Archives for May 2013 | Collins McNicholas

Collins McNicholas are delighted to be selected as Mafic’s Recruitment Partner

Collins McNicholas are delighted to partner with Mafic Black Basalt Ireland Limited (Mafic) in recruiting for their new start up facility in Kells, Co Meath, Ireland. With plans to employ 70 people over the next three years, this is excellent news for Ireland and particularly the Kells area.  This facility will produce Basalt Fibre from a single material, crushed basalt. Basalt Fibre is used as fireproof textile in the aerospace and automotive industries and is also used as a composite to produce a large number of products, including pallets. We were delighted to attend the announcement yesterday (see photo below).  Congratulations and well done also to Connect Ireland for winning this project for Ireland. For further information on Mafic, current and future opportunities at Mafic and details of how to apply please see www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/mafic

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Graduates and the Job Market

It is a challenging time for graduates to be entering the job market. The competition for jobs is more intense than ever, and graduates must deal with a host of different challenges in a rapidly changing environment. There is now a much greater onus on maximising your profile and utilising as many different recruitment avenues as possible. Graduates must make use of every tool at their disposal to give them the best chance of finding employment after finishing their education. It is important to recognise that given the current labour market environment the number of opportunities out there will depend heavily on the industry you are trained to work in. Certain industries are doing better than others. More job vacancies exist in ICT, medical technology, the biopharmaceutical industries, international financial services, and language roles, than in other sectors of the economy. Science, engineering and ICT graduates have the best prospects of quickly finding a job out of university. However, no matter what area you are qualified in there are certain things you need to do if you wish to successfully apply for a job. Get your CV right Until you have your CV updated and fit for purpose you are not seriously on the job market.Getting your CV right is the foundation for any successful job search. You should alter your CV to suit the job criteria of the position you are applying for. Detail your academic achievements based on what the employer is looking for, whether this means highlighting certain modules you have studied, or outlining your thesis topic. Identify the skills you have gained while at university. Your...

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JobBridge: A Great Opportunity to Gain Experience

Whether you are a recent graduate, or have been made redundant, internships provide a great way of increasing your work experience and adding practical skills to your CV. There are an abundance of internship opportunities out there at present. Businesses, in partnership with the government, have made a wide variety of internships available. Internships can be advertised in a number of different ways; from company websites, to graduate fairs, recruitment websites, and the government website ‘JobBridge’. The ‘JobBridge’ internships provide opportunities across a range of industries, and are 6-9 months in length. There are currently 6030 interns on placement through the scheme, and there are a further 2346 internships available. An independent report was released on the success of the ‘JobBridge’ program thus far. It found that almost 17,000 people have participated in the program since its inception, with 61% going to secure full time employment within 5 months of completing their internship. Of that 61%, 26% were kept on by the same employer. Despite this positive endorsement a degree of caution needs to be taken when using ‘JobBridge’, as a small number of the internships posted on the website are not of a high enough quality to provide an intern with useful work experience. The vast majority, however, are good opportunities for someone seeking work-experience. The acid test for an internship is that you should gain skills and experience that will make you significantly more employable after the internship. Internship programmes often face a degree of criticism for benefitting from low-cost labour. This is a misleading assessment of the value that an internship can bring to the employee,...

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Collins McNicholas is proud to present it’s 2013 Salary Survey

Collins McNicholas is pleased to publish its 2013 Salary Survey of management, professional and administrative salaries in Ireland. These salaries are based on the actual salary information provided by our clients for vacancies we have worked on in the first three months of this year. The information is largely based on salaries in the multinational sector which has accounted for the vast majority of the positions we have worked on year to date. The information is corroborated by the salary data supplied to us by job seekers who register with us and are in employment at the time of registration. In the period between January and March 2013 we registered over 3500 candidates. For the purposes of this salary survey we have recorded salary levels for professionals with between 3/5 years’ experience. Professionals with between 3/5 years’ experience tend to be the most sought after and that is why we have used this group. It is also worth pointing out that the information is based on a significantly increased number of job vacancies and placements year to date which reflects market commentary relating to the significant pick up in the export sector in the last three years. In the period between January and March 2013 we registered over 400 new job vacancies. This shows an increase of 12% from the same period last year. This increased number of vacancies, as well as being a tangible indicator of an increase in economic activity in 2013, also means there can be a high level of confidence in the accuracy of the information supplied in this salary survey, as it is based...

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CIPD Centenary Conference 2013

Along with my colleagues, Colman Collins and Michelle Murphy I attended the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development conference yesterday in Dublin. This years’ event was themed “Leading HR into the Future”. Overall the conference was excellent, with over 300 HR professionals attending. The day was most enjoyable with a great mix of presenters and topics. Here are some of the messages I took away from the conference. First up was Martin Murphy, Managing Director of HP in Ireland. Martin spoke about the need for Ireland to remain competitive as this is going to be critical in our efforts to attract Foreign Direct investment. He listed Singapore, Costa Rica and Poland as serious competitors for multinational investment.  Martin spoke in some detail about the need for HR to take a leadership role in developing HR strategy. The second speaker was David Fairhurst (Senior VP – Chief People Officer with McDonalds). David presented some fascinating research on how young people are viewing their future careers and what they want from their work life. Some of the more interesting insights were: Young people increasingly have a global outlook on the world – this applies to their careers also. They have grown up in an era of great change and constant disruptive technologies and are therefore much better equipped to deal with change. They will be a more flexible and adaptable workforce. The death of the summer job – increasingly students, both 2nd and 3rd level are finding it very difficult to get any work experience or even summer jobs. This means there is a cohort of graduates coming onto the job market...

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