Archives for January 2016 | Collins McNicholas

Collins McNicholas Report Strong Performance in Job Growth and Candidate Registration in 2015

Collins McNicholas Report Strong Performance in Job Growth and Candidate Registration in 2015The number of job vacancies listed with Collins McNicholas increased by 24% in 2015, and the number of candidates registering increased by 14%. Managing Director Niall Murray commented, ‘Collins McNicholas had a strong 2015 in terms of placements with vacancies rising significantly compared with 2014. This reflects the broader improvement in the national economy. Employment fell from 10.2% to 8.8% over 12 months to December 2015. This drop in unemployment and the expected GDP growth of, according to the OECD, 5.6% for 2015 and 4.1% in 2016, will lead to continued growth in job vacancies.’ According to Niall Murray, ‘we are seeing improvements in job prospects across a broad range of sectors, with the strongest growth being seen in IT, medical devices, human resources and biopharmaceuticals. However, there has also been an increase in a variety of professions due to Ireland experiencing multinational investment in shared services centres. These centres often provide multilingual customer service support, as well as a host of back office systems, creating demand for a wide variety of skills.’ IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland both enjoyed record years in 2015 and this has had a considerable knock on effect for the overall economy. The IDA created 11,833 net jobs, a 66% increase compared with 2014. Enterprise Ireland had a net increase in jobs of 10,169. What is most important about these figures is that the gains were not confined to Dublin, as in previous years. 64% of the jobs created by Enterprise Ireland were outside of Dublin. Similarly, the IDA, which has emphasised the importance of creating jobs in different regions, had 53% of the new jobs it created located outside of Dublin. Collins McNicholas has witnessed this greater flow of new jobs to the regions first hand. ‘Certain sectors are more likely to set up in regional locations. Medical device, pharmaceutical, and other types of manufacturing companies will be inclined to set up outside of the main urban centres because they will benefit from lower rents. Urban areas outside of Dublin are also becoming known for certain types of activities, developing clusters of expertise that add to the attractiveness of these locations for the larger multinationals. Galway has long been associated with medical device manufacturing, Cork has a burgeoning IT sector and Limerick has experienced investment from biopharmaceutical companies in recent years,’ according to Collins McNicholas Director Michelle Murphy. With a renewed focus in state agencies on creating more employment opportunities in regional locations, and the expected growth in the economy, Collins McNicholas is anticipating another strong year for the company. Collins McNicholas Director Antoinette O’Flaherty stated, ‘we have experienced considerable growth over the last few years in both job vacancies and candidate registration. Early indications in 2016 suggest that these trends are set to...

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CAO Applications: Predicting Your Future

With CAO applications due on February 1st, Leaving Certificate students are considering their future careers. Obviously, this is a crucial decision which takes time to weigh up all of the options. Without any real practical work experience it can be a very difficult to know if the 3rd level course you select is one that will reward you with a career path in a sustainable environment for the future. From what we are seeing in today’s market, there is a genuine demand for skilled personnel in the areas of science, technology and engineering. In particular, the medical device and pharmaceutical industries are performing well and offer excellent long term career opportunities. Engineering If you are technically minded then engineering may be a good option for you. From what we have seen in recent years there is a high demand for engineers in manufacturing, especially in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Newly graduated mechanical, electrical or mechatronic engineers can diversify into roles such as maintenance, process development, validation, automation, design, quality and manufacturing engineering. Any of the above roles could range from new product design to maintaining and modifying manufacturing equipment. Science & IT Science has also become a key area, with intensifying skill shortages, as the economy recovers. If this is an area that interests you, there are many opportunities for chemical and biological scientists and biochemists, typically in the areas of analytical development, product formulation and industry regulation. Biotechnology technicians are also in demand in GMP / cleanroom environments. Continued growth is also expected for the IT sector this year and for a number of years ahead. Job categories...

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How to Structure Your CV and Stand Out From the Crowd

In today’s job market, you need your CV to stand out from the countless others that employers and recruitment agencies receive on a daily basis. In order to be in with a shot of getting your dream role you first need your CV to be noticeable, interesting and efficient. How your CV is structured is just as important as its contents – it needs to be clear, concise and relevant in order to appeal to potential employers and recruitment agencies. Your CV should include the following 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...

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The Only Resolution That Counts

10 Point Plan to Succeed in Your Job Hunt & Progress Your Career        I have lost count of the number of times people have said to me over Christmas “I must give you a call in the new year as I really want to make a move next year and progress my career” Some folks follow through and call but others wait another 12 months before having that conversation again. Most people think that all they have to do is update their CV, send it out to a few agencies, and sit back and wait for the job offers to come in. If you are serious about developing your career in 2016 here are 10 things you can do to: Set some career goals– how can you progress your career without taking some time out to think about what you want to do? Decide where you want to be in five years and work out the steps needed to get there. Speak to people who are currently doing that job and find out how they got there. Update your CV – this sounds so basic, but it is amazing how many people will say they are on the job market but do not have an up to date CV. It is vital to have a well-structured CV that is fully updated and current. We have lots of CV tips and templates on www.collinsmcnicholas.ie Take on a project at work – this may allow you to work across different offices and departments and gain exposure to other senior managers in your company. It will show your willingness to...

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