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11 May

Are you looking for a job in Cork? - Free Job Seekers Workshop with EazyCity

Thursday, 18th May 2017
3pm
112 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork
EazyCity Cork office 

If you just arrived in Cork it’s normal to have plenty of questions about how to look for a job, the  Irish tax system, taxes you might need to pay or  the format in which your CV should be presented to prospective employers. Finding a job in Ireland is different to the procedures in other countries such as Italy, Spain or France.
We want to make  it easier and help you as much as we can!   

EazyCity are happy to announce our first free Job Seekers Workshop in Cork for those of  you looking for a job in the city. 

Now finding a job in Cork won’t be a problem anymore! 

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Tips on how to create a professional CV and Cover Letter
  • Tips on how to apply for documents eg  PPSN (Personal Public Service Number) - essential to work in Ireland
  • How to open a Bank Account in Ireland
  • How to get the best results from  job search engines (keywords, notifications...etc)
  • How to build a professional LinkedIn profile
  • General guidelines for an outstanding interview!
  • General info about  the Irish system
  • Current vacancies in Cork
  • FAQ

Come to our EazyCity Cork office and meet our Job Plan Assistant, Silvia Puddu.  Silvia will provide expert advice on CV preparation, job application letters, or tips on the best sites to find jobs! 

Please note there are just 8 spaces available for this workshop. To confirm your place, please just send an email to cork@eazycity.com or a private message on our Facebook page

What if you can’t attend our first workshop? Just drop us an email and we will let you of further upcoming dates! 

You won't want to miss this event!

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12 Dec

Groups Project Coordinator – Italian/English

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is motivated, highly organised and resilient.  The position of Groups Project Coordinator is vital to the smooth and successful running of the business and is a key role within the company expansion plans.

The Company

EazyCity is a local point of reference to welcome people arriving to a new city; our friendly and professional team provide a comprehensive range of flexible solutions for accommodation, employment services, study and social activities. EazyCity also operates outbound language study & work travel programs worldwide.

Founded in 2004 by Enrico Zoppi & Julia Lynes, EazyCity now has welcome branches in Cork, Dublin, Galway & London with a further 4 branches in Italy & Spain.

At EazyCity our team works as a family! We fully support the development of our team members offering educational & training courses to improve skills as well as ongoing in-house training to ensure our team are the best they can be. We support & respect each other and we all work hard to ensure EazyCity is a great environment to work in.  

The Position

The Groups Project Coordinator will work as part of the Groups Project Team reporting directly to the Groups Project Manager. This is a contract position for 9 months initially with a view to extending this. The Groups Project Coordinator will help to manage various aspects of large international student groups coming to Ireland & UK predominantly from Italy.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Planning for the groups requirements in advance of arrival
  • Sourcing work experience placements in local companies
  • Sourcing options for accommodation, meals, transport etc in line with strict budgets
  • Booking language courses, cultural activities and tours
  • Developing and recording clear, accurate schedules and itineraries for group stays
  • Assisting the core teams in managing large groups of students (approximate age 17-20) into Ireland & UK
  • Welcoming the groups on arrival and acting as a point of reference throughout their stay
  • Travelling to different locations within Ireland & UK to be on-site with groups
  • Ensuring a smooth running of each project through excellent communication, regular feedback and quick resolution of any issues
  • Completing detailed paperwork for the groups stay in line with EU grant requirements

Other

  • You may be required to provide general administrative support to others within the company from time to time

The Person

  • The ideal candidate will possess the following traits and skills:
  • Previous experience in a similar role will be considered an advantage
  • Strong focus on attention to detail
  • Experience working on projects i.e. delivering on timelines, budgets and working with cross-department teams
  • Outstanding organisation and communication skills
  • Proficient user of MS Office and internet
  • ‘Can-do’ attitude with a focus always on the solution never on the problem!
  • Works well under pressure
  • Fluent English & Italian (Verbal and written skills)
  • Highly organised, punctual and responsible
  • Team player
  • Flexible, committed and passionate about delivering impeccable results in each task
  • Always looking for ways to improve in order for the Company to be more efficient and in turn deliver better service to our customers and partners 
  • Salary is negotiable depending on experience, motivation and drive! Benefits include training workshops, team-building activities, social events and more!

START DATE

This position is open for a start in early 2017 so if you think you have what it takes to take up this new role, contact us today!

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th December 2016.

 

Please send your CV and motivation letter to julia@eazycity.com
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28 Oct

Volunteering for Halloween

If you’re very excited of the perspective of Halloween you probably find that time is very long. In that case you should just try to do some activities with a full schedule and avoid being bored. What can be more fun than to wait for Halloween by participating in a Halloween Festival ? The Dragon of Shandon Parade is a festival that occurs every year in Cork, expanding as more volunteers participate in this project each time.

The Cork Community Art Link is developing this project and asks for more volunteers to help to make costumes, masks, the Dragon itself and to participate in the Parade this 31st of october. No experience is required, there will be professionals to teach you how to create the costumes and the masks, you will also be able to help to create giant puppets or to take part in street performance on the day of the parade, the only thing you need is motivation. You will go to IAWS building in Albert Quay to join the other volunteers and make this event a really good one.

Join the Dragon of Shandon Parade by calling the Cork Volunteer Centre on 021 425 1572 and be a part of this morbid (yet funny) festival.

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24 Oct

Welcome Team Internship positions – Spanish and Italian speakers

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is motivated, customer-focused, organised, and loves working with people. This is a 6 month unpaid internship, with the possibility of leading to a paid position for the right candidate at the end of this time period. Paid accommodation in a twin room is included with the internship, and a €10 monthly top up for your mobile phone.

Locations: Cork and Dublin  

The Company

EazyCity is a local point of reference to welcome people arriving to a new city; our friendly and professional team provide a comprehensive range of flexible solutions for accommodation, employment services, study and social activities.

Founded in 2004 by Enrico Zoppi & Julia Lynes, EazyCity now has welcome branches in Cork, Dublin & London with further international cities opening in 2016.

At EazyCity our team works as a family! We fully support the development of our team members offering educational & training courses to improve skills as well as ongoing in-house training to ensure our team are the best they can be. We support & respect each other and we all work hard to ensure EazyCity is a great environment to work in.  

The Position

The tasks included in this position are as follows:

  • Working closely as part of the Welcome team
  • Working under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Assisting the team and manager in the weekly tasks including, client check-ins/check-outs, welcome packs, emails, appointments etc.
  • Keeping important company files up to date
  • Meeting and greeting new clients (often during the evenings and weekends)
  • Preparing rooms in advance of clients arrival
  • Ensuring company standards are maintained
  • Checking new clients into and out of their accommodation
  • Answering the telephone and taking messages
  • Taking rent payments (cash handling)
  •  Dealing with customer issues and improving the customer experience at all times

The Person

  • The ideal candidate will possess the following traits and skills:
  • Motivated and with mountains of energy!
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment under pressure!
  • Has an understanding of the importance of providing excellent customer service and a warm, friendly environment for new clients
  • An excellent communicator
  • ‘Can-do’ attitude with a focus always on the solution never on the problem
  • Flexible, committed and passionate – we expect all our team members to be fully committed to their work and to always go the extra mile for the customer even if that means working late in the evening or on weekends or last-minute changes to the work schedule – that is the nature of our business
  • Fluent English along with another language (Spanish, Italian, French or Portuguese)
  • Additional languages are an advantage 

The Details 

The general working hours of this position are 5 days per week between Monday-Sunday from 9.00 – 18.00. The ideal candidate will instinctively know when it’s necessary for them to work extra hours as the branch should be treated like it is your own business. At EazyCity our customers are our prime focus and they always come first!

These internships are open for an immediate start so if you think you have what it takes to take up this exciting opportunity, contact us today!

Please send your CV and motivation letter in English to jennifer@eazycity.com

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24 Oct

Accounts Internship Position - EazyCity

This is a great opportunity for a motivated person who wants to be part of a dynamic young company which is currently expanding operations in Ireland, UK, Italy and Spain!

The suitable candidate will be friendly, outgoing, flexible, a good team player, responsible, well-organised and with a keen attention to detail. The tasks included in this position include: 

The Company

 EazyCity is a local point of reference to welcome people arriving to a new city; our friendly and professional team provide a comprehensive range of flexible solutions for accommodation, employment services, study and social activities.

Founded in 2004 by Enrico Zoppi & Julia Lynes, EazyCity now has welcome branches in Cork, Dublin & London with further international cities opening in 2016.

At EazyCity our team works as a family! We fully support the development of our team members offering educational & training courses to improve skills as well as ongoing in-house training to ensure our team are the best they can be. We support & respect each other and we all work hard to ensure EazyCity is a great environment to work in. 

Location: Cork

The Position

The tasks included in this position are as follows:

  • Creating invoices for all 3 branches
  • Updating debtors statements and associated files
  • Updating cash flow files for all 3 branches
  • Sending updated statements to debtors
  • Liaising with customers re payments
  • Completing end of month accounts
  • Reconciling bank accounts
  • Reconciling nominal ledger accounts
  • Creating reports
  • Use of Sage system
  • E-folio

The candidate will be required to work generally from Monday – Friday 09.30 – 17.30 / 10.00 – 18.00.

This is an unpaid internship position with immediate start for a period of 6 months.                                        

Shared room accommodation will be provided and paid for by the company for the duration of the internship. 

Please send your CV and motivation letter to jennifer@eazycity.com

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24 Jun

Property Assistant Internship at EazyCity Cork

This is a great opportunity for a motivated person who wants to be part of a dynamic young company which is currently expanding operations in Ireland and the UK! This an unpaid 6 month internship role that might progress to a paid position for the right candidate.

The suitable candidate will be well-organized, flexible, a good team player, responsible and good with people. The tasks included in this position include:

  • Working closely as part of a small team in particular as a support to the Property Co-ordinator
  • Working under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Timely and detailed updating of Trello system with maintenance problems
  • Liaising with property coordinator on inspections on completion of inspections
  • Ordering and delivering of house supplies eg. Bulbs, linen, drain un-blocker, kitchen supplies
  • Notifying tenants in advance of maintenance and inspection calls
  • Assisting with maintenance updates
  • Woking with the property coordinator to update tenants regarding maintenance
  • New house preparation (furniture, posters, transfer of bills etc.
  • Assisting with contacting Landlords / contractors re maintenance and follow up
  • Assisting Welcome Team with check in and check out as required

The candidate will be required to work 5 days per week, Monday to Friday. Exceptionally you will be required to work on evenings and weekends.

This is an unpaid internship position. Shared room accommodation will be provided and paid for by the company for the duration of the internship. 

Ideally candidates will be available to the 19th of August 2016 and have a fluent level of English (additional languages would be an advantage).

Please forward your CV and cover letter for consideration to jennifer@eazycity.com before Friday, the 19th of August 2016.

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23 Jun

Why you should experience life as a Hospitality Intern in the Sunshine State.

Florida welcomed an estimated 29.8 million tourist in January through March of 2016. Tourism and hospitality are a lifeblood industry in Southwest Florida and there are all sorts of positions to be filled every year.  Bartenders, servers, hosts, chefs, front desk housekeeping, the list is endless!

When I arrived in Miami I began job hunting online straight away, with its buzzing night life, beaches lined with luxury hotels and rentals, and restaurants there was no shortage of employment in the city.  A relative of mine living in the area happened to know a guy, who knew a guy, that owned a bar not too far from where I was living in Miami shores and  I jumped at the opportunity and took the position of bartender and server . (They use the word server rather than waiter/waitress)

A first the locals struggled to understand my Irish accent and I also had to work hard to understand what they were saying, ordering or even what they meant; a Cubano, Conch Fritters , Civiche, huh?? I soon became familiar with all these delicious American dishes (if anything a bit too familiar), and although sometimes Americans found my accent difficult, the minute they worked out I was Irish they were fascinated! Been Irish in America is your lucky charm.  Almost every American I came across seemed to be spell bound by our little green isle and had an aunt, grandfather, ancestor, cat or dog from somewhere in the country and to be sure some will ask you about the leprechauns! Although we take our country for granted at times, going abroad makes you realise how lucky we are.

Working in the hospitality industry, you will have opportunities to meet many people and make many friends both colleagues and customers.  Been a newbie in town, I was made feel so welcome and many locals offered to take me out and show me around.  When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Step outside your comfort zone and get friendly with some locals.  They know their city better than anyone else and they will show you the best places to eat shop, see and enjoy. One of my favourite memories was hopping on the back of my local friend’s scooter and touring the city.  The warm breeze, sunshine beaming down, streets lined with palm trees, old art deco building, people whizzing by on rollerblades, life was pretty sweet and  Miami was exactly like how it was in the movies and left me mesmerized.

Another great thing about working in the hospitality industry in Florida is that you are in Florida! With a warm, sunny climate all year round, days off have never looked so good. Arts, culture, adventure activities, beaches, Florida has it all covered.  You will never run of entertainment.  With so much to do, you’ll be glad to have your job to fund your social life.
Although you may be a little surprised to see the minimum wage is lower than what we receive here in Ireland, it’s all about your tips in the US.  You could live off your tips alone and you never have to worry about surviving from pay cheque to pay cheque.  If you r a good worker and are polite and friendly your guaranteed to go home with money in your back pocket every night

If living in Florida, is not on your bucket list already, than it certainly needs to be.

Adam Karlin, Lonely Planet, Travel Writer says,

“We come to Florida to let go – of worries and winter, of inhibitions and reality. Some desire a beachy getaway of swimming, seafood and sunsets. Others seek the hedonism of South Beach, spring break and Key West. Still more hope to lose themselves within the magical realms of Walt Disney World and Orlando's theme parks”

What will your work abroad experience in Florida be for you? There’s only one way to find out

Aoife O'Neill

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09 Jun

Junior Book Keeper Internship Position at EazyCity Cork

This is a great opportunity for a motivated person who wants to be part of a dynamic company which is currently expanding its operations globally.

The suitable candidate will be friendly, a good team player, responsible, well-organised and detail-oriented with experience in accountancy and/or bookkeeping.

The Company

EazyCity is a local point of reference to welcome people arriving to a new city; our friendly and professional team provide a comprehensive range of flexible solutions for accommodation, employment services, study and social activities.

Founded in 2004 by Enrico Zoppi & Julia Lynes, EazyCity now has welcome branches in Cork, Dublin & London with further international developments in 2016.

At EazyCity our team works as a family! We fully support the development of our team members offering educational & training courses to improve skills as well as ongoing in-house training to ensure our team are the best they can be. We support & respect each other and we all work hard to ensure EazyCity is a great environment to work in.

The Position

  • Working as part of the Finance Team in our headquarters in Cork
  • Bookkeeping duties
  • Recording of payments from various sources, the recording of receipts from various sources such as credit card receipts, bank receipts, Paypal etc.
  • Nominal ledger reconciliations, balance sheet reconciliations, bank reconciliations, cash reconciliations, reconciling debtor and creditor statements; analysis and reports.
  • Assisting senior team with month end processes and reports
  • General administrative tasks as required by the company

The Person

The ideal candidate will possess the following traits and skills:

  • Strong focus on attention to detail and outstanding organisation skills
  • Highly organised and ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines whilst delivering quality results
  • ‘Can-do’ attitude with a focus always on the solution never on the problem
  • Pro-active approach to work with ability to show initiative
  • Flexible, committed and passionate about delivering impeccable results in each task
  • Knowledge of month end adjustments and double entry
  • 1 years accounting / book-keeping experience is essential for this role
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office package in particular Excel
  • Experience working with accountancy software eg SAGE, E-FOLIO
  • Fluency in English
  • Experience working in-house in the accounts department of an SME a distinct advantage
  • Excellent communication skills

The Details

The general working hours of this position are 5 days per week from 9.30 – 17.30 / 18.00.

This is an unpaid internship for 3 months, after which it will be reviewed for a full-time paid position. Shared room accommodation will be provided and paid for by the company for the duration of the internship.

This position is open for an immediate start so if you think you have what it takes to take up this exciting and demanding role, contact us today!

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th of June 2016.

Candidates must be available to start immediately, with an Upper Intermediate level of English.

Please send your CV and motivation letter to jennifer@eazycity.com. 

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03 Jun

Ryan O'Leary, from West Cork tells us why Cape Cod is never far from his mind

Hi there, my name is Ryan O’Leary and I’m going to tell you a bit about the incredible time I had in America last year.

I spent two months of the summer of 2015 on a J1 visa in Hyannis, the main town in Cape Cod which is under two hours from Boston. Six of us lived in one house for most of the summer and then a second house for a few weeks before leaving Cape Cod. Where can I even begin when trying to put into words just how great America was?

I arrived a little bit later than the rest of my gang because I had been studying in Spain as part of my university degree from September 2014 until June 2015. However, I arrived in America on the 4th of July, an absolutely perfect day to arrive. I may have been incredibly jetlagged but it didn’t stop me joining the rest of the crew in watching the fireworks from a local beach and celebrating Independence Day as if we were locals.

Cape Cod was the perfect place to call home for nearly two months. Beautiful beaches, tourists from all over the country, it was a great place to be in summertime.

Five of us worked with a moving company, helping American folks move houses, while one of my friends worked with Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a great time working with local Americans, meeting different families every day and immersing ourselves in the culture. It was tough work but our nights were free to go and enjoy ourselves, whether that was a few drinks with the lads from work, a game of soccer in the park on Main Street, or a big house party to celebrate Conor McGregor’s UFC victory!

Our time in Cape Cod absolutely flew by and, before we knew it, we were leaving to do some travelling. I actually visited Boston twice, once to visit cousins and once with some friends. It’s such a nice city; pretty big but surprisingly laidback with plenty of parks in which to relax and soak up the fine summer weather. There’s a lot to see and do; if you’re a fan of museums or sport then it’s perfect.

One other destination I made sure not to miss out on was good ol’ New York City. It has been said many times, but the city really does never sleep. It’s a melting pot filled with culture, history, and some of the absolute best food that money can buy. I spent three nights and two days there, visiting sights such as Central Park, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Top of the Rockefeller Centre (a bit of advice, definitely go to the Mean Fiddler Irish Bar near Times Square, it’s unbelievable!). However, I know that there’s at least one thousand other things I could do if I went back there. It’s amazing, and it was a fitting final weekend in America before flying back to Cork in late August.

Honestly, everybody should go to America sometime. Since I left last summer, I’ve almost constantly thought about my next opportunity to go there. Each state is so different from the other, there is never a shortage of things to see and do. My two months flew by and, although I did do some travelling, there is so much more I want to experience there. Going to America was one of the very best decisions I ever made, and I know that going there will also be one of the very best decisions you ever make. Go for it.

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09 May

How Travel can boost your career skills and develop you as a professional

After three years of studying Early Childhood Care and Education, my college days at UCC had finally come to an end and it was time to enter the real world.  Where to start?  Where to go?  What to do?

It was the beginning of summer and although I knew it was time to put my degree to use and start planning a career, I couldn’t shake the idea that I needed to broaden my horizons and explore the world.  I felt grown up but I also felt young and knew I had a lot to learn yet.

The saying, ‘The world is a book, and those that do not travel read only one page’,   rang clear in my mind and I knew I wanted to read the entire book!  My mind was made up and within a few weeks, I had my J1 visa and was on a flight to Miami to begin my American adventure. 

Arriving in Miami was certainly a culture shock. Everything was so different and new to me. Although it was daunting at the start, when I finally got the hang of the bus route, ordering my coffee in Spanish like a local at the Cuban café or going to gigs with people I had only met that day, I began to feel an over whelming sense of independence and a love and acceptance for everything that was different. 

Although traveling won’t change you overnight or make you into an entirely different person, it does help you grow and has many benefits. The skills that are acquired and improved while abroad, whether it is a six-month backpacking trip or a J1 work experience, are just as important as any past jobs you may have had and here’s why:

Time Management

 From catching trains and planes, trying to see all the sites in a big city, or exploring a country in a few weeks, traveling, like work, involves prioritizing, setting goals and calculation. Just as it is true for any job, time used wisely when traveling can improve your trip experience and make you a better planner.

Social and communication skills

Perhaps one of the most crucial and valued skills on the job market are “people” skills, which include the ability to relate to others, to negotiate well, and to work with people of different backgrounds. Interacting with people from different corners of the world will undoubtedly make you a better listener, more compassionate, more willing to understand others, and better at communicating. 

Languages

Being able to manoeuvre another language doesn’t only mean you are able to communicate more easily with its speakers, it may also mean that you learn faster, listen better, and connect well with others.

Creative thinking

 It seems logical that the ability to think outside the box would be increased by actually putting yourself physically outside the box of your comfort zone. The more you see and experience, and the more people and places you encounter, the more ideas you will have to fuel your creativity.

Adaptability

Being able to think on your feet and adapt to change is probably one of the most crucial abilities in our modern, constantly on-the-go world.  A person who adapts well to different situations and can react accordingly already has the qualities of a leader. Travel teaches you to be constantly aware of your surroundings, to be observant of the sights and sounds around you, and to be ready for any changes. 

Self-Management

Self-management is probably the most valuable and far-reaching skill and is indispensable in anything you do, whether traveling, working, studying, or playing. Knowing yourself involves assessing your knowledge and your skills accurately, setting specific, realistic personal goals, and monitoring your own progress towards these goals. When you know yourself, you can more easily take initiative and act on those goals. When you know yourself, all of the skills mentioned above become much easier to practice.

Those 6 months living and working in Miami taught me so much and travel is certainly an experience that enhances your understanding of yourself and the world around you. Travel is also one of the best things you can do to boost your career skills and to develop as a professional and a person.

Do you need any more reasons to just book it and go? :)

Ref:  BootsnAll, 12 Career Skills That Travel Will Improve, 2014. http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/11-09/12-career-skills-that-travel-will-improve.html

 

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