Events Co-ordinator

Posted in Jobs on 08 February 2016

Newtown House Hotel 36-40 hours per week Events Co-ordinator £17K We are looking to recruit an events co-ordinator with 100% reliability and flexibility Days of work are mainly Monday-Friday but Events will have to be run by the successful candidate The successful candidate will be in control of conferences and events, such as parties and weddings, and will be extremely organized to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day. Based within the hotel, you will liaise with potential clients to show them how we can meet and exceed their needs. This will involve talking to them on the telephone as well as showing them around the hotel and meeting with them to confirm all the details of their event, you may also be required to meet and greet the clients on the day of their event. Your ability to build rapport with clients and your attention to detail to ensure nothing is missed will be essential to your success in this role. As this is a sales role you will be eager to spot opportunities and to offer additional products or services which will make all the difference to your client's conference or event’s success. You will also need to be computer literate and able to complete some of your own administration.

Please apply here.

London Super Comic Convention 2016

Posted in Events on 08 February 2016

London Super Comic Convention

Saturday, 20 February 2016 at 10:30 - Sunday, 21 February 2016 at 17:00 (GMT)


YPL Annual Masquerade Soiree 2016

Posted in Events on 08 February 2016

Cocktails, Live Music, DJ, Pre-Club Social + Heated Gardens

Young Professionals London

Saturday, 5 March 2016 at 19:45 - Sunday, 6 March 2016 at 03:00 (GMT)


Colour Conference 2016 London

Posted in Events on 08 February 2016

Hillsong Church London

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 9:30 PM (BST)


Top dos and don'ts for job interviews

Posted in News on 08 February 2016

As research suggests the first 12 words uttered are the most important, we look at why when it comes to job interviews it's the little things that really make a difference

Got a job interview coming up that is keeping you awake at night? Forget worrying about how you're going to answer the interviewer's questions and stop getting in a tizz over the formatting of your CV or the size of your portfolio. None of this really matters. New research suggests, rather, it's the first 12 words that come out of your mouth that will determine the outcome of any interview.

The study, which was carried out by the Resurgo Trust, found that the first impression created by small talk on the way to the interview room can shape whether employers view candidates in a positive or negative light.

The trust - a charity that helps disadvantaged young people into work - found that recruiters and employers judged people primarily on the quality of their small talk.

So if it's the first few words you say to the receptionist, or the way in which you greet your future boss that could make or break your interview, what other subtle changes should you make to secure your dream job?

We've taken a look at some top dos and don'ts in the dog-eat-dog world of job interviews.

Eye contact is key

Failing to make eye contact is an instant dealbreaker, according to careers website, which found in a survey of employers last year that 60% of interviewers think it is the most important thing you can do to make a positive impression.

Keeping your gaze averted could make you come across as feeling intimidated. So if you are someone who struggles to maintain eye contact even with people you know, why not practise your pitch in a mirror to make sure you keep your eyes front and your gaze confident.

If staring into their eyes is all too awkward (and, let's be honest, no one likes a starer) a good trick is to lower your eyes towards their nose. (Unless they've got a particularly unusual nose, in which case you might just offend them.)

The colour you wear could change everything

What you choose to wear communicates a lot about who you are and how you want others to see you. Indeed, some studies have shown that the colour you pick for an interview can determine how your future boss perceives you.

According to a survey produced by Career Builder, blue and black are the best colours to wear to an interview and orange is the worst.

Black apparently communicates "glamour, sophistication and exclusivity" and is generally seen as a colour that is taken seriously.

Grey says you are logical and analytical and can make you come across as independent, while white says you're organised, and brown says you're dependable.

Louder colours such as green, yellow and orange communicate that you are fun and creative, but it seems they don't necessarily inspire trust. So put that lairy purple shirt to the back of the wardrobe and pull out a nice navy number.

Your walking style says it all

The Telegraph's own Job Advice section recommends that when entering the interview room you give some consideration to your walk.

"As soon as you enter the building, your body language is being assessed. Walk tall with a straight back. It will make you look more confident when you go to enter the actual interview," it says.

Don't think about it too much though, or you'll end up with a limp that wouldn't look out of place in Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.

A bad handshake can be a dealbreaker

Much like a first date, a job interview can spiral into total disaster in a matter of minutes with a misjudged greeting.

If you try to go in for a hug and a kiss then, frankly, you've got bigger problems. But even a slightly weak handshake can spell the end of what could have gone on to be an otherwise good interview.

A strong - but not knuckle-breaking - handshake will show you are in control and eager to impress.

Be mindful of personal space

Make sure you are aware of the interviewer’s personal space, especially if you're prone to wild gesticulating.

It's fine to come across simply as animated by using your hands while talking, but try not to go over the top with it. Waving your hands around in close proximity to your interviewer may alarm them, so make sure you maintain a good distance.

In the same vein, try not to lean on the interviewer's desk. This could be seen as disrespectful and rather too casual for such a formal setting. Sit up straight in your chair and you'll come across as confident and interested in what the interviewer has to say.

Don't touch your ears or your nose

Are you secretly worrying about that bit on your CV where you said you spoke fluent French when actually you barely scraped a B at GCSE? Whatever you do, then, don't fidget with your ear lobes or wipe your nose. This can, apparently, imply that you might be lying.

In fact, fidgeting of any kind will make you look nervous, so keep your hands under control.


Why wage growth hasn't joined in the recovery

Posted in News on 08 February 2016

The UK appears to be in rather good nick. It has taken a long time, but many of the indicators of an economic recovery are now in place.

The economy is back at its pre-crisis size, even accounting for a larger population. The jobless rate is at its lowest in a decade, and the employment rate is at a record high.

However, wage growth, which once averaged more than 4pc a year, has averaged less than half that since the financial crisis.

At the beginning of last year, the Bank of England believed earnings would rise by an average of 3.5pc in 2015. In their most recent update, the central bank's economists recognised that the gains were likely to be below 2pc.

Kristen Forbes, one of the nine people responsible for setting the Bank of England’s rates, admitted in a recent speech that the forecasting models used by the central bank had “not been working very well”.

The disappointment is not felt just by economists, and the employees receiving meagre pay awards, but also by those hoping for interest rates to rise. The Bank of England has been waiting for inflation to kick off before it is willing to raise interest rates. Specifically, policymakers want to see evidence that it is returning towards their 2pc target for inflation.

It is has long been thought that as the number of people looking for work falls, wages will have to rise, and in turn, so will prices. This process is the erosion of “spare capacity” in the jargon, ensuring that all those who want to work do so, and leaving as few resources unemployed as possible.

Mark Carney, the Bank of England’s Governor, has ruled out an imminent interest rate rise, explaining that he wishes to see “growth momentum” that will erode this spare capacity.

The UK central bank has relied on the so-called “Phillips curve”, a relationship between unemployment and inflation, to determine when inflationary pressures will arise. Several factors seem to have weakened this relationship, as the impact of a fall in joblessness on inflation has dulled.

Many explanations have been put forward. The Bank of England has described structural shifts in the UK’s jobs markets. We are working later in life, and longer hours, for instance. To a lesser extent, rising migration has also dampened overall pay growth. These might account for knocking a percentage point off total wage growth, central bank staff have said.

It has even been suggested that the crisis has left long-lasting scars on younger employees, who have become hesitant to ask for a pay rise, never having got into the habit of demanding a better deal.

While Forbes believes that the British jobs market has now “largely returned to normality”, one of her predecessors is less than convinced. David Blanchflower, who once served on the MPC, dismisses the aforementioned structural shifts.

“If your employer thinks you are going to leave, they’re going to give you a pay rise,” he says. However, people aren’t quitting their jobs, seemingly because they realise that there is not an abundance of preferable jobs available.

Blanchflower argues, alongside University of Stirling professor David Bell, that it is not the jobless rate that matters, but the still high level of UK underemployment. This adds in those who say they want to work fewer hours, and the greater numbers who say they want more.

Pre-2008, underemployment and unemployment tracked each other closely. However, since the global downturn struck, they have diverged, as there are not as many hours to go around as workers would like. Blanchflower says that this failure is responsible for weak wage growth.

Now an economics professor at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Blanchflower believes that underemployment is the measure of slack the MPC should be considering.

Economists also believe that globalisation has helped to keep wage growth low. As goods and people have been able to move more freely, domestic conditions have taken a back seat in determining inflation’s speed. Movements in inflation ripple freely across the globe, unlike in the past.

Traditionally, an employer facing a tight jobs market might be forced to pay higher wages to hire and retain staff. That same employer can now more readily attract workers to the UK, or to set up operations in another country, where lower wages might be paid, helping to keep a lid on inflation.

As such, the problem is not unique to the UK. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has said that in a world of very low inflation, cheaper energy prices could have pernicious “second round effects” in the euro area.

Goldman Sachs describes momentum in eurozone wage growth as “soggy”. It warned that cheap commodities and inflation might feed into the expectations of wage-setting firms, such that “a ratcheting-down of inflation could take hold”.

All this means the Bank of England may face difficulties if it wants wage growth at the sort of levels necessary to achieve its inflation target Blanchflower believes that real wages, rather than beginning to rise, will be weaker in the months to come, as inflation rebounds from near-zero.

The Bank of England is more optimistic. It believes that average wage growth will gather pace to 3pc this year, or just over 2pc after inflation. We can only hope that it will be right this time around.


Google to go beyond Cardboard and is prepping a new branded VR headset

Posted in News on 08 February 2016

Google is planning a robust, branded successor to its cheap and cheerful Cardboard VR headset with a solid plastic casing and VR capabilities baked into Android that could raise the ante significantly against Facebook’s Oculus and Samsung’s Gear VR.

The key to the success of virtual reality (VR) is getting the technology out of the novelty zone and into the hands of as many consumers as possible with compelling and useful apps that bring VR to life.

Unfortunately, the first Oculus Rift is available for pre-order at the hefty price of $599, which will be out of the reach of most potential users.

The Gear VR, a collaboration between Samsung and Oculus, went on sale last year for around $100.

But ultimately VR headsets are most likely to be given away as deal-sweeteners for smartphone buyers and this is where Google comes in.

Up until now it has proven that engaging in VR experiences doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg and with its Cardboard project has even given consumers the knowledge to make their own headsets if they wish.

Cardboard relies on the sensors in smartphones to do the work while the more expensive Gear VR uses extra motion sensors as well as the phone to enhance the experience.

According to the Financial Times, Google plans to improve the quality of the mobile VR experience by embedding new software in the Android operating system rather than relying on a traditional app.

The benefit of this is that it could reduce the amount of latency.

Go-go Google goggles

So far Google is understood to have shipped more than 5m units of Cardboard.

But as we go into 2016 – agreed by all as the pivotal first year of the VR revolution – expect things to step up a gear.

The new solid plastic Google VR headset is slated for release later this year and unlike the Gear VR which works with only a handful of Samsung devices, will work with a broader range of smartphones.

Let the VR wars begin!


2,775 jobs announced in January as 2016 starts with a bang

Posted in News on 08 February 2016

The drive in STEM professions shows no sign of slowing up in Ireland, with 2,775 jobs announced around the country in January, covering everything from app making to medtech.

When recruiters are hiring in big numbers, you know employee figures are in for a significant rise. And so, with Ennis-based health recruiter TTM looking to fill 500 positions over the next five years, times are good.

Dublin was the main beneficiary for jobs in January, with the likes of Oracle (450), Accenture (250), Credit Suisse (100), Boxever (100), Equifax (100), MTT (70), Shaw Academy (40), DMI (34), Surgacoll (25), Transpoco (20) and Oneview (15) making big announcements.

Jobs in Ireland

But there were also major announcements outside of the capital. Global payments giant First Data is to locate 300 new jobs at a major R&D facility in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

A merger between two technology companies in Galway has seen a new entity, Intuity, announce plans for a 100-strong expansion of its workforce.

Elsewhere, French environmental services group Veolia is targeting significant growth nationwide in Ireland, announcing 300 jobs as we “transition to a low-carbon economy”.

The jobs announced in January include:



5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get Rich

Posted in News on 08 February 2016

Why do the rich keep getting richer? Most of the time, it’s not because of luck. It’s not because of the family they were born into. It’s not because they won the lottery.

Wealthy people simply do things differently.

It may not seem fair, but the fact is the “income gap” is increasing and most financial experts only see this trend continuing with no end in sight.

In preparation for this column, I sat down with someone who knows far more wealthy people than I will likely ever meet: Jeff Rose. Rose is a certified financial planner, author and blogger at, as well as a millionaire himself, who dedicates a good portion of his time to helping people become, and stay, wealthy.

I asked Rose why he thought the income gap was growing. He mentioned five primary things that wealthy people simply do differently than the rest of the world. Here are those five, in no particular order.

1. They take risks.

Rose explains that the wealthiest people he works with routinely “throw spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.” In other words, they try a lot of different things, knowing that a lot of it will fail.

They take those risks because they know that failure is just part of the process in discovering what will truly work to build more wealth. Furthermore, as Rose explains, the rejection of those ideas invigorates the wealthy into finding what will work, a stark contrast to most of the population that simply looks at failure as a road block. 

2. They invest in themselves.

According to Rose, “wealthy people don’t look at the money spent on personal growth as an expense, but an investment.” 

While many individuals conserve every penny equally, the wealthy understand that strategically investing in themselves will produce a far greater return than any stock, real-estate investment or business venture.

Whether it’s purchasing a book, hiring a coach, joining a paid mastermind group or another source of paid self-improvement, the wealthy see this as an investment. Do you?

3. They associate with those they want to emulate.

When the human body gets too hot, it produces sweat in an attempt to cool down. When it becomes too cold, it shivers to produce heat. In other words, the human body is constantly adapting to keep its temperature at the same comfortable spot. This automatic leveling is a biological process known as homeostasis and is found in numerous aspects of life.

From human biology to the temperature of the earth to a car’s cruise control to the thermostat in your house, homeostasis is a fact of life that governs nearly every aspect of your existence. And, as the wealthy have discovered, homeostasis can also be a powerful way to build wealth.

As Rose stated bluntly to me, “If you want to be rich, hang around rich people.”

Or as financial TV personality Dave Ramsey often says, “if there are four broke people in a room, you’ll be the fifth.”

Wealthy people have discovered that they can grow their wealth simply by associating with those who are even more wealthy. Humans pick up the habits and strategies of those in their immediate surroundings, and the wealthy have learned to use this homeostasis to their advantage.

4. They have a dedicated morning ritual.

While most of the world is hitting the snooze button 14 times in a row each morning, the wealthy have already begun increasing their net worth.

“Most of the multi-millionaires I know have a dedicated routine, a ritual, that they do each and every morning,” Rose says.

This morning ritual could include exercise, affirmations, goal reviews, breakfast or whatever else helps them start their days with a bang. They start strong, accomplishing more before noon than more people accomplish in a week.

For those struggling to get started each morning on the right foot, Rose recommends two books:

In my own life, I've found this truth incredibly powerful. Since instituing a morning routine, I've quadrupled my income, written and published a bestselling real-estate investing book, lost 10 pounds, bought my dream house and deepened my relationship with my wife. Not bad for just a few minutes each morning of dedicated routine. 

5. They review their goals consistently.

Finally, according to Rose, the rich have clearly defined goals and continually review them to track their progress, make changes and develop strategies for meeting those goals. This process of immediate feedback allows the wealthy to make quick changes to their plans to keep the course in a rapidly-changing world.

While most of the human population gives little to no thought on their futures, the wealthy are reminded daily of where they are headed. Like a family taking a cross-country trip in their minivan, the rich have their road map spread out on the dashboard so they can navigate the fastest, easiest route to their destinations.

Rose admits that the wealth gap is far more complicated than a simple “five-point blog post.” However, he continually witnesses these five traits guiding the lives of those who are getting richer and has used them in his own life to create multiple businesses and build some serious wealth himself.

These five actions create a positive-feedback loop that will continue to make the rich richer, and there's no sign of that ceasing. The good news is, however, these five actions are all things that the average American can put into practice today. Will you?


How to Break Free of a SEO Nightmare

Posted in Tips on 29 January 2016

We all know SEO is critically vital to online growth and prosperity. Without the means for folks to find your offerings, your site is dead in the digital water. Businesses need to find a way to leverage Google in a way that brings meaningful results.

Many businesses enter the SEO game only to find their dreams of rocketing to Google’s front page have descended into an all-out SEO nightmare. Having a website that lands in Google’s third or fourth page of results has led to many business owners in a constant state of stress. And the truth is, some give up if they can’t win the game.

To help alleviate such SEO night terrors, here are five elements to bail you out of a horrific SEO situation.

1. Optimized Keywords

Keywords are one of the biggest determining factors to where a business lands in the SERPs. If you are trying to rank for words like ‘cars,’ ‘shoes,’ or other generic terms, you are likely getting slaughtered. Keywords like this simply have too much competition, especially for smaller businesses.

In today’s age, where Google’s voice-to-text search function is used frequently, especially for mobile users, long-tailed keywords have become a fundamental instrument in producing the results you crave. Long-tailed keywords are much more specific than the general terms and are typically comprised of three to four keywords. Instead of trying to rank for shoes, you might try ‘red high-heel stilettos’ or something similar. Visitors to pages that utilize more specific phrases like these are more likely to make a purchase because they know exactly what they are looking for.

In addition to optimizing your keywords, be sure to implement your new long-tailed friends in your page titles, header tags, and meta descriptions. This will help Google’s bots understand the content on your page and determine your site’s relevance for any given search. And be sure to double check your robots.txt file to verify you are not preventing the G bots from crawling important pages; this could be detrimental to your SEO efforts.

2. The Might of Mobile 

This is a point that is continually covered and discussed, yet many business owners are still brushing off the wisdom. Mobile is a huge element to winning the SEO game. With the changes Google implemented in Mobilegeddon, the search giant now favors those who are mobile optimized over those who aren’t. This had such a major impact in the weeks following the update that sites optimized for mobile received an 11 percent increase overall.

Mobile devices are now used more often to conduct searches than desktops and have become completely ubiquitous in modern society. It is simply not acceptable for websites to not be accessible and responsive to various screen sizes. If you haven’t implemented a mobile strategy, make this your top priority. If you have but you are not seeing the results you would like, run a mobile-friendly test and see where your site needs improvements.

3. Your Need for Speed

There are few things worse than building a gorgeous website, producing outstanding content, and really honing in on your user experience, only to fall flat when it comes to page load times.

If your site is not pulling up in just a couple of seconds you are missing out on loads of opportunity, revenue, and chances for ranking increases. Every second your page takes to load, abandonment rates climb. It is absolutely necessary that your site loads in a flash for you to establish the rankings you strive to achieve. Determine what elements of your site are loading perfectly, what is too big, and what is just dragging you down. You can analyze your websites page load time with Google’s PageSpeed Insight Tool or HubSpot’s Website Grader.

4. Consistently Killer Content

As always, content is your greatest ally in the SEO battle. Producing unique, relevant, informative and useful content is one of the single biggest factors to gaining a leg up in SEO. By consistently producing stellar copy, you are helping to drive brand awareness, visitors to your site, conversions and establishing yourself as a thought-leader in your niche.

It has been proven that websites who publish at least four blogs a week receive substantially more traffic than those who don’t. Use tools like Buzzsumo to help establish some of the top trending content in your niche and help bolster your views. Once you have produced that amazing content, spread it everywhere; on your site, on various social sites, on other blogs you may have connections with. Try to get your content to reach as far as possible because this will be a massive help to ending that SEO horror-fest.

5. Test Repeatedly

So you have everything up to par now and you are good to just sit back, right? Wrong. As long as you have an online presence you need to constantly be testing the various elements to your website to see what works best, what still needs to change, and what just needs some minor tweaks. Conduct A/B tests to see if different versions of your site are more effective than its current incarnation, try different layout and widgets; experiment with everything. Your website should constantly grow and evolve right alongside your business. The Internet is an ever-changing place; your website should be too.

While SEO can sometimes seem scarier than a Stephen King novel, once you understand the most important factors and how to improve your situation, the fear begins to diminish. We fear what we don’t know, and if you get to know SEO in an intimate way, you will hold all the power you need to succeed.


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