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Before kicking off his slot this week, Bobby revealed that he will have a very special guest on Bobby's Late Breakfast this weekend - Santa Clause himself. If you or your children would like to speak to Santa on Christmas Eve with Bobby, email email@example.com!
A new year, a new job?
This is a time of year where people start to think, new year, new me and maybe a new job. And believe it or not, your chances of getting a new job in the new year are actually good as the job market heats up again in January.
However, Bobby says if you're in a job there are a few things you need to do to get yourself another job:
"Applying for a job takes time so if you get yourself into the market in January, you should, if you're lucky, have a job by St. Patrick's Day," says Bobby.
Ivan asked Bobby what advice he would give to anyone who might be home for Christmas from abroad and considering the move back home permanently...
Recruitment agencies are very aware of this, Bobby says, adding that a good job offer is one of the key reasons people who have emigrated might want to come home.
Again, the time it takes for the process of getting and starting a new job is something to be considered here.
"You can't control the interview process, there might be two or three interviews that can take a period of weeks. There's your own notice that you'll have to give wherever you are, so just be realistic.
I think being realistic and using the yard stick of New Year and St Patrick's day is a good way..."
"Absolutely, this is fairly black and white. You do not have a right to carry over holidays, number one. But if you don't take all of your legal holiday entitlement during your holiday year, your employer may - and I stress - may allow you to carry over the leftover days to the next holiday year," Bobby says.
"Well, it is kind of disappointing. I'm not sure it's shocking but it's definitely disappointing," says Bobby.
"Look, I think you've probably got to roll with the punches here, Mary. You've been told as part of your job that you have to do an appraisal in a particular way but I really think you should talk to this manager and say 'it's not acceptable for me to conduct an appraisal in one way with my own people and not in the same way with you' and I think if he doesn't accept it, take it further," Bobby advises.
"Two things there, Amy, and the first thing is that the employer set out the rules before you started. When you started, you were told that it's on a service basis and a seniority basis.
It's really too bad in a sense and I feel sorry for you that you are the latest recruit but next year there will be other people and you'll get the benefit of it," says Bobby.
"The most important thing about this email is that he has clearly stated he has it to lose, in the sense that he isn't borrowing money to go invest in bitcoin, that's the first thing I'd say... Secondly, I'm not a great believer in investing in things I don't fully understand..."
"I'm saying I don't like the secrecy of it, I don't like that nobody knows who owns it and I do think that it's a bubble that will burst some day, it has to... It wouldn't be for me," Bobby says.
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