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Take time to identify your ideal job and start networking!

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Searching for a job can be confusing and time-consuming and for many jobseekers it can be hard to know where to start particularly when searching online. At a time of high unemployment it is understandable that anyone looking for work will jump at the first role they see that suits them or the first offer they get that will pay the bills.

If you are not in acute and immediate financial difficulty it is worth taking some time to really think about the type of job that you want at this stage of your career; the pay, hours and working conditions that you will be happy with and indeed the type of company or organisation you want to work for. Once you have done this it is time to start networking.

Start your search by looking at yourself first. Think about the experience and qualifications you have as well as all the skills and competencies you have built up so far in your career. Remember that experience and skills developed outside of the workplace are also a very important part of the portfolio that you bring to any new employer. Think about what, or indeed who, motivates you in the workplace and think about what is missing in your current role. Check out the Jobseekers section of www.careersportal.ie for some self-assessment tools and lots of up-to-date information.

Start exploring the types of roles that you would like and the type of companies you would like to work for. Get an idea of what is involved in such roles and typical conditions and salaries. That way you will be better informed before you start applying and therefore able to narrow down the roles you are applying for. Sites such as www.indeed.com, www.monster.ie, www.irishjobs.ie, and www.publicjobs.ie will give you an idea of who is hiring and the roles that are being advertised. You can delve deeper to explore the details to see if the organisation and the role is what you are looking for.

Always keep an eye on local and national print media as well as listening to local radio stations for weekly job adverts. When you start your job search online use keywords that help to narrow down the roles that you are interested in. For example, if you have worked in computers you might want to include the computer languages you have worked with, or in payroll it may be the financial packages you have used. Break down and simplify any of the jargon that you find difficult to understand on job search websites. Google anything that you don’t understand so that you have a clear idea of what is being looked for before you consider applying. Don’t be put off by the jargon; think about ways that your skills might actually match the job specification.

If you are in the market for a job then you need to let people know. Networking is one of the most effective way for jobseekers to find roles. Use the contacts you have in your family, circle of friends, former colleagues, those who you meet through hobbies and pastimes as well as those who you socialise with. Make a list of all the people you know who may be helpful in building your network as you work towards getting your ideal job. Reach out to them and be specific about the type of role you want.

Having a profile on LinkedIn gives you access to a global network which will greatly enhance the people you can reach out to and also facilitates employers in connecting with you. Connecting socially on a professional platform used my millions of employers and employees means that the world really is literally at your feet in your search for your ideal job. In coming weeks we will explore what to include in your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile, and how to best prepare for face-to-face and online interviews.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She can be contacted on careerfocusnow@gmail.com.

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Pharmacy jabs begin today

By Michelle Crean  Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.

Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.

Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.

“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.

“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”

Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.

“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”

Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.

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Killarney Advertiser – Weekly Jobs Round-Up

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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene

By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.

Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.

The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.

The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.

The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.

“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”

Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.

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The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.

“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”

Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.

For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.

“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”

Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.

Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.

“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”

Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.

“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”

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