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Collins McNicholas opens new Limerick office

Collins McNicholas opens new Limerick officeCollins McNicholas opens branch in city, creating seven new jobs Positive and sustained growth in Midwest behind move Limerick a ‘strong alternative’ to Dublin and Cork Collins McNicholas has opened a new regional office in Limerick, to service its client base in the Midwest region. The opening of the new branch this month, which will be located at the National Technology Park in Castletroy, increases the company’s number of offices around the country to six. Strong economic growth in the Midwest is the reason cited for the opening of the office, which will see the creation of an initial team of seven employees. Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas said: “We feel that the existing network of companies, combined with the graduate output from the University of Limerick and Limerick IT, and an excellent infrastructure, places the Midwest in a good position to grow over the coming years and offers a strong alternative to the larger urban centres of Dublin and Cork.” “Limerick has strong ICT and Life Science industries and has, in recent years, attracted some blue chip companies including ACI Worldwide, Casa, Uber and Regeneron, complementing the traditional base of companies in the region such as Dell, Stryker and Analog, to name a few.” The first four employees of the company are originally from Limerick and all of them had been working out of the county before being appointed  – including the company’s new Regional Manager, David Fitzgibbon. Originally from Mungret and a UL graduate, David brings his significant experience in the recruitment sector to the Collins McNicholas management team. David Fitzgibbon said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this fantastic role and I look forward to working with the new team in Limerick. There have been so many positive things happening in Limerick and the Midwest, especially over the past 18 months, that highly-qualified people are now returning to the region – not just to jobs but to careers. This includes the first four hires at the new Collins McNicholas offices – as all of us are from Limerick and have secured careers in our hometown. “The Midwest region is going through a period of very positive and sustained growth and we are excited about the opportunity to expand our existing business within the Midwest. We feel that our mix of recruitment and HR services will match the requirements of our current and new clients now and in the future.” For more information on jobs in the MidWest or Limerick, contact our new Limerick Team...

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The Year in Recruitment 2016

2016 was another good year for job growth in Ireland. Over the course of the year, unemployment dropped from 8.9% to 7.2%, to reach an eight year low. Foreign Investment IDA Ireland companies performed very well in 2016, with employment by overseas companies almost reaching the 200,000 mark. These companies created just under 19,000 jobs and had the lowest level of job losses in 19 years, giving them a net job increase of 11,842 jobs in 2016. More importantly, every region of the country experienced a net job increase. It is vital that more jobs are created outside of the main urban centres. Dublin has enjoyed strong job growth for a few years but economic recovery has been slower to arrive to the more rural parts of the country. This makes the net job increase in each region by IDA companies particularly significant. International services, financial services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices were all cited by IDA Ireland as sectors that provided robust job growth. Collins McNicholas Director Michelle Murphy emphasised the importance of the projects happening outside of Dublin, particularly in the West: ‘We are seeing more large scale investment in regional locations. Companies such as Zeltiq and Siteminder, both of whom invested in Galway this year, are realising the depth of talent that is available throughout the country. The quality of the workforce, combined with lower overall costs, makes these locations attractive to multinationals investing in Ireland, and in the process generate vital regional employment.’ Migration Ireland has experienced net inward migration for the first time since 2009. Irish nationals, however, continue to experience net outward migration, but...

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Time to Make a New Year Career Resolution

Like most people I make new year’s resolutions, and like most people by the end of January they lie in ruins. The changes I so desired to make just a few weeks earlier have failed to materialise as I let myself slip back into old habits, consoling myself with the thought that I was being unrealistic with my plans in the first place. It doesn’t have to be this way. What you need is a plan, a roadmap that will give you the structure you need to stay disciplined in pursuit of your goals. If your new year’s resolution is to progress your career, you cannot afford to be casual in the way you pursue it. You don’t want to be putting the same resolutions on next year’s list too. 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. They are wrong. If you are serious about developing your career in 2017 here are 9 things you can do: Set 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 figure out what you need to do to make it happen. Speak to people who are currently doing that job and find out how they got there. Update your CV – your CV needs to to be clear and easy to read. Hiring managers don’t have time to comb through your CV looking for the right information,...

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#HomeForWork – National Recruitment Day to target people home from abroad for Christmas

December 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm FREE EVENT Home for Work’: Come back for Christmas, stay for a career A national recruitment day aimed at offering jobs to people home for the festive season is to take place on December 29. The recruitment day, which will be held in four different locations across the country, is part of the ‘Home for Work’ campaign, was launched on December 8 by its ambassador Hector Ó hEochagáin. “This is a really important campaign. After having travelled across the globe for years and met Irish people working abroad, we have to let these talented, skilled professionals know the country has turned the lights back on and that work and good jobs are out there once more,” said Mr Ó hEochagáin. “Let’s hope the country has turned the economic bend again and the road ahead looks good. We need to entice our Irish Home for Work, for their families and for their country.” Recruitment events will be held at the same time (from 10am to 1pm) in Cork, Athlone, Galway and Sligo on December 29. The free events are being run by Recruitment and HR Services Group Collins McNicholas, whose experts will be on hand to offer advice as well as job opportunities to people considering returning home. Collins McNicholas will be recruiting for a range of roles including Science Professionals, Engineers, Accountants, IT Specialists, Human Resource Professionals, Administration, Sales & Marketing. Attendees are asked to bring their CVs so they can be matched with opportunities available. There will also be advice on other aspects of settling back into living in Ireland – from tips on the property market to...

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Coming home for Christmas…and making a plan to stay

It won’t be long now until we start reading articles in the national newspapers about Irish people returning home from abroad for Christmas.  The emotional scenes are well documented every year as emigrants and their families reunite at airports. For some, it’s been a couple of years since they last saw each other in person. It’s hard to read about, and even harder for those it affects. The emigrant doesn’t always get to call the shots. Distance, cost, having a family, and work commitments decide for most people when they get that chance to visit home. But for every joyous return we’ll read about in the coming weeks, there will be as many tearful farewells by the end of December when people return to their lives aboard. It’s the cruel twist in their Christmas stories. Perhaps you are one of those emigrants? At Collins McNicholas, we understand that taking it a step further and making the decision to move home permanently to Ireland is huge. It’s potentially a life changing decision for you. There will be a lot of ‘what if’ factors to be considered. And often it will be a case of ‘you won’t know until you try’. But one thing that you can do to mitigate how you eventually return home is to get good advice on job opportunities in Ireland. The new life and career you built for yourself abroad doesn’t need to end once you move home. The context might change in some cases, the weather definitely will! But the skills and experience you gained while abroad will more than help you to fit into...

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5 reasons to start your job search in December with Collins McNicholas!

December isn’t just a time for Christmas shopping, it is also the best time of year to shop around for a new job. You might think that December is a quiet month for companies while they focus on year-end activities, but thankfully the need for hiring doesn’t stop in the build up to Christmas. People are always on the move, and companies are always looking towards their next project. Job searching can take up a lot of time, and many people decide to wait until the New Year to kick off their job searches. But procrastinating now could cost you a missed opportunity in January. Our advice is to start searching now – get in contact with one of our Recruitment Consultants, connect with them on LinkedIn, send us an updated CV and start applying for jobs in the run up to Christmas. Need further convincing? Here are 5 good reasons why you should start your job search in December with Collins McNicholas: Reason 1: Companies want to hire now, not later. Regardless of the time of year, if a company needs to fill a role, they need to hire now. If a company needs to ramp up hiring for a project, they will need to hire straight away. If a role becomes vacant because someone has changed jobs, the company will need to fill that role quickly. If a role has been open for a number of months, companies will be anxious to fill that role before year end. So, if you see a newly posted job, you should assume that the company is actively recruiting and interviewing...

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AIT Careers Fair Shows Students How to go From Student to Professional

I attended the AIT Careers & Further Study Fair on Thursday 10th November with my colleague Tina Egan. Collins McNicholas were delighted to be in attendance. There was over 50 stands from companies and colleges from all disciplines and sectors.  We got to say hello to most of our clients in Abbott, Mergon, Teleflex , Axa, as well as a number of other clients. It was a great opportunity for us to meet students and graduates  to discuss the employment market and the types for opportunities we envisage in 2017/2018. We also provided general career and CV advice for these candidate entering the market. Overall we found it an excellent networking opportunity to meet our potential candidates. We were able to answer their questions on job seeking, key things to do and top tips on a typical hiring process. Here are a few key tips I would give any new graduate entering the  job market: Create a good CV and Cover Letter: a graduate CV will be different from other CVs. Less job experience means you will have to focus more on your education. Highlight any transferable skills you have developed and any areas of expertise within your qualification. A cover letter is a great place to draw attention to your skills and how they could be useful in the job you are applying for. Do an internship: this is a great way to gain experience. A lack of professional experience is often the biggest obstacle for graduates. An internship can provide you with new skills, a good reference and some valuable new contacts. It is often better to get...

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And the President of the United States 2017 – 2021 is Donald Trump!

Although there was no clear favorite throughout the campaign, America has made its decision for this presidential term! This time of year always brings about great discussion, be it at home in the sitting room or out having a coffee, about what the ideal president would look like. Alongside the president needing to have the skills, capabilities and knowledge to operate effectively within the role, there are also key personality traits which we would hope the president would possess. As the list could be endless, I decided to choose the top four traits i.e. jigsaw pieces I think are critical to operate effectively in this position……IF we could build an Ideal Presidential Personality Profile. Before we get into the nitty gritty of what these traits look like, let’s start of by defining what a personality trait is. They are defined as distinguishing qualities or characteristics that are the embodiment of an individual and would determine one’s patterns of behaviour, temperament and emotion. On the other hand, skills are the learned capacity to carry out specific tasks. The Four Qualities are: Charisma Charisma can be defined in many ways, however, it is frequently referred to as a rare quality of leaders to command a room and inspire individual’s enthusiasm and devotion with their sheer magnetism. This friendly and pleasant demeanor can soften even the toughest critic. Even if you’re not described as a ‘people person,’ flashing a friendly smile during discussions can have great benefits, especially if you are president. Persuasiveness In order to successfully do any leadership role, never mind lead a country, people have to believe in the individual...

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Invest4Success Event Showcases the Potential of the Upper Shannon Erne Region

My colleague Ita Hodder & I attended the Invest4success event in Croke Park last Thursday afternoon on behalf of Collins McNicholas. The event was a great success, showcasing some of the established and upcoming businesses in the upper Shannon Erne region. There were representations from businesses in counties Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon & Longford all discussing the potential for investors, partnerships and employment opportunities in the region. Basing the event in Dublin offered an opportunity to reach a wider audience and in particular the diaspora living outside the area. The event was well attended and we heard some very positive presentations from Abbott Diagnostics, Vistamed and Cora Systems, who spoke of their commitment to the region and their continued growth. Some of the other businesses exhibiting on the day included; ATA Group, Masonite, Merenda, Obelisk, Prior medical and Lakeland Dairies. For employment opportunities many companies discussed the values of what working in the regions can offer. This includes shorter commuting times, affordable housing, access to schools, strong communities and all round better quality of life. This was reinforced by some of the local tourism initiatives we heard about such as the Blueways project by Waterways Ireland, highlighting the excellent recreational activities available in the region. Overall the region plans to create almost 2,000 jobs in the next few years across a number of sectors which will have a significant impact on the area. It was great to see such a positive message being construed across the board from the larger multinationals to the smaller start-ups. If you are interested in hearing about specific employment opportunities in the region please contact me...

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7 Key Points for Newly Qualified Accountants

For those of you that are approaching the end of your Accountancy exams and are awaiting results at the end of the month, the end is nigh. The hard slog is over. For many it is now time to sit down and plan your first career move post training contract. It can be difficult to fully focus on your long term career when you are trying to balance study and work commitments so for many trainee accountants this is put to one side until they receive their final results. The good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities available to qualified accountants at this present time and this outlook does not appear to be changing any time soon. With so many options available, this article is aimed at assisting those looking to take the next step by providing 7 key points to consider: Practice or Industry – for many this decision does not take much thought. Do you prefer the customer facing element of practice or would you prefer a more strategic and commercially focused role in industry? Structure – organisational structure has a profound effect on the nature of the work you will do in your next role. What type of structure do you want to work in? Multinational, SME, Shared Services Centre, Large Indigenous Business or perhaps a Start Up. CV – this represents your personal brand and it is imperative that it leaves a lasting impression. Ensure you allocate sufficient time to getting this right from the start. It is important to highlight the type of clients you worked with throughout your training. E.g....

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