Wellbeing: Time to Relax

Wellbeing: Time to Relax

Is wellbeing important to you? Have you ever felt exhausted after a hard day’s work? Coming home to face another round of tasks in our personal life, and its demands, can leave us feeling a little overwhelmed. Wanting to be totally present to loved ones, but honestly feeling depleted of any energy, to truly give our very best. Knowing that the tiredness is really draining any stores of energy can affect our desire to give ourselves and others, in essence the love and support that is needed in family life.

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Sometimes we may feel so passionate about our work, giving our total energy to it and not taking care of ourselves in the process that we are only fit to find comfort on the couch for the rest of the evening. We decide to leave household chores for another day. Then the laundry and cleaning starts to pile up, and we wonder why our weekend goes by so quick.  If this is has ever provoked the thought that something needs to change in order to experience a more rewarding balance of a work-life kind of living, then maybe this advice may inspire into an action of change –for the better.

What advice would our better self, give to a friend going through a similar situation? Would we recommend any of the following pieces of advice to improve theirs and our wellbeing?

  • –  Set a little me-time in between finishing work and going home to recharge the soul.
  • –  Have a home spa treatment by have a long soak in the bath with loads of bubbles and a lovely cuppa tea.
  • –  Create a treat night at home, by ordering our favourite take-away rounded up with a movie, game of cards or have fun with a board game.
  • –  Enjoy a little me-time when we get in the door, by putting on our fluffy slippers and reading a good hearty book.
  • –  Go for a short walk
  • –  Phone a friend, an open and honest discussion that can heal the soul.

We may have all experienced that the demands that we face at work can leave us feeling depleted and less than motivated when we go home. The solution can be as simple as planning to go home and nourish our soul with healthy comforts, which are good for the soul. Simple acts can also relax weary bones after any demanding day at work. Reconnecting with loved ones can create a feeling of love and support that inspires us to get up again. This is why it is so important to remind ourselves to take care of ourselves by practicing acts of love, kindness and gratitude to ourselves, and those we love.

Small acts of self-care can really make a big difference in creating a healthier work-life balance, and bringing restoration of wellbeing and peace back into our lives. It’s worth trying and watching for the rewards in the results that follow, those we anticipated and also the unexpected ones too.

Dealing With Failure

Dealing With Failure

At some point in our lives we have all experienced a sense of failure. Failure on getting a call for that interview, securing a job that will provide a much needed income, exams, performance targets, diet and fitness goals etc. It can be extremely painful and take us a long time to recover. It can be like somebody whips off a really stuck plaster on a wound, which can hurt even more than the first wound.

We all know that there are many bumps in the road, mountains to climb and hurdles to overcome. Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. We may even think; why me? We may look at our friends or neighbours and think they are so lucky, but remember ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’. Nobody gets away scot-free!

So, is there a secret cure to recovery quickly after failure? There are many ways to handle the feeling better and seeking out approaches that work is a good start to help with moving on or re-frame an experience beyond calling it or ourselves a failure.  There are many approaches and as we are all different and recover at different paces finding one that fits is a process of self-discovery.  We all handle setbacks or failures differently. We must remember that we have survived many failures in the past, and rebounded from them, and we will deal with and recover from this one too. All that is needed is a little time to reflect and a chance to lick our wounds. Some tips to soothe the soul and restore our faith could include:

  • –  The key is to be gentle with ourselves.
  • –  Don’t take it personally. The incident/result did not pan out the way we thought it would.
  • –  Seek supportive networks to help heal the mental and emotional pain, to restore our spirit. Take any valuable insights during this phase to help in future endeavours.
  • –  If needed, get mad and release any frustrations – in a safe way. Workout the pain through physical exercise, such as walking, running, boxing, etc.
  • –  Accept the situation, and then move forward one step at a time.
  • –  Push outside the ‘safety-blanket’ in gradual steps at first, until life once again springs a step back in our walk to leap again.
  • –  Count the blessings that we currently behold, and be appreciative of them.
  • –  Acknowledge that there are plenty of other opportunities, when we are ready to get up and try again.

Sometimes our failures can teach us a lesson. (Though at the time we may just have wanted the results) They can also show us that maybe this opportunity just wasn’t for us. Although, it is only when we are much further down the road in life that we recognise this insight, and then we are thankful. Our personal failures can also be instrumental in helping others on their journey too. Sharing our story and experience, at a later date, with others who face a similar dilemma of failure can help them to overcome their hurdles and climb their mountains.

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What Advice Would You Give to Your Teenage Self?

What Advice Would You Give to Your Teenage Self?

Trying to answer this question can be liberating and inspire some or many changes in our career and personal life. The advice that we would give to our teenage self is similar to advice that we would give to a good friend or colleague. This may be true if we find that they are struggling on their own journey to discover their true potential.

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A well-known piece of advice that most authors, parents and colleagues might suggest would be to take more risks. What is there to lose? What is the worst thing that can possibly happen? Maybe that job interview won’t happen. Maybe performance levels in a recent interview were less than satisfactory. Maybe pride might have been dented somewhat. Maybe failure to secure a much needed income to support the family might happen. There are a lot of maybes. But sometimes, life may throw us an opportunity to succeed! Just maybe, that phone-call will happen for that job interview, or maybe the dream job might actually materialise.

Those who have dared to risk, or taken a leap out of their comfort zone can recount their success stories to that all important pivotal moment of risk. It may have changed their lives and careers. Look to the achievements of:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Mother Teresa
  • Richard Branson
  • Rosa Parks
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mary Robinson
  • Mark Pollock
  • Father Peter McVerry

 

They dared to dream and go beyond the common self-limiting belief that they might fail. Self-belief probably played a major role in driving them toward fulfilling their destiny. Think about it, if they did not achieve what they set out to accomplish, then maybe we wouldn’t have the benefit of enjoying their victorious products and services. Their contribution to humanity radically changed many lives. There may even be an inspiring role-model in our life that we admire. Connect with them for inspiration, support and motivation. We all need the best support we can get when facing what we think is an insurmountable mountain.

It is only when we put ourselves out there, step out of our comfort zone, and explore new possibilities that we can then realise there can be so much more to life. Our happiness depends on it! So too does our career and personal life.

Get motivated. Never give up, keep going, and push through those negative self-limiting beliefs. Pose the question, ‘What if …?’ Ask colleagues what potential they see. Find life’s true purpose. There are plenty of opportunities waiting, if only we dare to dream and believe. Reach out today and grasp what is probably in the making to make life a great journey. Above all, have no regrets!

How to Effectively Negotiate During a Job Interview

How to Effectively Negotiate During a Job Interview

The very thought of an interview is unnerving, not to mind negotiating with HR recruiters around the salary or terms for the impending job. The interview itself can be demanding enough on mental capability when considering the rigorous questions that may be asked throughout the interview.

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Typically the conversation of salary, holiday days, terms and non-financial package will be talked about toward the end of the final interview. By this stage, fatigue may have set in which can impact mental capacity to negotiate more assertively. At this stage of the process the assistance of experts in negotiation can be the ideal solution to achieving satisfactory results.

Recruitment Agency professionals can be more adept with negotiating terms on behalf of the potential candidate for the job. They practice this technique regularly for their client base, which can involve a lot of ‘toing-and-froing’ in the consultations between the HR recruiter and the Recruitment Agency. Enlisting the expertise of this profession can be invaluable. If dialogue with the recruiter is clear and terms are confirmed in advance, then it can mean the difference between securing a satisfactory job contract and terms versus taking what was offered.  Some people turn down jobs they have really wanted because they did not negotiate the right salary and package.  

The terms and conditions being sought need to be discussed and agreed in consultation with the agency recruiter, prior to the interview. This can provide the jobseeker with increased confidence that the package being offered will be in line with personal expectations.  It can also save time and money, by choosing not to attend an interview if the salary is inadequate.

It must be said that since the day we started talking, we were learning the art of negotiating with our parents. Without realising it we were skilfully crafting favourable outcomes for ourselves – as toddlers, tweenies’ and teenagers. We might have said to our parents: if I eat all of my dinner can I have some treats after.

The ideal situation of any negotiation is to create a ‘win-win’ scenario, resulting in a favourable outcome for both parties involved. Of course it has to be realistic and fair. Investing in our self-development is important in this area, if we prefer to act on our own behalf. Improving these skills can significantly help us to negotiate salary and terms of employment or in any other endeavour in life.

Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview

Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview

Preparation is essential to improving any application for a new job interview. It will certainly increase chances to make a good impression. We have listed some tips to help prepare for succeeding in getting a call for an interview.

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They include:

  1. 1.  Research the company. Know who they are and what they do, and other relevant information to the job required for the interview.
  2. 2.  Review the details of the CV, including; dates, achievements, etc. which can enable a more confident approach when talking about previous experience.
  3. 3.  Practice a pre-interview rehearsal with family or a supportive friend. This can provide useful insights into personal behaviour, answers and body language.
  4. 4.  Dress smart. It can help to dress similar or slightly better than existing employees.
  5. 5.  Arrive at the car-park 30 minutes prior to the interview time. This will allow time to re-read any research notes and the CV. It can also provide an ideal opportunity to settle any last minute nerves and ensure a timely arrival.
  6. 6.  Arrive 15 minutes early for the interview. This sends out a positive signal interest in the job. It can also provide a few moments to collect last minute thoughts.
  7. 7.  Tips for the interview:
  • –  Give each interviewee a firm handshake, while greeting them with good eye contact.
  • –  Be honest and clear on all communications, during the interview.
  • –  Ask questions, if unsure at any stage of the conversation.
  • –  Show enthusiasm throughout the discussion.
  • –  Impress them with new-found knowledge on their organisation.
  • –  Assert a positive posture.
  • –  Have at least one closing question to ask the company about the job.
  • –  Thank the interviewees for the opportunity of the interview.
  • –  Follow up with the point of contact that arranged the interview, thanking them for the opportunity and express an interest in hearing more from the company.
  1. 8.  Following the interview make a note of personal performance – evaluate strengths and weaknesses. This can help to improve future performance on job interviews.

Remember that good preparation is important to create a higher chance to positively impress the interviewees. Preparation can display motivation and interest for the job. This insight can increase the success rate of achieving the dream job.

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The Benefit of Applying the Pomodoro Technique in Your Career

The Benefit of Applying the Pomodoro Technique in Your Career

If time-management isn’t your forte, then this simple method can help to achieve a more effective output in shorter time, in almost any career. Developed in the 1980’s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique was designed to break tasks into 25 minute intervals (known as Pomodoro’s), with short interludes in between each Pomodoro.

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The technique facilitates with realising increased completion of jobs, ahead of deadlines. It also eliminates any potential for procrastination, panic, stress and optimises daily pre-scheduled work flows.   

Follow these simple 5 steps, to accomplish more jobs and success in the work day:

  1. 1.  Select the first task, from the pre-scheduled list of jobs. Choose the biggest task at the start of the day, when energy levels are higher.
  2. 2.  Set a manual timer for 25 minutes. It is important to eliminate any distractions during this time. The use of the timer on a mobile phone may cause us to become distracted with checking emails, etc.
  3. 3.  When the timer finishes, assess if the job is completed or if there is further work needed. If completed, tick the list.
  4. 4.  Take a 5 minute break, which is not work related. Stand up and get the body moving; take a brisk walk, do some squats followed by deep breathing or simply look out the window and reflect or day-dream for this time. Solutions for other jobs can become apparent during this time.
  5. 5.  Following the completion of 4 Pomodoro’s, take a 15-30 minute break.

Time-management is an important concept to apply in almost any work related environment. Additionally, scheduling daily jobs, with the biggest tasks at the start of the day, is vital to ensure staying on track. If it is an initial struggle to start with the 25 minute method, then adding an extra 5 or 10 minutes may help until the suggested time can be attained. Set a goal to try it for 4 weeks. It may take a while for the brain to adjust and accept the new routine, which can radically transform the working week and career.

Further resources on this approach are available on-line if the approach interests you, including this link

Chef Jobs: How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying for a Job

CHEF JOBS: HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR CV BEFORE APPLYING FOR A JOB

De-cluttering your CV is important, particularly if you haven’t applied for a job recently. For instance, when deciding to change employer after years of service working as a chef with a local hotel, in order to advance your career. The old CV is most likely out-dated, and in need of fine-tuning to apply for a new job, with a national or international hotel. 

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CV’s share insight into the story of the applicant, and their skills and experience gained to-date. HR professionals can garner the necessary information in a CV to identify if the potential candidate is suitable to the job, and worth considering for an interview.

The following techniques can help with re-designing a new CV:

  • – Prior to updating a CV, do a little research online. There are many well designed templates available to download that can create a CV that will stand out from the other applications.
  • – Look at the job advertisement. Fully understand what the organisation is seeking. Is it evidenced throughout the CV?
  • – Keep each section brief and relevant to the job specification.
  • – Narrow career goals, displaying a clear understanding of what is being sought and the direction of the new career. This can help HR with knowing if the applicant matches the job requirements. Recruiters are adept on understanding if skills and experience match their job specification.
  • – If adding a personal statement or summary at the top of the CV, condense it to a few lines, including job title, years of experience, sectors worked in and some proud career achievements, and appropriate strengths that can be offered to a new employer.
  • – Update recent work experience, to apply to the current job application.
  • – Consolidate academic achievements, and include internships, external project work and any additional activities within college.
  • – Edit work experience in sequential order and provide a list of accomplishments.
  • – Include clear headings on all sections.
  • – Bullet point for easier reading, ex. academic modules or skills.
  • – Ask a colleague to proof-read it prior to submitting it. This can help to strengthen the job application, by eliminating grammatical errors.

HR personnel will have a predetermined list of questions before receiving the application for the job. They may ask: what can this candidate do for our company? What sets this application higher than the others? What story is their past experience highlighting, and is it relevant to this job? Can this candidate complete this job for me again? Do they have potential to learn? Is this individual motivated?

Step into the shoes of the potential employer. Reflect: is the cover letter and CV easy to digest, in a simple and clear format. Make their job easy. Demonstrate to the recruiter, through the application, that this position is the next logical step to advancing personal career goals. There is only one chance to make a good first impression, make it a good one!

Using a Recruiter to Get You the Best Job for Your Career

For many of us, the thought of finding a new job can be daunting. To make things easier on you, consider working with a recruiter. There are many advantages for job seekers who choose to work alongside a recruiter, we have compiled our top five below.

  1. It’s free for job seekers

There is no cost to the job seeker for using the services of a recruiter. The recruiter will be paid by the employer or client company who is using their services.

2. A recruiter saves you time

Think about how long you spend sifting through job boards and searching the internet for vacancies which suit your skillset. A recruiter who is well versed in recruiting for jobs in your industry will be aware of the market and who is hiring. This kind of information is invaluable to job seekers. Tasking a recruiter with matching you to your ideal job takes the bulk of the work out of it for you.

3. You will be supported throughout the process

A good recruiter will help you through every aspect of the application, interview and on-boarding process. This includes making improvements to your CV, preparing you for interview and assisting with the completion of documentation should you be offered the job. They will also be able to respond to queries you have along the way, which makes everything less stressful.

 

4. You remain in a database

Once you begin working with a recruiter, your CV will be placed in their database. They will also include a description of your skills, experience and what kind of job you are looking for. Being in the database guarantees that when a job opportunity matching your profile comes up, you will be contacted. This way, you won’t miss out!

 

5. You gain access to the “hidden” market

Many companies do not make use of national job boards or marketing material to promote their job vacancies. A recruiter who has a good relationship with the hiring companies they work for will know what hiring plans they have for the coming months, and will be able to offer this information to job seekers.

 

You job search doesn’t have to be overwhelming, we can help! Click here to read testimonials from candidates who have worked alongside our recruiters.

 

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Leaving Your Job to Advance Your Career

Most of us will reach a point in our careers where we wonder what other opportunities may be out there, just waiting for us. But how do you know when it’s time to move on, or rather, move forward, in your career? Here are five signs it might be time for a change:

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  1. Your day has become repetitive

An element of predictability is always welcome in any job, it helps you to plan and manage your time in order to work effectively. But repetition of the same tasks day in, day out, may result in low motivation and disinterest. This is a sure sign you may be ready for something more challenging.

 

  1. You are not learning

Perhaps you have taken advantage of all training and opportunities to up skill offered by your current employer, and while that was invaluable at the time, you have now reached a point where your learning has plateaued. If this is leading you to frustration, it’s time to move.

 

  1. You want to diversify

Broadening your skill set is something which should always be an option to you at work, and should be actively encouraged by employers. This maintains your interest and reassures you that internal promotions and career progression are a possibility for you. If you feel your skillset is not being added to in your current place of work, you may be right in thinking it’s time to look elsewhere.

 

  1. Are you adding value?

If you are unsure about the answer to this question, then the answer is no. You should be aware of how the work you do is benefiting the organisation, and how the organisation is rewarding you in return. If this is not happening, it could be that your own interest and motivation is lacking, and you need a fresh challenge.

 

  1. Your job doesn’t fit with your long-term plan

How do the growth opportunities within your current role fit in with where you would like to be long-term? What are your objectives? If your current job does not help you on your long-term career path, or does not provide a stepping stone to where you would like to be years from now, this may be a good time to see what opportunities out there will offer these benefits.

Changing job to another for better career advancement opportunities is a tough decision. Firstly, you should communicate your ambitions to your manager to see if adjustments can be made to satisfy you. We have blogs to help you:

For advice in asking for a pay rise, you can read our blog here.

If you want to show you manager that you are ready for a promotion, you can read our blog here.

Moving up the career ladder and working in places with opportunities for career progression is important to a lot of people in the professions we hire for. Whether its in the hospitality sector or in healthcare, Three Q can help you too join a team that supports career progression and with these tips you have a blueprint to rise up the ranks!

 

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Pitching for a Pay Rise

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You’ve been in your job for a while now, and are constantly being praised for your efforts. But there comes a time when most employees feel that positive feedback should start to translate into a bigger pay cheque. So how do you go about asking your boss for a pay rise? Read our Dos and Don’ts below to help you prepare:

 

Do…

  1. Plan Ahead

Think about all you have done and achieved in your job in the last 12 months. Does it warrant a salary increase? Noting your achievements and outstanding contributions as they happen will make it easier when the time comes to ask for more.

 

2. Get the Timing Right

If the company has recently suffered a loss, it may not be the ideal time to broach the subject of a pay rise. Keep an ear out for any major wins or revenue targets being hit and time your conversation with your boss accordingly.

 

3. Be OK With a No

Highlight your achievements, your loyalty and the value you have added during your time with the company. But be open to negotiation and to your boss having a genuine reason for saying no. If you are told no, try to agree a time some months down the line where the situation can be reviewed again, and take on board any advice that will help you to improve your performance for the next time.

 

Don’t…

  1. Compare Yourself to Others

Try to leave others and their salaries out of the discussion. After all, it isn’t your business what anyone else is earning.

 

2. Give an Ultimatum

This rarely goes well, and your boss may feel unnecessarily pressured. Unless you are fully prepared to follow through with it, leave ultimatums out of the conversation.

 

3. Ask Too Much

Proposing a figure that is completely unrealistic will likely get you an immediate “no”. Keep your numbers realistic and in line with others in the industry to give yourself the best chance.