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My exciting new job has let me down, so how do I make it challenging and fulfilling?

My exciting new job has let me down, so how do I make it challenging and fulfilling?Question: I left my job with a software company six months ago to take on a more senior role with another firm. The job spec was promising and after the interview it seemed like a company I would have been excited to join. The salary is reasonably high and I don’t have to commute as far. However, I hardly have any work to do. The team I manage is bright, hard-working and keen to take on more challenges. I’ve suggested projects to my employer and he has turned them down. How can I push to find more work and do what they hired me to do? Answer: Feeling underappreciated and under-utilised in your role can be very difficult and frustrating, particularly having moved from what appears to have been a fulfilling role. While it seems that you have isolated boredom and lack of challenge as the key issues here, you must delve a little deeper to consider all aspects of the role and organisation. If your role was to change, would the culture of the organisation still be an issue? If you were given a higher volume of work, would the reporting structure and your level of autonomy be an issue? A career coach can help you think through your situation. Alternatively, take time out alone with a notepad and create a “pros and cons” list. This may help you to appreciate the aspects of the role, organisation and team you enjoy but also isolate the areas that are more difficult or mundane. Request a conversation with your manager to discuss your expectations of the role and organisation from interview and job spec stage and your manager’s expectations of you. Your impression of their requirements may have been biased by your previous role, the reputation of the organisation or by the desire to progress your career. Equally, the hiring manager may have over-promised or over-sold the role. It is important to consider the gaps here and how these may be overcome. People management appears to be a large element of your new role. While your team is strong and, according to your summary above, requires little assistance, perhaps you need to shift your focus away from being constantly busy with projects and tasks to become more engaged in coaching and developing your team. Ongoing interactions, support and feedback have been proven to be more effective than an annual performance conversation. Building a successful and fulfilled team may be a priority. Is this something that you would find engaging? Regarding the projects you have suggested, request feedback as to why they are not being progressed. If there are budget restraints, perhaps you need to focus your attention on cost-saving initiatives or projects that require people resources rather than funding. If the projects suggested are too complex or perceived as unworkable, perhaps there are aspects that are achievable in the shorter term or a staggered approach. Senior management may have access to bigger picture or longer-term plans that are contrary to the approach you are taking in your idea generation. Aligning your thinking more closely with the real company vision will help you generate ideas that are achievable and beneficial. It is possible that, having explored all of the above, you feel it’s not working out. While you don’t want your CV to show a series of quick job changes, other than contract roles, your job satisfaction and overall wellbeing is paramount. In evaluating your next career move, be mindful of your experience here. Develop a vision of your ideal role and organisation with the help of a career coach if necessary. Read the job spec thoroughly, visit the company website, request a site tour if appropriate. Create a list of questions that will help you evaluate the job offer and organisation beyond the job spec or the “sell” at interview. Conduct informal research by reaching out to family, friends or former colleagues who have had previous experience with the company. Do not speak negatively about your previous employer at interview. This will likely be perceived as disrespectful. If possible, avoid leaving your role until you have secured your next opportunity. Once you have secured a new role, be careful not to rush to judgement or let a past negative experience colour your impression of your new role.           Caroline Ward HR Services Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group This article first appeared in the business section of The Sunday Independent, on 27th August 2017, and the original article can be found...

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It feels like the time to spread my wings, but should I heed fears about the role on offer?

Question: I am a senior manager in the medtech industry and, after 20 years with my current company, I feel it is time to seek new challenges. I’ve been for several interviews and I’ve been offered the perfect role with another firm. But I am concerned, as I heard the last person in the role damaged staff morale and several team members left as a result. Should I accept the position despite this? How can I go into this new role and invoke a positive working environment for everyone? Answer: Making a change in your work life is a difficult and brave decision to take at any point in your career development. You should balance both your feelings for your current role, as well as the potential development beyond. While you might have heard rumours about your potential new role and the state of morale, there are other things that you need to consider before you even tackle that issue. Be sure about the move for your own reasons first and then you can look forward to how you might address any internal issues. Here are a few things you should consider before deciding if this is the role for you. 1 The organisation Have you looked at the overall structure and culture of the company? The organisation’s position and reputation in the market should be taken into consideration. How does this match with your expectations for your career? Are their ethics, the product or service they provide as well as their ideology in keeping with your outlook? 2. Role content How would you prefer to spend your time...

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Jobseekers Guide – Managing Your Job Campaign

Jobseekers Guide – Managing Your Job Campaign What is a job search campaign? A job search campaign is a structured and consistently employed plan to promote a positive self image and enhance your career opportunities. Key Steps in a Job Search Campaign: • Apply yourself fully to your job search campaign; your job now is to get a new job • Research the market, evaluate possible options and opportunities. • Generate a list of companies to target in your region and research how to target these companies. • Set daily, weekly and monthly targets. • Organise your job search and establish an efficient record keeping system. Succeeding in Today’s Job Market Over half of vacancies are filled without being advertised, this is what is known as the Hidden Job Market. There are many different routes to market, both advertised and hidden: Routes to market 1. Recruitment Agencies Select agencies that best suit your needs. It is important to build a relationship with the recruiter. The onus lies with you to keep in contact with the agency and to follow up regularly. Try and arrange a meeting with the agency and treat it as an interview. Continue to review websites for suitable positions, and if you locate a position that is of interest to you discuss this role with your recruiter and seek their advice. 2. Start Networking Networking events include; Open Coffee Mornings, Chamber of Commerce Meetings, College Seminars, public networking events at local sports / communities / parishes, etc. It is vital to use these opportunities and to be proactive while attending. Attending networking events gives you the opportunity to...

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Jobseekers Guide – CV’s

WRITING YOUR CURRICULUM VITAE What is the purpose of a CV?  A CV is the first thing you think of when applying for a job, and people often wonder what an employer looks for in a good one. Your CV gives you the chance to tell the employer all about yourself and what you have achieved before you even met them. It is important to structure it carefully and include relevant detail. Here are our tips. YOUR CV SHOULD BE: Clear – organised and clearly presented. Concise – not too long and not too short – just get the message across. Consistent – all formatted in the same manner, using the same fonts Complete – tailored to the industry in question – all information must be relevant Current – CV must be fully up to date THE STRUCTURE OF A CV CVs are made up of a number of different sections that contain different kinds of information: Personal Information Your full name, full address, telephone numbers (home and mobile) and email address. Some people also include their place of birth, age, gender and a photograph – but these are optional. Personal Profile (Optional) Include a brief paragraph that gives the employer an insight into your personal qualities, skills and experience. This need only be about 3-4 lines. Education List your academic history in reverse chronological order, include dates, names of colleges/institutions and location. Subjects and examination results should be included if they are directly relevant to the position to which you are applying. You can also include memberships of professional bodies here. Further Training (if appropriate) Depending on your...

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Jobseekers Guide – Cover Letters

Jobseekers Guide – Cover Letters Cover letters are a basic requirement for most jobs, which is why it is so important to know exactly what a good one looks like. There are many examples on our website but here is a brief guide to prepare the perfect cover letter and CV for any job: Writing a Good Cover Letter A cover letter enables you to express your interest in a particular job and organisation, to highlight your main skills and attributes, and to match these to the employer’s selection criteria. You can explain which opportunity you are seeking, express your enthusiasm for the role, and demonstrate how you will make a contribution. Keep a draft copy of your cover letter and change it for each job you apply for. Here are a number of tips for writing a good cover letter: Avoid rewriting your CV in your cover letter. Highlight specific things about your experience and how it relates to the position you are applying for. Keep it simple. Avoid long, drawn out sentences with complicated vocabulary. Limit your cover letter to one page with three to five targeted paragraphs. Use some of the words included in the job description when writing a cover letter. Proofread your letter. Have colleagues/ friends check for mistakes. How to write the cover letter Salutation, Name, Title, Address, & Date Put your name and address, at the top right hand corner of your cover letter. Put the recipient’s name and address further down the left hand side of the page. Address the person by name, rather than using ‘Dear Sir/Madam’. Underline the position you are...

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‘Refer a Friend for Charity’ – Find a job while raising funds for your favourite charity

Recruitment & HR Services Group Collins McNicholas to donate money for every job placed Pieta House, Temple Street and the Simon Communities back Refer a Friend for Charity programme Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group has launched a new charity programme to help raise funds for three national charities. ‘Refer a Friend for Charity’ is being backed by Pieta House, the Temple Street Foundation and the Simon Communities of Ireland. Collins McNicholas has teamed up with the three charities to raise money for their amazing work. How does it work? It couldn’t be simpler. You just refer a friend, relative, or work colleague — who is looking for a job or a career change — to Collins McNicholas. If the company is successful in finding them a job, they will donate €250 to the charity of your choice. Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas said the ‘Refer a Friend for Charity’ initiative came from a company brainstorming session. He said: “Michael O’Brien, Senior Consultant in our Cork office came up with the referral idea with a slightly different approach. Rather than offering a prize or a cash incentive to those who referred people to us, we decided to partner with a number of charities and let them be the beneficiaries of the referral. “We then asked the wider team to vote on which charities we would like to support and we are delighted to say that Pieta House (with whom we have a long-standing partnership), the Simon Communities and Temple Street were chosen. We hope that our referral scheme will in some small way help with the...

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