Archives for October 2014 | Collins McNicholas

Winner of CMCN Customer Service Competition 2014

Congratulations to Damien Kelly from Co. Roscommon who won our Customer Service Survey Competition for an Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display! Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey and provided valuable feedback. For more information on how we can help you, visit www.collinsmcnicholas.ie Wishing everyone an enjoyable and safe October Bank Holiday Weekend, from all at Collins McNicholas!

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GMIT Graduate Careers Fair 2014

On Monday last, the 6th of October, Collins McNicholas attended the GMIT 2014 Graduate Careers Fair. The event ran from 12am – 3pm at GMIT, Galway with a great turnout. Local, national and international organisations were in attendance who were seeking current and future graduates. Employers were on site to provide insight, advice and prospects to possible candidates. Companies in attendance included HP, Kirby Group Engineering, Boston Scientific, Engineers Ireland and Avaya. The Collins McNicholas team were also at hand on the day to provide advice and guidance at their CV Clinic which proved to be extremely popular for the duration of the event. The event was a brilliant opportunity to meet current and future graduates – all talented individuals either starting out in their career or developing greater career prospects by returning to education. It was also helpful for existing GMIT students to explore their career options. Thanks to everyone who came and spoke to us on the day. Thanks also to Christopher O’ Toole, Technical Recruitment Consultant and Donal O’ Donoghue, IT Recruitment Consultant for helping out on the day and for giving CV and cover letter advice on the day. We are already looking forward to next year’s event and wish all future graduates fruitful career prospects for the future. Kirby Brennan, Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group...

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Unlimited Annual Leave: The Ultimate Office Perk? Or a Recipe for Chaos?

Recently Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, announced in a blog that he would be giving his employees unlimited annual leave. Posting an extract taken from his new book entitled The Virgin Way, he states: “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off, the assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel  100% comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!” Staff will not need a manager’s approval to take time off and the amount of time they take will not be tracked. The idea originated with Netflix and is practiced by a number of other tech companies such as IBM and Hubspot. Netflix argued that because the idea of working 9 to 5 no longer applies a traditional annual leave policy is no longer appropriate either. This initiative has received a lot of positive press and while it is a laudable initiative in certain respects, there could be problems with its implementation. On the positive side it can encourage a more productive work atmosphere. Instead of concentrating on putting in the time employees will focus on completing tasks. This will encourage a more results oriented workplace. This additional trust will improve the company culture as employees will feel obligated to turn in high quality work to justify the time off that they take. Companies are also starting...

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National Jobs Week 2014 in Galway

  Collins Mc Nicholas was delighted to participate in the Department of Social Protection Galway Jobs Recruitment and Advice Fair at the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway on Thursday 2 October as part of the National Jobs Week initiative. The event ran from 10am until 2pm with a huge turnout – estimated at over 800 job seekers. Representatives from a number of local, national and international companies who had job opportunities and seeking suitable candidates were at the Fair. Employers were on-site to advise job-seekers of new positions and roles vacant in their company – recruiting for various jobs on the day. Companies on the day included Goodman Medical, EA Games, the Connaught Hotel and Curry & Spice, to name but a few. I was also delighted to be asked to present to attendees on the topic of ‘Labour Market Review – What Employers Want’. Feedback on the presentation was very positive with attendees asking a lot of questions on interviews / CVs and cover letters. Thanks to all who came & spoke to us on the day. Thanks also to Christopher O’Toole, Technical Recruitment Consultant & Kirby Brennan who helped out on the day. This was a unique opportunity for jobseekers to meet with employers, to explore current employment prospects and to promote their CV. Best of all…entrance to the event was free. We look forward to next year’s return of the event. Edel Kelly, Senior Technical Recruiter Collins Mc Nicholas, Galway...

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Christopher Byrne, CEO of SensorPro speaks at Start Up Galway event

On Tuesday September 30th I had the pleasure of attending the latest installment from www.startupgalway.org in McSwiggans, Galway. Startupgalway.org was set up by Barry O’Sullivan the former VP of Cisco and John Breslin of NUIG. Their goal is to make Galway a hub for ICT start-ups in the same way it has become a medical device hotspot. This was a well-attended event with everyone excited to hear the key note speaker. Our speaker was Christopher Byrne, a tech entrepreneur, transatlantic sailor and runner who lives in Dingle, County Kerry. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of SensorPro, a messaging and feedback platform that has served many brands including Pampers, Brown Thomas and Family Dollar. In 1992, he co-founded Cashbook.com which pioneered electronic payment and reconciliation solutions on the IBM AS/400 and Microsoft platforms. The products were distributed worldwide by SSA, now Infor. Cashbook.com was acquired by e-procurement firm Clarus Corporation in 2000 for $60 million. The event took the form of a Q&A session with Christopher being asked a wide range of very interesting questions on his experience with starting a venture and the struggles along the way. The event was later opened up to the audience, mostly consisting of developers and techie professionals. It also included many considering starting a business or those who have recently started a small venture. Some of my key take points included: While a great product is crucial you must also focus on the sales and marketing side. Many start-up technical companies spend too much time producing the “perfect app.” If you don’t focus on sales and marketing the product, your business will...

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