Be conscious of your social media image

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

It’s a simple mistake to make and one to which many have fallen victim. You create a winning CV that accurately matches your skills and talents to a particular job advertisement. You are called for interview.

You present at interview as a well-groomed individual, confident and articulate, and you perform well. You answer every question by showing how you can meet the employer’s needs. Your references will validate your excellent career history and attitude to work. You thank your interviewers before you leave and generally have that good feeling that “things went well”.

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Westmeath hurlers continue to prepare for League campaign

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Goal scorer Brendan Murtagh. Photo: Sportsfile

Though Westmeath were eventually beaten 2-15 to 1-13 by Offaly in last Sunday’s Bord Na Mona Walsh Cup opener, new manager Michael Ryan was encouraged by the midlanders' second half performance.

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Survey finds salary expectations are on the up for 2015

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

A national survey carried out by one of Ireland’s leading recruitment agencies found that salary expectations among employees are getting higher, with 61 per cent of respondents saying they expect an increase in salary in 2015, up from 42 per cent in 2014. Matrix Recruitment Group, founded in Ireland in 1998, with offices in Athlone, Dublin, Galway, Waterford, and Carlow, surveyed 600 employees across a wide range of position types and industries.

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I just want something to pay the bills - where do I start to look?

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Q: I run a small shop but, alas, it’s fading. I will have to close it very soon before it eats into my savings. I’m at a stage in my life - both age-wise and in terms of personal priorities - where I am not pushed about finding ‘my dream career’. Really, I just want a job to pay the bills so I can indulge my hobbies. I am prepare to do some training, but would need to know the prospects. How do I find out which sectors might prove worthwhile?

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SPAR Garrycastle win at Convenience Store Awards

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Aisling Kearney, commercial sales manager of Aryzta Food Solutions presents the Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2014 to Joe and Denise Donegan of SPAR Garrycastle, Athlone

SPAR Garrycastle won the Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2014 at the Shelflife C-Store Awards held in Dublin recently.

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Athlone-based OxyMem wins energy award

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Athlone-based company OxyMem won the Energy Efficient Technology of the Year Award at the UK Energy Awards 2014 held earlier this week in London.

OxyMem, the only Irish company among the award winners, was chosen on the basis of its innovation, widespread applicability, and its overall positive impact for energy demand and the environment.

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Over half of retirees not ready for retirement

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

‘Retirement in Ireland 2014: A Survey Report’ from the Retirement Planning Council has revealed that more than half of those approaching retirement or recently retired did not feel ready for retirement prior to undertaking a retirement planning course. The new report from the Retirement Planning Council is based on an extensive national survey of over 648 people who are either approaching retirement or had recently retired in the last 12 months.

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Over half of business owners believe staff will ask for pay rise

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon commissioned Millward Brown to conduct a survey to study the business and HR sentiment in the Midlands region. Launched this week, the results from across seven Midland counties (Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Tipperary North, Kildare, Meath, and Carlow) provide an insight into how business owners are feeling now and their expectations for the future. The report also identifies the triggers and barriers to growth and compares the Midlands region with other parts of the country.

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Students - get help with your CAO application and choosing careers

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

The CAO process, choosing courses and possible future careers can be a big and often problematic experience for 6th year students. Robert Quinn, guidance counsellor with Athlone Guidance, is available for two 1 hour 20 minute sessions (total 2 hours 40 minutes) at a total cost of €100. Robert also helps students applying for UCAS, Án Garda Síochana, apprenticeships, HPAT, PLCs, and other courses of study and work. Robert also meets third, TY, and fifth year students to help them decide school subjects and contemplate future courses/careers.

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REI launch local business initiative in Ireland

Fri, Nov 28, 2014

Retail Excellence Ireland has launched Small Business Saturday in Ireland. This is a campaign which profiles small business and encourages consumers to shop locally and support jobs and enterprises in their respective communities. It is a social media and marketing campaign that provides local businesses with the collateral that they need to inform consumers on the power of their local spend.

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Penrose welcomes progress on broadband expansion

Fri, Nov 28, 2014

Longford-Westmeath Labour TD, Willie Penrose, has welcomed a new map service enabling people in Westmeath to find out whether they will get high-speed broadband from a commercial operator or the State.

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Taxpayers have less than two months to claim taxback

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

There are less than two months to get your tax back for the year 2010 and tax experts at www.taxback.com are advising people that they may be letting go their claim to hundreds of euro in tax refunds for a year that saw some of the bigger tax reliefs still in place. Taxback.com’s average PAYE worker tax refund is €840 and the experts contend that while the tax credit for water charges paid won’t be available until 2016, there is still a long list of tax reliefs available to people that could result in savings of hundreds of euro - but many of these go unclaimed every year either due to a lack of awareness or apathy on the part of the taxpayer.

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