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Approach your job hunt with clear structure



Searching for interesting new roles is often difficult and that is particularly the case for people who are embarking on the hunt for a job as we emerge slowly from COVID-19.

That’s why it’s crucial to have a solid structure for job hunting, to stay as positive as possible, to create a routine and to make the most of a period of career transition.

Working ‘smart’ on looking for a new job or a change of career will help to make the transition process as effective as possible. During COVID-19 we have all been encouraged to work through it by trying to maintain a regular daily routine - getting up the normal time, continuing with daily exercise and doing the positive things that help to stay in a positive mind-set. This also applies when looking for a job.

Allocate one to two hours each day to your job search:

The tasks will vary from day to day. Give yourself every chance of keeping positive about your search. Start a journal at the beginning of your search from a new job or a change of career and record your progress. Each day think of three things that you are grateful for from the previous day. Next list what are the two objectives you want to achieve during the day in relation to your job search such as update your CV, set up or update your online profile, reach out on LinkedIn to friends or associates who work in companies that you are interested in exploring for a job or listing all the people in your network who would be good to talk to you about your job search. Finally think about one thing that you look forward to at the end of the day – it could be cooking a nice meal for a friend, meeting someone for a coffee, watching a good film/series on Netflix or a phone call with someone you have not been in touch with for a while.

Outline your core skills:

How do you tell people what you do? Often we tend to talk about the industry we work in or describe our role in very specific terms that maybe not everyone is familiar with. The risk is that others may not understand what we’re referring to and be too nervous about asking us to explain it. It is important to think about how you can explain your current job role and describe your core skills so that anyone can understand, no matter what industry they’re in. Potential employers can then understand what you bring to the table.

Divide your role into three or four core components.

They could include things like project management, leadership, managing and developing staff, IT management, sales and customer services, client relationship management, communications management, design, financial management and reporting as well as many more. You want potential employers to know what skill set you have to offer and also see how transferable those skills are from one job to another.

Jot down one example of how you have used each of these skills/competencies using the following guide (STAR) which will also form part of your preparation for interviews when they arise.

S/T - Describe the Situation/Task you were dealing with
A – Detail the Actions you undertook – Use ‘I’ statements
R – Explain what the Result was including what you learned from the process.

In coming weeks we will explore how to identify your ideal role, how to enhance your profile and network effectively, what to include in your CV and Cover Letter and how to prepare for face-to-face or online interviews.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She can be contacted on

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Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised

It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]




It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.

This wrap is suitable for males and females.
This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.

The process is having sea clay applied all over the body, followed by bandages wrapped in a specific way to lift and firm the skin and finally you are tucked up in a heated blanket….. to sweat out the negative toxins. following the treatment, you have a three-day detox, no tea, coffee, fried fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods or even a shower to leave the active clay and get to work on the lymphatic system.

This is a seriously great treatment, that really works if you follow the process. As the heat from the blanket helps to open your pores on the body the sea clay can go into the deep layers of the skin, when you unwrap the clay is trapped in the skin and its ingredients get to work.

Bentonite has excellent drainage properties for full detox and skin clarification.

Magnesium sulphate stimulates peripheral skin circulation, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium Chloride has valuable mineral salt and permits cellular balance, combats stress and fluid retention, and has anti-bacterial properties.

Zinc oxide, bacterium properties and anti-inflammatory.

Sodium Chloride detoxifies tissues and tightens the skin.

They work best the longer they are left on the skin and the longer you detox. I wouldn’t claim a 2-hour treatment can do amazing results without the homework. The clay isn’t dirty looking on the skin, it looks more like a cloud of chalky dust on the outer skin, the active properties have been absorbed into the skin.
The skin may feel a little different while the clay is working, but the results are worth it. It’s a great treatment after weight loss, pregnancy, liposuction or just re-energises you as a whole.
for more information or to make an appointment call Jill at 064-6632966


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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]




Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.


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