Archives for July 2016 | Collins McNicholas

5 Things You Should Always Do When You Start a New Job

5 Things You Should Always Do When You Start a New JobStarting a new job can be a nerve wracking experience. You don’t know what to expect: will the people working there be friendly, will my boss be nice, or how long will it take me to figure out what I need to do? The following are my top guidelines to help you get off to a great start in your new job. Tip 1 – Good First Impression It is crucial that you arrive on time, and be pleasant and enthusiastic, without being over the top. It can take a long time for people to change their mind about you after a bad first impression so it is important to show your colleagues that you are pleased to be there and are looking forward to working with them. Learning people’s names can be quite helpful. Tip 2 – Know Your Job It is important to be aware of what expectations your boss has for you.  You should know which aspects of your job are the most important so you know how to prioritise tasks when under pressure with deadlines. Obtaining a detailed job description from your boss will tell you precisely what is expected of you. Tip 3 – Understand the Culture Keep up-to-date with the company’s policies and procedures. Communicate with your colleagues and observe how they work. This will help you adapt to the company’s way of doing things. Tip 4 – Find a Mentor A mentor should be able to provide you with an inside perspective on the company and help you progress in the organisation. It is important to find a mentor that you have a natural rapport with. Having a mentor is a huge advantage, it will help you to develop your career and get the most from your time with the company. Tip 5 – Commit to Your New Job Don’t dwell on the past, leave your old job behind.  Avoid referring to your old job in conversations as there is nothing worse than hearing someone constantly say “that’s not how we did things in my last company.” Bonus Tip Finally, remember to be patient. It takes time to settle into a new job, so embrace the challenge and get stuck...

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Using the STAR Technique When Preparing for an Interview

For many candidates, the interview process can be a very overwhelming experience with many fearing they will fail to recall important details and undersell their ability. The STAR technique is a method used to help candidates prepare for interviews, especially competency based interviews. This method will allow you to form your answers efficiently, focusing directly on the question being asked. What are competency based interviews? Competency based interviews are designed to make the job application process unbiased as each candidate is asked the same types of questions. This form on interviewing is commonly practiced in large organisations. An example of a competency based question may begin with “Tell me about a time when…” This may not seem difficult, however, during the interview it is common for candidates to leave out information and wander off topic, therefore, delivering an unstructured answer. It is important that you “sell yourself” during the interview while following the STAR technique to structure your answers. So what is the STAR technique? Your answer should incorporate the following elements: S – Situation T – Task A – Action R – Result Situation: Describe the background of a particular situation when you used the competency.  For example, if the competency is budgetary control, you may answer; “In my last job I was appointed to lead a project involving a €800,000 engineering factory shutdown lasting 3 weeks, and I had complete responsibility for the budget for this project. I did face some challenges on this project which required careful management to keep to budget.” Task: Define what your particular task was in relation to this, i.e. “My duty...

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Collins McNicholas Quarterly Jobs Market Report Q2 2016

Collins McNicholas has seen a 4.8% growth in registered job vacancies in the first six months of 2016 compared with the last 6 months of 2015. The number of candidates registering with Collins McNicholas has increased by 2.8% in the same period. The unemployment rate currently stands at 7.8% (MAY 2016), having fallen steadily from 9.8% over the last 12 months. The unemployment rate will continue to decline over the next 12 months, albeit at a slower pace than the previous 12 months. The Irish economy continues to grow and job creation should rise with it, but the consequences of Britain’s departure from the EU will have a negative impact on the Irish economy, slowing growth and job creation. A weakening sterling will hurt Irish exports to Britain, particularly in the agricultural sector. Tourism will also be affected as British holidaymakers will find it more expensive to visit Ireland. Issues surrounding the rights to residency of the roughly 400,000 Irish people living in the UK will also need to be resolved. This could benefit Ireland if even a small of number of skilled professionals choose to return to the country. “However, despite the uncertain consequences of Brexit on the Irish economy, foreign direct investment (FDI) is strong and should grow as investors seek to maintain access to the EU markets and avoid the uncertainty over Britain’s status post-Brexit,” said Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas. High technology sectors, in particular ICT, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, are doing well. Graduate output has increased significantly in the STEM subjects and excellent progress has been made in retraining people for jobs in...

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