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We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Sales Assistant - Retail

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€18k > 26
Retail Assistant / Sales Consultant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 26
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Works in a retail shop or outlet selling products to customers and helps with the general upkeep of the shop.


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Also known as: retail assistant; retail sales assistant; retail associate; retail sales advisor; sales assistant; shop assistant; or store assistant, the work of this occupation varies according to the type of outlet concerned.

In department stores and specialist shops such as electrical goods or homeware stores, sales assistants focus on selling particular products. Some shops are self-service with the assistant remaining at a checkout or sales counter.

As well as assisting and serving customers, retail assistants may be required to operate cash tills and take payments from customers for goods purchased. They may have to deal with cash, cheques, and credit or debit cards. Goods may have to be weighed and packed, and sometimes gift-wrapped.  
 
Retail sales assistants maintain displays of goods on shelves and check that goods are correctly priced. They also advise or persuade customers on purchases, answer customer queries, or direct customers to the location of a product. They may be responsible for stock control and keeping financial and stock records.

Experience as a general sales/retail assistant can lead to a career in retail management.  


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Retail assistants should always have a neat and tidy appearance, should remain polite and helpful. They should enjoy dealing and working with other people. They should also be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.  
 
You need to be approachable, helpful, friendly and co-operative when dealing with customers. This requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. You need to be patient as you may have to deal with customer complaints and customers being awkward.  
 
A good general health and fitness is required for this job.


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Go..Petrol Service Sales Assistant - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Store Demonstrator - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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Organisation: The Sales Institute of Ireland
Address: 68 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 662 6904
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