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Lisa Curry

Catering Sales Executive

Failte Ireland

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  Lisa Curry
I would advise them that the sales world is not as glamorous and easy as it comes across but it can be extremely rewarding. I would recommend you go for this type of position if you are someone who enjoys a challenge and can negotiate very well.

Sales and Catering Sales as a position is a tough one and there are a lot of challenges in that you really need to be customer focused yet remember that you have to make a profit. Selling weddings is a side of my job that is very satisfying as you get to see the end result of something that you have created which at the same time is the most important event in a families and a couple’s life.
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Warehouse Assistant

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Warehouse Assistant
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€16 - 25 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Assists in the day-to-day activities of a warehouse.


The Work header image

Warehouse assistants help with the loading and unloading of goods vehicles, either by hand or using mechanical handling equipment e.g. a fork-lift truck. They check goods coming in and going out to make sure nothing is missing or damaged. Computers are often used for some tasks.  
 
When they have checked that quantity and condition of the delivered goods are correct, they sign the delivery form. If the delivery is not correct, they report the problem to the Warehouse Manager or to Purchasing or Supplies.  
 
Warehouse assistants decide where goods should be stored within the warehouse. They keep records of items stored and check the level of stocks, advising the Purchasing Officer of the need to re-order when necessary. This Stock Control may be done using a manual system or more often, a computerised one. They catalogue or label items with storage details. They are also responsible for regular stocktaking.  
 
When an order is received, warehouse assistants pick out the goods that have been ordered. They work from an order sheet and prepare and pack the goods for delivery. In some warehouses an order picker may pick the goods that have been ordered.  
 
Warehouse assistants use computers increasingly. In a small firm, a warehouse assistant may be involved with many tasks. However, in a larger warehouse, they may specialise in one or two areas of work, i.e. operating a forklift, which requires special training and licence. The Warehouse Assistant is also responsible for keeping the work area neat and hazard free. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.

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Sort cargo before loading and unloading.

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Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.

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Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.

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Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.

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Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.

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Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.

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Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers so they can be loaded.

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Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.

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Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should be neat and tidy in your work. You must be accurate, and able to judge spaces when stacking and storing goods. Honesty is important. Having a good memory can be useful  
 
You must be physically fit, and able to cope with ladders, stretching, bending and carrying weights. It is important that you are aware of safety measures and precautions


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Organisation: Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management
  Address: 17, Lower Mount St., Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 644 9660
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Organisation: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ireland
  Address: 1 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: Freephone 1890 2525 99
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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