How to Choose the right Job Path

How to choose the correct job path is a big question for those stuck in jobs they hate, or those are just looking to find some meaning in what they do.  It can be daunting.  Research suggests that human beings are remarkably bad at predicting how they will feel when doing something in the future. It’s not hard to find someone who started out thinking that they would love their chosen profession, only to wind up hating it. In fairness, how are you supposed to know if you will be happy as an investment banker, or an artist, or a professor, if you haven’t actually done any of these things yet? Who has ever, in the history of mankind, taken a job and had it turn out exactly as they imagined it would? So if passion and expected happiness can’t be your guides, what can be?

how to choose the right job path

Well, you can begin by choosing a career that fits well with your skills and values. Since you actually have some sense of what those are (hopefully), this is a good starting place. But a bit less obviously — though just as important — you also want to choose an occupation that provides a good motivational fit for you as well.  Knowing your dominant focus, you can now evaluate how well-suited you are motivationally to different kinds of careers, or different positions in your organisation.

Some questions to consider to help you figure out the correct job path are;

If I could choose someone to trade places with, it would be…..

My co-workers always say I’m great at……… because I’m……..

If my manager would let me, I’d do more of…………….

More than a decade of research shows that when people experience a fit between their own motivation and the way they work, they are not only more effective, but they also find their work more interesting and engaging, and value it more.

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The Importance of Training Plans for Employee Morale

  1. Stress training as investment. The reason training is often considered optional at many companies is because it is thought of as an expense rather than an investment. While it’s true that training can be costly up front, it’s a long-term investment in the growth and development of your human resources.
  2. Determine your needs. As you probably don’t have unlimited time or funds to execute an employee training program, you should decide early on what the focus of your training program should be.
  3. Promote a culture of learning. In today’s fast-paced economy, if a business isn’t learning, it’s going to fall behind. A business learns as its people learn. Communicate your expectations that all employees should take the necessary steps to hone their skills and stay on top of their professions or fields of work. Make sure you support those efforts by providing the resources needed to accomplish this goal.
  4. Get management on board. Once you have developed a prioritized list of training topics that address key needs within your company, you need to convince management to rally behind the initiative.
  5. Start out small. Before rolling out your training program to the masses, rehearse with a small group of users and gather their feedback. This sort of informal benchmarking exposes weaknesses in your training plans and helps you fine-tune the training process.
  6. Clarify connections. Some employees may feel that the training they’re receiving isn’t relevant to their job. It’s important to help them understand the connection early on, so they don’t view the training sessions as a waste of valuable time. Employees should see the training as an important addition to their professional portfolios. Award people with completion certificates at the end of the program.
  7. Make it ongoing. Don’t limit training solely to new employees. Organized, ongoing training programs will maintain all employees’ skill levels, and continually motivate them to grow and improve professionally.
  8. Measure results. Without measurable results, it’s almost impossible to view training as anything but an expense. Decide how you’re going to obtain an acceptable rate of return on your investment. Determine what kind of growth or other measure is a reasonable result of the training you provide. You’ll have an easier time budgeting funds for future training if you can demonstrate concrete results.

Source: www.allbusiness.com/ten-employee-training-tips-1465-1.html

Flowers for the office – and don’t forget to vote!

Thank you so much for the lovely flowers Danielle!

Danielle dropped these flowers into us to say thank you for the “Spare an Hour” campaign that we organised recently to support little Angel who has been very poorly recently. How lovely of her to think of us. We have decided that Therese in payroll should be allowed to keep the flowers since she contributed so much time and effort to the campaign. Here she is delighted with them 🙂 JCI Ireland also think a lot of us for the campaigns that we have run during the year, and have nominated us for a community award. You can vote for us by clicking the link below! Every vote counts and don’t forget you can vote everyday! Thank you!

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Chambers Ireland shortlist for Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2016

Three Q were in great company having made the Chambers Ireland shortlist for Corporate Social Responsiblity Awards 2016. Three Q PERMS & TEMPS were delighted to be shortlisted to win an award for their provision of schemes and funding which help the community in and around Dublin. “The Business of CSR in our Business” provides the framework for all of the company’s aid projects under its three pillars: unemployed, in-demand jobseekers and hiring charities.

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Managing Director Cora Barnes and Operations Manager Suzanne Finn were delighted to be flanked by the likes of ESB for their Apprenticeship Programme and Zurich Healthcare, who address youth unemployment with their Activation Programme.

Diageo Ireland were the ultimate winners of the night and according to Cora who took pride of place beside their team at the event, very worthy ones at that. Their Learning for Life Programme has provided 175 young people with the skills, training and experience needed to take up jobs in the hospitality industry, to which Diageo are inextricably linked.

The hospitality industry is faced with major shortages in Ireland today, as Three Q knows all too well. As a company we supply specialist and up-to-date support and training to our staff, in order to provide them,  and the clients they work for with the best experience possible.

Three Q believes that business’ should never lose its human element, and that supporting charities such as The Alzheimer’s Cafe, Temple St Hospital and AWARE are of crucial importance.

“When you have a loud voice, a corporate voice, you’ve got a responsibility to make sure the messages you are sending are positive- empathetic.” Three Q staff member Kim Carroll stated. “You have a duty to help those less fortunate than you.”

Temp Services Manager Charlotte Crowe was involved 2 weeks ago in a charity collection inside the organisation. “Every year ThreeQ Temp and office staff pull together and donate one hour wage to a chosen charity. This year there was a bit of a twist as I asked the team could we do the one hour wage donation for one of our long term staff who’s baby was recently diagnosed with Leukaemia. I was blown away by the generosity of the whole team – some people donated as much as 4 hours pay.”

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS would like to thank all of their staff and friends for the support and good wishes that they received having been both shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland Award, and winners of the JCI Friendly Business Awards 2016.

We hope to have another fantastic year of helping the community ahead of us.

LIST OF FINALISTS

Diageo Ireland – Learning for Life

ESB – ESB Apprenticeship Programme

Mergon International – Building the Future at Mergon International

Microsoft – Youth2Work

Zurich – Zurich Youth Activation

Carey Building Contractors – Implementation of resource efficiency strategies

Collins McNicholas – Partnership with Pieta House

Eath’s Edge – Killimajaro Equipment Lending Programme

John Craddock LTD – Homeless Care in Kildare

Three Q PERMS and TEMPS – The Business of CSR in our Business

The Importance of Checking the Salary When Applying for Jobs

It’s usually considered taboo but the importance of of checking the salary when applying for jobs is a hugely underrated check point.  We say,  of course you should check the salary before committing your time.  However, for some inexplicable reason, the convention is typically not to raise the topic until the interviewer does, or at least until you’re further along in the process.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t do it  earlier. While some employers will be completely fine with it, others will be a little weird about it, because you’re taking the timeline for raising it out of their hands (God forbid!) and they see themselves as the ones controlling the process.  So read on for our suggestions on how to raise the thorny subject the masterful way.
the importance of checking the salary when applying for jobs

Top tips for asking about the salary in the interview process:

1)      Decide that you’re willing to risk putting them off because it’s important enough to you to know up-front. In this case, you’d say something like this:  “I hope you don’t mind me asking at this stage, but because it’s difficult for me to take time off work to interview, is it possible to give me a sense of the salary range so that we can make sure we’re in the same ballpark before we move forward?

2)      Decide that you’re not willing to risk putting them off and that you’ll invest the time in finding out more about the employer and the job, even though there’s a chance that you’ll be too far apart on salary. After all, if the salary ends up not being right, you still might have made useful contacts and could be considered for other jobs there in the future.

3)      A third path is to do your own research on what similar positions in your industry and geographic area typically pay, and simply assume that they’re going to be in that range. (You’ve hopefully done this type of research already and are basing your expectations on it anyway, right?)

Why not take a look at some of our current roles:

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Source: http://www.askamanager.org/

How to Spot a Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment is prohibited by law and is intimidating and/or offensive.  So how do you spot a hostile work environment? Unfortunately, it’s all down to company culture.

Some employees believe that a bad boss, an unpleasant work environment, a rude co-worker, or the lack of perks, privileges, benefits, and recognition can create a hostile work environment. But, the reality is that for a workplace to be hostile, certain legal criteria must be met. Additionally, the behaviour, actions or communication must be discriminatory in nature.

How to spot a hostile work environment

So, a co-worker who talks loudly, snaps her gum, and leans over your desk when she talks with you, is demonstrating inappropriate, rude, obnoxious behaviour, but it does not create a hostile work environment. On the other hand, a co-worker who tells sexually explicit jokes and sends around images of nude people, is guilty of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

A boss who verbally berates you about your age, your religion, your gender, or your race may be guilty of creating a hostile work environment. This is especially true if you asked the individual to stop and the behaviour continues.

You can read some of our tips for creating a positive working environment over here.  For anyone who may need help dealing with a difficult situation regarding behaviour in the workplace, visit reachout.com for advice.

Or… why not just change job? Take a look at some of our great new roles if you have become tired with your job: www.3qrecruitment.ie/home/Source: humanresources.about.com

Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships

Irish SMEs are set to Shine at the Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships.  The Ploughing Championships are attended by hundreds of thousands of people from across Europe each year so it’s a huge opportunity for Irish SME’s and their brands.

 Managed and funded by the Local Enterprise Office, who were on hand to help Three Q PERMS and TEMPS get set up back in 1999, this year’s Local Enterprise Village will have a new product launch and demonstration area, where visitors will be able to preview and sample new Irish brands. A new awards scheme, “The Local Enterprise Village Awards” is also being introduced for the first time, to highlight the best of new Irish brands and companies.

Irish SMEs at National Ploughing Championships

Irish start-up “Delish Melish” is one such business fronted by the talented Dervil Mellet, who creates award winning delicious gourmet marshmallows and meringues in a unique range of flavours such asPeanut Butter & Dark Chocolate and Lime, Rose & Pistachio.  Humble beginnings selling at farmers markets to supplying events, corporate clients, large markets and weddings, Dervil has upsized from her own kitchen to the professional kitchens in the Spade Enterprise Centre in Dublin 7.

This summer promises more excitement for “Delish Melish”, who will launch their new retail line in shops and on their website www.delishmelish.com. We truly wish Dervil, her team and all the other companies at the Local Enterprise Village the best of luck in the future.

The Local Enterprise Village will open from the 20th to the 22nd September at The National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore this year. See www.localenterprise.ie for more details.

Three Q volunteers set to take part in The Alzheimer Café Dublin once again.

Our Three Q volunteers are set to take part in The Alzheimer café once again, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.  (You can read more about our CSR here). This worthwhile organisation was set up in 2011 to provide information in an environment in which there is openness about dementia. Unlike other support services, the emphasis is on the emotional and psychosocial than the medical aspects of dementia.

three q volunteers the alzheimer cafe corporate social responsibility

A meeting takes place every month.  This month’s Alzheimer Café meeting takes place on Thursday 9th and will feature a special guest who will tell us about her family’s experience of a move from the family home to residential care. Dementia directly impacts on the lives of tens of thousands of people in Ireland. An estimated 48,000 people are living with dementia and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.

Like any café, people come and go, sometimes sitting at tables for a chat over a cup of tea and some cake. There’s then a talk about some aspects of dementia, followed by discussion and more general chat. Hosted in the Avila Centre, Donnybrook, this event is free and welcomes all members of the public.

Thinking About Training to Become a Chef?

Are you thinking About Training to Become a Chef?  Find out what it’s really like working in the Catering Industry in Ireland.

thinking about training to become a chef

1.       Constant heat and noise can be stressful and make people short-tempered. Someone working in a kitchen for the first time can feel a mix of anything from nervousness to downright terror for their work colleagues during the initial learning spell. Don’t worry, this passes and soon you’ll forget you ever felt this way –that is until one day you catch the glance of fear the new Commis chef gives you.

2.       Working in a Michelin-starred restaurant will default as your career goal. Working in those rare kitchens which produce small numbers at high prices is always fantastic, but you’ll come to realise that gaining knowledge in the art of translating complexity and quality to a good level of volume and profit will nearly always make you a more valuable professional.

3.       You will have cuts, burns and open wounds on your hands and arms mostly all of the time. You’ll go from being slightly embarrassed about it to feeling like a total badass.

4.       Speaking of burns, hot showers will be painful.

5.       Don’t expect time off for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. Your kitchen team will come to need you more than your family do. In some cases you might even start to think of them AS your family.

6.       You’ll either become chubby or lose a heap of weight.

7.       It will become incredibly difficult to watch friends or love ones cook.

8.       Whether it be coffee, Red Bull or jellybabies, you will develop an addiction of some kind.

9.       People will think that you must banquet like a king, but honestly you willnever prepare nice meals for yourself – you’ll be too tired and fed up of being in the kitchen. In fact, you will consume most of your food out of the bottom of a saucepan hunched over a bin.

10.   You will develop a macabre obsession with knives. Or spoons, if you’re a Pastry Chef.

11.   Good quality produce will make you feel genuine love for the planet.

12.   Calling in sick for work is a moral lapse as clear and embarrassing as stealing from charity. It’s a matter of pride for chefs. At some point in your career you’ll see your Head Chef work the passe for ten hours so woozy they can barely stand. Unless you’re deathly bedridden, you’re expected to be there.

13.   You will spend all of your money on cookbooks and speciality tools.

14.   Your Mam will apologise every time she cooks for you.

15.   Types of people you’d even never imagined talking to will become your closest friends.

16.   You’ll develop KILLER leg muscles from standing 12 hours a day.

17.   Crazy endorphin highs will hit you after Saturday night service that will leave you unable to sleep for hours.

18.   Your friends will joke that you’re a member of MI5 as you’ve burned off most of your fingerprints

19.   If you are the right person, you’ll never ever dream of doing anything else.

Tips on Dealing With Job Rejection

Dealing with job rejection is never easy, and when you’ve been sending out job application after application only to receive rejection letters back, it’s very easy to get discouraged. But don’t lose hope, we’ve put together some tips on dealing with job rejection. As hard as it can be to take, rejection is a normal part of the job-hunting process and will help you to learn and grow. Learn from your mistakes and make every rejection lead you one step closer to a job offer.

Tips on Dealing With Job Rejection

  1. Don’t take it personally – there are usually a variety of factors that play into a hiring manager’s decision-making process.
  2. Focus on your strengths – it’s all about finding the right fit.
  3. Do other things that make you feel good – Like walking, swimming etc.
  4. Treat job-hunting as a job – give yourself a schedule and stick to it, and give yourself breaks.
  5. Keep the faith – Keep reminding yourself that rejection is a natural part of the process, everyone experiences it and landing a job is really just a numbers game. Some luck is required.

Find your new job right here:

www.3qrecruitment.ie/current-jobs/

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