Networking to Get a Job

Networking has become increasingly popular over the last number of years. Examples of networking events include; Open Coffee Mornings, Business Group e.g. BNI, BPW, Network; Chamber of Commerce Meetings and events, College Seminars, Public Networking Events, Marketing Institute of Ireland, ACCA, CIPD, etc.  There are networking events happening in every city and town each week so tune into local press or radio to hear details of what is happening near to you. It is vital to use these opportunities and to be proactive while attending – if you are nervous about walking into a room of strangers by yourself then bring along a friend.  By attending networking events you get the opportunity to meet new people and introduce yourself  into new circles. You have to be prepared to talk – introduce yourself and speak about yourself. Be sure to have your thirty second sales pitch ready outlining who you are and what it is you do or hope to do – perhaps even have a business card with your name, area of expertise and contact details ready to hand out. Networking events assist you in developing a rapport with your peers and potential future employers. You may get speaking to someone from a company that is experiencing a problem and you might have helpful suggestions or solutions for them and this ultimately can lead to an employment opportunity.  Networking events give you the opportunity to keep up to date with developments in your profession as many of these events have key note speakers bringing a wealth of knowledge on a particular subject so you can learn while you network! They also give you a chance to meet with like-minded individuals and professionals in your area of interest – again widening your circle of contacts continuously which is imperative in this market. If you exchange business cards with other individuals at these events why not send a connection to them on LinkedIn on the following day – this will facilitate future contact and correspondence. So look out for a local networking events and make a plan to attend a number of such events in the coming weeks – no time like the present to start!  Michelle Murphy Collins McNicholas Galway...

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Can you rely too much on Social Media?

More than ever, people are using twitter, Facebook and  other social media sources to not only learn about what’s happening in the world but also search for that perfect job! Most people agree that that the best way to find a job is through networking. Attending networking meetings, tapping into your own personal network, or asking  friends who they know are all good steps. Similarly there are many ways to use social media in order to network, and eventually find a job. It is widely believed social networks allow all parties involved to better search for and reach their target. Social media allows us to network, to find people with like interests, and to meet people who can become friends or customers. It flattens out the world and gives us access to people we never would have been able to meet otherwise. For individuals it is a way to connect and share content with friends and like-minded people. For businesses it’s a way to tap into what people are saying about your brand, your product and/or your service, participate in the conversations, be open to new ideas and then use these insights to make better business decisions However As social media continues to evolve and its uses change and expand it is important to use it wisely and not see it as the holy grail! You’re on the job market so you’re using every tool at your disposal to find your way back into the workforce as quickly as possible and that includes making the most of your internet resources, including social media. But before you rely too much...

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Introduction by Colman Collins at CIPD Western Branch Seminar 9th November 2012

Collins McNicholas is delighted to sponsor this seminar for two reasons:- Our keynote speaker Peter Bluckert is someone I have a high regard for having done a post graduate course in Executive Coaching under his supervision a few years ago. As a former HR Manager I have taken a close interest in how the profession has evolved since I got my first HR job with Thermo King back in 1977. I am very disappointed that the HR function has lost its place at executive level in many organisations over the past 30 years despite the fact that HR has become recognised as a profession in that time frame and despite the fact that most HR practitioners are better educated and have a broader understanding of HR than their counterparts of 30 years ago. In the late 70’s and early 80’s HR hadn’t come into being in Ireland and what we had was Personnel Managers who had responsibility for IR and whose performance was measured by limited but very important goals such as:- Ensuring no work days were lost due to strikes Concluding an in company pay agreement within budget Maintaining low absenteeism, good time keeping and low staff turnover Back then it was a male dominated profession populated by IR practitioners who could do deals with trade union officials in smoke filled offices or more often in smoke filled bars. This was a time of very negative industrial relations with a proliferation of powerful trade unions which meant that although the role of Personnel Manager was a narrow one it was a very powerful and important one and because...

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Are Twitter and Facebook effective job seeking tools?

Among the recruiting world there is mixed opinion on the value of Twitter and Facebook as effective job seeking tools. While LinkedIn is deemed an acceptable social media platform for job seeking it is becoming more apparent that Facebook and Twitter are just too “social”. Using Twitter & Facebook does have its bonuses; their user statistics can’t be beaten. Facebook’s Months statistics for the month of October 2012 vouch that they have one billion monthly active users as of October 2012. They have 552 million daily active users on average in June 2012 and 600 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products in September 2012. While Twitters user numbers are smaller than Facebook they still are undeniably impressive. There are over a billion Tweets sent every three days. 340,000,000 Tweets per day and 140,000,000+ active users. With this many people logging on everyday there is literally Terabytes of information in the Social Media space that is useful to a jobseeker. The sea of social media seems a vast one if you are one job seeker alone in your search for a job. But there are ways to use it effectively.  The number one benefit of using Twitter & Facebook is that it is an easy way of gathering information. Follow Employers or subscribe to their group pages to learn about new jobs first. Social Media is a relatively cheap way of employers advertising their jobs.  Build your network of friends and followers to hear where friends or acquaintances have got new jobs or where they have recently left jobs.  Follow local papers as they tend to boast...

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SCCUL Entreprenuership Awards Ceremony 16th November 2012

Michelle Murphy, Regional Manager of Collins McNicholas Galway meets Gavin Duffy, Entrepreneur at this years SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards Myself and my colleague Michelle Murphy were pleased to attend the 3rd Annual SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards in the Ardilaun Hotel last Friday 16th November 2012. We were invited in our capacity as judges who had been involved in the interviewing process that whittled the 132 entrants in this competition down to 7 category winners, 7 category runners up  and 16 One to Watch winners. On the day of the ceremony 108 of the 132 companies who entered this competition took over the ground floor of the Ardilaun Hotel with their exhibition stands which showcased the goods and services of these very enterprising companies. This was the third year of the SCCUL Awards and they have gone from strength to strength over the period. SCCUL is an acronym for St Columba’s Credit Union. This visionary board of this credit union deserves great credit for initiating these awards which are a fitting recognition for entrepreneurs who have taken the big step of investing everything they own in a business venture in the hope of it becoming a commercial success. These courageous entrepreneurs deserve great credit and support in setting out on such an adventure in the middle of a deep and prolonged recession. Participating in this competition award has given all of these entrepreneurs much needed encouragement to persist with their dream of establishing a successful business. The main person behind the event is Liam Bluett the charismatic General Manager of SCCUL Enterprises who must be the most successful networker in Galway. He...

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