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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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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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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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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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2016 CIPD National Conference in Croke Park, Dublin

Members of the Collins McNicholas team had the pleasure of attending the CIPD National Conference in Croke Park, Dublin last week. We had the opportunity to hear about best practice, research and case studies in the area of Wellbeing and Neuroscience, as well as network with HR professionals from around Ireland. Speakers included Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Julian Yarr of A&L Goodbody and representatives of Bord Gais and Mercer. Top 5 pointers regarding wellbeing and engagement to take back to the office: Focus on quality, rather than quantity of time spent at work – “presenteeism” is as worrying an issue as absenteeism. Expectations are changing – employees now expect flexibility, understanding and openness from their organisation – and it is vital that organisations change to meet these expectations. Emotional Intelligence or empathy is set to be the most sought after qualities in leaders. Wellness initiatives are accessible for all organisations – often changes can be introduced for little or no cost. Fitness of mind is closely connected to physical health and fitness – stay hydrated, exercise for 20 minutes every day, get 7-8 hours’ sleep per night and try to avoid stress. Caroline Ward HR Services Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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The PorterShed Officially Launched and Ready for Business

Christopher O’Toole (Technical Consultant) and I were delighted to attend the official launch of the PorterShed, Galway, which is the new innovation hub for start-ups located in the heart of Galway City’s new Innovation district.  What an amazing transformation of a historic building into a funky modern co-working space – well done to all of the board members who have worked tirelessly over the past number of months and in particular congratulations to Maurice O’Gorman, John Breslin and Dave Cunningham who made this vision a reality.  There is a true sense of community once you walk in through the vibrant red door, a warm welcome for everyone and a great sense of pride in showcasing what Galway can achieve to ‘future proof’ the start-up business community and contribute to the economic recovery for the region. Collins McNicholas are delighted to have been able to assist the board during their journey in setting up the facility and we thank you for your acknowledgement of same at the official launch last night – we truly look forward to working with the occupants of the PorterShed moving forward.  We are delighted to announce that will be ‘hot desking’ at the PorterShed on a more regular basis and will be available to provide Recruitment and HR advice to the companies located there, and also available to advise any budding entrepreneurs based in the West who need some guidance around these two particular business areas. Continued success to the PorterShed team, to Mary Rodgers (PorterShed Community Manager) and all of the occupants. Michelle Murphy Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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