Mentoring Ireland’s Future Workforce

Martin Harrell, Director of HR & Communications for Oxigen Environmental has partnered Cross & Passion College in Kilcullen, County Kildare for the past 5 years. As part of the 5th Year LCVP programme, Martin lectures and mentors students in the area of CV preparation and interview techniques.

With over 20 years of experience in recruitment, Martin firstly instructs students in the art of CV writing and the potential pitfalls in getting it wrong. “With the ever increasing number of potential job applicants, your CV is your opportunity to get your foot in the door, it is your most valuable personal sales tool” says Martin.

Once CV’s are generated, Martin returns to Cross & Passion and undertakes mock interviews with the students. Commenting on interviews Martin’s tip is; “Never lie. Ireland is a very small place and you will be found out eventually”.

Commenting on the process Head of LCVP Sean Dowling stated, “Martin’s work in the school provides our students with a valuable learning opportunity which will benefit them in their preparation for their Leaving Certificate and for their lives beyond that”.