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Beware of 'Doctored' CVs

If you are hiring staff for the tourist season- then beware of the doctored CV.

A survey has claimed that two thirds of CVs received by employers contain lies or exaggerations.

The survey by CPL Job Market Monitor also revealed  that 80% of employers decide on a candidate’s viability for a job within five minutes of meeting them.

Given the competition for some jobs, it is perhaps no surprise that CVs become embellished — and the CPL survey findings illustrate why it might not be a good idea.

It found 65% of employers had discovered a candidate had falsified their experience on their applications.

CPL also says that many CV 'howlers' are rumbled by employers because the candidate has not properly researched the 'lies'.








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Topless Leo

What's this?- a topless Minister for Tourism.

Leo Varadkar must be the fittest ever Minister for Tourism. Not only does he participate in triathalons and road races, he also likes to get out of his Ministerial suit and dive into the pool.

Just this week he was doing lengths to encourage more people to go swimming.

Swim Ireland’s ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge’ is a swimming initiative set up to encourage people in Ireland to get back into the pool. Swim Ireland coaches have written swimming programmes that will enable those who can swim a little to swim a mile in just 12 weeks.

Free coaching sessions are available in a number of pools around the country. For more information log on to

And could our Leo be the next Taoiseach?

Well- remember where Enda started his Ministerial career.

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Bug Snacks in 'Pestaurant'

Rentokil, the pest-control company is encouraging people to sample edible grubs and insects in a pop-up 'Pestaurant'.

Snacks on offer will include salted weaver ants, barbecued mole crickets and chocolate-dipped worms.

As part of its 80th birthday celebrations, Rentokil Initial is hosting what it terms a pop-up ‘pestaurant’ in Killarney on 11th. May.

The company, which is the largest pest control outfit in the country, wants to highlight that insects are a viable food alternative.

Europe remains the only continent where edible insects don’t appear on regular menus. A number of different bodies, including the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, see insects as a viable solution to feeding the world’s rapidly growing population.

Many insects are rich in protein, zinc, calcium and iron while also being low in fat. They also have a high “feed conversion rate”, meaning they can be farmed using relatively little land, water and energy compared to livestock.


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Videos Make Hotel Stars

The choice by Oprah Winfrey, of a video of the song 'Happy' made in Donegal for her upcoming 'Special' illustrates just how effective quirky home-made videos can be.

It is now possible to make perfectly good videos with just a smartphone and a fairly steady hand and it is also easy to upload these videos to YouTube and other media sites. Most of the posted videos of course, are watched by only a handful of close friends, but occasionally they go 'viral' and attract millions of viewers.

Hotels, who now use social media extensively in their marketing programmes, could profit from making simple, humourous video clips and posting them on YouTube. They might involve chefs messing about in the kitchen, accommodation staff checking under beds for left items or fun in the garden. At worst they can be e-mailed to a customer database and there is always the chance of 'virality'- and maybe Oprah.

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Drive for Ireland

Failte Ireland is placing a heavy emphasis on motoring breaks this year as it launched the Wild Atlantic Way. A sponsored supplement in yesterday's 'Sunday Times' included a handy map of WAW which begins at the Old Head of Kinsale and runs all the way to Malin Head in Donegal. Along the way, Failte Ireland has identified 14 'Signature Discovery Points' of which three (Old Head of Kinsale, Mizen Head and Dursey Island) are in Cork, just one (Blaskets View) is in Kerry, two (Loop Head and Cliffs of Moher) are in Clare, one (Derrigimlagh- also surely the least known), is in Galway, three (Killary Harbour Keem Strand and Downpatrick Head) are in Mayo, one (Mullaghmore Head ) is in Sligo and three (Sliabh League, Fanad Head and Malin Head) are in Donegal.

Car hire companies and hoteliers are taking a keen interest in the route with hotels from various counties joining together to offer accommodation packages. I have yet to meet anyone who has driven the full route, but one intrepid motorist who went from Limerick to Mullaghmore tells me that in Winter it is difficult to find places for a coffee stop or lunch along much of WAW- but that will surely change once the seasonun gets under way.

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