Archives for March 2015 | Collins McNicholas

Infectious Enthusiasm at 2015 Innovating West Summit

Infectious Enthusiasm at 2015 Innovating West SummitCollins McNicholas was a very proud sponsor of the Innovating West Summit on Friday the 13th of March. This Friday the 13th was most certainly not an unlucky day as the event went off without a hitch with all in attendance being engaged in thought provoking conversations all day. The morning was kicked off by John Breslin and Dave Cunningham the co-founders of the summit; they introduced the main aims of the day, which were to highlight how world class teams can be built in the West of Ireland and how to create a series of innovating ecosystems in the West. The first panel discussion consisted of the people which are the corner stones to Connacht Rugby; Eric Elwood, Domestic Rugby Manager, Pat Lam, Head Coach, Willie Ruane, CEO and James Duffy, Elite Player Development Officer. Through the discussion it became obvious what has made Connacht Rugby progress to where they are today. It began with a vision and via the passion which the individuals involved poured in to the club and a lot of hard work they have gotten where they are today. The audience were no less then inspired by the enthusiasm which Pat Lam expressed, he shared the reason why he chose Connacht over the five other offers he had at the time, he saw that his passion and drive were in line with Connacht’s and then and there made a decision to join the team (while later figuring out where Connacht was located). For this panel they did not see the location of the West as a barrier to the progression of their organisation and alternatively they posed the question of why not The West? As people make an organisation they saw Galway as a prime location with its strong sense of community and passionate people. The topic of the following panel was what makes an innovative team; the panellists on this discussion consisted of Norah Patten, International Space University / University of Limerick, Oliver Daniels, CEO Insight Centre for Data Analytics and Fiona McCarthy, Executive Director HR, Dell. One point which arose from this discussion was having a diverse team coming from various backgrounds be it educational, of career wise to bring a variety of experiences to the company. Communication was another key factor of establishing an innovating team this allowed the facilitation of the flow of ideas and interaction. Of course to have an innovative team you must source innovative employees; with both a University and an IT Galway has over 20,000 students residing in the area providing an excellent talent pool. The next discussion was surrounding the creation of an innovation district and ecosystem in the West. Maurice O’Gorman, Galway Chamber / Former COO NCB Capital, David Silke, VP Juniper / Big Innovation Centre UK and Liam Hanrahan, Senior Executive Officer Galway City Council made up the panel. Being part of a successful decentralised team was the next area for discussion with the panellists Tom Forde, Digital and Activation Lead Bank of Ireland, John McGuire, CEO GAME GOLF, Paul Duggan, Global Account Manager Google and Paul Mockler, Business Tourism Manager, Fáilte Ireland all having enormous experience in this area. Again the panellists emphasised the importance of regular communication with reference to the form of communication; it was stressed that phone calls and facilities like Skype are much more effective forms than email and is key to the success of a decentralised team. Another aspect mentioned was trust and resisting the urge to micro manage your teams; from mutual trust and respect you get the most out of your team and they feel valued in their positions. Lastly they spoke about managing your time effectively, when working across different time zones this can be difficult and personal time must be put aside to keep an even work life balance. Overall this was a fascinating event with a lively pace and interesting speakers throughout the day. It was a real melting pot of business professionals from Galway and generated a great buzz for the future innovation centre. We look forward to following the success of this venture and will definitely attend next year. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all involved in the organisation with particular mention to John Breslin and Dave Cunningham.   Donal O’Donoghue, Recruitment Consultant for IT/Software roles – 091 706706 Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group, Galway Sign up for IT job alerts here...

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How should I prepare for an Assessment Centre or Online Assessment?

With the increased use of online assessment as a first or second stage of a recruitment process, “How do I prepare for Assessment?” is a question that Collins McNicholas is often asked. What questions should I ask? As with all stages of the Recruitment Process, gain as much information as you can at the outset.  This will help you to feel more relaxed when completing the assessment. Are there practice materials available? Do I need to complete anything before hand? Do I need to bring anything with me? Will there be computer based and/or practical hands-on assessments? What types of exercise will I be completing? How many people will be there? Is there a dress code? How much time should I set aside   What if there’s little or no information available? Don’t worry, all candidates will be in the same situation.  Find out as much information as you can but don’t become anxious if you don’t get all the answers.  Detailed instructions will be provided with the assessment so just ensure you read all material provided before you begin. Some online assessments can be practiced at http://www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests This may not be the same assessment as you take on the day but may help you to feel more prepared.   Any other tips? If your assessment is online, ensure you are in the right frame of mind and without any interruptions or distractions before beginning If the assessment is face to face, communicate – interact with other participants and your Assessors as appropriate Read all instructions provided carefully and ensure you understand any practice questions or materials Suspend belief...

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First Experience of Speed Networking

As a relative newcomer to the recruitment industry when invited to attend my first speed networking event my mind boggled as to what lay ahead! Casting aside any preconceived notions we had of the related phenomenon speed dating, myself and my colleague Evelyn Robinson (Engineering Division) made the short trip to the refurbished Cork International Airport Hotel for the speed networking event hosted in association with the Cork Chamber of Commerce. On arrival we were greeted by the staff of the Cork Chamber who provided us with all the equipment needed for speed networking – your name badge. What struck me straight away was that everybody is there with a common goal; to meet like-minded people looking to sell their services in the hope of a mutual need for those services. With the list of attendees available beforehand, a number of people I spoke with had people ‘targeted’ that they wanted to get acquainted with. To boost the success of speed dating this approach may be worth looking at! To kick proceedings off three companies were afforded the opportunity to give a one minute pitch on their background and the services they provide – a great way to put your business in the spotlight especially for start-ups. We were then cast amongst the wolves for eight three minute rounds of speed networking.  Within this timeframe you generally give a brief overview of who you work with and what services you provide, exchange business cards and move on to your next potential client at the sound of the bell. After going the distance of eight full rounds I emerged not...

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TechWest 2015: Western Sequel to Silicon Docks mooted

Efforts to create a Silicon Docks in the west of Ireland were discussed at the TechWest conference in Dublin last week. The event, organised by Collins McNicholas, featured talks by figures from successful IT businesses in the west, including Aongus O hEocha from Girt Mobile in Galway, Paul Montwill of Magico from Ennis, and Pat Henry of Cora Systems from Carrick-on-Shannon. TechWest was chaired by The Sunday Business Post’s Connected editor Emmet Ryan, and featured two panel discussions on the challenges and opportunities for IT businesses in the west of Ireland. Enterprise Ireland divisional manager Kevin Sherry said the roll-out of high speed broadband was crucial to enabling businesses in the west to address the global market. For more information on TechWest, contact Michelle Murphy on 091 706706. PHOTOS: (view full gallery here)...

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Collins McNicholas announced as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies!

Company receives award for second time!   Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group has been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the second time was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 6 March 2015. The awards, held in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, were attended by over 800 from the Irish business community. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, gave a keynote address at the awards gala.   The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.   Commenting on the award, Colman Collins of Collins McNicholas said: “We are delighted to receive this Award. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff who have helped build the business over the last 25 years. We would like to extend our thanks to all our clients and candidates for their loyalty over the years.”   Former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Frank Ryan, chaired the independent judging panel that took a holistic approach to measuring company performance, looking at strategy, capability, commitment, and management performance, in addition to financials. The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Commenting on this year’s programme, Managing Partner of Deloitte and judging panel member, Brendan Jennings, said: “Our congratulations to all those companies celebrating their Best Managed status. Whether receiving this accolade for the first...

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