There has been a sharp increase hospitality job vacancies over the past few years. Here at Three Q we know everything about working in the hospitality industry. We have years of experience matching candidates to their perfect hospitality job, and there has never been a better time to start work the industry. According to recent research, job vacancies in the hotel sector increased almost 200 per cent between 2013 and 2017.

Here at Three Q, we’ve noticed an increase in vacancies for hotel chefs, bartenders, waiters, receptionists, porters, cocktail mixologists and concierges.

Vacancies for hotel chefs have increased by 149 per cent over the five-year period, making it a great time for chefs to transition to working in a hotel. Hotel bartending, mixologist and concierge vacancies have risen by 80 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016. Vacancies for hotel receptionists experienced similar strong growth, rising by 260 percent in the period 2013-2017 and by 44 percent from 2016 to 2017. Hotel porter jobs vacancies increased by 58 percent from 2016 to 2017, and concierge jobs vacancies by 80 percent.

Ireland’s hotel sector has shown remarkable resilience over the past few years during the economic crises. Despite a reliance on British visitors for revenue, the year 2016 proved to be a turning point for the sector, thanks to rising numbers of tourists from the rest of Europe, North America and Asia. There are plenty of shortages in the skills that jobs such as hotel chefs as the industry is on the rise again. If skills shortages are left unaddressed, the growth of Ireland’s tourism industry will be stunted, so employers are really on the hunt for all sorts of hotel staff.  The hospitality sector is worth an estimated €7.2 billion to the Irish economy and supports around 235,000 jobs in the country.

With this demand in mind, there has never been a better time to to begin a career in the hospitality industry. If you are interested in working in the hotel industry, take a look at our job listings. If you are an employer would like to advertise with us, email us at  or call +353 1878 3335.   for more information.

We can all agree that nurses work hard enough as it is! So why do some nurses take on extra work to make the shift towards becoming a theatre nurse? I’m going to list three reasons why nurses in different fields take on extra training and education to get into working in surgery as a theatre nurse. Although the salary isn’t to be ignored, these are some of the most appealing non financial reasons why different types of nurses take steps towards becoming a theatre nurse:

Providing Extremely Important Care

If you are a nurse, it goes without saying you care about helping people. All nurses do great work but as a theatre nurse, you get to help some of the patients that require medical care the most.  In the operating room, you are providing urgent aid. Most would agree that saving lives is the most rewarding part of nursing and as a theatre nurse you are certainly at the forefront of live saving care.

Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job interview tips for Nurses is something that is regularly asked by candidates coming to Three Q.  Because there is sometimes a skills test along with the formal interview that candidates have to go through, it can be daunting to Nurses, especially those who have just graduated and haven’t been interviewed before. However, Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Nurses with Employers for years so we know a thing or two about job interviews. Any job interview can be a nervous time for candidates so we’ve put together our list of top tips in preparing for that Nursing interview in confidence.

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  1. Research the company, hospital or nursing home that you are going and be prepared with a good level of knowledge. Take at look at the most recent HIQA report. You don’t need to know all of the gross margins or accounts since the company opened, but you should know enough to show the interviewer that you respect the opportunity and you respect her or his time.
  1. Be on time, with a clean, well-presented copy of your CV. This sounds simple but you may be surprised at how many people don’t leave 10 minutes early in order to get there 10 minutes early. Plan your route. It may seem like a simple task to get to the location of the interview but don’t forget that you may get stuck in traffic in a certain area, or if you’re walking to the interview it may start to rain. Check bus times, cycle routes, book train tickets in advance, you don’t want to be stressed for the journey or turn up late to your interview.
  1. Dress the part – business-like and professional, no matter how relaxed the Nursing Home is or how the Manager interviewing you presents themselves, it’s still an interview an dyou want to look your best and leave a professional impression on the interviewer.
  1. Be polite and mannerly to every member of staff that you come across. The receptionist may be the first person that you think of to impress, but also think of parking attendant, the cleaners, and any interns. Southwest Airlines used to have the flight attendants on flights anonymously assess the candidates they were flying in for interviews – it just goes to show that you need to be polite at all times. Keep in mind that your interview starts the moment you leave the house. It may sound like a cliché, but you would not be the first person to suffer from road rage at the car in front, only to be sitting in front of them 20 minutes later in an interview.
  1. Think, and prepare of one of the most underprepared interview questions of all times that stumps everyone-  “What can I do for this Nursing Home?”. Think about it beforehand, do your research as we suggested in step one and try to think about a great answer.
  1. Whenever you talk about your former or current employer, be polite and professional. If you’re gossiping about them – no matter how horrible to work for they are – guess what the interviewer thinks? That they will be next. Never say unkind, or even true things if it makes you look like a prospective gossip who will only cause trouble for the staff and employer .
  1. Save the money talk for last. Focus on the job, your ability to contribute, and all the great things you can provide. When applying for jobs with Three Q, you will be told the basic salary before the interview, so there should be no confusion in the first place.
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  1. Thank the interviewer for their time and ask questions – again, this shows good manners and good sense. This could be small things, even just the hours involved or what facilities the employer provides. Don’t be afraid to ask what career opportunities are possible too.
  1. Let the employer know how interested you are at the end of the interview, and your intention to accept if offered.
  1. There are a variety of different interview types you could end up having. Ranging from a full on competency base interview to the ‘cup of tea’ interview and everything in between. We can fully advise you on all these different interview types and we can normally let you know the type of interview you can expect to have with the employers that we work with.

Follow these tips, and you’re sure to have a great interview. Remember to do lots of preparation before your interview and stay calm and mannerly towards the interviewer (and staff) at all times. If you are currently looking for a job as a Nurse keep an eye on our listings that we update everyday with new jobs in the industry. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email or phone +353 1878 3335.   

The role of an acute care nurse is a very important one within the healthcare system. Nursing job opportunities in Dublin are becoming more competitive.  Here at Three Q we help acute nurses to find their perfect career from our job listings compiled by our clients. Whether you’re looking for Permanent or Temp work, we’ll help you to get your ideal acute nursing job. If you’re a nurse who’s unsure what specialty you’d like to pursue, or maybe are just curious about what the job entails, we’ve put together some of the aspects of what an acute care nurse is responsible for.

Acute care is a nursing specialty and nurses generally only work with patients for only a short amount of time. Typical duties include treatment after surgery or for a chronic illness. An acute care nurse must be an NBMI registered nurse. Acute nurses are highly skilled and in demand. This is due the need for acute nurses to be fast learners and adaptable to change, as an acute nurse you will learn something new each day . You must be able to solve conflicts with time management as it is a fast paced job and the job will change continually change due to new developments in health care.

What is acute care?

Acute care falls under the broader category of secondary care – the stage after primary care (when a patient makes first contact with medical professionals). Acute care involves the treatment of patients diagnosed with short term but serious conditions – and might take place in a number of clinical settings like Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care and Neonatal Care. Typical medical conditions an acute care nurse may be called upon to treat range from severe injury and chronic illness, to strokes and infectious diseases.

Day-to-day responsibilities

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Like other nursing roles, acute nurses work with patients, perform administrative tasks and assist other medical professionals, like doctors and consultants. A typical day might include: the assessment and monitoring of patient conditions, checking symptoms and vital signs and arranging diagnostic tests, developing ongoing care plans, administering intravenous drips or different types of medication, checking and using specialised equipment such as monitors and ventilators

As an acute nurse working in hospital wards, GP surgeries or community care centres, no two days will ever be the same – and you should expect surprises. Acute nurses may be first on the scene when a patient’s condition changes – for better or worse – and should be prepared to administer emergency first aid. Conversely, acute nurses deal frequently with patients whose conditions are improving – which could mean contacting family members and support services or arranging transfer to different facilities.

Skills and qualities

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Acute care professionals deal with a huge number of patients presenting with a wide range of conditions so an ability to be caring, compassionate and patient is crucial. Acute nurses may have to deal with patients with learning disabilities or those suffering from dementia –  these situations demand excellent communication skills. Given the fluid nature of the role, nurses should be prepared to think quickly – and on their feet – and adapt to the demands of on-going medical situations.

The starting point of an acute care nursing career is the a bachelor degree of science in nursing and an NBMI membership. Many hospitals now offer acute care orientation and internship programs.  By taking positions in acute care subspecialty areas such as oncology, cardiac care, or geriatrics, acute nurses can advance their careers. A majority of these positions require acute care nurse practitioners.  

Further Your Career

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Acute care nurses have plenty of opportunities for career advancement and increased salary.  A number of job boards show an abundance of available jobs. These nurses are highly skilled and enjoy great demand, and openings are in available in a variety of settings beyond hospitals.  Continued hiring growth makes the outlook for this nursing specialty a truly positive one. Additional steps on the career ladder include advancing to a charge nurse or becoming a nursing educator or administrator.

Acute care nursing promises new challenges every day, but for committed and capable nurses, offers a long, rewarding career. To keep up to date on the industry developments and find vacant acute care positions, check out our roles and read the latest from us at Three Q. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email or phone +353 1878 3335 .   

We are currently looking for a candidate to fulfil an Experienced Nurse Recruiter for a remote and office based job. Here at Three Q we don’t just recruit for other companies, but we often need to find people for our own team too. If you’ve ever wanted to work with a company who values teamwork, and their employees we’re the place for you. Three Q cares about its team, has a huge emphases on CSR and believes in people helping people.

Do you love Recruitment but maybe tired of your commute to the office everyday? If  you have the structure, drive & ability to remote work and still deliver on your targets, Three Q PERMS is hiring an experienced Nurse or Medical Recruiter to join our team.  In this job you can work remotely for the majority of your work week and only commute for two days into our city centre office in Dublin 1.

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As with all of our recruitment roles, this role is about Quality. As a Quality focused Recruiter you will deliver a quality service to in-demand professionals and hiring companies through your own personal commitment to excellence, open communication and win-win’s for all involved.  With over 19 years in recruitment, our systems, processes, client base and approaches have been tried, tested and proven to deliver.

The basic salary for this role starts at €28,000. We offer a generous benefits package and uncapped commission. Requirements include 2 – 3 years’ experience in nurse or healthcare recruitment, a passion for Quality in everything you do and of course an Energetic and Ambitious personality.

A full job description can be forwarded to you but overall we are interested in how you do business and how you can help us at Three Q.  Recruiters must provide a majority of their service for free and there still is never a guarantee of earning their commission. It is only if their candidate gets selected that will they be paid. As a result, it creates a lot of competition, not just amongst competing agencies, but between the many candidates the recruiter has sent to the client. Therefore, you must be of a competitive and driven nature to be successful in this role.

If you are that Competitive Experienced Recruiter who knows how to deliver Quality & Business Success apply in confidence to Cora or email your number and a time that suits to talk on same; or Linkedin

We are currently looking for a candidate to fulfil a Hospitality TEMP Consultant Role in Dublin. Here at Three Q we don’t just recruit for other companies, but we often need to find people for our own team too. If you’ve ever wanted to work with a company who values teamwork, and their employees we’ve the place for you.

Three Q cares about it’s team, we a huge emphases on CSR and believe in people helping people. We’re currently looking for a Senior Experienced TEMP Consultant in the Temp Catering and Hospitality Division. Located in Dublin 1. The basic salary will range from €30’000 to €37’000 depending on experience. This is a full time, permanent job.

An experienced Temp Controller really knows his/her clients, knows what TEMPS work best where and knows how to maximise customer satisfaction and hours billed by delivering a quality service.  If you are that Experienced Temp Consultant then maybe it’s time to join a team that has had Quality as its foundation stone since 1999. With existing accounts and lapsed clients you will be required to sustain, ignite and grow Three Q’s TEMP services in key strategic accounts.  You will be working with two other consultants, HR, Marketing & management to achieve department goals & drive the companies success.

Benefits to You

Three Q has a great working environment – you get to lead and be in contribution to the company’s and your success story. We have comprehensive CPD, Skills and Mentoring programmes with on-going management support. Working with Three Q means a comprehensive package where results are rewarded with bonuses. We are located at the heart of Dublin 1, easily accessible by public transport and you will get the chance to work with an established company who has strong contracts in place for over 18 years.


Requirements for this role include  2 years previous experience working in a similar role. Candidates must have success in managing, developing and gaining temp hour contracts. Good PC skills & an interest in how to use new platforms to drive candidate applications and brand values are essential. Most importantly you be able to multitask and have the right attitude, drive and determination to succeed in a constantly changing environment & lead others by your example and project management.

If you think that you fit this role check out listing 15434 for more information and a link to apply with your CV. You can also email for a confidential chat. A full job description inclusive of KPI’s and targets will be issued to interested and short-listed candidates.