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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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05 May

Thinking about working in the American Hospitality Industry?

Bernadette tells us how she loved her working abroad experience in Boston.

Hi my name is Bernadette O'Connor and I went to Boston last summer for 4 months. It was the best 4 months of my life & I miss it everyday.

I lived in Ashmont which wasn't the nicest of areas but once I got familiar with the place & got to know the lovely people in the well known Greenhills, I felt like I was at home.

I worked in Quincy at a busy cafe called Mckays, I was a waitress on weekends & loved every bit of it especially the tips as it kept me going when money was short. I decided to get another job on the side I then met a lovely old lady who was looking for a dog walker. I jumped at the offer as I love dogs and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to earn an extra bit of money.

I loved everything about Boston & I loved the way it was so easy to get around & how friendly everyone was. I got to go to New York aswell to see my friend Stephanie who I hadn't seen in 3 years so I think that was one of the highlights of my trip to America. Boston will always have a place in my heart & I hope someday I can go back again.

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28 Apr

Life on the West Coast - Kristin's J1 experience in the US last year

"Hi my name is Kristin.

I went on a J1 last summer to San Francisco. I lived in Berkeley for most of the summer and loved the area! I worked in a travel agency in the city where I made some amazing friends. I loved every second of my summer spent on the west coast and couldn't recommend it highly enough for a J1. It is hard to explain the experience and is without doubt something you need to explore for yourself!"

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28 Apr

Travel and work in America? Niamh from Kerry, tells us why you should Just book it and go!

'My travel and work abroad experience was in San Diego, I lived in Pacific beach but traveled a bit also. Ocean beach is one of the hippy-ist places you can go. Must see! I wish I could move back to San Diego.

I worked in a smoothie and juice bar called the mad beet, look it up! They name all there stuff after singers eg the Wiz kalelafa, Katie berry, Lemionem, etc.

I enjoyed living and working in America so much that I extended my flights. The weather, the people, bonfires, snorkeling, boat trips and living with a gang of people. Such a great experience and I met so many people (not just Irish or American) I miss the place I worked and living with everyone. I’m delighted that I'm still in touch with them all 2 years on.

I think everyone should experience America at least once. Just book it and go, it's something you would regret not doing.'

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15 Apr

Welcoming one third of the world: an infographic

The international origin of our clients has always been one of the main features and strengths of our Company.

During 2015 we noted an increase in the number of people we welcomed in our cities.

When we analyzed the records to better understand the figures, we observed a data that surprised us: in 2015 we welcomed people from over 50 countries all around the world!

That’s great news for us! We have always worked with international clients, but this year we have been more international than ever!

Here’s the infographic we prepared to show all our numbers!

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23 Feb

Become the new EazyCity Cork Branch Manager!

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is motivated, highly organised, resilient and loves working with people. This position is similar to running your own small business as you will be responsible for many aspects of the branch management.

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

The tasks included in this position are as follows:

  • Working as leader of the Welcome team
  • Working under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Organising the weekly tasks for the team including staff rotas, client check-ins/check-outs, welcome packs and weekly plans
  • Working side by side with the Assistant Manager
  • Reporting directly to Operations Co-Ordinator and senior management team
  • Liaising with  Sales Manager re weekly sales  
  • Keeping important files relating to room availability and arrivals, rent and cashflow updated regularly with a strong focus on attention to detail
  • Liaising with Property Co-Ordinator  in relation to tasks including inspections, reports, tracking utility bills and organising maintenance issues
  • Submitting weekly reports to Operations Co-Ordinator regarding the performance of the branch
  • Meeting and greeting new clients and performing check in / out (often during the evenings and weekends)
  • Answering the telephone and taking messages
  • Taking rent payments (cash / credit card)
  • Dealing with customer issues/complaints
  • Liaising with management and other branch teams
  • Assisting  in organisation of events, parties and social activities

The Person

The ideal candidate will possess the following traits and skills:

  •  Highly driven and motivated with mountains of energy.
  • Super-organised with an ability to multi-task, prioritise and work in a very 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 with 1-2 years team management experience
  • ‘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 which should be either Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese
  • Additional languages are an advantage
  • Full clean driving licence

 

The Details

The general working hours of this position are 5 days per week from 9.00 – 18.00. The office closes at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

As the branch manager of a very busy branch full commitment and flexibility will be expected and if necessary extra hours may be required. 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!

Salary is negotiable depending on experience, motivation and leadership potential. A package including accommodation can also be considered for the initial period. Benefits include management training workshops & team-building activities, sales incentives, health insurance after a period of time with the company and more.

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 the 4th of March 2016.

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

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07 Jan

Norwegian Airline will link Barcelona and Cork

From May 2016, travelling from Cork to Barcelona will be easier throughout the year: the Scandinavian company Norwegian Airline will link Barcelona and Cork from May 2016. The flights will have an expected frequency from four to five weekly rotations. Cork airport will be the second Irish airport from which the airline will offer their services.

At the moment, different airline companies are providing flights from Cork to Barcelona, but during the autumn and winter it is difficult to find a cheap flight, and sometimes even just a flight.

In addition to this route, the company will also offer weekly flights between Cork and Boston from the spring of this year 2016 and routes to New York planned for 2017.

The new routes between Cork and North America will be operated with Boeing 737-800 and with the Boeing Dreamliner as 737Max.

People from Cork have some flights for going to Barcelona but there are few and expensive between autumn and spring. With this airline company people will have more opportunities to go to Barcelona and it will be cheaper and easier.
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