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Will passing up a promotion when my children were younger ruin my chances this time?

Will passing up a promotion when my children were younger ruin my chances this time?Question: I am trying to move up in my career but am worried past decisions may come back to haunt me. Five years ago, when my two children were quite young, I passed up a promotion as it would have meant working longer hours. The same position has opened up again recently and I now feel ready to take on this role. I am worried that because I refused in the past, I will be passed up by my employer this time. How do I approach going for this promotion? Answer: Try not to worry as it is unlikely your previous refusal of the role will impact your career path at this stage. There is no doubt that your choice to prioritise your home life in the past should not be held against you in this process. Under the Employment Equality Acts, your organisation must not discriminate against you on the grounds of family status. This means that, all things being equal between your application and that of another candidate, legally your organisation cannot choose another candidate above you on the basis that you have a family. However, be careful not to let your concern impact your application negatively as this will result in you approaching the process in a more negative light. It can often happen that more experienced candidates are so concerned with a potential difficulty – such as the possibility of being discriminated against because of their age – that they fail to communicate their competency for, and their genuine interest in, the role to the best of their ability. Focus instead on preparing your application and hopefully subsequent interview. Think about the reasons that you are now ready to move forward and highlight your personal unique selling points. Here are a few pointers that will hopefully put your mind at ease. Decide if this is the right move for you now Ensure that you are certain that this is the right career move for you at this time. Don’t just go for the currently available promotion because you feel you may have missed out before. It has to suit your circumstances now. You have to choose an opportunity that fits your personal development plan. Request a meeting Rather than mentioning the opportunity to your manager or the hiring manager in passing, ensure that your interest and application is given the gravity that it deserves. You want to be taken seriously. Request some time with the manager or hiring manager in question and ensure that confidentiality is maintained. Prepare for the conversation Think about your suitability for the role now. Do not focus on the distant past. Don’t talk about how you passed up the role before. The interviewer will want to know why you are the right person for the role now and not dwell on the past. Keep your application positive Put any concerns to one side. Don’t let any negative thoughts you may have about turning down the promotion previously colour the application process. Focus on the current process. If you are unsuccessful, request feedback If you do not receive the promotion, request some further information from the hiring manager. This will give you reassurance that the reason you did not get the promotion this time had nothing to do with you passing it up previously. The information you receive could be useful in positioning yourself for your next move. It will help you when approaching your next role, preparing for interview and in building your personal development plan. Don’t let disappointment impact your career or your relationship with your colleagues negatively. This won’t serve you or the company in the long run. If you are ambitious and career-minded, it is important to be constantly open to new learning opportunities. This will help you take advantage of any future opportunities. Ensure that you are actively seeking upskilling opportunities, joining project teams and making the most of all opportunities to further develop your skills, as well as your profile within the organisation. This should ensure that when the right opportunity presents itself, you are well positioned to move forward.           Caroline Ward  HR Services Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group This article first appeared in the business section of The Sunday Independent on August 6th 2017, and the original article can be...

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Company Day Out in Limerick

Collins McNicholas recently had its annual company day in Limerick city. Every year the entire company gets together to have some fun, meet the newest members of our team and catch up on what is happening in the company. We choose a different location each summer, last year it was Killaloe, and everyone was delighted to find out we would be going to Limerick this year. Limerick has tonnes of interesting things to see and do, great accommodation options and the people are terrific. Our day started bright and early when we took part in the launch of the Mid-West Relocation Survey, along with our partners in the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Limerick City & County Council and IDA Ireland. The survey was a remarkable success. It highlights the vibrancy of the local communities, not just in Limerick but throughout the Mid-West region. Lots of people are relocating to take advantage of the many job opportunities that have appeared because of the regions rapid growth in the last few years. IDA Ireland sited it as the fastest growing region for FDI in the country. Multinational companies are recognising the many advantages of setting up a facility in Limerick, with its large pool of graduates from the University of Limerick, and the overall cost-competitiveness of the region. Recent investments include Regeneron, Element Six, Northern Trust, and Uber, to name a few. That afternoon, following the success of the survey launch, we had a beautiful lunch at the Strand Hotel, where we also stayed that night, before proceeding to the Milk Market for a series of games organised by Get West....

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Half-Way Point Shows Positive Employment Trends for 2017

Collins McNicholas has seen a 6% growth in registered job vacancies in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016. The number of candidates registered with Collins McNicholas is up by 24% in the same period. The growth in jobs shows a buoyant job market with candidates willing to switch jobs to take advantage of more promising opportunities. Collins McNicholas opened its Limerick office in February this year and that has partly contributed to the increase in candidates. However, candidates have more confidence in the job market now and they are seeing lots of opportunities out there. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was 6.3%, down from 6.7% in January 2017 and down from 8.3% in June 2016. The government expects the unemployment rate to fall below 5% next year. Brexit offers both a challenge and an opportunity with more companies in the UK considering relocating to Ireland. Foreign investment has continued to grow and IDA Ireland has reported a comparable financial investment from FDI as in 2016 but with a greater number of jobs being created. Job announcements from FDI approvals have risen from 9,000 in the first half of 2016 to 11,000 in 2017. Announcements from Microsoft of 600 jobs, and Zendesk of 500, show the demand for technology professionals is still growing strong. Financial services and life sciences continue to perform well – Northern trust announced 400 jobs for its Limerick office and MSD announced 330 jobs for its Carlow and Cork sites. Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas, commented on the labour market by saying, ‘it has been a very...

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Career opportunities, a better quality of life and lower cost of living is attracting top talent to the Mid-West

              Half of all professionals move to Mid-West for career opportunities – new survey shows 93% of respondents happy with their relocation Seven out of ten have a quicker commute  – with almost two-thirds under 20 minutes A better quality of life, career opportunities, shorter commutes, less traffic, and lower property prices and living costs – these are the main reasons why highly-skilled professionals say they have made the move to the Mid-West. The Mid-West Relocation Survey, which is being launched in Limerick this morning, reveals that the Mid-West is fast becoming a destination of choice for top talent. The survey was carried out by National Recruitment & HR Services Group Collins McNicholas, in conjunction with Limerick Chamber. Collins McNicholas opened a Limerick office to service the Mid-West region in February of this year. More than 93% of those surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their relocation.  Almost three-quarters (72%) say they now have a better balance between their working and home lives. Some 70% now have a quicker commute to work since relocating to the Mid-West – with nine out of ten people having a commute that is less than 40 minutes. Some 61% now have a commute of less than 20 minutes. Interestingly while 45% of those who moved back were originally from the Mid-West region, some 42% relocated from outside of Ireland. When asked about the factors which influenced their move to the Mid-West, 88% cited a better quality of life while two-thirds referenced a reduced cost of living. The other main reasons given were: lower property...

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Increase in Registered Job Vacancies of 9% in the 1st Quarter of 2017

Collins McNicholas has seen a 9% growth in registered job vacancies in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the first quarter of 2016. The number of candidates registering with Collins McNicholas has increased by 1% in the same period. The unemployment rate for February 2017 was 6.6%, down from 6.7% in January 2017 and down from 8.4% in February 2016. As the unemployment rate declines, we are seeing a tightening in the labour market and increased demand for certain types of skills. The biopharma, medtech and software sectors continue to grow and there is increased demand for engineering, science, data analytics and software development skills within these sectors. It is encouraging to see the growth of the Coder Dojo movement and the increased applications in the STEM subjects at third level, positioning Ireland to take advantage of the expected growth in these sectors globally where the competitive advantage is centred on access to talent. The short to medium term outlook for the Irish economy is good. The ESRI forecasts GDP growth of 3.8% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2018, with a corresponding fall in the unemployment rate to 6.4% by the end of 2017 and 5.6% by the end of 2018. Although Brexit will likely have some negative impact on trade, the economic outlook for Ireland’s principal trading partners looks positive in the short to medium term. Domestic factors are playing a more important role in economic growth with a resurgent construction sector expected to be a significant driver of this growth as the housing shortage is addressed. Ireland continues to attract international investment and this year has...

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Top Five Lifestyle Reasons Why Limerick is Now a Location of Choice for Job Seekers

1. Plentiful Job Opportunities – Job opportunities are on the rise in Limerick in many sectors, and at all levels. This is great news for job seekers who may have had to relocate previously to other parts of Ireland in the last few years when the recession hit, and would now like the opportunity to move back to their hometown. The unemployment rate in Ireland has reduced to 6.6% in February 2017 from 8.4% in February 2016. 2. Educational Facilities – Limerick takes pride in the education facilities it provides. It is home to one of Ireland’s top universities – the University of Limerick. The University of Limerick provides its students with a great variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from and has a booming employment rate for graduates that is 20% higher than the other six Universities in Ireland. http://www.ul.ie/news-centre/news/university-of-limerick-is-ranked-within-top-150-of-worlds-young-universitie   3. City of Culture – The people of Limerick are now creating a more vibrant culture in the city with continuous improvements to the cities social and cultural amenities through expansion, development and regeneration. This is all part of the “Limerick 2020 campaign” to be recognised as a European Capital of Culture in 2020. Exciting upcoming events and things to do can be found on https://www.limerick.ie/visiting/whatson     4. Sporting Facilities – Limerick has extensive sporting facilities. Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster Rugby which is one of the most famous rugby clubs in the world. Other well-known sporting facilities include the Gaelic Grounds which is the main GAA stadium in Limerick city, home to several hurling and football teams. If you are interested in...

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