Short interview can stop you in your tracks

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Q: Of all the various things that can happen in a job interview, what worries you most? What’s the worst sign of all? I’ve had some funny experiences myself lately on the interview trail and I’m just trying to put them into context. Thank you. (DC, email).

A: It is difficult to generalise, but I will try: the one thing that consistently worries me is the short interview. Whenever I hear of a client getting a short interview, I tend to conclude that the job is already gone and just hope that my client is the favoured one, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

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Stewart Construction named Best Managed Company in national awards

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Galway’s Stewart Construction was recently presented with the prestigious Deloitte Best Managed Company 2018. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the fifth year running, was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin’s Convention Centre. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme is celebrating ten years of recognising management excellence.

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Two West of Ireland software companies go for glory at London awards tonight

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Two established Galway-based software companies OnePageCRM and Ordorite Software (with respective CEOs Stephen Connolly, Ordorite Software and Michael Fitzgerald, OnePageCRM) have been named as finalists in tonight’s European IT and Software Excellence Awards 2018 in London.

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Exit interview question has

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Q: I’m leaving this company after three years. Three years of my life I will never get back. The place is chaotic beyond belief. Rick Gervais wrote The Office, and I loved it, but Wernham Hogg Paper Company isn’t a patch on this place. Everyone knows it but no one wants to starts the change. The exit interview looms. I’d like to cut loose for the sake of the good people still stuck there. Should I? I’ve got a job in a similar company but one with a better reputation as a place to work. (DT, via What’s App).

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Oranmore tourism event to highlight potential of Wild Atlantic Way

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

The Bridge That Gap and Oranmore-Clarinbridge Tourism Network is inviting tourism providers throughout Galway city and county and further afield along the Wild Atlantic Way to attend the ‘Rising Tide Tourism and Hospitality Event’ on Thursday next April 19 at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore, Co. Galway.

The half day event running from 9.30am to 2.00pm will provide a platform for collaboration and networking as well as presentations from industry experts – Pól Ó Conghaíle, Travel Editor, Sunday Independent; Donal Healy of Ireland West Airport, Jill Holtz, MyKidsTime.com and Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way team: Miriam Kennedy and Eva Costello; as well as Galway County Council and Galway 2020. Advance booking is necessary as numbers are limited – register on https://risingtideoranmore.eventbrite.ie.

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Battery solution powers Galwayman to GMIT New Frontiers emerging business award

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

The creator of an innovative power cell technology has won the top prize in the GMIT New Frontiers Best Emerging Business Awards. Dr Barry Flannery from Galway has won €10,000, sponsored by KPMG, for his electric auxiliary power unit which provides power to long-haul truck cabins during mandatory stop-overs.

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How’s the form? Not as bad as you might think

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Q: An Assistant Principal position is coming up in our school. I want to go for it. But I hear it will be a competency-based application form that could run for pages and pages – I’m not sure I’ll have the staying power for it. Anything to soothe my frayed nerves? (DR, email).

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Lorraine Higgins named as chief of Retail Excellence from this summer

Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Retail Excellence, the largest retail representative body in Ireland, has announced the appointment of Lorraine Higgins as CEO with effect from 1 July 2018.

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Connacht-Ulster Alliance can drive regional development — Ibec

Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the enactment of the Technological Universities (TU) Bill. The Bill paves the way for the development of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance which could create a new type of higher education institution to meet enterprise needs and drive regional development.

However, it has warned that the TUs will require significant public investment if they are to reach the scale needed to attract top academic talent and compete in the challenging international research environment.

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Galway businesses can improve managerial skills with new diploma in leadership

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

It is said the recipe for success is 20 per cent aptitude and 80 percent attitude. Attitude is a reflection of leadership, meaning strong leadership is the single most important factor in business survival.

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Can I use my pension fund to buy an investment property?

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

Individuals considering whether to invest in the property market might consider using their pension funds to purchase property.

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Tracker mortgage scandal

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

Most Galwegians have read the numerous media reports documenting what has become known as the tracker mortgage scandal, and people who believe they been affected by the tracker mortgage scandal may be entitled to seek redress and compensation* against their bank.

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New National Tech Apprenticeships redefining concept of ‘hire education’

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector — and they are currently recruiting for the ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer Apprenticeship Programme in Galway.

Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75 per cent of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

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Sleep easy — Tech entrepreneur Paul Kenny announces new Middle East partnership

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

With ecommerce in the Middle East set to hit $70 billion by 20201, online high-tech mattress startup Simba has joined forces with Irish ecommerce technology pioneers Galway native, Paul Kenny and James Whelton, from Cork, of AYM Commerce to expand the brand’s footprint in one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

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New National Tech Apprenticeships redefining the concept of ‘hire education’

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector — and they are currently recruiting for the ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer Apprenticeship Programme in Galway.

Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75 per cent of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

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McCann Fitzgerald becomes first law firm to adopt Courtsdesk Irish legal data service

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Leading Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald has announced that it is the first legal practice to sign up for Courtsdesk, an Irish technology company that has taken a revolutionary approach to making courts data accessible to businesses and the public.

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Ten gaffes to derail your job interview

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Job search engine Simply Hired has just published research into the 10 worst things you can do in a job interview. They spoke to 850 hiring managers and enlisted some interesting views, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

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Your Career, Your Choices

Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Q: I’ve to do a ten-minute presentation at a job interview in two weeks’ time – ‘how will you improve this company over the next three years?’ The problem is it’s my own job I’m doing it for. Well, not quite, but I’ve been acting in the position since my boss got ill eight months ago. She’s not coming back. I understand that have to go through a recruitment process, in fairness, but I’m finding it impossible to narrow down my presentation. I ran through it last night in front of my husband and, unbelievably, I spoke for 22 minutes. Any pointers? (RT, email).

A: Being the ante-post favourite brings its own pressures, writes Liam Horan, Public Speaking & Presentation Trainer, Sli Nua Careers.

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Despite Brexit, Irish restaurateurs have an optimistic view of 2018 business

Thu, Mar 08, 2018

Irish restaurateurs are optimistic about the state of business in the year ahead, they were told this week at their annual convention in Limerick.

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