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

#HomeForWork – National Recruitment Day to target people home from abroad for ChristmasDecember 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 banking options. The events are aimed at Irish people living in Canada, Australia, the EU, the US and across the world who have been considering making the move back home. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of immigrants with Irish nationality in the year to April 2016 increased by more than 74 per cent on the previous 12 months. The events will take place from 10am to 1pm on December 29 at the Harbour Hotel in Galway; the Maryborough Hotel in Cork, the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone and the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo. EMPLOYER’S VIEW One company actively hiring is Fort Wayne Metals Ireland, based in Castlebar, Co Mayo, which has already created 20 new jobs this year, with at least another 40 planned over the next five years. “We are doubling our operations here in Castlebar with another 24,000 sq ft to be added to our facility. That means that we are actively hiring with the majority of the roles in the engineering and technical fields,” said Anthony McHale, Training & Development Manger, Fort Wayne Metals. “We have hired a number of people recently who have come home from abroad to work. There is definitely the feeling on the ground in places like Australia and Canada that there are great opportunities available here in Ireland for those who are thinking of returning home and I absolutely believe that is true.”  CASE STUDY: Fiona Collery and her husband, David, are an example of a couple who have finally made the move home to live and work. Originally from Sligo, Fiona had been working in Dublin when herself and David, then her boyfriend, had to emigrate during the downturn in 2009. They moved to Kent with the intention of staying for two years.  “Time just ticked on. We got married and before we knew it, we were there five years. When we had our son, Sean, in April 2015, we knew we finally wanted to realise our dream to come home,” says Fiona. “Things have changed since we left Ireland. The salaries are not as high as in the UK and the USC and property taxes had been introduced. But the real difference is the family support, the quality of life and the non-existent traffic. You couldn’t buy those things.” David is now working as a lecturer in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Fiona is Payroll Manager for Collins McNicholas. “I had been working as a financial accountant in Kent and went to Collins McNicholas to see what was available. They came back to me quite quickly to say they had an internal job if I was interested in that.  It was a good position and in my hometown of Sligo so I was delighted.” For more information CLICK...

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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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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...

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Ten Important Points to Note the Day of Your Interview

One of the most stressful elements of looking for employment is the interview process. The following simple tips will allow you to prepare for a successful interview and perform well on the day.   Be on time. It is crucial not to be late for your interview. Allocate plenty of time the morning of the interview and plan your route to minimise any problems occurring. If something unforeseen happens causing a delay to your journey, phone ahead and explain the situation while stating you will get there as soon as possible. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake. A positive first impression is very important. When shaking the interviewers hand it is important to have direct eye contact while also smiling politely. You will come across as assertive and composed. Stay calm. This will allow you to think more clearly and therefore you will deliver better responses as a result. Feeling anxious and nervous is normal in an interview, the key thing is being able to control it. It is important to note that the interviewers where once in your position. Listen carefully and take your time answering. Take a moment after a question to think about what is being asked and how best to answer it before replying. Don’t get carried away. It is important to provide a full response to the question asked; however, it is also important not to speak for longer than is necessary or to go off topic. Ask for a question to be repeated or explained if necessary. This will give you both more time to think about your response while also getting...

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Handling Job Offers & Contract Negotiations

It’s not every day that you get a phone call with your dream job, so among the euphoria you have to be clear on what the job offer entails so you can properly evaluate it.  It is important to express your enthusiasm and appreciation and always ask for the job offer in writing.  This way you can clearly review the offer and ensure there are no loose ends.  Don’t just consider the salary; evaluate the benefits package, working conditions etc. Make sure you agree a timeline to respond back to the employer, one to two days is reasonable, however you do not want to leave your potential employer waiting too long as it may get you off to wrong start with them.  If you have queries on the job offer, find out who you can speak to in order to get any issues clarified. If the job offer doesn’t meet your expectations, here are some tips on how to handle contract negotiations: The first step to negotiating is research – you will be confident in asking for what you are worth when you know what you are worth – utilise all the online tools available such as salary surveys, cost of living differences etc. You need to be realistic; otherwise you lose credibility from the outset. Don’t push on things that are non – negotiable. Some employers may not have the ability to offer higher pay, however they may be able to meet your needs in other ways e.g. additional holiday entitlement, more flexible working schedule etc. How you deal with a job offer can strengthen or hinder your...

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