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Is your inner monster looking to escape?

Do you think you could be Ireland's most despicable and gruesome characters?

Do you want to earn some dollars by scaring the bejesus of the public?

Then you won't want to miss this recruitment opportunity in the RDS.

Photo credit: The Nightmare Realm

The Nightmare Realm is on the hunt for people with a talent for terror, to be part of their live horror experience at The RDS Dublin over the month of October. 

No experience is needed for acting roles as full training will be given.

The only criteria for being considered is that you are outgoing, willing to embody the role of your character and instil hysteria on your victims.

Performance spaces include darkness, small spaces, strobe lighting, loud noises and fog effects, so if you are afraid of the dark – give this one a miss.

Photo credit: The Nightmare Realm

Calling all incredibly talented MUA and artists, you could join the family.

The Halloween attraction is holding makeup trials for artists wanting to assist The Nightmare Realm’s talented spfx team.

As part of their recruitment process, they are holding a Scare Workshop/Audition at The RDS on September 1 from 12-2 pm.

You could join their monster crew as 50 positions are up for grabs. 

Photo credit: The Nightmare Realm

Leave behind the boring C.V and blood-stained cover letter; this process is a whole new level of terrifying.

Applicants will take part in a group workshop where they will be shown the fine art of how to be a scare performer. 

Those who show the most promise will be welcomed into the Realm’s dysfunctional family.

Let's get into the nitty-gritty: you must be over 16 to try out and be available for the entire month of October.

No make-up or costumes are needed for the workshop, but you should wear comfortable clothing.

Be confident and push your boundaries to unleash the inner beast. 

Good luck!

For those who would rather be scared, than do the scaring – tickets go on sale in six days.

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When applying for jobs most of us tend to err on the side of caution and use photos in which we are modestly dressed but, according to the experts, the opposite approach actually works better for women.

According to The Independent, a new French study has found – rather depressingly – that covering up can actually hinder a woman’s chance of bagging her job of their dreams.

For three years Dr Sevag Kertechian used the CVs of two women who were similar in looks, skills and experience to apply for jobs in sales and accounting.

The main difference between the two applications was the attached photos.

The results showed that the woman wearing a low-cut dress in her CV photograph was asked to 62 more interviews from 200 sales job applications than the woman whose outfit was less revealing.

A similar result was found for accounting applications with 68 more call-backs being given to whoever wore the low-cut dress.

In the interest of fairness, half of each woman’s applications featured her with a low cut neckline, while the other half showed her in a round neck.

Speaking at the Appearance Matters conference, Dr Kertechian said: “Our results showed interesting trends as low-cut dresses significantly influenced the choice of the recruiters, even for accounting positions.”

"Regardless of the job, whether customer-facing saleswoman or office-based accountant the candidate with the low cut clothing received more positive answers.”

“The results were quite shocking and negative but not necessarily surprising.”

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Even if you're more than qualified for a certain job, it's important to remember that your prospective employer will meet your CV before they even come close to meeting you.

A badly written CV could be the difference between you getting the chance to sell yourself in an interview and simply getting another rejection letter.

Make an incredible first impression by checking over your CV to ensure it doesn't fall foul of any of these common mistakes.

1. Spelling and grammar issues
Even in a job where writing skills are not key, it is SO important to have perfect spelling and grammar on your CV and cover letter. Typos and incorrect grammar show a lack of care and could send your CV straight to the bin. Check and double check everything before you send it, read your cover letter aloud to yourself to ensure the grammar sounds right, and if you have notoriously bad spelling ask a friend to vet everything on your behalf!

2.  No personal profile
A couple of lines at the beginning of your CV is a great way to grab the reader's attention and let them see that it's worth their while reading on. Launching into your education and experience details straight off the bat will just bore prospective employers and leave them skipping to the end.

3. Rambling
Being clear and concise is a great way to show that you are organised and have good attention to detail. Avoid long and rambling sentences, especially on your CV – don't use 50 words where you could use five.

4. Not tailoring your CV
Certain previous roles will be more relevant to particular jobs, so tailor your experience to suit the role you are applying for. If you are applying for a customer service role, try to focus on relevant elements of your duties and achievements in previous jobs – for example, that you worked in a busy café and had to be personable and help to manage customer problems on a daily basis. Small changes or alterations can ensure your CV is the one that stands out.

5. Leaving gaps in your experience
Even if you were off backpacking without a job for six months, or were on the dole while waiting for something new, it's best not to leave a large gap on your resumé. If you were volunteering, interning, blogging, taking night classes, babysitting or doing anything constructive with your time, mention it! Otherwise, prospective employers have every right to assume you just sat on your bum for eight months.

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