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Enterprise Ireland must think it has a jobs board?

Someone was quite imaginative in Enterprise Ireland and have decided to put an end into the growing problems of Irish start-ups. How to stimulate growth and rapid expansion? If you can hire new staff easily it will help!

To enable this hyper-growth of Irish start-up the Enterprise Ireland have decided to help them do just that – by creating a jobs board! Like his country doesn’t have enough of them. And guess what – vast majority of them are struggling.

its_happening_hereIT’s Happening Here – is the Enterprise Ireland’s answer to the recruitment and staffing problems in Ireland. A job board. But not just like any other job board guys…

Enterprise Ireland is a state-funded company, so they had funds (yours and mine tax pays that) to make it done right. So unlike all the Irish jobs sites that popped up in the last years and failed to get any traction Enterprise Ireland did it very differently. They made sure their job site will stand out!

And it does. One of the features stands out more than the rest actually and it’s the:


Yes since they are not for profit they can do anything they want with their price. But here is the interesting twist. No, they didn’t make it free to use. Not, that would not really make a good story. They made the job site that is the most expensive!

€500 to advertise a job on Enterprise Ireland web site!

And guess what, they are not even sure if that includes VAT or not. Seriously. I asked. I was told that if I proceed with the registration it will tell me then.

God Bless Enterprise Ireland! What would we be without them…

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Good news for job seekers. The government has launched the new initiative officially called National Intenrnship Scheme that in their own words will provide a work experience placements for interns for 6 or 9 month period. There is 5000 placements available and they are paid by the government €50 a week on top of their social welfare entitlement.

The web site shows the Participating Organisations: Air Lingus, ISME, BT, HP, Enterprise Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Quinn Group, Glanbia, Coillte, PWC, Mercury Group, 3, IBEC, KPMG, Accenture, Smurfit Mappa Group, Arthur Cox, Dawn Farms, Glen Dimplex Group, ESB, Hertz, Matheson Ormsby Prentice. All respective names, and we wish to see more taking part.

Today is the first day where the internships are being advertised and there is one advertised already. The first advertised Internship on is:

On line Marketing Executive
Candidates will gain experience in customer service, online social media marketing eg Facebook, Twitter; IT and admin skills.
Skills Requirements
A flair and enthusiasm for the learner skills as cited above are the person specifications sought in this business.

It is not 100% clear who is really advertising this internship on the web site. There is no button to apply for this job – and send a CV or an application. There only clue on who is actually advertising this role is a small box on a side that reads: “In writing with CV to Ms. B.Shannon / HR, Detail LTD, J3 Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co Kildare.”

It really will be a poor visitors experience if one cannot apply for an internship online, but has to post the application? One actually wonders what kind of experience will the candidate gain from an organisation looking for an intern in online social media marketing and customer service if the application process is offline? Let’s how those are just the initial internal glitches with the web site and that those will be ironed out soon. It really does not reflect the advertising organisations well when the applicants are forced to go offline for the application for the internship (for On line Marketing Executive internship especially!).

I really hope the National Internship Scheme and its web site will help not only the 5000 future interns and the companies taking them, but the whole country. Getting 5000 unemployed people utilise their skills, and developing their skills in the work environment can only have a positive effect on the economy.

Will be the thing that will bring our Celtic Tiger back? I really think we would all be happy if it does!