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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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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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