Toyota’s new Hybrid collection set for launch

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

Next year will see the launch of four new Toyota self-charging hybrid models including new generation versions of the RAV4, the Auris, and the return of one of the world’s best-selling saloon cars, the Camry Hybrid, after a 14-year absence.

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Should I include hobbies on my CV?

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

Q: I am doing my CV and my sister has my head cracked about putting in my hobbies. “I’m a bookkeeper,” I keep telling her, “they don’t care that I do a bit of acting and play football for the club. It’s not Tom Cruise or Harry Kane they’re hiring.” But, she is adamant. Should I take any heed of her? (DD, email).

A: With trembling hand, and tiptoeing feet, I intrude upon this sibling dispute, but intrude I will: DD, listen to your sister, she’s not a million miles off the mark, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

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Research shows inheritance planning not what it should be

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

Despite record levels of wealth and an ageing population, people in Ireland aren’t properly planning for how they will pass on their wealth after they die.

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Pension auto enrolment a welcome development for today’s consumers

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

Brokers Ireland, which represents almost 1,250 broker firms, has welcomed the Government’s auto enrolment announcement, noting that the improvement and extension of pension coverage is critically important for consumers.

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Irish employees seek flexibility in working roles

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

It has been revealed that almost half of Irish adults want to move away from the traditional 9am-5pm working pattern, instead favouring earlier starts. In total, only 23 percent of respondents would consider 9am-5pm to be their most preferable working hours. With unemployment at its lowest level in ten years, businesses will need to think about how they can adapt to people’s changing expectations of their work life.

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Straying off the critical path can be fatal

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

Q: “I sat on the other side of the table last week for the first time – I was an interviewer. We interviewed seven candidates. Two did really well and clearly had their preparation done. They ended up being the clear 1-2. Two really didn’t have the experience we needed and you could see this dawning on them during the interview. Of the other three, two didn’t talk enough and one just went on and on and completely lost us. His interview lasted 45 minutes but felt like two hours. He finished behind the two who didn’t talk enough. I don’t have a question, just wanted to share that” – DC (email).

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The biggest challenges facing businesses today

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

The nature of my work gives me great opportunity to gain some insight to different types of businesses.

No two people are the same, and it is fair to say that no two business are the same either - they all bring their own unique qualities to how they operate.

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Kia Stinger wins another ‘New Car of the Year’ award

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

The all-new Kia Stinger, Kia’s ground breaking gran turismo, is continuing its award success by being named ‘New Car of the Year’ at this year’s UK Motor Trader Awards. Launched at the beginning of 2018, the most adventurous model in Kia’s history, the Stinger has altered the perceptions of the brand to many.

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New Matchmaking Service at Medical Technology Ireland

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

Medical Technology Ireland is pleased to announce a new initiative for visitors coming to their exhibition and conference, taking place on September 26-27 at Galway Racecourse.

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Teachers, remember to read the question

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

Q: “I am a qualified and experienced teacher looking for a permanent teaching post. I have subbed, filled-in and temped for two years now. I know I am a good teacher; I love my job and my students, but am always being pipped at the post when it comes to interview. What might I be doing wrong, please advise?” – AQ (email).

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Complacent candidates risk missing the boat

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Q: I’m going for my boss’s job. It’s okay, it’s not a coup d’etat. She’s going peacefully – off into the comforting hands of retirement, three mornings a week on the golf course and a few summer weeks in Alicante. The best of luck to her. I’ve worked closely with her for six years and we’ve got on grand, and kept the show on the road pretty well, it must be said. When she goes on holidays, I cover for her. How do I go into the interview and spout a load of nonsense when they all know that I know the job inside out? I’d be afraid I’d start laughing. (TG, email)

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Failures are merely building blocks on the road to success

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

It is a general misconception that successful people do everything right and have experienced nothing but success along the way.

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