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  • Credit Amnesty and the Impact on Recruitment and Selection
    Posted by Lorna O'Brien on 22 July 2014

    On 26 February 2014 the DTI published the Removal of Adverse Consumers Information And information Relating To Paid Up Judgments Regulations, 2014 (“the credit amnesty”) which came into effect on the 1st of April 2014. This removal is applicable to all consumers and commercial entities as defined by the National Credit Act(NCA).According to the department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the regulation is necessary because, can harm employment opportunity. It also says those consumers whose financial positions have changed should be given the ability to start on a clean slate and maintain a clean record going forward.

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    Posted by Lorna O'Brien on 18 September 2013

    When speaking to people about recruitment I’m often asked if I think tattoos and piercings etc. are acceptable in a working environment. Not only is the answer multifaceted but it is also a minefield. People over the years have become increasingly protective and passionate about self-expression and their right to look and dress how they feel. Even the mere suggestion that you don’t like tattoos or piercings can land you in hot water if talking to the wrong person. So how do we handle this prickly subject? Is there a one size fits all answer? Absolutely not! I’m going to keep my personal views out of this and examine the subject being as objective as possible. However I am going to be realistic!

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I am currently seeking employment and have dealt with numerous employment agencies. My experience to date with these agencies has been disheartening - shocking service levels, rudeness, incompetence and condescending aloof attitudes. From the onset Loren was like a breath of fresh air. She was attentive, caring, supportive, highly efficient and organized. She kept me informed every step of the way and communicated with me at least once a week. The human element she is able to bring into her role surpasses expectation. She clearly has a passion for what she does and is a great asset to your company. I was unfortunately not successful with your client, but I sincerely hope that Loren is able to find me a position. I would then at least feel that I was able to repay her for her efforts!


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