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Career: Finding Our True Purpose in Career Life

Career: Finding Our True Purpose in Career Life

Have you ever questioned your career and wondered what am I doing here? It may have been great in the early days and life was great. The challenge of adapting to a new career was exciting and the wages were good. It allowed for independent living and the chance to pay for our own way in life. Maybe we discovered when we had well settled into our role that the career path we were on was less than fulfilling, leaving us going through the motions in our job. Maybe now it’s time to start asking “Is this what I really want in my career?”

Maybe we compared ourselves to others in their career lives? Have these comparisons left us with a feeling of inadequacy and discontent? Finding our true-north is tougher than we think. Some of us travel our whole lives, never really feeling that we have found our true vocation or purpose, but the enquiry can still bring us joy and satisfaction.

Having asked the question; what’s my true purpose in life, can open a door that may instigate change. We may be fearful to open this door, as it may actually be an opportunity for a career change, which we can thrive in. We may realise that it is very different from the one our parents wished for us or our younger selves settled for.

The solution can be as simple as looking to inspirational role-models. They may be famous people or people we admire closer to home. What is it about them that inspire us? There may be a clue from these insights that can lead us to start exploring our true life’s purpose. For some the ‘eureka-moment’ can be rapid, almost overnight. For others, it can be a slow arduous task to discover their true purpose, but so worth it in the end if they are persistent.

Maybe our role model includes an Irish chef, Nevin Maguire or Rachel Allen. We find ourselves coming home from work and our first go-to television program is their show. Then we find ourselves getting creative in the kitchen, cooking up a dish that Nevin or Rachel would love to taste, if only they were here!

Just maybe, the penny drops and we realise that cooking is in our veins. We truly see that we were passionate all along, always talking about new recipe ideas or inviting friends over for dinner to try out our new cuisine. We may realise that we were already living out our true purpose in our personal lives. Then, the next day we may find that life throws us an opportunity. We get an email from a friend we haven’t been in contact for ages, telling us that a new cookery course is starting in the nearby college in two weeks. We wonder is life showing us a sign. We may get excited or fear may creep into our minds. We ask “What if …?” or “What will my boss say?”  Well, we won’t actually know unless we pluck up the courage and give it a chance. At the very least, we owe it to ourselves.

Taking that first step, as if ‘walking on water’ with an act of faith, can grant us a deeper knowledge whether this career is for us or not. The change can terrify us, but it can also reward us. Some people go through their career journey never finding their true purpose. There are plenty of supportive professional networks that can help to brainstorm, in search for the right change in our lives. We may also have the support of family and friends that can offer their advice. All we need to do is become open to the idea, explore by asking lots of questions, be patient and trust the process.

How to Be More Productive in Your Job

HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE IN YOUR JOB

Would you like to commit to accomplishing more in less time, in your job and your career? Many of us feel that our productivity in our jobs can be great some weeks, and a disaster at other times. When we evaluate why, we may realise that we go about our tasks without any strategy. Strategies can help us create effective management of tasks or time.

How to Be More Productive in Your Job Three Q Recruitment

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These 6 simple techniques can help with becoming motivated to be more productive in any job. They can also reduce the ever increasing ‘to do’ list, more efficiently.

  1. 1.  Plan, plan, plan. Forward planning can reduce the time required to achieve each task. Manage the daily/weekly schedule by documenting a plan for the day/week ahead. List:

  • (1)  What needs to be achieved?
  • (2)  How it is going to be achieved?
  • (3)  When it’s going to be completed? Set a deadline, for faster action to achieve each goal
  1. 2.  Organise tasks for greater efficiency, by prioritising the most important ones first.

  • –  Plan a step by step process for each task, while maintaining quality throughout. For more difficult tasks, it is helpful to visualise this process.
  • –  Time-block the entire working day. This may also be helpful in our personal life, including evening and weekend activities.
  • –  Eliminate the potential for wasted energy and time on less important tasks, by delegating tasks and reducing unnecessary distractions.
  • –  Take on the biggest tasks at the start of the day, when energy levels are typically higher to achieve higher productivity.
  • –  The dreaded word ‘deadlines’ can cause anxiety. Setting achievable time limits can significantly reduce procrastination with starting and/or completing tasks, and ultimately lessen stress.
  • –  Change the dynamic of how work is taken on by grouping interesting and uninteresting tasks together. This can help to reduce the monotony associated with less mundane jobs.
  1. 3.  Maintain focus. Distraction can be our biggest challenge.

  • –  Intentionally stay alert and commit to focus on the task at hand.
  • –  Ensure that a frequent check-in with the planned schedule throughout the day is completed to ensure that tasks stay on track. This helps with achieving greater productive output, efficiently.
  • –  Good self-care including diet and exercise can help enormously with maintaining focus.
  • –  Stay motivated and reap the rewards.

4. Curb stress levels by taking a short break between daily tasks.

Go for a brisk walk around the building to refresh the mind and stretch the body. This simple technique can easily refocus the mind.

5.  Finally, review each week.

  • Evaluate areas where there is room for improvement … there is always room for improvement. For example, eliminate unnecessary distractions. Turn off mobile phones while scanning through emails and daily ‘to do’ lists first thing in the morning. This can assist with maintaining a healthy focus and can increase productivity in the day by accomplishing more jobs in less time.

Don’t just work hard, plan astutely to achieve more each day. It’s amazing how quickly the ‘to do’ list can diminish, with a lot of clever planning and persistence. Achieving increased productivity can provide real satisfaction, and can significantly increase motivation levels. Remember to commit, focus, persevere, stay motivated, and evaluate all work daily for more effective and successful results in job productivity, in our career and personal life.

For a simple way to start, check out quick tips for productivity by clicking here.  

The Importance of Creating a Good Cover Letter

The Importance of Creating a Good Cover Letter

Get their attention on the first glance! The cover letter is the chance to create a good first impression and provide extra insight on a more personal level, albeit briefly, to a CV. It can be compared to the window of a house; it offers HR personnel a glimpse of what is to come. It is an opportunity to hook any potential recruiter or recruitment agency, by providing points of interest that inspires them to continue reading the curriculum vitae.

There are many methods to improve the document, including sourcing sample cover letters online. Drafts developed by other people can provide useful keywords that may be suitable to the new job application. It is important to adapt the template to relevant skills and experience, displaying a unique application to the reader. 

Additionally, researching recent job advertisements in the same area can reveal additional useful material that can be used. These job descriptions can reveal additional skills and areas of experience required for similar posts, which are possessed and may not have been previously included in the cover letter or curriculum vitae.  It is important to ensure that it contains the right key words that uniquely describe the applicant, and are relevant to the job that being applying for.

Gain support from colleagues, by asking them to read the draft of the cover letter and CV. They may be able to offer positive feedback, by suggesting improvements or highlight any grammatical errors in the document.

Ideally, the cover letter will contain a snapshot of all skills and experiences to date. These experiences can highlight that this career step is the right choice. Writing an effective cover letter helps the application to shine out loud and clear, particularly if it is relevant for the role that is being applied for. It will certainly increase any chance of being called for an interview, and potentially create a positive change in a new career.

Flexibility in the Type of TEMPS we Supply – A COVID-19 Case Study

Most business have gone through a period of rapid change with COVID-19. Changes in ways of working that would have taken months to implement, have been adopted in weeks. Given that we’re in the business of providing leave and emergency TEMP cover, COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to test and review our ability to support our clients, within this rapidly evolving environment.

As a niche-agency, we pride ourselves in knowing and anticipating our clients’ needs, many of whom, we’ve worked with for over a decade. We’ve seen fairly steady patterns in terms of staffing needs and we had gotten good at recognising and responding to these. As with everything else, the uncertainty and unpredictability that the COVID-19 Pandemic brought with it, our client’s requirements were affected and in turn, so were the services we had to deliver. We saw very quickly that we needed to be highly responsive to changes in the numbers of TEMP Worker’s supplied and we also needed to be highly flexible in the type of TEMPs supplied.

Below is the second of two case studies. This illustrates how we supported our client by expanding the type of temps we provide to meet their changed requirements, owing to COVID-19.

This case study is based on supply to a medium sized Elder Care Facility. It showed that because Three Q TEMPS is a niche hospitality and catering TEMPS agency, we could provide them with the range of temps they required owing to changed circumstances.

They needed a kitchen porter, a catering assistant, a domestic, a chef, a general porter and a cleaner with healthcare experience and they were able to get them all from Three Q.  Daily updates from their team and their ability to work meant Three Q TEMPS went on stand-by in-case the client needed cover.  Our chefs who worked through the whole crisis trained up their relief cover and made themselves available on their mobile even on the days they were not working.

What we are grateful for:

  • The willingness and pride our Temps took in remaining part of the team to ensure service delivery during the pandemic
  • The client’s recognition and gratitude for continuity and responsiveness of Temps to come in to the unit – some times with less than an hour’s notice.
  • The opportunity and ability to safely supply this client for over 15 years. They got to see the full variety of the Temps on our panel – they have their favourites and have already made early bookings for future annual leave cover to ensure they get the same Temps back in.

This case study allows us to illustrate how we were able to be responsive, effective and supply a variety of temp workers to meet our clients’ changing needs. If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help you with your staffing requirements or if you’d like to book catering staff, please call us on 01-878-3335 or email us on temps@3qrecruitment.ie .

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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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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. 

Chef Job - How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying

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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!