on 2014. Great value in banner ads for January – email email@example.com