Archives for February 2015 | Collins McNicholas

Another Positive Start-Up Galway Tech Meetup

Another Positive Start-Up Galway Tech MeetupOn Thursday 19th February, Michelle and I attended a Start-Up Galway Tech Meetup event on Social Entrepreneurship held in Busker Brownes – guest speakers were Iseult Ward (CEO, Foodcloud) and Colman Farrell (Co-Founder, SSE Ireland) and the event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Iseult Ward is co-founder and CEO of Foodcloud. She explained that Foodcloud is a community-based social enterprise which brings food businesses and charities together through an easy-to-use and reliable platform, matching those with too much food with those who have too little. To date, Foodcloud have facilitated the redistribution of 123 tonnes of surplus food to a growing network of charities right around Ireland. She was listed in Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders for 2014, and along with Foodcloud co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien was the Irish winner at the Ben & Jerry’s and Ashoka “Join Our Core” competition in 2014. Colman Farrell is co-founder and Director of Learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, supporting individuals who are starting and growing social enterprises and community organisations through action-learning courses. Before SSE Ireland, Colman was the co-founder and CEO of Suas Educational Development, a multiple-award winning Irish education focused non-profit supporting programmes in Ireland, India and Kenya. Colman received a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award in 2005, was a member of the International Visitors Leadership Programme in 2009, and received an Arthur Guinness Fund Award in 2010. There was a good turnout at this event hosted by Barry O’Sullivan, CEO of Altocloud, with some networking and light finger food served.   Caroline Dowling, Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group...

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How to Structure your CV

Employers and recruitment agencies receive countless CVs for each job vacancy. In such a competitive job market it is vital that your CV stands out from the crowd. How your CV is structured can be just as important as its contents – it needs to be clear, concise and relevant in order to appeal to potential employers. Your CV should contain no more than 6 sections: Section 1 – your personal details. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. You do not need to include your date of birth, a photo or your marital status. Section 2 – your personal profile and key achievements – this is your opportunity to sell yourself. Use just a few short sentences to highlight your attributes and the skills you can bring to the role Sections 3 & 4 – your education and work experience. You can alternate these sections, depending on which is strongest or most relevant to the job you are applying for. Always list your qualifications and experience starting with the most recent. For your work history, use bullet points to highlight your achievements and duties in the role. Use clear headings detailing your job title, the company name and your period of employment. Section 5 – your hobbies and interests. This is an important section to include as it gives potential employers an opportunity to develop an image of you as a person as well as an employee. Section 6 – your referees. It is perfectly acceptable to either list your referees or to state that they are ‘available upon request’. So, now you know how to...

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Tough Interview Questions: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The most important thing an interviewer is looking for in your answer is evidence that you have given some thought to your career and where you would like it to go. They will also be interested in finding out how important a part of the picture their company is in your plan. To answer this question, begin by outlining your desired career path. Start with the job you are applying for, it is important you do not overlook this job, it should be central to your answer. If a company feels you are not going to be committed to this job they will not hire you, no matter where you see yourself in 5 years. Depending on the job and the company there may be a defined career path within the organisation. If there is you can use this as your template. Research the company before the interview. Use LinkedIn to see how people in the company progress, look at the organisational chart and other company information to better understand the opportunities you will have in the company. The job you are applying for should be a central part of your 5 year plan. Identify clearly what you can learn from the role, the skills you hope to develop, and the accomplishments you expect to achieve. Do not discuss your 5 year plan in terms of how many promotions you hope to get, and how much more money you expect to be earning. This is not what the interviewer is hoping to hear. It should be about personal development and how you can contribute to a company or industry....

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Employment Law Breakfast Seminar in Cork

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Cork recently hosted an Employment Law Breakfast Seminar with Purdy FitzGerald Solicitors in the Maryborough House Hotel. An expert in Employment Law and key speaker at the event, Einde O’Donnell provided an overview of Case Law and other developments in Employment Law over the last year, with a particular emphasis on the Workplace Relations Bill.  Einde highlighted changes to, the RBA scheme, data protection, employment permits and collective bargaining among others.  He also provided a review of cases of note in the past year and the implications for future cases, including injunctions, unfair dismissals and personal injuries. Einde guided attendees on how to apply these developments in a practical manner in the workplace.  The seminar was well attended by local HR representatives and business owners from the Cork area. Seamus Tobin, Regional Manager with Collins McNicholas, believes such information is extremely valuable: “It is vital for employers to be fully aware of changes in employment law and Einde O’Donnell gave an informative and topical presentation which was very well received by the audience.” Celebrating 25 years in business this year Collins McNicholas has an extensive nationwide presence with offices based in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Athlone and Sligo – Collins McNicholas are experts in providing recruitment assistance in a range of sectors including executive recruitment, technical engineering, supply chain, information technology, human resources and all commercial recruitment such as accountancy & finance, customer service/multilingual & sales and marketing. Collins McNicholas was delighted to be awarded one of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2014 and the company was also awarded a special commendation under...

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Collins McNicholas at the SCCUL Enterprise Awards

Collins McNicholas were again heavily involved in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards 2014 which were presented in the Bailey Allan Hall in NUIG on 29th January 2015. This year was the fifth running of the awards where 140 companies competed for 6 category awards, 6 runner up awards in each category, 6 One to Watch awards, and a special merit award. There was also a special recognition award which was presented to the Murren family in recognition of the services of Jim Murren former CEO of IDA Galway, who was a former judge in the awards process and former SCCUL mentor. Over 600 people including SCCUL personnel, exhibitors and members of the public attended what was has become one of the biggest enterprise awards in the country. Collins McNicholas sponsored the Business Services category and the first picture above shows Colman Collins presenting the joint category award to Brenda Dooley of Axis Healthcare. As sponsors Collins McNicholas were allowed to have a stand at the awards ceremony where Michelle Murphy, Caroline Ward and Caroline Dowling were in attendance. Michelle Murphy was also a judge in the awards process. Frank Ryan Chairman of IDA opened the awards ceremony and our second picture shows Liam Bluett former GM of SCULL Enterprises, Colman, Frank Ryan Chairman IDA Ireland and Michael Smyth GM of SCCUL Enterprises. Our final picture shows Colman outlining the SCCUL mentoring process which many of the award winners are joining as mentees. We look forward to the 2015 SCCUL Enterprise Awards. For more information on SCCUL, visit:...

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