Conor’s Story – Internship with Three Q medical recruitment agency

Right now I’m a Recruitment Consultant working full time with Three Q medical recruitment agency in Dublin, but this came about as the start of a new journey at the end of another, older process. Before I started working in my current role, I spent a few months as an Intern HR Candidate Resourcer with the Agency. This is how I initially got acquainted with not only the Agency itself but also with the recruitment industry as a whole. As we are now in the process of taking on new interns , I have been asked to share some of my impressions of the programme we have here.

internship Three 3 Medical Recruitment Agency

Before coming to Three Q, I had no experience in recruitment, nor did I have much idea about what to expect about working in the industry. What I did have was a willingness to learn new skills and a pro-active attitude to taking on real work in a dynamic SME with a good track record. Walking into the interview room, it quickly became apparent that this company was the right one for me and to my great relief I was asked back to a second round interview and offered the position shortly thereafter.

Again not quite sure what to expect, I walked through the door of the office in February and started trying to get to grips with my new role. What I found was that Three Q had a fantastic training and induction program in place for new team members, which got me acclimatised with what was expected of me very quickly.

I use the term team member as opposed to intern not by chance but by design – because while I was an intern, it very quickly became clear to me that I was a full and valued member of the Three Q team. A shredding and filing internship, as we so often hear of, this was most certainty not. As an SME operating in a constantly changing and high pressure environment, the work I did for Three Q had measurable, important value in supporting the recruiters I was working with. I was fully exposed to every aspect of the operation – from candidate management to marketing to CRM. The management support structures in place where also fantastic – there was never a point at which I felt I couldn’t approach anyone in the chain of command, from the Lead Resourcer who was training me, to the Managing Director of the recruitment Agency for support or advice.

Every aspect of what I did was backed up by a robust standard of formal and informal training. On top of on-the-job training and shadowing senior team members, I was sent on training exercises with the National College of Ireland and the National Recruitment Federation when the opportunity came up, and engaged in client site visits to get to know the people we work with better. This was not an internship where a workload was dropped on my desk and no support given – I was genuinely supported every step of the way.

While we all work very hard here, we take the time to have fun too. All the staff here are friendly and while we are focused on the task at hand, there is a lot of laughter and banter in the office too. There are team meals and staff nights out, performance incentives and little traditions in the office. We’re a close-knit team, and an open one.

When I took the decision to make a long-term career out of recruitment and try to progress into a Recruitment Consultant role, the career advice and support I got from the Three Q agency was invaluable before, during and after the decision had been made. So much so that within a short enough period of time I was put on the path towards becoming a Trainee Recruitment Consultant with the Agency.

When my internship finished in June of 2015, I was officially offered a contract as a Trainee Recruiter with the Agency. From the point of view of somebody who has gained a passion for the recruitment industry, this could not have worked out better. However, even had I not decided to progress with a career specifically in this field, the experience would have been invaluable regardless, and the support and advice I would have received in terms of anything I wanted to do from there would have been no less earnest or important. Fast forward a year and a half later and not only am I still here (as a fully-fledged Consultant and key account  manager), but the supports, training and camaraderie have only improved since first joining the agency.

So if you have high energy, an enthusiastic attitude, are eager to learn and easy to laugh, I’d hugely recommend looking into an internship at Three Q. I did it, and now I couldn’t imagine wanting to work anywhere else.

If you are looking to kick start you career with Three Q, check out the opportunities we have here: www.3qrecruitment.ie/current-jobs/ Deciding to work with the team at Three Q medical recruitment agency really was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

National Recruitment Federation Awards Finalists 2016

The NRF (National Recruitment Federation) Awards are taking place this Friday Dec 2nd in the Shelbourne Hotel. The NRF Awards are a highlight for all recruitment agencies throughout Ireland where agencies come together and compete against each other for these recruitment industry awards.

National Recruitment Federation Awards Finalists 2016

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS are so proud to be finalists in two categories at this years NRF Awards:

1. Best Small Recruitment Agency of the Year Ireland

The first category we have been selected as a finalist in is as ‘Best Small Recruitment Agency‘. Our company size gives us a distinct competitive advantage. It allows us to adapt to business opportunities quickly but also enables us to differentiate ourselves from competitors by giving a hands on personal service. Excelling in a niche market is not an easy task but one Three Q rises to. Our agency size allows us to service and respond to our target market effectively and efficiently due to the on-going time and financial investment we inject into our business operations and technological advances. The return on this investment is our ability to exceed our client and candidate expectations and demands. Three Q is small but powerful.

2. Best Temporary Recruitment Consultant of the Year Ireland

Our Charlotte is in the final for ‘Best Temporary Recruitment Consultant‘ as voted by the recruitment industry. We know Charlotte is the best already and are so proud of her. Charlotte builds strong professional relationships with all temp staff and through her professionalism, has gained great respect. She understands the needs of all our temp staff and her personal knowledge of their roles ensures they are all very well catered for every week. The happiness and wellbeing of temporary staff is a key motivating factor for Charlotte. Staff are never just a number. Charlotte’s treatment of her temp staff trickles down to client satisfaction. Her hands on and flexible approach with her temp staff ensures a happy and qualified work force are received to client sites every time.

Best of luck to all of the finalists and we look forward to meeting you at the awards.

Mahy’s Story – Internship with Three Q recruitment Dublin

I moved to Dublin, Ireland in February this year, and I started a long search for job hunting. I wanted to start a new career in recruitment in Dublin.  I always believed it is best when you start your career from scratch to try an internship.  It just lets you explore everything about the role, and helps you gain more confidence in what you are doing. I had a short assignment in recruitment with my previous employer and I enjoyed it a lot, so I thought that this could be the field I start working in, so I started to look for internships.

internship with Three Q recruitment Dublin

I joined Three Q PERMS & TEMPS recruitment agency in Dublin, in June 2016, as an Intern Recruitment Consultant, I had an idea of what I was expecting out of the internship, and I was eager to learn. When I started my internship, I was introduced to the Three Q team, and you get to sit and talk with each member, know what they do, and how you are going to work together, which I found to be a very good initiative, as it gave me a broad understanding of what is the company doing, and how the team works towards the company’s goals.

As an Intern at this recruitment agency, I always felt I was part of the team, because I was simply treated like a team member, and everyone was willing to help and share their experience and best practice, and at the same time we had fun (good craic actually!).

I have learned a lot in Three Q, and I believe my internship with them was a very successful experience, I completed my 3 month-internship, and I am now a Trainee Recruitment consultant.   I signed my permanent contract in October (Whoop Whoop!!), and I think I am now a more confident recruiter, and have developed many skills that would certainly be of a great value to my career.

If you are interested in working for Three Q as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, please click here  They recruit for medical professionals, hospitality staff, nursing staff and office staff etc.  so you will gain great experience.

James’s Story – Internship with Three Q hospitality recruitment agency

This is my story about working as an intern with Three Q hospitality recruitment agency.  It was first suggested to me by a guidance counsellor through the social welfare office after I had been on the live register for one year that I should take a look at the jobs bridge scheme. My first thought was no way! I can get a fully payed job on my own. I just haven’t really being trying all that hard for the last year, as I had a part time position with an events company, which suited me down to the ground and anyway I had full confidence in my skills and my experience!  After I looked at what was available on jobs boards and having dropped my cv into every recruitment agency  in Dublin known to man (getting no joy from anyone) I finally reluctantly had a look at the jobs bridge website. I found 2 roles straight away that spiked my interest, one of which was with Three Q Hospitality Recruitment Agency in Dublin. I had a look at their testimonials and website and was really impressed.

Three Q hospitality recruitment agency dublin

 After I applied I received a screening call within a day and then a follow up email and call inviting me in for interview. After 2 rounds of interviews I was offered the internship. It had been over 7 years since I had worked in an office environment so I was a little nervous and made plenty of mistakes at first. After 3 months, I had my first performance review, it went well enough but as I suspected I had made a couple of mistakes but having communicated them to me I did not make the same mistakes again. Another 3 months later and my internship was about to end, Three Q Hospitality Recruitment wanted to keep me on, however at that moment they were unable to hire me as there was no job available. They did however give me a great indication that if I extended my jobs bridge that there would more than likely be a job at the end of the tunnel.

Skip forward another 3 months and YES!! Three Q Perms & Temps had offered me a job, I was delighted, having not really worked in a small/medium sized business before.  I found my skills and expertise grew exponentially and much quicker than in a large company. That was down to the support and attention given to me by management and the team as a whole. My experience as a whole has been amazing and I have grown and developed new skills (a full 360 to when I was first told to look at internships) which I will now be able to take with me and transfer into any job. If I could give anyone looking for an internship some advice it would be to research the job and company first and then throw yourself fully into it, you will only get out of it what you put into it.

If you are interested in working for Three Q hospitality recruitment agency as a HR Candidate Resourcer Intern, click here 

Three Q Medical Recruitment Agency turns 17

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS medical recruitment agency were delighted to reach the ripe old age of 17 in September this year. To celebrate the event, Cora and the team in Head Office finished out the day early to spend the afternoon in style at the Guinness Storehouse overlooking the vast city of Dublin.

medical recruitment agency 17 years in operation

Sipping his pint of Guinness or “Blonde in a Black Dress” as he affectionately calls it, Padraig Hogan had this to say about Three Q’s seventeen years in the recruitment industry:

“Being in the recruitment industry particularly for the past 17 years is a real achievement – not least because Ireland has seen so many changes. Through the recession agencies have been particularly relied upon for people who are in desperate need of jobs, whether in the medical profession or hospitality sector. Three Q is a great company to work for, I’ve been expanding my own skills here and I’ve learned so much. It really is a privilege to work for them.”

Having taken in the history and scenery of the beautiful Guinness building, the team went on to enjoy a family-style dinner in Yamamori Sushi on Bachelor’s walk. Senior Recruitment Consultant Conor Ryan, who is a great lover of sushi, had this to say of the evening;

“It’s such a nice dinner! It’s a little different but I like it. It’s lovely to be here as a team and we are all really enjoying ourselves. It’s so great to be able to enjoy each other’s company both out as well as inside of the office. The company are so kind to treat us to such a lovely day out.”

Full and happy, the group then moved on to Lott’s pub, just off Liffey St., where the festivities continued with a team pub quiz. All involved had a fabulous evening.

Three Q would like to take this opportunity to wish friends, all the Three Q team, clients & candidates happiness and continued success for the next 17 years! 

Star Recruiters Attend National Recruitment Federation Event for CPD

In our effort to ensure our staff progress with CPD (continued professional development) Three Q’s star recruiters Mahy, James, Conor and Kenny were delighted to attend a talk hosted by the National Recruitment Federation recently, at the offices of Contracting Plus in Dublin.

National Recruitment Federation Event for CPD

The informative and motivating talk was given by Grainne Martin, who is a trainer, coach and advisor to the recruitment industry and has been in the industry for more than 20 years. In her talk this morning she expanded upon such interesting topics as; recruiting styles, how to be approachable and maintain a relationship with candidates, how to take a structures approach to recruitment and how to make the best use of time.

Our recruiters were excited by how much they learned at the talk, aptly named “How To Be a Super Star Biller”, and are all very much looking forward to attending the next event hosted by the National Recruitment Federation.

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.

Corporate Social Responsibilty_awards-2016 shortlist

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

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.

Enable Ireland – The Impact their Work has on the Lives of Families

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, we help as many organisations as we can.  Today we are shining a light on Enable Ireland and the impact their work has on the lives of families they are involved with.
 Enable Ireland the impact their work has on the lives of families

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood their expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage. They play an essential role in the lives of many families. Here is just one account of the impact their work can have:

Lorcán and Marie Brennan live in Dublin with their three children Fia (aged 5), Thea (3) and Cillian (7 months).

“When Thea was born in 2012 she was critically ill. She was stillborn. The doctors

worked for 8 hours to stabilise her. But she made a good recovery and was doing

well. At six months we were referred to Enable Ireland and weren’t even sure that they would take Thea. We couldn’t see any difference between her and any other six month old babies. We were really shocked when the physio looked at her and, from the way he held her in his hand, said that she would have a significant physical disability for the rest of her life. The initial prognosis was that she would most likely need a wheelchair.

Being told that your child has a disability can be a very lonely experience. Unless you have been told that your child is going to develop differently to other children, you can’t know what that feels like. Worrying about the future is a huge thing. You have to experience it to understand it.

At that point, we made a decision that I would take two years off work and that we would engage fully with Enable Ireland and that whatever they told us to do – we would do it. We really have availed of all the services Enable Ireland has offered, including having a Link Worker for the first year.

I remember my first appointment when Thea was six months old, a tiny baby still in her carry cot. I looked at all these children going in with their parents and another mother asked me if I was ok. I said No. I’m not ok. This is not where I thought I’d be, bringing my baby into a service like this.

Little by little we saw the progress that Thea was making. She moved to a walker. She was delighted with herself, with the freedom it gave her. She started to walk the day after her second birthday. Now she is running around the house. There is no better feeling than that – it’s incredible!

Right now, we are focused on Thea’s communication. We’ve recently finished a course in Lámh (a sign system for children) and we’ve attended the Parenting Plus course run by the Social Work team in Sandymount. For us, the Enable Ireland service has really been a family intervention – it is not just about Thea’s needs – it’s about all our needs.”

Marie Brennan