Monday, June 28, 2010

Job Hunting While Employed - Dos and Don'ts

It's a common dilemma: You have a job but you want a better one. Whether you've outgrown your current role, seek increased compensation or need a change of scene, you're ready to explore new employment options. How do you go about looking for opportunities and meeting with hiring managers without jeopardising your current position? The following are some dos and don'ts for conducting a job search while employed:

overlook opportunities within your own company. Consider employment opportunities that may be right under your nose. Many companies looking to fill vacancies give preference to internal candidates and make an effort to encourage these individual to apply for other positions within the company.

DO be discreet. If you want to keep your job search a secret, don't talk about it. If you tell your co-workers, you can be sure that it will get back to your boss, one way or another.

DON'T search on your employers' time. You are being paid to work for the company, so you shouldn't be surfing the internet for job openings during business hours. Any activity related to your job search, including scheduling interviews, should be completed on your own time.

DO get organised. Set aside blocks of time that you can devote to your employment search; you will be amazed by how much you can get done in just a few hours. In addition to focusing on your job hunt at night and on weekends, you can use your lunch break to review your CV or write covering letters.

use company resources. No matter how convenient it may be, don't use office stationery, stamps, fax machines or copiers. It's not only an inappropriate and unethical use of company resources but also an easy way for colleagues to find out about your job search from evidence you accidentally leave behind.

DO be careful where you post your CV. To ensure that your current company does not accidentally find your CV when searching for new hires, post on a job site where you can keep your employer and contact information confidential.

DON'T make up excuses when meeting with hiring managers. Most hiring managers will understand that accommodations may have to be made for you to attend an employment interview. Try to schedule meetings for either the beginning or the end of the day, or during your lunch hour.

DO pay attention to how you dress. If your normal work attire consists of jeans and sneakers, showing up to the office in a business suit is likely to arouse suspicion. Avoid the attention by bringing a change of clothes or just ditch your suit jacket.

DON'T forget to network. More jobs are obtained through word of mouth than any other method, so take every opportunity to expand your circle of contacts. In addition to getting involved in professional associations and other networking groups, focus on meeting people while doing everyday activities.

DO register with a recruitment agency. Consider partnering with a recruiter, who can work discreetly on your behalf to distribute your CV and uncover job opportunities. These professionals also can offer guidance on enhancing your CV, improving your interview skills and increasing your chances of landing a new position.

If you want to find a new job, stick to your game plan, be persistent and, perhaps most importantly, be respectful of your current employer. Though you may be tempted to conduct a quick search between projects or work on your CV on the job, think twice before doing so. You wouldn't want to do anything that could jeopardise your current position and future references.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Cabinet approves the integration of Tipperary Institute into Limerick Institute of Technology

“We very much welcome the vote of confidence which the cabinet has made today in the future of higher education in Tipperary. The Tipperary campuses at Thurles and Clonmel can now focus afresh on developing and expanding educational opportunity for all the people of Tipperary and surrounding counties.” said Acting CEO of Tipperary Institute, Michael O’Connell. The integration with LIT provides for the maintenance and development of courses already available at Tipperary Institute but also provides for new courses specifically developed for Tipperary and the opportunity for Tipperary and indeed the Mid West students to tap into the wider array of choices available in the wider LIT organisation.

The new relationship with LIT will
1. Build the courses at Tipperary Campuses so as to service 1000 full time students from Tipperary and adjacent counties in 2014/15. Full time students stood at 337 in 2009
2. Protect the future of long term jobs and education by bringing the cost base of Tipperary campuses into line with national norms over a 5 year period.
3. Use the established LIT brand e.g. LIT (Tipp.) to build further students, parents and schools confidence in courses
4. Provide from an expanded LIT Governing Body to include membership from North and South Tipperary
5. Develop the campuses both in Thurles and Clonmel to meet demand from higher Education especially in new domains for Tipperary like Science and Education
6. Develop Enterprise Acceleration and industry support services to drive new business and economic activity in Tipperary
7. Preserve and strengthen key strong projects being delivered by TI e.g. the SERVE project and the Tipperary Energy Agency and the National Rural Network.

There are many benefits to the new organisation including
• It secures its future to provide 3rd level education in Tipperary and especially increasing interest from schools
• It makes wider range of courses and expertise available to it to meet Tipperary demands
• It preserves key strength of TI in sustainability, creativity and cross disciplinary approach
• Bringing TI into the IOT system will give credibility to proposals for expansion and development
• It provides expertise in Enterprise Development – the Community Enterprise Centre in Thurles and the development of a Enterprise Acceleration Centre in Clonmel
• Provides sound platform for future investment in campuses
• Access to expertise of TI staff especially in areas under developed in LIT
Michael O’Connell said “We are delighted with the cabinet’s endorsement and look forward now to a bright future for LIT Tipperary.”

Laura O’Mahony (Marketing Officer)
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rural groups urged to work together

SEÁN MacCONNELL, Agriculture Correspondent

RURAL COMMUNITIES are being encouraged to use community and land trusts as a means of generating electricity, delivering broadband and boosting other local services.

A Manifesto for Rural Communities – Inspiring Community Innovation was launched in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, by Kate Braithwaite, director of the UK’s Carnegie Trust’s rural programme.

The manifesto suggests the non-profit “development trusts” and “community land trusts” model in the UK can be replicated here and was drawn up following consultation with 44 rural groups across Ireland and the UK.

The community and development trusts are non-profit, community-based organisations established to acquire fixed assets and hold them in perpetuity for local use and are a feature of community life in Britain.

One of these involves consumers taking shares in the harvest and sharing the benefits as well as the risk with the farmer.

The community-owned organisations seek to develop certain industries or deliver vital services. In the UK, the trusts run shops, develop vacant sites or manage housing developments.

The manifesto is based on the experiences of thousands of activists working in rural communities across the UK and Ireland, including Irish projects such as the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan and the work of Tipperary Institute in community planning. It says that Irish rural groups should look at the work of Cybermoor, a broadband community co-operative in England that has encouraged the creation of businesses locally and given its area the highest broadband penetration of any rural area in England.

The manifesto also notes there is an income-generating opportunity for rural communities in contributing towards national targets for recycling, renewable energy production and carbon capture.

Séamus Boland, chief executive of Irish Rural Link, said especially in the face of Nama and ghost estates, increased community ownership offered people the opportunity to control their own destiny.

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