Archives for March 2016 | Collins McNicholas

Welcome Gillian Nicholson, New Principal Consultant in our Galway Office

Welcome Gillian Nicholson, New Principal Consultant in our Galway OfficeCollins McNicholas are delighted to announce the appointment of Gillian Nicholson to the role of Principal Consultant in our Galway office where she will focus on the growing IT sector in the West and Midwest regions. Gillian is an experienced Account Manager having worked in the recruitment industry for over 12 years and during that time she has successfully recruited for specialist IT Project roles, Software Engineers, .Net developers, Software Testers, Technical Support Infrastructure Engineers and Java Developers for a range of clients including HP, Vodafone, IBM and Microsoft. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Gillian was based on site in Microsoft where she had responsibility for account management and recruitment across a number of divisions. A native of Athlone, Gillian holds a Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing from Limerick IT and a Higher Diploma in HR from the University of Limerick. Director of Collins McNicholas, Michelle Murphy stated ‘we are delighted to have Gillian on board and heading up a growing division for our company. Her proven track record in the IT sector will enhance the service offering to our clients in the region. With the growth of new ICT companies in Galway, exciting new developments around the new Innovation District, and the soon to open ‘Portershed’ in Galway, coupled with some recent announcements in Limerick, we feel there is a strong cluster of ICT companies now setting up home both in the West and Midwest, which is welcomed for sure. Collins McNicholas will be working hard to attract talent to these regions to ensure continued success for our client companies.’ If you wish to send your CV or discuss a current vacancy with Gillian please forward details to gillian.nicholson@collinsmcnicholas or contact her on 091-706706 for a confidential discussion....

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Is it Time to Declutter Your CV?

As a recruiter in an agency and in industry for many years, I have seen my fair share of CVs ranging from good to very poor. To me the ideal format is one that is easy to read with no unusual graphics. Most companies now use web based systems for uploading CVs – usually these systems don’t like elaborate graphics or photos. Word is the best format to use and PDF is best avoided. Ensure your contact details are correct. Ideally a CV should be kept to a minimum of 2 pages. It is always good to get a friend to proof read your CV. My motto is “the facts at a glance,” so keep it lean and avoid any unnecessary text. Here are my top tips for decluttering your CV: Use Microsoft Word, Times New Roman or Arial font in size 11 Avoid using photos or graphics Where possible avoid italics, use bold font in headings Avoid putting huge indents in text as this wastes valuable space Bullet points for responsibilities are ideal Avoid any typos or spelling mistakes Clear headings for each section help it flow better List any gaps in your CV, e.g. career break/traveling etc. By following these simple tips you should have a professional, well laid out CV to send to employers. Always ensure that you keep track of where you send your CV to avoid duplication. If an agency is sending your CV ensure that they have your permission and have provided you with a detailed job spec. For access to our CV and cover letter templates and all of the information you...

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Collins McNicholas Named One of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ Companies

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 third year running, was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 4 March 2016. The awards event in Dublin’s Convention Centre marked the eighth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 800 people from the Irish business community. Frank Ryan, chair of the independent judging panel, was keynote speaker on the night. 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. The network of 115 Best Managed Companies now employs over 47,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €10bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in export sales of 161% over the last three years. Commenting on the award, Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas said: “We are delighted to receive this Award for the third year in a row. It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our team who have helped to build the business over the last 26 years. We would like to extend our thanks to all our clients and candidates for their loyalty over the years.” Last year was an important year for Collins McNicholas, in November 2015 the company was sold in...

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How to Get the Most Out of Psychometrics in HR – CIPD Mid West Event Recap

The Mid West CIPD recently held a business seminar, which was attended by a large number of HR professionals across the Mid West, in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick. This event focused on the topic, “How to Get the Most Out of Psychometrics in HR.” Chairperson Caroline Holmes introduced the event by acknowledging the value psychometrics bring to various areas of HR, including both recruitment and selection processes, and learning and development. This event was sponsored by Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Group. The guest speaker was Caroline Ward, HR Services Manager for Collins McNicholas, who is responsible for designing and providing Assessment Centres, Development Centres and Recruitment Process Outsourcing Services for a wide range of clients with Collins McNicholas. Caroline’s informative presentation, which was further enhanced with a case study analysis, discussed: How psychometric assessment adds value to the HR function. Which psychometric assessments are suitable for use in particular circumstances. What factors you should consider when choosing a psychometric tool. If you  are interested in learning more about psychometric assessments please follow the link: http://www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/types-of-assessment/ You can contact Caroline Ward via:...

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Graduate Assessment Centres: Practice makes perfect

Many graduates are now faced with the daunting task of undertaking the relative unknown of an assessment centre in order to make that first step onto the employment ladder. Companies dealing with a high volume of applicants, many of whom are of a very high calibre, want to view their candidates from many angles – interacting with others in a team, one-on-one, problem solving, presenting ideas etc. As Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group have a track record of running assessment centres, we were approached by IT Sligo to develop and run an assessment process for a group of their students. There were 5 stages as part of the assessment process: The first stage consisted of 3 of the most common ability assessments used by employers Verbal Reasoning Numerical Reasoning Attention to Detail Following on from the ability assessment, the second stage involved the students partaking in a course specific group assessment. For the third stage the students were required to analyse a piece of text and make a presentation to the assessor. Students were assessed on their problem solving, presentation and communication skills. The fourth section of the assessment involved the students undertaking a mock competency based interview. The students were provided with comprehensive preparatory materials in the weeks prior to the interview so that they could gain maximum benefit from the session. Collins McNicholas then provided individualised face to face feedback to the students. As part of the feedback the students were encouraged to ask questions and were provided with guidance and information regarding real assessment processes. This was the most valuable element of the process...

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