Sharp Increase In Hospitality Job Vacancies

There has been a sharp increase hospitality job vacancies over the past few years. Here at Three Q we know everything about working in the hospitality industry. We have years of experience matching candidates to their perfect hospitality job, and there has never been a better time to start work the industry. According to recent research, job vacancies in the hotel sector increased almost 200 per cent between 2013 and 2017.

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Soft Skills That All Candidates Should Have

Different jobs require different skills, however there are certain soft skills all candidates should have. ‘Hard skills’ are acquired by education and experience, and are identifiable by the technical abilities that you need to perform your job. But here at Three Q, we know that employers are looking for more than that. So what are soft skills? Read more

Advantages Of Working For A TEMP Agency

There are so many advantages of working for a TEMP agency. Here at Three Q we’ve been working with candidates to find the perfect TEMP jobs for them. We know that it’s a tough job market out there right now, but working with Three Q as a TEMP takes the stress out of finding a job. To show you just how valuable working as a TEMP can be for your career, we’ve put together our top advantages of working for a TEMP agency like Three Q.

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Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job interview tips for Nurses is something that is regularly asked by candidates coming to Three Q.  Because there is sometimes a skills test along with the formal interview that candidates have to go through, it can be daunting to Nurses, especially those who have just graduated and haven’t been interviewed before. However, Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Nurses with Employers for years so we know a thing or two about job interviews. Any job interview can be a nervous time for candidates so we’ve put together our list of top tips in preparing for that Nursing interview in confidence.

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Experienced Nurse Recruiter Role – Remote & Office Based Job

We are currently looking for a candidate to fulfil an Experienced Nurse Recruiter for a remote and office based job. Here at Three Q we don’t just recruit for other companies, but we often need to find people for our own team too. If you’ve ever wanted to work with a company who values teamwork, and their employees we’re the place for you. Three Q cares about its team, has a huge emphases on CSR and believes in people helping people.

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Three Q and Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility is something that we feel passionate about here at Three Q. You may often hear the term ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and not know exactly what it means.  There are many definitions of Corporate Social Responsibility and various terminologies are used, from ‘CSR’ to ‘Corporate Citizenship’, from ‘sustainability’ to ‘triple-bottom-line initiatives’.

Here at Three Q, we like go by the ideals of the European Commission who state  ‘the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. This is something that we very much believe in. At Three Q we want to give back to the community and do our part to enhance the society that we live in. To fully meet this responsibility, in addition to respect for applicable legislation and collective agreements between social partners, the European Commission suggests that enterprises “should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders, with the aim of maximising the creation of shared value for their owners/shareholders, other stakeholders and society at large, and identifying, preventing and mitigating their possible adverse impacts”.

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We see Corporate Social Responsibility as a way for us to help those who could use our expertise in the recruitment industry. As part of our CSR policy, Three Q dedicate ourselves to truly help people to improve their professional opportunities through a number of free initiatives that we provide. We are passionate about people and believe that giving back to our local community is important.

Our CSR policy aims to help people under the Three Pillars that we have set out. These pillars are the Unemployed, Job Seekers and Organisations we work with. Under this policy we aim to promote employment, improve skills and support charities. We do this through promotion, fundraising and representation.

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS are passionate about people. Below we’ve listed some of the organisations and individuals that we’ve worked with as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy.  

JobCare

JobCare is an organisation committed to working with people caught in the trap of unemployment. Jobcare’s purpose is to help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to secure appropriate work. Three Q Perms & Temps have been in partnership since 2009 with JobCare. Our staff support candidates and unemployed people by giving time every month to perform mock interviews and follow ups.

Spare an Hour Campaign

Three Q Perms & Temps encourages staff involvements and allocates time spent on CSR activities within office hours. This is the office team handing over the cheque to Dublin Simon in December 2017 after our Spare an Hour fundraising campaign.

Industry Events

Three Q Perm and Temps supports Industry Events. For example, we attended the IHI Jobs which are specifically aimed at people on the live register and focused on the catering industry. Our management team and recruiters attend networking events such as NRF & JobCare.

Celebrate Nurses

In 2012, we successfully launched our Celebrate Nurses campaign in support of international nurses week, which has since turned into a nationwide campaign #celebratenurses. Read our eBook of appreciation from patients here : www.celebratenurses.ie.

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Nurse Jobs Ireland

Our sister company www.nursejobsireland.com features a charity every month on their website as part of our CSR policy which our staff has input in. As a company we strongly believe in helping out others where we can.

Go Green

Three Q Perms & Temps practice a number of green business activities, because of this we continue to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. We try to reduce our paper usage and encourage both paper and mobile phone recycling. Environmental CSR initiatives play a key role for companies to impact climate change, water use footprint and energy use effectiveness. By playing our part in Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility we aim to improve environmental efficiency and set great habits for the years to come.

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We also support our chosen charities through volunteering initiatives, corporate donations and fundraisers such as the Alzheimer’s Cafe(which we attend every month) and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

At Three Q we believe in people helping people and want to be part of the change for a better tomorrow. If you are interested in working in a company with a Corporate Responsibility Policy like ours, take a look at our job listings. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, or if you have any questions or comments about our CSR Policy,  please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335 .

The Role of a Chef de Partie

The role of a chef de partie is one of the most important jobs in any kitchen. Here at Three Q we’re a hands on recruitment team who work to match our clients with the perfect Chef de Partie for the job.  How hands on are we? We go out on site on help to train our temps and perms so that they have a great start to their new job. Our consultants are ex hospitality professionals, we undertake CPD in healthcare and hospitality training and we have served at events. We know what it’s like to be a Chef de Partie in a busy Dublin restaurant, so if you’d like to know more, read on.

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Job Interview Tips For Chefs

Job interview tips for Chefs is something that is regularly asked by candidates coming to Three Q.  Because there is generally a skills test along with the formal interview that candidates have to go through, it can be daunting to Chefs.  However, Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Chefs with Employers for years so we know a thing or two about job interviews. Any job interview can be a nervous time for candidates so we’ve put together our list of top tips in preparing for that Chefing job interview in confidence.

 

Before the interview

Preparation is key for a great interview. If you know that you’ve got everything ready to go before you have to go to the interview itself you will feel much more confident and it will come across to the interviewer.

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  1. Visit the company website and social media pages to get a feel for the business and think of some questions. This will also help you for  when the interviewer asks what you can bring to the business as a chef. Maybe you’ve noticed that you could do a better job at the presentation of the dish or even maybe they don’t have a great social media account that you could offer to help with.

 

  1. Plan your route to the interview. It may seem like a simple task to get to the location of the interview but don’t forget that you may get stuck in traffic in a certain area, or if you’re walking to the interview it may start to rain. Check bus times, cycle routes, book train tickets in advance, you don’t want to be stressed for the journey or turn up late to your interview.

 

  1. Prepare your clothes the night before. Chefs should look neat and tidy so check and double check that your clothes are clean and neatly iorned.

 

  1. Look at the existing menus. This is an important one. Have a look at the current menu belonging to the restaurant. Look at what you like and don’t like about it, think about new dishes that you would add if you worked there.

 

  1. Have the interviewers phone number saved. In such a digital era we tend not to save numbers that we can find on the internet. However have a number saved incase you get lost on the way or something happens which means you’ll be late or unable to make it to the interview. It’s always when we need to make an important call that you run out of data or can’t get internet signal.

 

  1.  Aim to be there 10 minutes early. This will ensure that even if you are running a few minutes late or get lost, you should still make it on time.

 

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During the interview:

  1. When the interviewer enters the room stand up and shake their hand. It may seem trivial but shaking someone is a great way to show that you are polite and professional.
  2. Have your mobile off and put away. Turn off your phone and place it in your handbag or pocket. You don’t want to distract yourself or the interview with a flashing or vibrating phone while you’re trying to have a conversation.
  3. Listen to everything the interviewer says and never interrupt them. Be polite and don’t interupt the interviewer. Remember to listen closely. Sometimes when we are nervous we might hear something slightly different to what the interviewer asks and you don’t want to go off on a tangent about something you weren’t asked about.
  4. Always say please and thank you if you are offered something like a class of water. It’s polite!
  5. If you are given a tour of the kitchen, walk alongside the interviewer, not on front and not behind. This will show them that you think of yourself as equal, not above or below them. It will also show them that you are listening to them while they talk.
  6. Don’t be too informal. Keep slang and abbreviations for more casual conversation- you’re not a CDP you’re a chef de partie, unless they use the former.

Questions:

You don’t get away with not having to answer questions about your career in a chef interview so we suggest you think about the following questions and how you would answer them for the formal part of the interview.

  • Why do you want the job?
  • What has been your biggest achievement in cheffing?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How do you manage time during busy periods?
  • What do you think you could add to our kitchen?

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Working interviews:

Some chef interviews require the potential candidate to showcase some of their skills in a “working interview”.  They are usually in one of the following formats.

Ready Steady Cook: Sometimes an interviewer will give you some ingredients and ask you to cook something within a certain amount of time. Don’t panic! This is just a test of your creativity and skills and to see how well you can work under pressure with limited resources.

 

Trial: Some businesses will ask you to work a shift (or maybe half a one). Ask the staff questions if you are unsure of something and make sure that you become part of the team. The interviewer will often ask the other staff how you got on. Look interested and ask for jobs or to help out if you run out of things to do.

 

Menu: Some businesses will ask you to prepare a menu prior to the interview and cook it there. Ensure that the dishes on your menu fit into the theme of the restaurant- don’t cook enchiladas if you are interviewing for an Italian restaurant.

 

Trade test: This one is favoured by a lot of places. You might get asked to cook a classic or basic dish with your own twist. The purpose of this is test out your knowledge of how different foods work together and how they can be amended for modern tastes.

 

After the interview:

When you leave make sure you thank the people who have interviewed for their time and for asking to meet with you. They are giving you an opportunity to work so you should be polite and mannerly.

 

Follow these tips, and you’re sure to have a great interview. Remember to do lots of preparation before your interview and stay calm and mannerly towards the interviewer at all times. If you are currently looking for a job as a chef keep an eye on our listings that we are constantly updating with new job opportunities in the industry. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335.