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Pictures A new book explores how the 1950s and 1960s shaped the

first_img Boutique shopping in Dublin in the 1960s Source: Four Courts PressIN THE AFTERMATH of The Emergency, neutral Ireland’s experience of World War II, the country experienced a couple of decades’ worth of intense change, no more than the rest of the world.The 1950s and (particularly) the 1960s saw Ireland dragged kicking and screaming into a new, modern era.How the capital evolved in those 20 years is explored, in text and evocative images, in ‘Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s: Cars, Shops and Suburbs’ by UCD geographer and Associate Professor Joe Brady, the latest volume in the Making of Dublin City series. Traffic gridlock on Grafton Street Source: Four Courts Press Source: Four Courts Press Source: Four Courts PressThe evolution of the city has been an interest of Brady’s all his academic life. A native of Fairview on the city’s northside he says: “any good geographer is always interested in the landscape around them.”“The new book looks at what things were like in Dublin in two very contrasting decades,” he says. Sandymount Strand Source: Four Courts Press“The 50s were quite gloomy, but not for everybody. It’s true there was probably a lot of dull and fairly dark things happening in Ireland in the 50s, but for others life went on.”The book is just an attempt to get a flavour for what the city was like.In Brady’s own words, he does so by looking at the bigger picture, and smaller, more personal vignettes, “like the Bowl of Light on O’Connell Bridge”, which was placed there in 1953. The Bowl was the centrepiece of An Tóstal, an annual festival that ran throughout the 1950s. “The row over it went on for nearly 10 years,” laughs Brady. “The population was horrified when they saw it – this bowl with its rotating flames.”So you have a Trinity student who grabs the plastic flames and throws them into the Liffey, and then you have a whole load of cartoons of the Liffey flinging them back! The Bowl of Light was the centrepiece of the “An Tóstal” on O’Connell Bridge in 1953 @LouiseClissold #Dublin pic.twitter.com/vFYH59ROH0— Old DublinTown. com (@OldDublinTown) September 1, 2013 By Cianan Brennan Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 8:50 AM Bigger pictureBut the book also looks at how Dublin came to evolve into its current guise – that means infrastructure, retail therapy, and house-ownership.“The only real difference in the 1950s from the previous era was that car-ownership was on the increase,” says Brady. “And the growth in cars couldn’t be totally accommodated, but you could do so to a certain degree.” O’Donovan Rossa Bridge, with Christchurch in the background Source: Four Courts Press Merrion Square Park Source: Four Courts Press Traffic leading onto O’Connell Street Source: Four Courts PressThis leads to the 40 years of planning that went on up until a decade ago. The idea back then was to build urban motorways that cut right through the city. Fortunately, in the 1950s the money just wasn’t there.This saw Dublin engaging in much “soul-searching” as to what kind of city would be needed by a car-owning population.The other big movement in society, says Brady, was Dublin people’s discovery of the joys of suburban life, and the changing of the relationship between citizens and their city centre. Source: Four Courts Press Tallaght, 1960s Source: Four Courts Press“This is all a product of the 1960s,” he says. “The car is opening out areas that couldn’t previously be used. With that comes new methods of shopping, and suddenly you have alternatives to the city centre.”In the 40s there was only one Dublin city centre. Now there are many focuses for retail sales. So you’ve got shopping centres opening in Stillorgan and Cornelscourt in the late 1960s.So how would he describe the two decades he’s been scrutinising?“The 50s is slow and steady, the 60s is fast and energetic.”In the 60s people were starting to see a bit of money in their pocket. Everyone had rented before but now people are starting to think about owning their own home. They’re thinking about the car and the television, even foreign holidays. http://jrnl.ie/3293405 27,021 Views Mar 18th 2017, 8:50 AM center_img 31 Comments Pictures: A new book explores how the 1950s and 1960s shaped the Dublin we know today 1950s saw the mass-introduction of cars in Dublin. The 1960s saw a people’s way of life change at a rate of knots. The GPO on O’Connell Street, prior to the fall of Nelson’s Pillar in 1966 Source: Four Courts Press“Not everyone was of course. But it was the people who changed things.”‘Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s: Cars, Shops and Suburbs’ is available now hereRead: Picture this: Looking back at Dublin’s old St Patrick’s Day ParadesRead: ‘This is Ireland’: Beautiful one-stop website really sells the country to the world Share Tweet Email9 Short URL Source: Old DublinTown. com/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hiring Guidelines During a Skilled Labor Shortage

first_imgHiring Guidelines During a Skilled Labor ShortageJune 17, 2019 by Blake Lawson 219SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Twenty years ago, the economy was in good shape, the manufacturing industry was booming, and the unemployment rate was closer to 5 percent than 10 percent. The same can’t be said now. And unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there are going to be any drastic changes in the near future. A major skilled labor shortage exists, and it is only going to get worse before it gets better. In particular, there is a severe lack of educational resources available for individuals who want to get involved in manufacturing. In many high schools, the shop classes have been eliminated from the curriculum. And Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of more than 10,000 per day — creating an even larger skills gap.With the current state of manufacturing employment, employers are constantly looking for new ways to lure talent. Job boards, social media advertising, job aggregators and traditional employment agencies have all become staples in the human resources diet. Corporate recruiters and hiring managers use a variety of resources, but we still hear consistent complaints of dwindling sales teams and horror stories of machines sitting idle.I have been entrenched in the employment industry since the economic meltdown of 2009 — specifically, manufacturing employment. There is indeed a skilled labor shortage and we need to be proactive about it. With that said, this problem should not be employers’ biggest concern. Their biggest concern should be hiring managers to onboard new talent. Just because your HR department or hiring manager shares jobs through many avenues does not necessarily mean that the position will get filled any faster.Take a look at some general guidelines that I have compiled to fill your current vacancies:Once you have found a suitable candidate, make a job offer in a timely fashion. In the manufacturing world, the day a candidate becomes available, they are inundated by headhunters and job opportunities. By the time a resume gets to your desk, the job seeker will have on average two to three interviews lined up already. If that candidate does, in fact, make it to your interview and you feel they are viable, make a job offer in a timely fashion. If a job offer is not extended either on the spot or within 24 hours, you might as well consider the entire process a complete waste of company time and money.If you’re working with a recruiter, communication is key. Recruiters are essential during a skilled labor shortage. They will save you time and effort. They will often get to work on your job orders without any type of retainer or contingency agreement. This means that you do not have any out-of-pocket expenses until you hire their candidate, which often comes with a 90-day guarantee of employment. When working with a recruiter, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you have a signed agreement they will not also work for a direct competitor. For this reason, it is essential that you give your recruiter prompt feedback. In addition, many recruiters will multi-market candidates, so once a candidate is presented to you, know that you are working against the clock.Try utilizing the niche job boards first. We’ve all been there: filtering through thousands of resumes, some qualified while the majority are not. This is very common with the monster-sized job boards. Once you post a position, your job becomes diluted and mixed with every industry out there. It’s best to go with a niche job board first because the majority of candidates coming to those websites are from your industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a legal firm or involved in retail. Doesn’t it make sense to post a position on lawjobs.com if you’re seeking an attorney? Just remember — bigger does not always mean better.Consider ambition over experience. Obviously, during a skilled labor shortage, there are far fewer “plug and play” candidates on the market. If it isn’t absolutely necessary to have a specific skill set, consider an applicant’s ambition to learn over their past experiences. As I mentioned previously, there are very limited educational resources for people who want to get involved in the skilled trades. Consider an on-site training program or upgrade training at your facility. This is a win-win for all involved because the employee advances their skills and you can justify a lower initial offer. You can then increase their wages contingent upon completion of your program. This gives you the ability to mold an employee to fit the exact criteria you were originally seeking.Looking to hire today is more like playing a chess game than fishing from a stocked pond. Candidates are being shuffled around from point A to point B and being removed at a rapid rate. Dragging your feet in the employment process is a costly mistake that both you and your company cannot afford. Each day that your machines run idle, production will take a major hit. Fewer products mean fewer sales; fewer sales lead to company demise, and company demise means you’re out of a job. So let’s make things happen.BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, and small business ownersPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more