Archives for December 2012 | Collins McNicholas

Top Tips to Survive your Christmas Party

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, and once you have yourself organised for the season it is time to let your hair down with your friends and family. But before all that you have to navigate your way around the office Christmas party. For many this will be no problem, you’ve worked with the same people for years and you all get along well, for others it may induce a sense of fear and apprehension. But for everyone there are a few simple rules to enjoying your Christmas party, and still coming out of it with your reputation and your dignity in-tact. Watch you alcohol levels – remember that every embarrassing story you have ever heard about a Christmas party started with ‘I’d had a few drinks…’ The problem is that what seems like a great idea when you’ve had too many cocktails may not seem too clever in the light of day. So be smart, enjoy a few drinks but if you get to the point where you find your judgement might be somewhat compromised, it’s time to hit the water. Mind you P’s & Q’s – you may be feeling more relaxed and the different atmosphere to what your used to might make you feel a little bit braver, but this is not the time to tell Barry in Accounts that you think he’s weird, he will not see the funny side of it. Be cordial and polite, just as you would be in work. Talk to as many people as you can – you can look at the Christmas party as an opportunity to network, or as a way to get to know your colleagues better or simply as a way to let people get to know you – but make sure you get around the room and don’t just sit down talking to the usual people. Don’t moan or oversell yourself – If you find yourself talking to your boss, take the opportunity to let them get to know you better, but don’t oversell yourself in the hope that your boss will remember every word and magically offer you a pay rise. Also, don’t complain about one colleague to another, or worse to your boss. This will just make you look petty, and you run the risk of being overheard. Keep things light – have a conversation, even about work but don’t cross the border into negative comments – the only person these make look bad are you. Enjoy yourself – It’s easy to let yourself be too self-conscious when you are surrounded by people you would not normally socialise with, but remember to relax as well. They are all probably feeling exactly the same way as you and it’s important to remember that it’s not beyond you to enjoy the company of your colleagues in a social...

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The increasing popularity of Assessment Centres and Psychometrics

There has been a notable increase in the popularity of Psychometrics and Assessment Centres in the recruitment process of late.  If this seems surprising consider the below: Cost of a poor hire – The cost of a poor hire has been estimated at up to three times the salary of that individual.  The monetary value alone is startling but does not include the negative impact on the existing team, possibly already feeling the pressures of the current economic climate.  Outsourcing – Psychometrics and Assessment Centres allow organisations to outsource a large portion of the recruitment process using a pre-approved screening process.  The HR or Hiring Manager may spend a very short period of time brainstorming and reviewing a process with the recruitment provider who can then develop a process to include reliable measures and assessment activities reflecting the working environment.  The organisation can effectively hand over the recruitment process to the recruitment provider and receive a report in the requested format on the outcomes of the assessment for each candidate, leaving them free to carry out other activities.  The Hiring Manager can receive a broad and reliable picture of the candidate before meeting them for a final interview or even induction.  Volume Recruitment and the flexible workforce – The need to move a large number of candidates through a reliable and efficient recruitment process at short notice can be overwhelming for an already stretched HR department.  Utilising psychometric assessments online or in large groups can ensure large numbers of candidates are screened quickly and fairly and ensure the best candidates are called to interview.  Candidate experience and company reputation...

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Time to update your CV for the New Year?

“A New Year, A New You!” How many times have you heard that phrase before in relation to New Year’s resolutions?  Dozens I’ll bet, but going to the gym 4 times a week soon starts to wear thin!  Let’s change it to “A New Year, A New Job”. The Christmas & New Year period can be a good time to think about the “health” of your career……Are you stuck in a rut?  Have you been doing the same thing for years?  Are you reaching your full potential?  If the answer to these questions is yes, yes and no, (in that order) then it might be time to take a look at your CV in advance of the busiest time of the year recruitment-wise. There are lots of things to remember when reviewing your CV and it would probably take a year to list them all here, but here are some of the top tips: Presentation is everything – if a recruiter doesn’t like the look of your CV for some reason (e.g. hard to read, lacking in information, poorly formatted), then they won’t read it – they will simply move on to the next CV from the person who has taken the time to make sure theirs is worth reading Be clear and concise – use bullet points to list your responsibilities..…your CV is not a book so there shouldn’t be any lengthy paragraphs in it Don’t assume – recruiters will be looking for specific things when reviewing your CV, so it’s important you tell them what you’ve done and how well you have done it Keep your language...

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Selecting and Working with Recruitment Agencies

As a jobseeker you have many options to help you find a job, local advertising, job boards and social media to name a few, but your most important  job seeking tool will always be the recruitment agency. Recruitment agencies work by recruiting candidates on behalf of their clients and have access to positions and companies that the average job seeker does not. Recruitment consultants will advertise on behalf of their clients, but they will also check their files and databases for any candidates that might be suitable for the job but who may not have applied directly for it. It is for this reason that making sure you are registered with at least one recruitment agency is vital to the active jobseeker. There are many advantages to using recruitment agencies: It is a free service to jobseekers. As mentioned, a recruitment agency has knowledge of jobs that you may not be aware of. A good recruitment agency will advise you on how to best structure your CV for the job you wish to apply for and they will prepare you for any subsequent interviews or meetings. Recruitment consultants know the market they operate in – and they know the companies they deal with and so can offer invaluable advice on how to succeed with a job application. If you apply for a job and your application is unsuccessful you often don’t know the reasons why you didn’t get the job. With a recruitment agency, you will be able to get better feedback on why you were unsuccessful, so that when you next apply for a job, you know what...

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One to One Interviews – Joann McGlinchey, Manager of Collins McNicholas Cork office

What is your role and how long have you been with Collins McNicholas? Regional manager in the Cork office. With Collins McNicholas two years. How did you get into recruitment? I returned from Australia to London and was working in the hospitality industry as a restaurant manager. I was head hunted to work in Hospitality recruitment in London. From there I moved sideways into a Technical Engineering recruitment role. What are the biggest changes you have seen in recruitment since starting your career in 2003? –       All roles that we work on for clients are now ‘hard to fill’ roles, there is no such thing as an easy role anymore. Ireland has also lost a huge amount of educated and talented candidates in the last 5 years and so the pool of candidates has decreased and is ever decreasing due to the rate of emigration. –       Recruitment is now a much more mobile industry with smart phones and cloud computing. Recruiters do not need to be at their desk anymore to get the job done. What is the last/current book you are reading? Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites What are your hobbies? Reading, running, swimming, generally keeping fit and surfing when I get the chance. What is going to be the next big thing in recruitment? I think it will be interesting to see what happens with LinkedIn. This is a relatively new recruitment tool which is evolving daily. It will be interesting to see what happens next with LinkedIn....

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