When signing up for a new job, the employee contract can be daunting at the best of times. It includes many terms and phrases that some may find difficult to understand. There are many types of employment contracts including permanent employment, temporary employment, seasonal employment and contracted employment contracts. Employees must agree to the terms when they accept the job, unless they negotiate in advance. Terms typically include elements such as areas of work, holidays, pension, salary, company policy and termination.

Citizens Information is a great source for employees, especially those who are signing contracts for the first time. Their website hosts useful information about employment in Ireland including this link to key ‘Terms and Phrases’ https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/reference/checklists/checklist_glossary_of_employment_terms.html.

Some terms and phrases included in an employee’s contract:

  • Agency worker – an individual who is employed by an agency
  • Breaks – brief duration periods, for a stretch, cuppa or rest
  • Career break – agreed time from career, unpaid, to care for personal responsibilities or undertake education. Some organisations offer to pay employees during this time
  • Duty of care – by the employer, to ensure the workplace is safe and promotes wellbeing
  • Employee permit – an employment permit is required to work in Ireland for most EEA Nationals
  • Freedom of information – employees are entitled to access government records, under the FOI legislation (freedom of information)
  • Grievance procedure – complaints that require immediate action, and once highlighted there is typically a pre-determined process to work through, for a satisfactory outcome
  • Holiday – paid annual leave including public holidays

Remember, if you’re unsure, contact the employer or HR personnel to query any items on the contract content if you are unsure. They will respond, and answer any queries, and there may be opportunity to negotiate. For additional support, phone Citizen Information Service on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Before signing the contract, ensure that the contract contains what was agreed, and that it is dated and signed by both parties. “It is impossible to un-sign a contract, so do all your thinking before you sign” – Warren Buffet. Once the paperwork is completed, you can start to enjoy the next chapter of your life, in your new career!

Do you feel that you are just working through the day, with a ‘ground-hog day’ feeling – just going through the motions? While it’s normal to have an off day, experiencing many joyless days on the job can be exhausting. Regaining interest in an established career provides many benefits in the workplace and in your personal life too.

Sometimes all it takes is a little time to take a step back, ‘think outside the box’ and create time for some creative planning, but first we need to know where to start! There are many areas that you can look at to help you fall back in love with your job again. Consider both the positive and negative attributes of personal performance in the job, including confidence, communication and knowledge. These areas can provide clues for areas of improvement.

Best tips to fall back in love with your job:

  • Change your perspective and look for the best in each situation
  • Express your opinions and thoughts. Start asking for what you would like or what you think might work well. Change happens when we know what to change
  • Create new goals. Start with short-term goals, and expand to long-term goals
  • Redesign your work space, get creative here
  • Evaluate your current job and how it can be improved, or identify if this is the right job for you. It’s useful to ask; “is this job fulfilling” or “do I feel happy in this job”?
  • Connect with the team and engage to find create solutions, to find joy again
  • Stay open to opportunities for change
  • Support the team, take care of new employees in their first few months – become a role model
  • Live healthy! Plan snacks and healthy lunches to keep energy levels balanced
  • Start new hobbies, these can be with work colleagues or interests outside the workplace …have some fun with these activities
  • Take pride in your work – be consistent, clock in five minutes early, finish work ahead of deadlines and show that you care with positive actions
  • Be open to feedback and ask the right questions
  • Do a little self-reflection, ask; “when did I lose the spark and why?”
  • Learn to say ‘no’, ‘not yet’, ‘let me come back to you’ and ‘yes’
  • Know what’s happening in the workplace
  • Enjoy time off and celebrate achievements
  • Finally, make sure the job is right for you … ask; “do I fit in with the culture” and “do I truly love what I do”? Speak to your manager if you have any doubt

Marc Anthony once said; “do what you love and it won’t be work.” So find your true joy in your life, fall back in love with your job again, and maybe inspire and motivate colleagues as you go about your new sense of purpose!

Are you a Staff Nurse who is looking for a new career path? Would you be interested in working with people affected by problem substance use and homelessness?

Ireland’s Homeless crisis stems from a number of issues which include – Lack of affordable housing, unemployment, and mental illness. Addiction and substance abuse have also found to be one of the reasons for homelessness, according to studies and surveys carried out by charity detox services in Ireland.

A simple stroll around Dublin City centre really highlights the problem of homelessness in Ireland. This was even more obvious during the lockdown, when the usually busy Dublin streets were devoid of shoppers and in their place were countless tents set up around popular shopping streets.

Though mental health and addiction problems are cited as a cause for homelessness, there are also those would not have been problem substance users throughout their lifetime, who found themselves in homeless situations, and as a result, in order to cope with the harsh reality of homelessness turned to problem substance use.

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage posted a report which showed a total number of homeless individuals at 8,475 in September 2021.

There are many organisations in Ireland whose mission is to help those suffering from problem substance abuse and homelessness. These organisations are often recruiting for Registered General or Psychiatric Staff Nurses.

So, what exactly does it take to become a Detox/ Addiction Nurse & what are the necessary qualities for the role?

·        Passionate – Have a genuine interest in working with those who suffer from substance abuse and or homelessness.

·        Knowledge – Understanding of drugs, mental health and why people become homeless and their needs.

·        Compassionate – Motivated to help the needs of others, be they physical, mental, or emotional.

·        Good Communication Skills – Able to give counsel to service user and be able to listen.

·        Build & Maintain Relationships – Gaining the trust of service users is vital to the role of a Detox Nurse.

·        Manage Challenging Behavior – Confident in de-escalation and conflict resolution.

·        Teamwork – Be a Team player & Liaise with the multi-disciplinary team.

·        Respect – Ability to treat all service users with the upmost dignity and respect.

·        Experience – Registered as a RGN or RPN with post graduate experience in healthcare.

If you want to find out more about working as a Detox/ Addictions Nurse in Ireland, then call me on 01 878 3335.

Charissa Mulholland

Nursing & Healthcare Recruitment Professional

Three Q Perms & Temps

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New Year, New You – Is part of your New Year resolution to find a new job or advance into a more managerial role in your career? Then you are going to need to prepare for interviews.

Interviews can be daunting, we always want to put our best foot forward, but sometimes our nerves can get the better of us. Interviews can prove even more difficult for those who have only recently graduated and have never interviewed before, or those who have been in their current job a long period of time and haven’t had an interview for several years.

We can’t control our emotions or nerves but what we can do is prepare, after all, knowledge is power!

As someone who has personally struggled trying to control my nerves and anxiety before an interview, I have found some tips which have helped me in the past:

  1. Know the company/ organisation you are interviewing for – A common question employers ask is “Why do you want to work here?”, so ensure you know plenty about your possible future employer.
  2. Fully understand the job description – Outline your own experience and skills which match that of the job description, you can use this to show you are a perfect match for the role.
  3. Prepare and rehearse common questions and answers – You can easily look online for a list of popular question which are asked at interview. As a recruiter I always provide my candidates with a list of questions & topics to research and do interview preparation where we go over these mock style questions.
  4. Prepare questions for the interviewer – Employers will always ask if you have any questions at the end of an interview, this is your opportunity to show that you have thought in depth about the role and company and genuinely want to work there.
  5. Plan your travel – Ensure you arrive to interview early and aren’t rushing; I always advise to be at least 15 minutes early to interview. This gives you time to sit down, compose your thoughts, and even go over some interview prep.
  6. Remember to breathe! – This may seem like such a simple and obvious thing, but as someone who has almost found myself hyperventilating before an interview, I find it helps to sit and take some deep breaths before interview to bring your heart rate down and calm those nerves.
  7. Speak confidently and clearly –I have found that I can speak a million miles an hour which can make it hard for the employer to fully grasp everything you are saying. I make sure to take a few seconds before answering a question and speak clearly and confidently. 
  8. Use the S.T.A.R (Situation, Task, Action & Result) approach when answering questions – This will help give your answers structure and ensure you don’t end up rambling so that your answers are relevant to the question.
  9. Remember to ask questions at the end of interview – Even if for some reason the employer does not ask you if you have any questions, remember to ask those all-important questions you prepared earlier.
  10. Leave a good impression – At the end of an interview, always make sure to smile and thank the employer for the opportunity & tell them how interested you are in the role and how you look forward to hearing any updates about the outcome of the interview.

If you are looking for a new Nursing, Healthcare or Hospitality job and would like some help finding that prefect job or to spruce up your CV & arrange some interview preparation, then you can call me on 01-878-3335 or visit our website for a full list of current jobs –

Charissa Mulholland

Nursing & Healthcare recruitment professional

Three Q Perms & Temps

The New Year can bring great opportunities and exciting beginnings, and is a great time to start new resolutions. The Christmas holidays provides us with time to reflect and see what new things we can start working on over the next year. “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can. There will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell.  We can learn from what worked for us this year and improve on what can work better. New learning and introducing beneficial changes into our lives can have many positive effects in both our personal lives and work life.

As we anticipate and look forward to clearing the cobwebs of the winter season, most of us will start planning new resolutions in our personal lives, such as losing weight, quitting a habit that doesn’t serve us well or improving our fitness levels, at the start of the year. We can also plan for positive changes that improve our working life. Improving this area can greatly improve our personal and family lives. Suggestions that can help will include doing a couple of tasks on Saturday that will ultimately improve our working week, such as:

  1. Plan a weekly menu for each meal including healthy treats. This reduces the amount of trips to the shop and can reduce our weekly spend on groceries, and time spent on trips to the supermarket.
  2. Batch cook dinner meals and freeze them. This reduces the need to phone our local takeaway for a fast meal, when we get home after a long day at work. It is also a healthier option and improves the balance of good food in our diet and significantly improves our wellbeing.
  3. Fill the car with diesel for the coming week. This saves stopping during the week and picking up extra unnecessary refreshments, also reducing weekly spending costs.
  4. Plan our weekly wardrobe for each day of the week. Having key items of clothing can help with planning outfits for the week ahead.
  5. Exercise routines have a greater chance of success if we do our workout before returning home from work. If time is of the essence in the evening, morning exercising is another option. Invest in some good quality rain gear, for rainy days. Then there is no excuse to cancel a planned walk/run. For those of us that are a little less motivated, it is a good idea to call on the experience of a personal trainer to help boost our motivational levels. They can plan a workout programme that suits our needs, thus ensuring that it is the right one for us.

Plan some fun and feel good activities for the weekend. Whether it’s doing some retail therapy, meeting friends for brunch or getting out into nature, the benefits can be amazing. These can really boost the good-feeling factor in us and our energy levels to help us step into spring with a bounce in our step.

While the weekend can be a busy time, with catching up on household tasks and meeting with family and friends, it is important to have some down-time. We all need one day in the week where we can recharge our batteries and bring a little rejuvenation and restoration in the way of self-care. This can include having a Sunday morning lie-in, a long soak in the bathtub, a trip to the spa or getting an earlier night’s sleep. Whatever resolutions we plan for the coming year, improving our quality of life is essential for living a happier and more fulfilled life. We can give our best when life is easier and who knows maybe even inspire colleagues at work.

#NewYearResolutions #Planning #Tips

As we grow on our journey in life, we begin to realise that exploration, self-discovery and learning are an integral part of the process of living. “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” – Sandra Carey. We learn that making mistakes is also part of the journey. They teach us valuable lessons which can propel us into a new direction, one that we never imagined or thought possible. Life’s experiences teach us what we like and don’t like. From this we have better insight to recognise what works best for us at this time.

When beginning a new career, it can be hard to find our feet. We may even feel like we don’t belong or that we haven’t made the right decision. It is only with hindsight that we are wise enough to know if it was the right choice. Either way, we can learn from it. We can also learn from others that we met along the process, if we are open to it. There is no wasted opportunity, only opportunities to learn and self-develop.

Here are some tips to help with starting the exploration:

  1. Recall a time in the past that was similar to this new one. Identify valuable insights that can be applied into this new situation.  
  2. Leave plenty of room for mistakes, there is valuable learning here.
  3. Be open to learning from others. They can be useful guides and teachers along the way that were part of our journey.
  4. Make it a practice each week or month to learn something new. Keep the explorer within alive and life exciting. Try something different and outside our comfort zone.
  5. Sign up with a Recruitment Agency. 3Q Perms & Temps Recruitment Agency is a great source of knowledge to help with exploring options and opportunities, phone: 01 8763335 or email temps@3qrecruitment.ie.

It is only when we trust the process, and ourselves, that we begin to realise where the best options lie ahead of us. It’s as if each step is illuminated with a little more clarity certainty than yesterday held. “The greatest wisdom is knowing that we know very little. when we adopt this perspective, we open our hearts and minds to learn and be inspired” – Ashish Godara. #Wisdom #Explore #NewCareer #Learn

Do you want to mark the end of the year with a good old fashioned Christmas get together? Creating time for social interactions, in a fun and positive way, is important. It creates team bonding at a different level, leaving behind the stresses of day to day work and leaving colleagues to engage with other in a fun way. The event themes can be varied to suit different interest levels.

We have compiled a couple of ideas for your upcoming Christmas party:

  1. A simple buffet party with a Kris Kingle gift giving evening. The cost can be as little as €5/€10. Gifts can be generic or pulling names out of a hat will let each person know who they have to buy for.
  2. An outdoor activity. Ideas can include a zip-line activity day out, to promote team building skills. Other ideas include a mountain walk followed by refreshments at a local restaurant, a meal out at a gourmet restaurant, an in-house party including a simple three course menu followed by games that everyone can enjoy.
  3. An overnight break away in a hotel that includes time to get some of the Christmas shopping done, a trip to the spa and a meal in a lovely restaurant.
  4. An in-house entertainment night. Suggestions can include a comedy night, karaoke night or hiring a magician for some refreshing entertainment. The night can be complimented with some simple or luxury spot prizes such as hampers, a night away in a hotel, and a voucher for a local spa or restaurant.

Involving staff in the decision of what to host for this annual event is a great way to get everyone on-board, and potentially increase participation at the party. It is a good idea to start planning the Christmas party in early November. It can help with getting through long winter evenings and create a positive feeling in the workplace leading up to the Christmas holidays.

#ChristmasParty #SocialInteractions #Events

 

Many of us go through our lives holding a protective layer or bubble that surrounds us. We may have experienced hurt on one or more occasions in the past which caused us to put a barrier of protection up each time. Over time this wall of protection may have gotten so high that we don’t know how to take it down or we may have become so safe living in our own little bubble that we don’t take too many risks or allow too much of the outside into our lives. This can also be true if we worked in a job that brought a lot of hurt and was not the right one for us. However if we are willing to risk and pluck up a little courage, to begin with; who knows where this new journey could take us? 

One day we find ourselves applying for a new job. The thought of not being selected for the position or the dreaded rejection, even before the interview takes place, can instil a sense of another refusal or little success at this interview. Unconsciously, during the interview, our body language may send the wrong signals to the interview panel, who may view the protective layer as a closed type personality or worse a hostile type personality. We may self-sabotage our best chances to succeed on this much needed job.

We don’t have to keep ourselves trapped in this bubble, out of fear of being hurt, rejected or to avoid pain. We can discover that learning from each experience can make us stronger and create an opportunity of new possibilities which could be life changing. In life there are no guarantees of not getting hurt, especially if we let our guard down. However, if we are willing to take a positive risk, dust ourselves down from the last experience and take a chance, then just maybe it will be the right decision to go for that interview with the possible reward of a new job, and who knows maybe even a new beginning in life.

There is an old saying; “you won’t know until you try” and it sure beats not doing anything! We can draw on our inner-resilience, push beyond our comfortable boundaries, step into the unknown, and dare to believe and achieve an incredible new life. Remember the words of Winston Churchill: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Call us today, on 01 8783335 or email sales@3qrecruitment.ie if you would like to chat with a member of our vibrant team, to explore your options and new opportunities.

#Risk #courage #job #interview

Never has there been a time in our lives that have we needed to be more resilient than such times as living through Covid-19. The events that we witnessed in Ireland, since March 2020, have radically changed the way that we live, sometimes creating challenging situations in our professional and personal lives.

‘Cocconing’ and ‘social isolation’ became new words in our vocabulary. This was so alien to us, a nation that loves socially interacting and spending valuable time with loved ones. We are not wired to live our lives as hermits, so as to protect ourselves. Our connection with others is vital for many reasons including; chatting through some difficulties with empathetic family and friends, letting our hair down after a busy week at the office or connecting with each other on a Saturday luncheon or night out, just for the sake of connecting.

Working from home creates many challenges, while trying to adapt to a new work environment. Self-discipline does not come easy for the vast majority of us. For some, juggling home-schooling or even staying motivated to work through the day’s workload has forced many to rethink our everyday tasks, in our professional and personal lives. Managing both areas of our lives, as separate entities, in this new situation while trying to function in a professional capacity doesn’t come naturally to most.

We may need to ‘think outside the box’ and create new coping strategies to deal with the changed environment at work and at home. Some techniques that can be useful include:

  1. Create daily schedules for our personal and professional lives.
  2. Increase our activities, while being innovative, to include trips to the outdoors. A simple picnic or takeaway can provide a great and positive change.
  3. Embrace technology, particularly as a means of communicating with family and friends which was inhibited during the covid pandemic.
  4. Set goals for the weeks and months ahead. These help with staying motivated and keeping hope alive during tougher times.
  5. Plan some fun activities for the weekend.
  6. Frequent check-ins with our new system to ensure that it is the right-fit for us will help us with seeing if our new way of being is really making a difference in our lives.

We can carry on with some of these new-learned techniques as life returns to a better sort of normal. We may discover that the challenges of adversity in life can teach us valuable lessons, such as reconnecting with what is important – family, friends, nature, self-care and much more. These new ways of being can even continue long after undergoing changes in our environment as we begin to see the benefits of positive change.  

#Resilience #Adversity #ThinkOutsideTheBox