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Sep 032009

Established with Enterprise Ireland Support, Dublin Aerospace Ltd – a new aviation maintenance provider based at Dublin airport, will create 226 new jobs over the next five years. The new company aims to deliver a best-in-class Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Dublin having acquired assets from the former SR Technics operation at the airport.

"I strongly welcome the establishment of Dublin Aerospace Ltd which continues the long-standing tradition of excellent international aviation maintenance service at Dublin Airport. Not only will this announcement lead to the creation of 226 new jobs but it also strengthens this high-skilled industry in Ireland," said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan T.D., announcing the launch.

"Over the past number of decades, the aviation maintenance industry in Ireland has established a strong international reputation for service, quality, flexibility and responsiveness. Dublin Aerospace can build on that reputation and ensure the further development of an Irish sector already known for its high level of skills and expertise," she added.

"We are delighted to be able to announce the launch of Dublin Aerospace and are proud to be an Irish enterprise with world-class international aviation partners. We have assembled a high quality management team, all of whom have significant aviation experience and have successfully closed all our funding in spite of the current difficult funding environment," said Conor Mc Carthy, Executive Director of Dublin Aerospace.

"With our experienced management team and a strong innovative and customer-focussed approach, we look forward to building a profitable, competitive and high quality presence in the global aviation maintenance sector."

Sep 032009

New figures released this week reveal that the services industry has been worst hit by job losses this year, with construction and manufacturing workers also suffering severe cuts.

The Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment figures show that 54,887 people have lost their jobs so far this year compared with 23,402 during the same period in 2008. That’s an increase of 134.5% year-on-year. The services industry accounted for 18,974 of those redundancies, or 35% of the total jobs lost, followed by construction with 13,942 job losses (25%), and manufacturing with 10,510 job losses (19%). Dublin, with 40% of redundancies, was top in terms of the geographical distribution of jobs lost, followed by Cork, Limerick, Galway and Kildare. Around 68% of people who lost their jobs were men.

Unemployment figures released on the same day showed the total number of people signing on rose again in August to 440,056, or 12.4% of the Irish workforce.

Jun 092009
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The day of the interview finally arrives.

Your CV has got you this far, now it’s  down to how well you perform in that one short meeting. At the interview you have to convince one or more complete strangers that you’re the ideal candidate for the job.
It’s a tall order, but you’ve researched the company, prepared diligently and are as ready as you’re ever going to be. But before you head off for the main event here are a few things to bear in mind:

Before the Interview

  • Looking good – feeling great: on the day of the interview pay particular attention to your appearance. Wear an outfit you know you look good in, and make sure it’s ready the night before.
  • Don’t overdo it: in an interview you’re the one that needs to shine – not your accessories. Avoid things like loud ties, overbearing jewellery and heavy make-up. Subtlety is the order of the day.
  • Know your way: make sure you know how to reach the interview venue, and plan your route in advance to avoid a last-minute rush.
  • Clear you head: on the day of the interview take a walk or do some light exercise – it will help clear your head and encouraging better posture.
  • Smile: smiling makes us feel good about ourselves – and gives people we’ve never met a positive impression of us. People will smile back, which all helps to build up a positive vibe.
  • Remember some nerves are a good thing: a few butterflies is perfectly normal. Look at it as a positive thing: a bit of tension will keep you focussed, alert and attentive.

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Oct 152008
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Going for an interview can be a stressful proposition – especially if you go in unprepared. By taking a few steps to get yourself ready before attending the interview you can reduce nervousness, improve confidence and project a more professional image.

Here are just some of the things you can try before an interview to help settle your nerves and improve your chances of success:

  • Know your CV and Application Form inside out: you did keep a photocopy of that application before sending it in, didn’t you? Your interviewer is likely to use your application and CV as a roadmap for the interview. You need to be ready to answer questions and elaborate on everything contained in those documents.

  • Put yourself in the interviewers shoes: imagine yourself in the interviewer’s position. You’re looking for the best candidate for the job – what questions would you be asking? Make a list of all the questions you can think of and try to come up with viable answers for each of them. Write your answers down and read them back to yourself several times to commit them to memory.

  • Focus on awkward or uncomfortable questions: Think about the questions you would you least like to answer. These will often relate to your weakest areas, so it’s worth spending some time honing and polishing your answers to them.

  • Practice delivering your answers out loud: even better, do it in front of a mirror or a video camera so you can read your own body language and adapt it accordingly. You may feel a bit silly at first, but this can do wonders to improve your delivery. Aim for confident, but not cocky – you want to project an air of enthusiastic but measured competence.

  • Arrange a mock interview: if possible arrange a practice interview. Ideally this should be with an experienced interviewer. If you’re a recent graduate ask your college careers advisor about this service. If you applied for the job through an agency they may be able to help, or ask somebody that you know. Remember that you need objective feedback on your performance – so it may be better to steer clear of family and close friends.

  • It’s a two way street: although the interviewer(s) will be directing the interview, remember it’s a two way process. It always pays to have a few well thought out questions about the job or the company to ask at relevant points in the interview. These questions should reflect the research you’ve already done and as a rule of thumb you shouldn’t ask about salary or benefits. Make sure you steer clear of questions whose answers are readily available on the company website or literature (remember you’ve already done your research…).

The more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be and the more confident your interview performance will appear. Just remember that some nerves on the day are normal – even beneficial. A bit of tension will help to keep you alert and will work with your preparation to strike that elusive balance between poise and enthusiasm that is the interview ideal.

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