Introduction:

Welcome back to the 3Q Recruitment blog, where we continue our journey in connecting exceptional talent with thriving opportunities in the healthcare, hospitality, and catering industries. As we step into the month of February, we’re excited to share insights, trends, and updates on the dynamic landscape of talent recruitment in Dublin. Join us as we explore the latest happenings and opportunities in the sectors we specialise in – healthcare, hospitality, and catering – for both permanent and contract roles.

Healthcare: Embracing Excellence in Patient Care

February marks the season of love, and what better way to spread love than through exceptional healthcare services? At 3Q Recruitment, we are dedicated to connecting healthcare professionals with institutions that prioritise patient care and employee well-being. This month, we highlight the increasing demand for specialised roles in healthcare, from experienced nurses to skilled administrators. If you’re a healthcare professional seeking a fulfilling permanent position or a rewarding contract role, our expert recruiters are here to guide you.

Hospitality: Elevating Guest Experiences

Dublin’s vibrant hospitality scene is continuously evolving, and we’re at the forefront of it all. In February, we focus on the art of creating memorable guest experiences. From renowned hotels to trendy restaurants, the need for skilled individuals in hospitality is ever-growing. If you have a passion for delivering top-notch service and creating unforgettable moments, 3Q Recruitment is your gateway to exciting permanent and contract opportunities in Dublin’s bustling hospitality industry.

Catering: Crafting Culinary Excellence

As culinary enthusiasts know, February is a month of indulgence, with Valentine’s Day bringing a surge in dining experiences. Our catering division is abuzz with opportunities for highly skilled chefs, skilled kitchen staff, and event coordinators. Whether you’re looking to join an exclusive restaurant or contribute to catering events that leave a lasting impression, our team is here to match your skills with the perfect role.

Why Choose 3Q Recruitment?

  1. Tailored Recruitment: Our experienced team understands the unique needs of the healthcare, hospitality, and catering industries, ensuring a personalised approach to every candidate and client.
  2. Extensive Network: With a wide-reaching network of industry connections, we have access to exclusive opportunities that you won’t find elsewhere.
  3. Proven Track Record: 3Q Recruitment has a history of successful placements in both permanent and contract positions, making us a trusted partner for both candidates and clients.

Conclusion:

As we navigate through February, 3Q Recruitment remains committed to fostering growth and excellence in the healthcare, hospitality, and catering sectors. If you’re a professional seeking your next career move or an employer looking for top-tier talent, reach out to us today. Let’s embark on a journey together, where talent meets opportunity in the heart of Dublin. Stay tuned for more updates and insights from 3Q Recruitment.

Call us today at 01 8783335 or email us at recruiter@3qrecruitment.ie. Your dream job awaits!

Start the year right

Introduction:

Happy New Year! As we step into a fresh chapter filled with hope and possibilities, what better time to explore new career horizons? In this blog post, we’re here to guide you through the art of navigating career transitions with a sprinkle of Irish charm. At 3Q Recruitment, we believe in quality, people, and ensuring a positive experience for all. So, let’s embark on this journey together as we dive into the world of recruitment and career transitions.

Quality Over Quantity: Crafting Your Career Path

At 3Q Recruitment, we understand that the quality of your career journey matters more than the quantity of jobs you’ve had. As you kick off the year, take a moment to reflect on what truly matters to you in your professional life. Are you seeking a role that aligns with your passion and expertise? We’re here to make sure that the next step in your career is not just a job but a quality experience that contributes to your overall growth and satisfaction.

People-Centred Approach: Connecting with Your Ideal Workplace

Jobs are not just about tasks; they’re about the people you work with and the environment you’re in. Our people-centred approach to recruitment ensures that we don’t just match jobseekers with roles; we connect individuals with their ideal workplace communities. Because finding a job is not just about ticking boxes on a list; it’s about finding a place where you can thrive and contribute positively.

The Positive Experience for All: Navigating Transitions Seamlessly

Embarking on a career transition can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. At 3Q Recruitment, we believe in creating a positive experience for all parties involved. Whether you’re a jobseeker exploring new opportunities or a company looking to expand your team, our goal is to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Because positivity breeds success, and we want every transition to be a step towards a brighter future.

Unlocking the Job Fairy’s Magic: Your Gateway to Irish Jobs

In the world of Irish jobs, we like to think of ourselves as the job fairy, here to sprinkle a bit of magic on your career path. Our recruitment expertise extends to hiring for both temporary and permanent roles, ensuring that every job seeker finds their perfect fit. So, if you’re on the lookout for that elusive job fairy, look no further. We’re here to make your Irish job dreams come true!

Conclusion: Your Journey, Your Success

As you step into the new year, remember that your career journey is uniquely yours. With 3Q Recruitment by your side, you’re not just navigating career transitions; you’re crafting a path towards success. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a recent graduate, or someone in between, let’s make this year the one where your career aspirations take centre stage.

Ready to start the year right? Contact us today at sales@3qrecruitment.ie. The journey to quality, people-centred, and positive career transitions begins here. Let’s make 2024 the year of your career success! 

A resume may tell a thousand words, but it doesn’t really reveal how competent you are to do the job or how you will act in the real-life setting of the job. Most interviews host staged interview processes which provide greater opportunity to show the interviewers why you are the best person for the job.

As part of this process, they generally provide an outline of important points that will be covered in the interview including a sample of competency questions which may be asked in the interview. This helps with creating fairness and provides a greater feeling of confidence on the day of your interview.

Job interview questions can be difficult to answer on the day. However, using a structured approach will help you stay on track. The acronym SBO (Situation, Behaviour and Outcome) is a great technique to use to develop your answers.

SBO Technique to Answer Competency Questions at Interviews

  • Situation – Begin with describing in detail a situation that you were involved in or give a description on the task that you completed
  • Behaviour – Describe actions undertaken, the process and steps you followed and completed
  • Outcome – This part of your answer is where you highlight actions that resulted in a successful outcome. Provide detail on what was accomplished, the benefits that were achieved and what was learned during the process. This is the most important part of the answer

For example, customer service is an area that is common in most workplaces. The interviewer may ask; “Tell us about a time in your previous role when you delivered excellent customer service?” Empathy, clear communication skills and patience can form part of this answer. Remember to keep your answers brief and stay on point.

While having the preparatory questions in advance is often positive, it can also lead to rigidity in answers at the interview. Remember to ‘be yourself’, outline important points and allow the conversation to flow naturally. Finish well and end on a positive note – give a confident handshake at the end of the interview and thank the interviewers.     

Need help on your job interview with us? Call us today, on 01 8783335 or email sales@3qrecruitment.ie – to chat with a member of our friendly team, to explore your options and receive valuable advice.

Facing an upcoming interview for a new job? While there is much time to prepare before a job interview; there is little time at the interview to create a great first impression and show that you are the best person for the job.

Preparation is important to help you deliver an effective interview. Acquiring knowledge of the job and company and understanding of how your skills match the job criteria will provide a leading edge, and greater chance for success on securing the job. Most companies offer the points for discussion that will be covered in the interview ahead of time, usually in writing.

10 Simple Tips for a Successful Interview

  1. Research the company including the company’s background
  2. Know the interviewers name and the location of the interview, i.e. where the office is based
  3. Develop answers ahead of the interview, i.e. around competency. Develop examples of your ability to do the job and the way you act on the task
  4. Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview
  5. Re-read your resume and the job spec one hour before the interview
  6. Practice with family or a friend – to listen to the tone of your voice which will help to boost confidence
  7. Arrive early, leaving enough time for traffic jams and to get a parking ticket
  8. At the interview, create a great first impression – give a firm handshake, speak clearly and maintain good eye contact
  9. Strong communication is important – listen carefully and ask interviewers to repeat or rephrase the question if you are unsure
  10. Demonstrate your unique selling point and why you are interested in this job

Preparation is vital and will ensure that you deliver a top-notch interview. “I will prepare and someday my chance will come” by Abraham Lincoln. Strong signs of a good interview include the conversation flowed naturally, the interview time was longer than advised, positive body language of the interviewers and you were provided with more information on the job role. There may have been hiccups on a few answers but don’t let this get you down. Focus on the positives. If it felt genuine and you experienced a lighter note on the conversation this is usually a good sign.

Need help on your job interview with us? Call us today, on 01 8783335 or email sales@3qrecruitment.ie – to chat with a member of our friendly team, to explore your options and receive valuable advice.

Looking to improve your CV profile? A poor profile can let down a strong resume whereas a great personal statement can make your resume stand out. Your unique profile creates a brief professional introduction of who you are. HR recruiters look for insights into your character on this piece. A strong profile highlights your personal statement and is crucial if you want recruiters to notice your application, and it helps to secure a call for interview.

Tips on How to Write a Strong CV Profile

  • Develop a brief personal statement – a short paragraph, up to 150 words. Your profile is an introduction to your CV. It will need to be positioned at the top of the resume. If it is difficult at first, break it down to into sections, bringing it all together at the end
  • Include your strengths as a professional – soft and hard skills, personal traits relevant to the job, professional skills, relevant key accomplishments including academic and career goals
  • Include powerful adjectives in the content such as ‘dynamic’, ‘diligent’ and ‘motivated’. For example, ‘proficient in MS Office’ or ‘delivered high quality customer service’
  • Use third person – refrain from using too many ‘I’s’ in this section. For example, ‘motivated, reliable, adaptable and responsible professional’
  • Proofread the content – edit thoroughly for any changes. It’s surprising; no matter how many times we read the content there can be one word that has escaped the check! Do a double check and ask a friend to read it

“Sometimes your USP becomes your weak point” – Aditya Trivedi. The profile on your resume is an opportunity to present your unique selling point and a catchy elevator pitch. Ask; ‘Is the profile strong enough to represent me as a potential candidate to land the interview, and secure the job?’ Remember try not to undersell yourself here and be honest. Family and friends will offer great insight and advice here and can help with the finishing touches.

Are you working with a recruitment agency or considering it as an option as part of your next career move? To get the best possible service, it is important to create a great rapport with recruitment staff. They have specialist knowledge in this area and offer great support on each interaction.

Recruitment agency staff can really assist you to get off to a strong start on your next job and advance your career as a contractor. There are a couple of ways that can boost your relationship with staff members which will speed up and benefit the process. 

Tips to Benefit Relationships with Agency Recruiters

  • Develop a positive relationship

Be honest; let them know your needs on hours and location, if you’re flexible and provide any other important details on your ideal job. It’s ok to decline suggestions and offers. Maintain regular contact with them and advice any updates. This will provide agency recruiters with a better understanding of your needs, and they will be able to find you a suitable role, as they will have all the information to hand. As the relationship develops, the recruiters can provide additional feedback to potential employers on your application, based on their records.

  • Know the job market and your expectations

The supply-and-demand for jobs in the market can change. Recruitment agencies possess vast knowledge of the labour market. If you are looking for a new job, thinking of starting work as a contractor or looking to change your role within the sector, it will be useful to know any changes to jobs in your sector – the effect on rates of pay or changes on training requirements. Recruiters are up to date on this information and will be able to suggest recommendations to advance future applications and may be able to negotiate your salary

  • Find a recruitment agency you are happy to work with

While there are many recruitment agencies, it is important that you feel confident when working with your chosen recruiter. Part of their role is to support you in finding a new job, up-skilling or updating your resume. Agency recruiters are available to fully support your career path – when your contract will be renewed, to answer questions on a new organisation or to chat with if you are experiencing a difficult environment in your current job, resourced by them.  

The role of your recruitment agency is to secure you with employment in a short timeframe, build your skills and improve the experience on your resume. This can save you a lot of time and money. Frequent check-ins with your recruiter will really help you on the road to your next assignment. They will update their system as new information is shared and will be in a better position to support you all the way – preparing your for a new job, securing a job and supporting you while you are working in your new role. 

Call us today, on 01 8783335 or email sales@3qrecruitment.ie – to chat with a member of our friendly team, to explore your options and receive valuable advice.

Do you find the work tasks are getting bigger? Is time management becoming an issue? Most often time management is poor when there is no plan, or goals are not clear. With no plan in place, procrastination can set in and lead to frustration at the end of a busy week. Long-term, the effects will most likely cause stress, anxiety or at worst suffering symptoms of burnout.

Most workers have a limit on their time to complete tasks. This may be higher some weeks due to impending deadlines, extra workload pressure, training new staff or returning back to work after a bank holiday weekend. Common downfalls in time management include allocating too little time to high priority tasks, poor delegation skills or allowing distractions take over limited time. Although it takes time to set this new plan in place, it will be time well spent in the long run!

15 Tips for Successful Time Management at Work

  1. Complete a time audit to understand how you are currently spending your time at work
  2. Develop a weekly schedule planner
  3. Prioritise tasks – schedule high priority tasks at the start of the day
  4. Assign realistic time limits for each task
  5. Group similar tasks together
  6. Prioritise the most difficult task at the start of the day
  7. Learn to say no, when needed
  8. Be aware of distractions and hold boundaries
  9. Build in buffer times to allow for extra time on larger tasks or for work meetings
  10. Use the 4 D’s – Do, Defer, Delegate and Delete when scheduling your weekly tasks
  11. Be flexible – although it is ideal to stay focused, allow for inevitable delays
  12. Set SMART goals, particularly for larger tasks
  13. Colour code the schedule if you enjoy working with bright colours
  14. Choose a smart schedule layout – one that you can easily read and enjoy working with
  15. Up-skill with a refresher course to improve decision making or organisational skills

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot” – Michael Altshuler. Managing limited time at work will help you to stay focused and work more effectively. The benefits can change your work-life for the better! You will find that you get a lot more done in less time, reduce stress levels and the new schedule will boost your confidence and organisational skills.

Have you considered registering with a nursing employment agency? There are a range of options for nurse’s jobs in Ireland – part-time or full-time. Signing up with a nursing agency offers many benefits to help you with your career decision. They provide opportunities to acquire roles in organisations in Ireland including private nursing homes.

Our nursing recruitment agency works closely with many healthcare providers and regularly put forward a list of suitable nursing candidates for roles within the organisation. These are generally permanent positions.

12 Benefits of Joining a Nursing Agency in Ireland

  1. Flexibility of work shifts including a choice of hours of work
  2. One-to-one consultation with friendly staff who offer support and advice throughout the process
  3. Opportunity to increase earnings, or reduce hours – when needed, and work weekends or night shifts to avail of higher rate pay
  4. Reduces stress in your search for a job
  5. Open to retired nurses as an option to source additional income
  6. If weekend time is precious with family, requesting weekdays only is an option
  7. Opportunity to avail of openings in diverse healthcare settings, and grow your skills and experience
  8. Nursing agencies pay a higher hourly rate of pay and payment is prompt
  9. Nurses with permanent positions can register with a nursing agency to avail of extra hours to boost income
  10. Option to choose place of work, or another position if the position does not work out
  11. Opportunity to explore up-skilling needs
  12. Opportunity to expand existing network circles

“Let us never consider ourselves finished, nurses. We must be learning all of our lives” – Florence Nightingale. Nursing recruitment agencies are a great option to secure regular work that offers flexibility, offers higher pay and opportunity to explore up-skilling needs, and improves work-life balance. Thinking about signing up with a Nursing Agency? Call us today, on 01 8783335 or email recruiter@3qrecruitment.ie – to chat with a member of our friendly team, to explore your options and receive valuable advice.

How to maximise your hiring process –

It’s a candidate’s market, there are an abundance of jobs open at present and not enough candidates to fill them. While we may not be able to chance the amounts of applications that come in for an open role, what we can do is maximise our hiring process.

Here are some simple steps companies can take to help with the hiring process –

·        Job specification – Ensure that the Job Title, Location, Salary and Hours are clearly displayed on your job advert. Include the duties/ responsibilities that the role involves so candidates will know what is expected of them. Make sure to add in the benefits of working with your company, these can include – pension, health insurance, employee rewards, flexible working or remote working.

·        Advertise on as many platforms as you can – There are many different platforms where a company can advertise their jobs such as Irishjobs, Indeed, Glassdoors. Make sure to utilise all platforms available to you. Advertise your vacancy through your company account on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There are also many groups which you can join and post on like LinkedIn groups or Facebook groups. Candidates actively monitor these groups for jobs which may be of interest to them.

·        Application process – Make it as easy as possible for a candidate to apply for your job, simply by having an “apply now” button on the advert or an email contact to send their CV directly. Companies can often look for candidates to fill in a long application document, send their CV, cover letter, and have additional questions on top of these. Some companies even ask for a video application. Candidates get frustrated with all these steps so make sure your application process isn’t too tedious which may put candidates off applying.

·        Phone screen before interview – Candidates can look great on paper, but often times it takes chatting with a prospective employee to know if they are going to be a good match for the role or not. Phone screenings are a great way to find out more about a candidate and what they are looking for before arranging an interview.

·        Be response & have a hiring plan – One of the biggest mistakes companies make is not contacting hot candidates as soon as they apply. Some companies wait a month if not more to contact candidates. I personally had one client contact me after 3 months to arrange an interview with a candidate, the candidate by then, had been working in a new role a number of weeks and was no longer interested. Have a clear, concise recruitment plan is place. Carry out weekly interviews, have a start date in mind for the successful candidate & training plan.  

·        Interview process – An interview is a good way for a candidate to get an insight of what it will be like to work with your company. Give candidates detailed information about the role, your company, the culture, the benefits. Make sure to give a good impression and make the candidate feel comfortable. Use the interview to ask the candidate important questions that are relevant to the role. Also ask candidates if they have any questions at the end of the interview.

·        Interview Outcome – It is important to not keep a candidate waiting after they have had their interview. If you are carrying out other interviews keep the candidate in the loop, even by dropping them a simple email stating that you are interviewing other candidates but will be in touch with them in X number of days regarding outcome. If you know a candidate was not successful right after interview, inform them straight away, don’t leave them waiting for bad news. Give them feedback and insights on what to improve for future interviews.

·        Obtain references – When you are ready to offer a successful candidate the job, it is important to obtain manager/ supervisor references form recent employers before you extent offer.

·        Offer & onboarding – Once you have suitable references extend official offer. Make sure to send the candidate the offer letter, contract, and also onboarding & training documentation.

·        Ask for a Review – It is a great idea to ask applicants for feedback from applicants on how they found the application & interview process. Candidates can leave ratings on your company page on Indeed or Glassdoors. Prospective candidates can then view these reviews and will know that the application & interview process is a pleasant experience.

If you in the Healthcare or Hospitality industry and looking for assistance with your open roles, then give me a call or drop me an email and I would be happy to help.

Charissa Mulholland

Three Q Perms & Temps

01 878 3335

recruiter@3qrecruitment.ie

Effective networking is essential to advance professional development and provides many benefits. It is a fantastic opportunity to expand your business circle, opportunities and personal knowledge. The main elements of networking are based on great communication skills, trust and support. Knowing how to network is a skill that is learned. Developing strategies, over time, will help to make it an enjoyable experience.

Benefits of Networking:

  • Improve career prospects and professional development
  • Provides opportunity to increase knowledge
  • Opportunity to develop new ideas
  • Helps build confidence levels
  • Gain new insights and fresh perspectives
  • Opportunity to develop strong relationships
  • Raises your profile
  • Can result in new opportunities for your organisation
  • Opportunity to further expand your social circle
    • Essential to gain insights into the job market and business world

Developing strategies to improve networking will enhance future opportunities and can advance your career. There are many tips that can help with boosting your morale. Enjoying the sociable experiences of meeting other professionals can bring a positive dimension to the job. Similar to personal relationships, trust is built over time.  

Useful strategies for effective networking:

  • Plan ahead before each networking event
  • Actively participate at networking engagements
  • Try to greet and mingle with as many people as possible
  • Getting to the event early can increase connecting with more individuals – ‘the early bird catches the worm’
  • Staying late can help too
  • Know who is going to be there
  • Practice elevation pitches before the event
  • Bring a small supply of business cards
  • Always follow up on leads after the event, promptly – seek their business card or details, to save a long search after the event.

Networking is an amazing and valuable skill that can bring incredible success and support to your career. It is really important to value and nurture the connections that have been made. It’s important to remember; be genuine with each connection and stay in touch regularly to strengthen the relationship, then trust will follow. “There’s a ton of value in taking the time to build a real human to human relationship” – Mike Allton