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Let's face it, festivals can be pricey affairs.

From the ticket price to the outfits to the camping equipment, we'd do anything to cut down on an expense or two.

Luckily, Electric Picnic is offering volunteers the opportunity to work at the festival in exchange for free entry and access to all of the acts. 

'We are looking for weekend volunteers to come and help out at Electric Picnic 2017,' reads the application page.

'Volunteers play an important part in the festival, and they also gain entry to the festival in exchange for 24 hours of voluntary work.'

'The volunteer shifts can be split in to four six-hour shifts or three eight-hour shifts.'

The role will include being the 'eyes and ears' of the festival, assisting festival-goers with general queries, assisting in the campsites, directing production vehicles throughout the site, and working at wristband checkpoints

You can find out all of the information regarding the role here.

24 hours of wristband checking to get in to a three-day festival for free sounds like a pretty good deal to us. 

Feature image: Ruth Medjber

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OK, so being fired is one of the things we fear most in life – but it's not the end of the world.

In most cases, it's a chance to rethink the road you want to take in your career, and sort out your priorities.

Career consultant, Sherridan Hughes, spoke to Marie Claire about what to expect and how to come out on the brighter side of being sacked.

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Start asking yourself questions

Sherridan first urges you to ask the question 'was it really my fault?'

"Was there something else going on e.g. cutbacks were necessary, or perhaps you were simply made the scapegoat for someone else’s failings?"

However, if you honestly feel like you just weren't up for the job, then comes the tough questions.

"What were you weak at? What did you do less well? Could you have asked for help sooner?

"Could you have asked for training, researched online or put yourself through a course? Is that worth doing now?" 

Asking yourself these questions will help you figure out whether you want to go back into the same type of work, or look into a different area.

We all know that even if we love our jobs, sometimes going into the office can be an absolute drag.

However, that's completely different from dreading the work you do everyday, which brings Sherridan to her next question – "Were you even right for the job?

"Did you enjoy the work and feel that it was playing to your strengths or did you feel out of your depth and stressed, or alternatively, bored and demotivated?"

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Now it's time to think positive

If the job wasn't suited to you, or you felt out of your depth, then it's probably best that you are out.

Think of this as your lucky escape and your chance to find something better suited to you.

"Do not be ashamed or embarrassed. It’s best to make light of it and try to laugh it off with friends and family.

"No one is allowed to give a bad reference; they should just write ‘ this person was employed as X from X to Y dates'.

"Let go of resentment and bitterness because it will eat you up and you do not want them to have beaten you. Determine to show them what they have lost!"

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Be prepared for the next job you walk into

First of all, don't doubt yourself. Once you've thought everything through and know what your next step is, don't be shy when applying for new jobs.

But Sherridan warns that you might have to put a spin on it when being interviewed for another role.

"You cannot admit that you were fired because few employers will want to risk giving you a try, even if appreciating your honesty. 

"Try to think of a reason why you have left (perhaps with no job to go to). If you change location, role, organisation or career, this should be easier to explain."

So, instead of saying out straight that you were fired, you could say that you had aspirations for a new, better suited role.

"You could also complete a project or take a gap activity to cover your tracks," Sherridan explains.

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Irish salad company Chopped has grown astronomically in the past few years, and now the company is expanding further. 

The chopping connoisseurs have announced the creation of 320 new jobs today.

Both full time and part time jobs will be available as Chopped opens 20 new stores.

 

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The new shops will be opening during 2017 all across the country, including Cork, Wicklow and Waterford. 

The company is also making its first oversees endeavour, as it plans to create up to 110 jobs in the UK through new stores.

The health food company has grown extremely popular, thanks to the multiple healthy lunch options it offers in the form of salad bowls, wraps, soups and detox smoothies. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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It's good news if you're on the job hunt because nearly 300 new positions are coming to Ireland.

Food retailer, Iceland, has announced that it will create 270 jobs across the country as part of a new investment which will see nine new stores open in the Republic.

New outlets will open in Tallaght, Galway, Cork (Douglas, Ballincollig, Fermoy), Limerick, Gorey, Shannon and Letterkenny.

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Ron Metcalfe, Managing Director of Iceland Ireland said: "This new investment sees 2017 as our biggest year yet with our nine new stores opening.

"We’re looking forward to bringing great value and a brand customers can trust to Tallaght, Galway, and across the country this year, as well as welcoming new team members to the Iceland family."

Iceland currently has 13 stores across Ireland in various parts of Dublin, Waterford and Kerry.

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If you're on the look out for a new job, then this could be great news for you.

Version 1, an IT consulting and solutions business, has announced that its bringing nearly 400 new jobs to Dublin.

The company are hiring 365 new employees to work in the area of systems integration, cloud and data analytics.

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CEO of Version 1, Tom O’Connor, said: "The announcement today of 365 new jobs is as a result  of our growth over the past five years and our confidence in our ambitious growth plans over the next three years.

"We take a huge amount of pride in our employees and a constant focus of ours is on being a best workplace, which has seen Version 1 being named in the Top Ten Best Large Workplaces for the past six years running."

100 of the positions will be filled out by the end of this year, and the other 265 over the next three years.

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Around 300 jobs or more are set to be announced at Adare Manor hotel and golf resort in Co. Limerick.

The castle was bought for €30m in 2014 and has since undergone a massive makeover.

The owner of the resort, Limerick billionaire and horse racing owner JP McManus, has visions of turning the old green into a Ryder Cup-worthy golf resort, with aspirations of hosting the competition there in 2026.

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At 11.15 this morning, the new jobs will be announced at a 'special reception' in Adare Manor, which will be attended by the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Mary Mitchell-O'Connor.

The jobs are rumoured to be in construction, reception, customer service roles, as well as beauty therapists and lifeguards for their new spa and pool.

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Whether you reply to hundreds of emails a day, or are just looking for the perfect ending to a job email application, some of us always go back to the the usuals of 'Kind regards' or 'Best'.

But a new study has found which sign-off is more likely to get a reply, and which ones simple go in the 'Delete' pile.

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Boomerang conducted the study, which looked at 350,000 emails in various business fields to work out which sign off comes out on top.

And the winner? 'Thanks in advance'.

Emails that ended in some form of thanks honed in on the top spots, with endings like 'Best' coming in last.

The data scientist of the study Brendan Greenly said: "Among closings seen at least 1,000 times in our study, "thanks in advance" ended up correlating with the highest response rate, which makes sense, as the email's recipient is being thanked specifically for a response which has yet to be written.

"There's a bit of posturing involved with this closing, but it turns out it works pretty well."

There you go. So, whether it's just another work email, a job application or an email business proposal, remember to say thanks!

God, we sound like our mothers…

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Ryanair is planning to hire over 3000 people in the next year as it's set to take on 50 new aircrafts.

According to RTÉ, the company is looking for 2000 new cabin crew, 1000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers.

But that's not all, recruiters will be looking for a number of people for IT, Sales & Marketing, Digital Experience, Financial and Commercial roles.

Ryanair's Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said: "As our aircraft numbers grow from 355 to over 500 in the next five years, Ryanair will hire over 5,000 new people."

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It's safe to say a lot of us had a few dodgy jobs growing up, but Calvin Harris' list is quite… unique.

A lot of controversy has been surrounding the DJ lately, so he took some time out on Twitter to tell his fans what his first jobs were.

Writing in a list, Calvin has worked in a fish factory, Marks & Spencers and Safeway over the years:

In the place of number seven, Calvin just leaves a question mark, and I can't help but think he's trying to tell us something.

Is he going to embark on a new career? Or is he just going to do some spin-off business?

Believe me, watch this space. 

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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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We all know how difficult it is to find a good job, own your own home and provide for your family these days.

Yet, residents of Kaitangata, a small town in the South of New Zealand are reaching out for new residents to live in their town – for a very little price.

With a population of 800 people, local businesses and town authorities are trying to offer people from other parts of New Zealand, home and land-buying packages with extremely favourable terms.

They're hoping that people and families living in the city might be tempted to join the country lifestyle in the Clutha district, which has an estimated 1,000 jobs on offer.

According to Kaitangata's local mayor, Bryan Cadogen, there are "hundreds and hundreds of jobs, real good paying jobs that give a person a chance."

One of the town's leading recruiters, Evan Dick said: "The housing crisis in New Zealand has made the Kiwi dream unattainable for many people, but in Kaitangata, the Kiwi dream is still a reality.

"This is an old-fashioned community, we don't lock our houses, we let kids run free. We have jobs, we have houses, but we don't have people. We want to make this town vibrant again, we are waiting with open arms."

The houses and land packages are going for around NZ$230,000 (€147,000), which is practically unheard of these days.

"When I was unemployed and had a family to feed, Clutha gave me a chance, and now we want to offer that opportunity to other Kiwi families who might be struggling," Mayor Cadogen told The Guardian.

"We have got youth unemployment down to two. Not 2% – just two unemployed young people.

"So many of the things Kiwis value, such as owning your own home and providing for your family, have become an impossible dream. For a lot of people in New Zealand is just an endless slog. And that really saddens me."

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It seems that if you're a pilot or a physical therapist, you're in luck for finding love on Tinder.

The dating app carried out a survey and found that these professions are the most popular for men and women and receive the most right swipes.

For men, pilots take the top spot, followed by entrepreneurs, firefighters, doctors and TV/radio presenters.

And for women, the most popular swiped right job is a physical therapist, followed by interior designers, entrepreneurs, PR workers and teachers.

Students are also high on the list, coming in the tenth most swiped right for men and sixth for women.

The survey also found that more and more people are looking for long-term relationships on the app rather than just a casual fling.

"We just conducted a survey of over 300,000 of our users. What we found was over 80% of people on Tinder are there to find a long-term relationship," said chief executive of the app, Sean Rad. 

Time for a career change? We think so. 

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