Archives for May 2014 | Collins McNicholas

Breakfast at The Harlequin

Bright and early on Thursday morning last, 22nd of May, I attended the Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group Employment Law Seminar in conjunction with Purdy Fitzgerald Solicitors in the Harlequin Hotel in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. There was a great turn out of representatives from companies, big and small, across the Mayo region. Issues such as Redundancy, Paternity Leave and Contract Disputes were discussed in detail by Solicitor Alistair Purdy who gave sound advice on preventative and corrective action that any company could take on board. A lively and interactive Q&A followed with Alistair taking questions from attendees including students and faculty members from GMIT. Hot topics for the attendees were around issues such as Constructive Dismissal and Health & Safety procedures. Alistair gave detailed examples of precedent and best practice in each of his answers. It was a very worthwhile and informative event. Attendees left with not only a notepad full of useful hints and tips but full bellies from the fabulous breakfast spread put on by the Harlequin Hotel. Hands were shook, business cards exchanged and it was back to the office. I look forward to the next one. Christopher O’Toole Recruitment Consultant Email: christopher.otoole@collinsmcnicholas.ie Phone: 091...

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Senior IBM guest at ITAG Breakfast Event Galway

I was delighted to attend the Information Technology Association Galway (ITAG) Breakfast event in the G Hotel, Galway on Friday morning 16th May 2014. Guest speaker at the event was Bill Kearney, Director of IBM Software Labs Ireland. There was a fantastic turn out for the event, the highlight being guest speaker Bill Kearney. A pioneer in the technology space, Bill discussed his strategies and successes along with some interesting curve balls he had to deal with along the way. IBM is a leader in the Irish ICT space helping to attract foreign investment to Ireland and leading the way in nurturing exceptional technology talent through their graduate scheme. It was interesting to learn of their technology campus in Dublin which is over 35 acres in size and employees 11,000 people. IBM will be looking to double their ICT headcount from 1,000 to 2,000 employees over the next 10 years. This is great news for SMEs and Start-Ups in the ICT industry in Ireland as generally the large multinationals set the trend in the hiring space. It will be interesting to see how quickly their rapid expansion plans materialise in both Galway and Dublin. Frankie Fields Senior IT Recruitment Consultant with Collins McNicholas Email: frankie.fields@collinsmcnicholas.ie Phone: 091 706 706 CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL OUR CURRENT ICT ROLES...

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What is NOT changing in recruitment?

As all recruiters know, technology has revolutionised the recruitment industry in the past few years and recruitment companies which don’t promptly embrace the new technology run the risk of going out of business very quickly. However, notwithstanding all of this technological change, it is important to recognise that the importance of certain factors have remained the same and companies who only focus on technological improvements also run the risk of going out of business. I am of course referring to the importance of customer service which has not only remained important in the recruitment industry but has actually grown in importance as the expectations of clients and job seekers continue to increase. Most companies assume they provide excellent customer service but if they don’t have this measured regularly and independently they may be fooling themselves and by the time they realise they have a customer service problem it may be too late. A good customer service survey removes all grounds for complacency and proves or disproves whether a company is “walking the talk” in terms of the level of service that its customers are actually experiencing. An effective customer service sector can also indicate whether a company is living up to its core values or whether these values are just empty statements framed on a wall which fail to inform how a company actually treats its customers. Values which are not implemented can also be counterproductive and may give rise to cynicism among customers and among staff. A current example from another industry sector where this cynicism is alive and well is in the banking sector which seems to...

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Galway Chamber and Galway Business School Summer Reception

Regional Manager, Michelle Murphy recently attended the Galway Chamber and Galway Business School Summer Reception on 9th May 2014. I was delighted to have attended the Galway Chamber and Galway Business School Summer Reception last Friday evening both in my capacity as Regional Manager for Collins McNicholas and as a Galway City Councillor where I met the guest of Honour, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD. Congratulations to Mr. Frank Greene on his recent appointment as President of the Galway Chamber of Commerce – Frank reinforced the mission of the chamber to ‘Make Galway the leading location for business, investment and people’ and he spoke about the Chamber Local Elections 2014 Manifesto which includes: Traffic and Transport: The Galway City Outer Bypass is crucial to Galway’s Traffic and Transportation needs into the future. Galway Chamber strongly believes that the N6 Galway City Outer Bypass and Fifth Bridge over the Corrib must be part of any traffic solution for both the city and the region Galway Port Development: Galway Chamber fully endorses and strongly supports the plans for the redevelopment of Galway Port as proposed by Galway Harbour Company. European Capital of Culture Bid: We need a united effort to support Galway’s Bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. This will be of immense benefit to business in the region and we must ensure that it becomes a reality. Costs of Doing Business: Reduction in Commercial Rates to business No increase in Local Property Taxes Realistic municipal Parking Charges Congratulations also to Celestine & David Niland from the Galway Business School in organizing this superb event and well done on their wonderful achievement to...

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Darkness into Light Athlone – Huge Success

This year Athlone hosted its first and very successful Darkness into Light Event along with 38 locations nationwide as well as Darkness into Light events in London and Sydney. Collins McNicholas, Athlone was delighted to be part of the organising committee for this year’s Athlone event. At 04:30am on Saturday 10th May, the people of Athlone took to the town in their hundreds to walk in solidarity and to show their thanks and support to Pieta House and suicide awareness. We were very lucky with the weather and it really was a beautiful morning. It was a very uplifting and encouraging event to be a part of and it was a great team effort by all involved. Looking forward to next year’s event already! Nicola Egan, Collins McNicholas, Athlone & Committee Member Darkness Into Light,...

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