I saw the advert for my job in the National Paper. I applied by post which was the norm at the time and did the stage 1 selection test. An interview followed and I received notification by post that I was successful.
Describe a typical day?
A typical day in the Clerical Recruitment Unit is very busy. The ability to be able to prioritise and work alone is essential. I am currently running a competition completely through Irish. This involves administrative work and using the Irish Language to communicate with candidates. There are always time pressures but if the commitment is there you can meet them effectively. It is a rewarding position to be in because I am using and maintaining the skills I already have knowledge of while continuously learning new things.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
My main tasks and responsibilities include taking calls, replying to emails, working on interview boards as a note taker in Irish and English. Managing recruitment competitions and facilitating at exams.
What are the main challenges?
The main challenges I face in my role are planning and organising my time efficiently and effectively as I have to meet strict deadlines. I also have to keep abreast of developments and changes in the office environment. Attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people with different needs are very important in my job.
The office operates a flexible working hourís system. You can attend work anytime between 8am and 10am, take lunch between 12.30 and 2.30 and leave between 4pm and 7pm.
What's not so cool?
Some aspects of the work can be routine and monotonous, however, overall I enjoy my job because of the challenges it brings on a daily basis.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
I have good communication skills including the ability to communicate through Irish. I also have good I.T. skills as I have been encouraged to attend numerous training and development courses by my manager and H.R. Unit.