27 July, 2012

Darren Geraghty

Also known as 'Himself' on these pages.  Well, at the end of September he finishes his 9 month, Job Bridge, contract as the IT Department in a secondary school in North County Dublin.  This means we, as a family, are going to spend pretty much every minute together.  Again!!  Not good.  
The house will be run efficiently, meals will be 'men meals' i.e. two veg and meat and there will be no toys in the kitchen.  Could be worse, right?
Only, it will get worse.  He'll start to feel useless again and will become increasingly anxious whereupon I'll lose my temper and start railing on about how 'Who cares???  Everyone is healthy and well and the house is ours and so what if life is a bit tight etc. etc."   The thing is, he cares.  He hates not providing for his family.  He hates that his kids see him at home all the time and assume that Dad's don't work.  
This man is a Company Man, to the extent that he, on every occasion, went into work after each of our sons were born.  Jesus, that was some row I can tell ya.  
He worked his way up through Smurfit Cartons and stayed there for 13 years until the company folded due to rising costs and a decrease in printing needs.  I now always take leaflets off people when I'm out and about but fear that's a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has legged it.
He then went to another company that was being held afloat by the skin of every one's teeth.  He was let go a year later, last in and first out.  Another printing company by the way, I think manufacturing may be dead in Ireland.
Anyway, I digress.  Three years ago he wanted to go back to University and I said 'That's three years, you'll be working by then.'  Doh!!!!  He did however do a FAS course and a Springboard course in computer something or other (check out his CV, it's all double dutch to me) and now he's going to learn an actual language, he's thinking Spanish, as opposed to those that are made up of ones and zeros.  And he's also spent the happiest nine months of the last three years working as the IT Department of a school.  His old secondary school in fact.  He struggled initially with calling his old Head Master by his name as opposed to 'sir'.
He needs a job.  He's clever, a pedant, great with people (amazing with kids, which isn't really relevant here unless you want him to run a creche)), a problem solver, dedicated - to our detriment never the employers.  He's funny, smart and very conscious of what goes on around him, locally, nationally and internationally.  He loves technology, so can you imagine how stressed he was when his phone was stolen yesterday??  He left it on the counter of a shop, went in 10 minutes later and someone had 'Ahh, there's my phone' taken it.  I hope it brings them no luck.  Going to give him my phone as I don't really care for the smartness of it.
His CV is coming  up below and I'd love if you could read it and post it on your blogs or websites.  My husband needs a job.  He is not a 'Doler' as someone  once referred to the unemployed as.  She was a friend of a friend and it would have been wrong (even though I wish I had) to do anything other than glare at her.  
He is educated, clever, wonderful and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the world, paying special attention to music and movies.  He will work his arse off and therefore we, in this house, will be happy because we can leave toys in the kitchen, shoes in the hall and not worry about how we load the dishwasher.

Note:  All typos are mine, not his.  I'm hiding from kids upstairs.  Should you be so nice as to read his CV, think outside the box.  How can he benefit you?  How can his skills fit into your company?  For example, the negotiating skills (certified c. 2005)come into play every day (several times an hour at times) in the Geraghty house.  
Thank you.  

Curriculum Vitae
Darren Geraghty
7 Drynam Grove, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin
Home: email me  Mobile: 0866062270
darren.geraghty@gmail.com 

Career History


Pobalscoi.l Neasain, 
Baldoyle, Dublin 13                                                                 
Dec 2011 - Present
IT Support/Network Administrator
  • Maintaining two school networks.
  • Monitoring student usage.
  • Updating and maintaing staff laptops and desktop PCs.
  • Installing and updating software at network and local level.
  • Supervising student computer room (24 desktop PCs).
  • Maintining and troubleshooting classroom interactive whiteboards (Promethean ActiveInspire).
  • Ordering and installing computer peripherals when required.
Four Print,
Glasneven, Dublin 11.
Feb. 2008 - Jan. 2009
Production Manager
  • Responsible for all activity within the factory.
  • Developed work schedules by assessing priorities, workload and available resources to make tight deadlines, fulfilling customers' daily requirements.
  • Produced timelines in relation to machine schedules, overtime and maintenance for each order.
  • Managed a staff of 6 by monitoring daily work operations and providing direction to staff to achieve unit and company goals.
  • Applied disciplinary action as appropriate and conducted formal written and verbal performance reviews.
  • Project management of print planning programme.
  • Implemented company policies and procedures e.g. Health and Safety and monitored staff compliance of same.
  • Ensured that various production batches were scheduled and completed in time and in accordance with the company's quality system.
  • Maintained stock levels for all production related materials and machine parts.
  • Operated guillotine and folding equipment when required.
  • Planned all freight and transport for both domestic and and international markets.
Smurfit Kappa Cartons, 
Coolock, Dublin 5                                                          
Feb 1994 – Sep 2007
Shift Production Manager, (Jul 1998 – Sep 2007) 
  • Responsible for all activity within the factory.
  • Developed work schedules by assessing priorities, workload and available resources to make tight deadlines, fulfilling customers' daily requirements. 
  • Produced timelines in relation to machine schedules, overtime and maintenance for each order.
  • Managed a staff of approx. 70 people by monitoring daily work operations and providing direction to staff to achieve unit and company goals.
  • Applied disciplinary action as appropriate and conducting formal and written performance reviews.
  • Implemented staffing plans by identifying resource requirements, writing justifications for additional personnel, obtaining approval for changes and coordinating the selection process with Human Resources.
  • Project Management of print planning programme.
  • Implemented company policies and procedures e.g. Health and Safety and monitored staff compliance of same.
  • Ensured that various production batches were schedules and completed on time and in accordance with the company quality system.
  • Maintained stock levels for all production related materials and machine parts.
  • Maintained and updated two concurrent computer systems.
  • Compiled monthly capacity plans and statistical data for report creation and future use.
  • Liaised with Dispatch Department to ensure deliveries were fulfilled.
  • Provided effective management of the current production team and ensured that strong communication lines were maintained across the business and internal organisation.
Customer Services Representative, (Aug 1995 - June 1998).
  • Processed customer orders.
  • Researched and resolved client complaints and concerns by maintaining regular contact with customers and the Production Department.
  • Provided support to Sales Team.
  • Dealt with customer queries/complaints.
  • Produced weekly KPI reports.
  • Handled clerical duties related to the above position.
Print Estimator, (Feb. 1994 - Jul 1995 ).
  • Estimated print jobs from customer enquiries.
  • Released work dockets to Production Department.
  • Investigated and drove greater efficiency by compiling statistical data for report creation and future use.
The Bolton Trust,
Poolbeg, Dublin 4.
Nov. 1991 - Dec. 1993
Computer Network Administrator
  • Installed and managed operating systems and network hardware.
  • Analysed user requirements.
  • Evaluated solutions to user problems and then delivered and implemented solutions.
  • General PC / peripheral repairs.
  • Researched new products / services and ordering when appropriate.
Education and Qualifications

Security +.  Comptia.  2012
Level 2 Diploma for Software Developers.  City and Guilds.  2010
Certificate in Negotiating Skills.  I.B.E.C.  2005
Certificate in Frontline Management.  Irish Management Institute.  2004.
Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace.  Irish Management Institute.  2002.
Certificate in Commercial Computer Programming.  D.I.T. Rathmines.  1991
Leaving Certificate Attained.  Pobalscoil Neasain, Baldooyle.  1989
Intermediate Certificate Attained.  Pobalscoil Neasain, Baldoye.  1987.

Interests

Judo, Cinema and Squash.

References

On request

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