Archives for August 2016 | Collins McNicholas

The Olympic Recruitment Race

The Olympic Recruitment Race    The repetitiveness of applying for jobs continuously can sometimes feel like running a marathon; drawn-out, tiring, painstaking and seemingly never-ending. However, using the right tools and going about it the right away can turn a marathon into a 100 metre sprint. Preparation Have an up to date CV and cover letter ready to go. It should be well-written, neatly formatted and include all of the key information for obtaining the role. This is a crucial first step in your preparation. Just like an athlete tailors her preparation to maximise her chances in each race, your CV and cover letter should be tailored specifically for each job you apply for. Don’t send out the same old tired, generic CV over and over.Application forms require a lot of attention to detail so make sure you fill these out carefully. A mistake can harm your chances of being progressed to interview stage. Performance under Pressure Once you have gotten past the application stage next comes the interview. This section is down to your performance on the day, but with proper preparation success is achievable. Remember, failing to prepare means you are preparing to fail. Take an athletes approach to preparation and practice your answers again and again until you can perform them without hesitation. Being able to perform when the pressure is on is what separates good athletes from great athletes and good job candidates from great job candidates. So, as part of your preparation, know who you will be meeting, practice your interview questions and competency questions to make sure you won’t stumble and fall along the way, and dress for success. Post-Performance Review Your post-race/interview work will involve providing good references after successfully completing the interview. Make sure to check in with your referees, a quick courtesy call to let them know they may be contacted by potential employers. Remember to give as much information about the role you are applying for so they can be aware of what to highlight for you. Review your performance. If you don’t get the job, politely follow up with the company to find out how you can improve on your performance the next time. Until you know what you are doing wrong you will be unable to correct it. No athlete wins the first time they enter a race, and people rarely land the first job interview they do, it’s all about finding ways to improve so that you can eventually beat the competition. The Finish Line If you put in the work now, in no time you will be up on the podium in your ideal role being a champion employee!!   Colin Byrne Senior Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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What Skills Do ICT Companies Need Most?

ICT is the fastest expanding industry in Ireland. There is a relentless demand for new employees with the right ICT skills. Demand cuts across virtually every industry. Approximately 60% of ICT professionals are employed in the broad ICT sector, while 40% are employed in other sectors of the economy. Demand for ICT professionals will grow at 5% a year until 2018 and there is expected to be 44,500 job openings in the period 2014- 2018. The European Commission estimates that Europe could face an 800,000 person ICT skills shortage by 2020. The shortage of talent in ICT is a global problem. This is due to unprecedented growth and innovation in the sector. What matters most is what the government is doing to grow the supply of tech talent for the industry in Ireland. The ICT sector is constantly transforming, this impacts the demand for certain skills, and creates new areas of expertise. Subsectors with the most vacancies include programming technologies, mobile technologies, games development, web development, cloud computing, platform administration, digital and creative media, networking, CRM, project management, data analytics, and contact centre support. Skills Shortages The greatest need within ICT in Ireland is for professionals with experience as: software engineers and programmers, with programming ability in Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, C+++, .Net, SQL, Perl, Ruby, and Python; web developers, with skills in HTML, CSS, XHHTML, Ruby, and an understanding of Web 2.0 technologies; games developers; software developers for operating platforms, especially Windows and UNIX/Linux; computer architects and administrators, with skills in big data analytics, customer relationship management applications and SQL server database administrators; cloud computing specialists, with cloud...

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The ICT Industry in Ireland 2016 – Regional Overview

Dublin Dublin is the centre of the tech industry in Ireland and the majority of ICT investment is concentrated in the city.  Dublin has many of the world’s largest ICT companies; online service companies such as Google, which has over 2,500 staff, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Hubspot, Dropbox, LinkedIn, and countless other companies all call Dublin their home. The Silicon Docks is the hub for the ICT industry in Dublin, with a thriving mix of multinationals and start-ups. Opportunities exist for the broadest range of skill sets – software development, cybersecurity, networking and infrastructure, data analytics, cloud computing, and tech support. Dublin is increasingly seen as an attractive location for globally minded tech talent. The cost and availability of housing in the Dublin area may see some investment shift to other locations despite the highly competitive packages offered by most tech companies. South Cork is the location of several major multinational operations as well as numerous smaller companies. EMC, Apple, VMWare, McAfee, CitCo, Tyco, Qualcomm, and Amazon, all have facilities in the city. EMC employs 3,000 people and has expanded its staff as recently as 2013. It is looking to continue this expansion by pushing its research agenda, focusing on cloud storage, cloud security and compliance. Apple has continued to expand its workforce and now employs over 5,000 people. South East Ciphertechs in Kilkenny, an information security firm, and Bluefin Payment Systems in Waterford, a fintech company, have both announced plans to expand their workforces in the region. Waterford operates a number of research institutes out of Waterford IT that are collaborating with tech companies. Sunlife, a fintech firm, employs...

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Trends in the ICT sector

Trends in the ICT Sector The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) identified what it termed ‘third platform’ technologies as the key technological developments that would have the biggest impact on the ICT sector in the future. These are: cloud computing, mobile devices and technologies, the internet of things (IOT), big data analytics, social technologies, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing, augmented/virtual reality, and cybersecurity. The EGFSN estimates that there will be $5 trillion in ICT spending globally by 2020. About 40% of this revenue, and most of its growth, will be from these ‘third platform’ technologies. This growth will be driven by a rapid expansion in the number of users, the number of connected devices, and the number of applications and services. Cloud Computing & Big Data Analytics Two of the fastest growing subsectors within ICT are cloud computing and big data analytics. The global cloud computing market is expected to reach $287 billion by 2018, according to research firm Gartner Inc., giving it a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.1% from 2011-18. The global market for big data analytics is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 18.45% to 2021, taking the size of the market from $28.6 billion in 2016 to $66.8 billion in 2021. Big Data is a relatively small but fast growing subsector of ICT. There will be a strong demand in business for users with the data analytical and statistical skills to utilise this resource. The Irish government has funded several academic research facilities in this space to foster the skills and technologies necessary for future growth. All of these research...

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