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Time to Make a New Year Career Resolution

Time to Make a New Year Career ResolutionLike 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, they will just move on to the next CV. It is vital to have a well-structured CV that is fully to date. We have lots of CV tips and templates on www.collinsmcnicholas.ie Take on a project at work – this will allow you to gain experience, develop new skills, and give you an opportunity to impress your superiors. It may allow you to work across different offices and departments and gain exposure to other senior managers in your company. Should you decide to change jobs it will be a great point to make at interviews. Find a mentor – this is something that is normally best done on an informal basis but some organisations have put in place formal mentoring programmes to help develop talent within their organisations. It is great to have an experienced professional that can offer advice on how to progress your career and deal with certain situations in the workplace. You should always look to learn from people will more experience than you. There are always ways to get better at what you do. Take a course – doing a course shows your commitment to lifelong learning and personal development and is always a strong point to make at an interview. It will also give you useful new skills. Update your LinkedIn profile – this should reflect your CV and there should be no discrepancies between your CV and your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you use all the functionality available within LinkedIn. Join relevant groups and make comments about topics you have an interest in. LinkedIn is an excellent tool for online networking but it is important to engage with LinkedIn on at least a weekly basis. Employers commonly use LinkedIn to find suitable job candidates. Build your network on LinkedIn – the more connections you have the more likely you are to be spotted by an employer. Network – networking is still best done face to face. Go to industry events or career fairs and use these events to build your network and meet new people. Bring plenty of business cards and make sure you follow up afterwards. You never know when you will make that crucial connection that will lead to a great career opportunity so take every chance you can get to meet professionals in your industry. Research the market – look at the activity of other companies in your industry to see how your skills and experience match their strategy. Could they be organizations to target? Monitor the IDA and Enterprise Ireland websites regularly to keep up to date on companies that are setting up or expanding in Ireland. Build good relationships with a number of trusted recruiters – build relationships with a small number of professional recruiters. Meet with the recruiters in person, or at a minimum have a conversation with them over the phone. Blasting out large numbers of emails and not following up with the recruiters will not work. Finally, set aside some time each week to review how your job search is going, check the various websites and review what is working. Your plan should be constantly evolving as you go. Choosing to develop your career is the best resolution you can make. Happy job hunting in 2017!! For further information on CV, interview and job searching tips check out: www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/jobseekers/ Niall Murray Managing Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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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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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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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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How to Get the Most out of Psychometrics in HR

Last Wednesday morning Collins McNicholas in conjunction with the CIPD had the pleasure of co-hosting an event focused on the topical area of Psychometrics in HR. A large crowd gathered at the splendid Maryborough Hotel for a very informative presentation. CIPD Chairperson Margaret Collins began proceedings before introducing Rory Walsh, Regional Manager of CollinsMcNicholas Recruitment & HR Services. Rory gave a brief overview of the organisation and proudly announced that Collins McNicholas had recently been awarded Recruitment Company of the Year by The Cork Business Awards for 2016. Caroline Ward (HR Services Manager) then presented on why companies use psychometrics and how they can be altered to the specific needs of the company, be it within a recruitment process or the development of employees. Caroline also gave an insightful overview of some the most commonly used assessments and how to get the most from psychometrics. The guest speaker on the morning was Ronan Emmett, Head of Learning & Talent Acquisition in Boston Scientific. Ronan gave an interesting insight on how Boston have recently revamped their recruitment process and how psychometrics have played a key part in this journey. Ronan was keen to point out that psychometrics were not solely used with the recruitment process but are also used to identify high potential and assisting with the personal development of their employees. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the event and the CIPD for giving us the opportunity to discuss the growing importance of Psychometrics in HR. Please find the link below with podcast and presentation slides on the CIPD website. http://www.cipd.co.uk/global/europe/ireland/about/southern-psychometrics-2016-slides.aspx If you have any...

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Tech West 2016: Meet Tech Companies Hiring in the West of Ireland

Join us at Tech West 2016, Wednesday, October 26th at the Gibson Hotel, from 5pm, to hear about the many job opportunities open.  Awaken to the great job opportunities in the West and experience a quality of life only the West can offer. Find out about tech jobs in the West & Midwest Meet local start-up companies Get expert advice on moving back West Up to 100 high tech jobs to be filled before the end of the year! When: Wednesday, 26th October from 5pm                                      Where: Gibson Hotel, Dublin 5pm                                   Registration opens 6pm                                   Overview of the event – MC Samantha McCaughren Introduction – Michelle Murphy (Director, Collins McNicholas) Introduction – Ian Brannigan (CEO, Western Development Commission) 6:15 to 6:45pm Panel Discussion No.1. – Driving innovation within the West & Midwest regions Gillian Buckley – Western  Development Commission Johnny O’Dwyer – Innovation District, Galway John Magee – Head of Enterprise, LEO Mayo Niall O’Callaghan – IDA Midwest Barry Egan – Enterprise Ireland 6:45pm to 7pm Visit stands // Collins McNicholas Career & CV clinics 7pm to 7:30pm   Panel Discussion No.2. – Opportunities for key talent in the West & Midwest Joe Smyth – Alto Cloud, Galway Pat Hession – Cisco Galway Keith Moran – SL Controls Galway 7:40pm to 8.10pm Panel Discussion No.3 – Opportunities for key talent in...

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