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!

Celebrate the Season with Our Nurse Christmas Raffle!

Tis the season of giving, and we want to show our appreciation to the incredible nurses who make a difference every day. If you’re a dedicated nurse looking for a new opportunity, this Christmas could bring an extra special gift your way!

Win a €100 One4All Gift Card!

Submit your CV before the 16th of December 2023, and you could be in with a chance to win a €100 One4All gift card – just in time for the festive season! Your entry is simple: be a nurse with an active NMBI pin, and attend your interview with our client.

The Lucky Draw:

All eligible nurses will automatically be entered into the draw, and on the 18th of December, we’ll announce the lucky winner! Imagine the joy of unwrapping a €100 gift card, ready to be spent on whatever brings you joy this Christmas.

 Terms and Conditions:

Before submitting your CV and entering this exciting raffle, please read and understand the following terms and conditions:

Submit your CV to any of our nursing jobs, or you can send us your CV directly to cvs@3qrecruitment.ie

  • Eligibility: To participate, you must be a registered nurse with an active NMBI pin.
  • Submission Deadline: Submit your CV by the 16th of December 2023 to be considered for the raffle.
  • Interview Attendance: To qualify for the draw, attend your scheduled interview with our client.
  • Draw Date: The winner will be randomly selected, and the announcement will be made on the 18th of December 2023.
  • Prize: The prize is a €100 One4All gift card.
  • Contacting the Winner: The winner will be contacted via the contact information provided in their CV. If unreachable, another winner will be selected.
  • Public Announcement: By participating, you agree to the public announcement of your name as the winner on our website and social media channels.
  • Non-transferable: The prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other alternatives.
  • Decision Final: All decisions related to the raffle are final.

Best of luck to all the hardworking nurses who enter – your dedication deserves to be rewarded!

🌟 Celebrate the season with us and make this Christmas extra special. Good luck! 🌟

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.

Securing a new job is like winning the lotto; you’re on a rollercoaster for hours, even days, after the news. Shortly after this phase of celebration the real work begins – preparing to settle into the new workplace can be a big change! Adjusting to the new job can take up to six months. Depending on the organisation, a lot of companies experience internal issues which can make the process tougher.

The early weeks will be busy becoming familiar with new processes, procedures and technology, before real engagement happens with colleagues. The culture of the organisation may be unfamiliar. You may discover that there are co-workers who are disagreeable or even arrogant in their communication style. Others might be slackers, leaving the workload to others and even you. There may be trouble makers and gossipers, who seek out prey and subtly throw out unwelcome loose cannons that aim to hurt, consciously or unconsciously. I you are experiencing challenges in the new job, there are changes that you can do to make the transition a bit easier.

Tips to help on the new job:

  • Remain motivated and seek ways to enjoy the new workplace
  • Join team building initiatives. This is a great way to get to know everyone
  • Increase self-care, especially in the early days
  • Connect with similar minded colleagues. They can really help to get you settled into your new role
  • Find out if other colleagues are experiencing similar challenges
  • The cafeteria is a great place to get to know people
  • Speak with HR if the challenges continue
  • Avoid over-spill of information and complaining. Be pro-active and seek solutions  
  • Find hobbies you enjoy to release any negative energy, in a positive way

Feeling valued and part of the team are important elements to settle in to any workplace. It can take some time to find your feet, gain trust and build real new relationships. However if the work environment is toxic, creating destructive habits and negative feelings, then this might be the time to speak with family, friends and supportive professionals. Their feedback and expertise can help bring clarity to the situation, and may even provide a positive solution. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success” – Henry Ford.

Remember if this job doesn’t work out, you have the choice to leave, there’s always another job – just waiting for you. While it may take some time, the expertise of a recruitment agency can greatly increase your chances of being successful the next time round. Call 3Q Perms & Temps today, on 01 8783335 or email operations@3qrecruitment.ie if you would like to chat with a member of our vibrant team and explore your options.  

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

Are you unsure of what to put in your CV, or how to structure it? Knowing what details to add can give you a strong lead on being called for an interview! Recruitment agencies and employers look for items that stand out at a glance. These can vary for different jobs. Recruiters are adept at seeking any gaps or discrepancies. The presentation of the CV needs to be considered. The structure to the layout should be clear and easy to read – providing a succinct story, from start to finish. Cover letters are similar to windows of a house. They provide a preview of the CV. It is similar to a sales pitch. Include relevant elements here from your CV, and information that relates to your experience and the job spec.

Some main elements to consider putting into your CV:

  • Previous roles and responsibilities of previous employment, or volunteer work
  • Experience to date – a brief overview
  • Skill-set, including hard and soft skills
  • Results and achievements in previous roles, include any that relate to the job spec
  • Education achieved to date, including course work currently being undertaken or planned up-skilling courses in the pipeline. Evidence of continuous learning is more desirable in an application
  • Keep bullet-points concise
  • Ensure that content is consistent
  • Including a profile headshot provides a personal connection
  • References provide strength to the application, particularly if the recruiter would like to follow up on more information with a third party
  • Including a LinkedIn link can provide additional pertinent information

Remember the CV must be clear in its presentation, easily scanned, and provide the relevant information for the role, including significant keywords. Ensure that dates are accurate and proofread for any typos. Structure the layout so that it’s visually easy to read. HR personnel should be able to review your CV in less than one minute. “Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information” – Abbie Hoffman.

A good cover letter should provide a brief synopsis of the CV and why the candidate is interested in the company, and the role being applied for. Knowing your CV details, and dates, ahead of the interview will provide you with consistency during the interview. Getting these steps right always provides a great first impression.

Whether you’re a temporary or permanent employee, or simply looking for a career change, changing jobs is increasingly becoming the norm! Active jobseekers face many challenges when searching for new jobs and adapting to the change during the search and transition in their new career.

Key items to consider when planning a career change:

  • Start with an action plan, be clear on this from the start and adapt where needed
  • Understand your personal brand story – who you are and the job that will provide the ultimate ‘job satisfaction’ feeling
  • Assess your skills, qualities, experience and interests. Getting help on this evaluation will help enormously
  • List responsibilities and achievements
  • Undertake a personal SWOT analysis, to identify personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Explore different career choices, relocation as an option and further training options to advance your career path
  • Seek support from family, friends and colleagues. Former employers can also provide positive support

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living! – Nelson Mandela

The job market has expanded and increased its presence online. LinkedIn is a useful online platform which provides the opportunity to market organisations by advertising job vacancies in Ireland, and beyond. It is also a useful online platform to market individuals seeking employment. Use these tips to get you off to a flying start on LinkedIn:

  • If you’re new to LinkedIn, watch YouTube clips before setting up your account. They offer great tips and insights
  • Include key items – experience, education, photo, volunteer work, etc.
  • Network with other LinkedIn users – expand your connection-circle
  • Regularly share interesting content, which fits your interests
  • Refer other LinkedIn users
  • Remember to keep your profile professional, always!
  • Recruitment companies and HR departments take your LinkedIn profile seriously, and research the platform when seeking additional information on potential employees
  • Commit to keeping the profile fresh and updated, with relevant and timely content, to give you a stronger online presence

Changing careers is easier than you think! Positive benefits include meeting new people, learning new skills, embracing a new sense of purpose and exploring new beginnings, which can all be exciting and so worth the change.

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

Are you currently looking for a new job or considering moving employers in the future? Then we have some useful tips for you to follow before you start applying to prospective employers.

One of the main reasons people leave their jobs is due to a negative work environment. So how can you as a jobseekers ensure that a prospective employer will be a good match? It’s simple – Check company reviews.

What is a company review?

A Company review is a description from an employee or ex-employees about their experience working with a company. They can be used to give us an insight to what it would be like working with a company. Company reviews are available on platforms such as – Indeed, Glassdoors, Monster & More. Companies are usually rated out of 5 stars but employees can also leave comments as to their experience working with a particular employer.

Analyse and consider employee reviews

When viewing company reviews it is important to take certain things into consideration, like what was the date of the review? You want the review to be current. If an employee gave a lower star rating did, they give reasons as to why? You want to ensure that the review was not simply left by a disgruntled ex-employee. Some employees will tell you exactly why they scored a company low and include reasons such as – poor management/ training/ support, poor salary, poor company benefits, toxic work environment etc. If there are positive reviews, make sure to check that what employees consider positive align to what you would be looking for in a prospective employer.

Check for Similar reviews

View multiple reviews to see if there are any patterns or similar reviews. If multiple reviews are commenting on poor management or negative work environment, then this is a red flag.

Compare company reviews

Check out multiple employers and their reviews to see what the differences of working for each would be. While one company may offer a better salary, they may not have good benefits such as pension, health insurance, annual leave etc. See which company best matches up to what you are looking for.

Check Company’s social media pages & website

You can gain further insight to what it would be like working with a particular company by checking out their website and socials. Some companies share content about their staff and events such as birthdays, promotions, employee appreciation days, social outings etc, this is a good way to see what the company culture is like and if a company values and gives recognition to their employees. You can also check to see if they have been re-posting the same job adverts in short spaces of time – this shows a high turnover rate. Check to see if they list the salary & benefits details – a great employer should have nothing to hide!

If you want help with your job search, then call us on 01 878 3335 or email recruiter@3qrecruitment

Charissa Mulholland

Nursing & Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

Three Q Perms & Temps

01 878 3335

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!