Archives for February 2016 | Collins McNicholas

It’s a 366 day kind of year, how will you spend your extra 24 hours?

It’s a 366 day kind of year, how will you spend your extra 24 hours?You know it only comes around once every four years, but what you don’t know is whether this could be the year you land your dream job! For many job seekers, job hunting often means submitting so many applications that your head begins to hurt and your brain numbs up from keeping track of numerous applications. It also means listening to uninvited advice from your parents, friends and everyone with an opinion who all say the same thing: Keep on trying. If the advice is starting to sound more like a broken record, perhaps this year is the time you go out and get your dream employer to hire you. After all, if women can ask their men to marry them this year, what’s stopping you from asking an employer to give you a job? Of course, it won’t be as easy as rocking up to your potential employer’s door and dropping your CV. The key is in growing your network so it’ll be easier to increase the number of opportunities that come across your radar. Identify who you need to talk to: Online groups are great sources for spotting the people who could lead to a new job. LinkedIn & Facebook groups are a great way to connect with your industry peers. Direct your networking efforts so that you land informational interviews with people who are working and will keep you in mind in the future. For instance, if you’re a graduate or entry-level professional, you should contact people who are managers, and if you’re looking for a mid-level position, you need to contact people in senior management. Get emailing Email is a terrific tool for reaching out to people in your industry, especially when you don’t have an insider who can put in a good word for you. Don’t worry about the fact that they don’t know you from a bar of soap. As long as you let them know that you’re interested in learning about their company and their people, you’ll stand a good chance of getting your foot in the door. Prep your pitch When your emails and networking efforts have landed in the right hands, it’s time to work on a pitch that will leave a long-lasting impression. After all, your contact will want to know more about who you are and your career goals and you need to ensure you can deliver without a glitch. Don’t lose sight of your goal Make sure you go into the meeting with a clear idea of how your contact can help you. As the meeting draws to an end, tell your contact that you would appreciate it if he or she can keep an eye out for any vacant positions or make recommendations of other companies you can approach. In closing, keep in mind that finding a meaningful job is a lot of hard work. But if you are really committed to securing that dream job you need to take the time to identify the people and methods that will put you on the right path. Go on – take the leap! Ita Hodder Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Medical Technology Companies are Making Big Investments in Ireland

Download the full ‘Medical Technology Industry in Ireland 2016‘ report Ireland’s medical technology sector employs over 27,000 people. It is an important contributor to the Irish economy providing €9.4bn worth of exports annually, creating a large number of well-paid, high-skilled job opportunities. To put Ireland’s success in this sector into context, the European medical technology market is worth roughly €100 billion, and accounts for 31% of the world market. As the 5th largest exporter of medtech products in Europe, Ireland is undoubtedly a major contributor to the global medtech industry. Ireland has developed an excellent reputation as a producer of complex medical technologies. This reputation attracts some of the largest players in the medical technology industry. Ireland currently hosts 18 of the 25 largest medtech companies in the world. Companies such as Abbott, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, Boston Scientific and Stryker all have major operations in Ireland. But it’s not all FDI led, indigenous companies are also major contributors to the Irish medical device sector. There are over 350 medtech companies in Ireland and 60% of these are indigenous SMEs – Creganna, Trulife, Vistamed, and Steripack are just a few of the indigenous Irish medtech companies exporting their products globally. With all that success comes major investment. In the last 2 years, medical technology companies invested €652 million in Ireland, and Ireland also secured one third of all medtech investment into Europe in 2015. Ireland now develops some of the most sophisticated products in the industry, with particular strengths in high value manufacturing and R&D. R&D is growing in importance in the Irish medtech sector, with half of all...

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Post Valentines Blues – Is there such a thing as the perfect match?

As Valentine’s Day passes us by for another year, the florists across the country are left rubbing their hands together with the late onslaught of desperate romantics looking to gain some brownie points. However for many, Valentines triggers people to ask themselves “will I ever find the perfect match?” The same can ring true for many people within their professional careers. The days of staying with one employer for the entirety of your career appear to be dwindling as people are now moving jobs more frequently in search of that “perfect match”.  The question is what tools are in place to aid professionals and companies alike to find that right “fit”. For jobseekers, I would strongly advise that you do your research before entering an application process. This research can take many forms. If you are dealing with an agency; always probe the recruiter on specifics that matter to you, be it the culture of the organisation, work/life balance or career progression opportunities. Where possible I would also advise jobseekers to speak with employees of the prospective organisation. Recently we have also seen the introduction of company reviews on the web, two of the most popular being IrishJobs.ie and Glassdoor. These are worth checking out and are something that I believe will become more prevalent in jobseekers’ research in the coming years. Check out your own company’s review using one of the links below or better still add a review to aid potential jobseekers. http://www.irishjobs.ie/company-reviews https://www.glassdoor.ie/Reviews/index.htm     For employers it is just as important to ensure you that you get the right employee “fit”. Ensuring you get the right...

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Tailoring your CV: One Size Does Not Fit All

Tailoring your CV, making it as relevant as possible to the job advert, is vital in order to earn yourself an interview or to progress to the next round of the hiring process. On many occasions, job seekers send the same CV out for every job they apply for. This just doesn’t work. No two employers are going to look for the exact same skills and experience. So, it’s important to customise your CV, highlighting particular skills and experience that are applicable to the job advert. What to do My advice would be to save a generic CV to your computer, which can be quickly tailored or amended to suit the job being advertised. This should contain your personal details, introduction/career objective, education, employments history, skills etc. Basically, everything about your career to date. Then, when you come across the job opportunity which is perfect for you, you customise the CV to highlight your relevant skills and experience: Read the job spec in detail Print out the job spec and read it thoroughly! Your aim here is to identify particular skills, experience or personal characteristics that they are looking for. Read through it carefully and write down what you feel is important. List your skills and experience relevant to the role Write down your own relevant skills and cross-check them against what you have identified in the job spec. The list you come up with is what’s going to make your CV stand out to the hiring manager. Customise your CV Make the necessary changes and additions to your CV. Position the most important parts well, making them stand...

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