Seasons Greetings from Collins McNicholas

This year instead of sending Christmas cards we decided to make a donation to our chosen charity of the year Pieta House. Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from all at Collins McNicholas! We would like to take this opportunity and thank everybody who entered the competition and sent in their fantastic drawings. We would also like to thank Tom McEvoy from Pieta House for being the independent judge. Tom mentioned that when we initially asked him to judge the Collins McNicholas Christmas art competition he: “was really honoured. I didn’t think it would be so difficult to decide on the winners, as all the participants went to such great efforts. In my view they are all winners.”    

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Tips to make your CV stand out from the Crowd

Employers receive a huge amount of CV’s for each job advertised.  The CV is not what gets you the job; it’s what gets you the interview. You want to be short listed for interview for that job so here are a few tips on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd! • Use it as a Sales Tool – Your CV is an opportunity to sell yourself on what makes you the right person for the job. Be sure to include a profile about yourself at the start with your key attributes as this will give the recruiter a feel for what you can bring to the role before they have even met you. • Early Impact – It is critical to garner early impact as you want to hold the employer’s attention so they read through to the end of your CV.  They begin scanning CVs and only those which grab their attention will be reviewed more closely.  However don’t waffle – use hard facts, evidence and achievements to sell yourself. • Be clear, concise and structured – Your CV should be no longer than 2-3 pages.  It is not an essay and should be well structured into sections with bullet points for your duties under each job.  When writing about your experience or education, put the most recent experience first. As this is a professional document don’t use unconventional fonts or colours and remove boxed and shading as this won’t make your CV stand out for the right reasons. • Remove all unnecessary information – Avoid putting in the words “Curriculum Vitae” at the top of your CV. ...

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Recent trip to The Netherlands

Lots of Engineering Career Opportunities for Graduates and experienced Engineers. A group of us have just returned from another very successful visit to The Netherlands where we held meetings with our recruitment partners and got to visit some of their clients as well as getting to sample some of the delights Eindhoven has to offer. It was a short trip but was very beneficial. Meetings were arranged with teams from the areas of Manufacturing Engineering, Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, R&D, Food & Pharma and Oil & Gas. This was a great opportunity to discuss the requirements that are desired and the expected high demand for 2014. Aileen Lalor, Caroline Dowling, Jane Hendry and Nicola Egan visited ASML the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Here we got to meet Irish engineers we had placed and listen to their stories and their experience of the transition from working or being a fresh graduate in Ireland to working in a huge global Hi-Tech company in The Netherlands. As well as meeting them we got to appreciate the sheer vastness of the ASML site which is still being extended, and currently employs c. 10,000 employees. Another highlight for some members of the team was our visit to Phillips Stadium, home to PSV Eindhoven where we had a very enjoyable lunch and got to experience what it’s like to sit in a corporate box, if only for a few minutes. We currently have exciting international opportunities in The Netherlands for a Quality Assurance Validation Officer and a Food Technologist.  If you are a recent Engineering Graduate and would...

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Body Language And The Job Interview

After getting through the CV and Cover Letter stage you’ve now got many things to contemplate in preparation for your interview. Make sure Body Language in the interview is top of your list. You may not know it, but you will instantly be sending out signals from the moment you meet the interviewers and Hiring Manager, so it’s essential you keep your body language in mind! The following tips will help to make your interview performance more effective. Arrive early and relax as much as you can in advance of the interview. Make sure you get your entrance right – when introduced to the interviewer greet them with a firm handshake. Ensure to be aware of your facial expressions, posture and timing right from the off. This is vital to start the interview positively. Use the first 90 seconds to impress – needless to say – dress appropriately! When offered a chair at interview, never lean back into the chair. Sit up comfortably so you look alert and attentive. Don’t invade the interviewer’s personal space, relax into your seat, smile and sit comfortably. If you have brought anything to the interview don’t put it up on the table or on your knees, this can be distracting. Try not to touch your face or hair in the interview, this is a clear sign of being nervous and unsure. This doesn’t mean hide your hands though, it’s quite positive to use gestures, it’s expressive of your personality, but don’t go over the top. In preparation for your interview practice entering a room, putting your belongings down and practicing your introduction. Eye...

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