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

‘Refer a Friend for Charity’ – Find a job while raising funds for your favourite charityRecruitment & 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 incredible work of these very worthy charities.” Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Temple Street Foundation said: “We are delighted and very grateful that Collins McNicholas has chosen Temple Street Children’s Hospital to be the beneficiary of funds raised from their new initiative ‘Refer a Friend for Charity’. These funds will make a real and lasting difference to the 145,000 patients who attend Temple Street from across the country on a yearly basis.” Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson, Simon Communities of Ireland said: “We would like to warmly thank Collins McNicholas for choosing the Simon Communities of Ireland for their Refer a Friend for Charity programme. All around the country, we are working with 8,300 people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. The ‘Refer a Friend for Charity’ programme will help us to continue our vital work preventing more people from becoming homeless and supporting people who are homeless to move into homes of their own.” Tom McEvoy, Funding and Advocacy Corporate Fundraising, Pieta House said: “Pieta House are grateful to Collins McNicholas for inclusion in this innovative ‘Refer a Friend for Charity’ scheme. Collins McNicholas have journeyed with Pieta over the past five years to support and promote our mission that “In a world where Suicide, Self-harm and Stigma are replaced by Hope, Self-care and Acceptance”. Forms for referring a friend for charity can be found...

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Time to Make a New Year Career Resolution

Like 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,...

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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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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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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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5 Things You Should Always Do When You Start a New Job

Starting a new job can be a nerve wracking experience. You don’t know what to expect: will the people working there be friendly, will my boss be nice, or how long will it take me to figure out what I need to do? The following are my top guidelines to help you get off to a great start in your new job. Tip 1 – Good First Impression It is crucial that you arrive on time, and be pleasant and enthusiastic, without being over the top. It can take a long time for people to change their mind about you after a bad first impression so it is important to show your colleagues that you are pleased to be there and are looking forward to working with them. Learning people’s names can be quite helpful. Tip 2 – Know Your Job It is important to be aware of what expectations your boss has for you.  You should know which aspects of your job are the most important so you know how to prioritise tasks when under pressure with deadlines. Obtaining a detailed job description from your boss will tell you precisely what is expected of you. Tip 3 – Understand the Culture Keep up-to-date with the company’s policies and procedures. Communicate with your colleagues and observe how they work. This will help you adapt to the company’s way of doing things. Tip 4 – Find a Mentor A mentor should be able to provide you with an inside perspective on the company and help you progress in the organisation. It is important to find a mentor that you have...

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