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Section 1 Where To Look For A Job

Local and National Newspapers
FÁS Centres
Resource Centres for the Unemployed
Local Employment Services Network
Local and National Radio
Friends or Relatives
"On Spec" letters
Recruitment Agencies
Personal Approaches
Schools and Colleges
Start Your Own Business

Local and National Newspapers

Leinster Leader
The Nationalist
Job News
Irish Times
Irish Independent
Evening Herald

There is an orange coloured 'Business Supplement' with the Irish Independent every Thursday, included in this you will find a detailed list of job vacancies.
Friday's 'Business Supplement' in the Irish Times also contains an in-depth list of job vacancies.
Your local newspapers, e.g. The Leinster Leader and The Nationalist, will also contain a list of job vacancies in your local area and the Evening Herald carry a list of job vacancies. The 'Job News' newspaper is printed once a week and contains a comprehensive list of job vacancies from all over Ireland.
A trip to your local library will save you the expense of having to buy all these papers as they will have the daily and local newspapers on display for you to read, free of charge.

FÁS Centres

FÁS as the National Training and Employment Authority has numerous Employment Services Offices located throughout the country. In County Kildare this office is located at George's Street, Newbridge, Tel: (045) 431372, Fax: (045) 434446.

Local employers who are looking for employees give the job details to the FÁS office who in turn advertise them to the general public. A complete list of job vacancies for Dublin and County Kildare is displayed in this FÁS office which is open from 9.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. and from 2p.m. to 4p.m. Monday to Friday.

It is also possible to register your details with the FÁS office and should any suitable vacancies arise, they will contact you.

The Resource Centres for the Unemployed also have a list of these job vacancies.

Resource Centres for the Unemployed

Resource Centres for the Unemployed are located in Athy, Kildare, Naas, Newbridge and Leixlip. These centres display the FÁS job vacancies. It is possible to register your details with the FÁS office and the Resource Centres for the Unemployed and if any suitable vacancies occur, they will contact you with a view to organising an interview for a specific vacancy.

Some of our objectives include the provision of help to the unemployed, the provision of development and educational facilities and the provision of support to part time workers and those on low pay.

In the long term we endeavour with the co-operation of the Trade Union and others, to refer users requiring help in relation to legal, financial, social and personal to professional counselling services.

Location of Resource Centres For The Unemployed as follows:
Athy, 47 Leinster Street, Athy, Co. Kildare, Tel: (0507) 32685, Fax: (0507) 32677.
Kildare, Bride Street, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Tel: (045) 521950, Fax: (045) 521680.
Newbridge, Lower Eyre Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Tel: (045) 425666 Fax: (045) 435687,
Naas, Harbour View, Naas, Co Kildare, Tel: (045) 895218, Fax: (045) 895225.
Leixlip, 21 Main Street, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Tel: (01) 6245414, Fax: (01) 6245416.

Clinics are held once a month in Suncroft, Kilcullen, and Rathangan, to facilitate those who are unable to travel to the above centres.

Community Hall, Suncroft every second Monday 11a.m. to 12p.m.
Kilcullen Tuesday 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Rathangan Wednesday 11a.m. to 1p.m.

Local Employment Services Network

The LESN head office is located at unit 5 Rathasker Square, Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co.Kildare Telephone 045-895555 The LESN give information and advice on jobs, careers, education and training in your area and around the country. Expert advice and motivation is given by a Mediator/Guidance Counsellor who will work with you on a one to one basis.

If you are long term unemployed and looking for work, you can use the Local Employment Service for advice and guidance. The Outreach Centres of The LESN are open from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and are located in the County Kildare Centres For The Unemployed. Address and telephone numbers of the Resource Centres are included in the above section. "Resource Centres For The Unemployed".

Local and National Radio

CKR Radio (97.6 FM and 97.3 FM)
CKR have a 'job-spot' Monday to Friday at 9.20am, 4.30pm and 10.20pm where details of local job vacancies are given.

The Larry Gogan Show on 2FM from 12 noon to 3pm Monday to Friday also features a job-spot.

Friends or Relatives

It is always useful to let friends and family know that you are seeking work as they may hear of a possible vacancy before it is advertised to the general public.
More often than not the first people to hear about a job vacancy in a particular sector are the employees already working there. Therefore, if you have told people that you are looking for work, the chances are that they will put a good word in for you and maybe even get you an interview before the company advertise the position.

"On-Spec Letters"

Sending 'on-spec' letters means writing to a company and asking them to consider you for any vacancies that may arise in the near future. If companies do not have any current vacancies, they will keep your details on file. If a suitable vacancy does arise in the future, they may contact you and invite you to attend an interview.

Keeping up to date with the business news by reading the newspapers and listening to the news will give you a good insight as to what companies you could target. For example if you hear that a foreign company is planning to open in Ireland it may be a good idea to forward them a copy of your CV.

The following extract was taken from an article titled "369 high technology jobs for Dublin area" which appeared in the Irish Independent, dated 30th September 1997.

Recruitment Agencies

People who are looking for work can register with Recruitment agencies free of charge. This involves sending them a copy of your CV and in some cases the agency may wish to see you in person. Your details will then be kept on file and should a suitable vacancy arise, the agency will contact you to arrange an interview.

Some employers deal directly with Recruitment Agencies as opposed to putting advertisements in the newspapers when they have a vacancy to fill. The Agency will then send a number of suitable people to the company for an interview, and the company selects the person they wish to employ.

Sometimes the agency might offer you temporary work ie. a week, a month, or a few months. Temporary work is not to be frowned upon as it is a good way of getting 'your foot in the door' of a company, and many workers who are given temporary contracts are kept on as full time permanent staff.

Name and addresses of some recruitment agencies:

Abbey Recruitment, 32 North Main Street, Naas (045-874420)

Lanes Employment Services, 56 College Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare (045-431755)

Ann Kilgallon, Killakee House, Belgard Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. (01) 4623488. Email: info@annkilgallonr.iol.ie

Adia Alfred Marks Recruitment Consultants, 45 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. (01) 6778348.

Computer Placement, 40 Dame Street, Dublin 2,(01) 6772026. Email cpl@iol.ie

The Marlborough Group, Marlborough House, 11 Tara Street, Dublin 2, (01) 6777521. Email: oneill@marlborough.ie

Elan IT ReSource, 12/13 Temple Lane South, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. (01) 6705070. E Mail: info@elanit.ie
Website: www.elanit.ie


Personal Approaches

Another good approach is to go to an industrial estate armed with your CV and call into the various companies requesting to see the Personnel Manager. You can enquire from him/her about any vacancies. Even if you do not get a positive response, many people will be impressed by your enthusiasm to find work and will probably remember you if a suitable position arises in the future.

The advantage of going to an industrial estate is that all the companies are easily accessible and thus it will save both petrol and your feet!

Schools and Colleges

Most 3rd level colleges, eg. Maynooth College, Training Centres, eg Naas Computer Centre and the V.E.C.'s, eg Prosperous V.E.C., who run courses in various subjects and to varying degrees, will keep a copy of your CV on file.

Sometimes, employers contact Schools and Colleges when they are looking for an employee. In turn, the career guidance officer will give them a CV of the person who best fits the requirements.

Therefore it is a good idea to ensure that the College or School have a current copy of your CV, and that you let them know you are in search of a job.

The majority of 3rd level colleges will also have a jobs notice board which you should visit.

Start your own business

"Every cloud has a silver lining"

Being made redundant or finding yourself out of work may not be as daunting as it seems. Sometimes, people who lose their job set up their own business and run it very successfully. If you have a unique idea and feel that there is a market for it, then it is very important that you put time and effort into researching it.

The first thing you need to do is a feasibility study which will basically tell you whether or not there is a market for the product or service, peoples reactions to it etc.

Grants for feasibility studies are available and there are a large number of EU funded agencies who support small enterprises and individuals.

ASK (Action South Kildare) 045-481999
KELT (Kildare and Enterprise Leader Company)
OAK (Offaly and Kildare Partnership)
These are just some of the agencies you could approach.

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