10 Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in 2018

10 Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in 2018It’s January and most people’s thoughts are on the things they want to change in their lives in the New Year. One of the biggest alterations a person can make is taking a new direction in their career so, every year, “finding the dream job” is usually high up on many people’s New Year’s resolutions list. However, by the end of January, many of the changes that were so urgent and important at the end of December, have gone by the wayside as we slip back into the comfort of our old workplace and familiar routine. Moving jobs or changing careers can be a scary prospect and sometimes people think that it is easier for them to stay where they are — even if they are unhappy — rather than make a fresh start. But there is no reason why landing your dream job cannot become a reality for you in 2018. 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 can’t afford to be casual in the way you pursue it. 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 2018, here are 10 things you can do to make it a reality:   Set your goal. You can’t progress your career if you don’t know 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. Give your CV a facelift.  Your CV needs to be clear, easy to read, well-structured and up to date. Hiring managers don’t have time to comb through your CV looking for the right information, they will just move on to the next one. We have lots of CV tips and templates on collinsmcnicholas.ie Use your current role to progress. Taking on a new project at your current job will allow you to gain experience and develop new skills. Should you decide to change jobs it will be a great point to make at interviews. Find a mentor. This can be done informally or through formal mentoring programmes. It is great to have an experienced professional offer advice on how to progress your career and deal with certain situations in the workplace. You should always look to learn from people with more experience than you. There are always ways to get better at what you do. Upskill yourself. Taking a course shows your commitment to lifelong learning and personal development and is always a strong point to make at an interview. It will also give you useful new skills. Get smart on social. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your CV and make sure there are no discrepancies between the two. Use all the functionality available within LinkedIn, join relevant groups, build your connections and make comments about topics that interest you. LinkedIn is an excellent tool for online networking as employers commonly use LinkedIn to find suitable job candidates but it is important to engage at least on a weekly basis. Build a network. Networking is still best done face-to-face. Go to industry events or career fairs to build your network and meet new people. Bring plenty of business cards and make sure you follow up afterwards. You never know when you will make that crucial connection that will lead to a great career opportunity so take every chance you can get to meet professionals in your industry. Research the market. Look at the activity of other companies in your industry to see how your skills and experience match their strategy. Could they be organisations to target? Monitor the IDA and Enterprise Ireland websites regularly to keep up to date on companies that are setting up or expanding in Ireland. Build good relationships with recruiters. Build relationships with a small number of trusted, professional recruiters. Meet with the recruiters in person, or at least have a conversation with them over the phone. Blasting out large numbers of emails and not following up with the recruiters will not work. Measure your progress. Set aside some time each week to review how your job search is going, check the various websites and review what is working. Your plan should be constantly evolving as you go.   Happy job hunting in 2018!!           Niall Murray  Managing Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group...

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Collins McNicholas Host Networking Event in Eindhoven

On the 7th of September 2017, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group hosted a successful Irish networking event in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Over the past decade we have placed over 300 engineers in The Netherlands, so the purpose of the event was to bring the Irish community in Eindhoven and surrounding areas together to celebrate the success of all our placements in the region, to check their progress since moving out there and ultimately to encourage them to network with each other and strengthen the Irish community there. The event was held in the surreal setting of PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadium, where we had access to the dressing rooms, warm-up area and pitch-side. The dressing rooms presented an ideal atmosphere for everyone to get to know each other over some finger food and drinks on the house, and the feedback from those who attended was extremely positive. The evening began with introductions and complimentary snacks. The atmosphere was very casual and allowed us all to get to know each other, and the staff in the arena were exceptional. As the night moved on we raffled off two-tickets for the All-Ireland Football Final, which went down extremely well with our guests needless to say, before concluding with some words of thanks. It was refreshing to learn that all the people we have helped to place in The Netherlands have been treated brilliantly out there and settled in quickly. If you would be interested in a move to The Netherlands check out our webpage www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/netherlands or get in touch with us today.                ...

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My Two Week Work Experience with Collins McNicholas

I walked out of my final college exam with a gleaming smile on my face. No more exams or lectures, I was ready to join the real world. Earn my keep and begin my career path. However, not only was I an excited graduate, but a confused graduate, with an interest in HR and Marketing. Having returned from my J1, I set about sending out my CV. I submitted my CV to Collins McNicholas. The following day I received a call from Director Michelle Murphy, she spoke to me about my CV and offered me the position to cover one week’s holiday leave at reception in the Galway Office. I jumped at the opportunity and started the following week as I knew this would be an invaluable experience. Everyone on the Collins McNicholas team was extremely welcoming and were happy to help when I had any questions for them. Aside from my duties at reception, the Collins McNicholas team invited me to help at a recruitment fair they were holding and also to sit in on the interview process, as they knew I held an interest in HR. As my week at Collins McNicholas came to a close, I was invited to return the following week, spending one day in the Galway office to see how the assessment centres were run, and to spend the rest of the week in the Sligo office with the Marketing Department. On Monday I observed an assessment centre run by HR Manager Caroline Ward and HR Consultant Emma Woods. They spoke with me about the different methods used to test various capabilities that...

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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 – Interview Tips

Introduction “You only get one chance to make a first impression” First impressions do count, and research has shown that the average person can make up their minds about somebody within the first 30 seconds! A job interview is no different. Preparation, presentation and attitude are the key ingredients to be successful. What to Expect? From the employer’s perspective, the purpose of the interview is to evaluate you and your capabilities, to assess your ability to contribute to the organisation and to see how well you might fit into the organisation. The Stages of an Interview There are 4 stages in a typical job interview: • Breaking the ice – introductions and ‘chitchat’ designed to help you relax and feel comfortable. • Exchanging information – questions that focus on the organisation, the job and your interest in both. • Expanding the focus – specific questions about you and how well you will be able to do the job. • Wrapping up – time for clarifying, asking questions and final comments. Interview Preparation Preparing yourself properly for an interview will help you relax and give you the confidence to answer tough questions. Thorough preparation will dramatically improve your chances of getting the job. Research the Company & the Role Firstly make sure you read through the job description carefully. If you are dealing with a recruitment consultant they should also be able to tell you about the company you are going to see, and about the person who is interviewing you. You should also conduct your own background research on the firm and the individuals you are meeting. You will...

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Graduate Assessment Centres: Practice makes perfect

Many graduates are now faced with the daunting task of undertaking the relative unknown of an assessment centre in order to make that first step onto the employment ladder. Companies dealing with a high volume of applicants, many of whom are of a very high calibre, want to view their candidates from many angles – interacting with others in a team, one-on-one, problem solving, presenting ideas etc. As Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group have a track record of running assessment centres, we were approached by IT Sligo to develop and run an assessment process for a group of their students. There were 5 stages as part of the assessment process: The first stage consisted of 3 of the most common ability assessments used by employers Verbal Reasoning Numerical Reasoning Attention to Detail Following on from the ability assessment, the second stage involved the students partaking in a course specific group assessment. For the third stage the students were required to analyse a piece of text and make a presentation to the assessor. Students were assessed on their problem solving, presentation and communication skills. The fourth section of the assessment involved the students undertaking a mock competency based interview. The students were provided with comprehensive preparatory materials in the weeks prior to the interview so that they could gain maximum benefit from the session. Collins McNicholas then provided individualised face to face feedback to the students. As part of the feedback the students were encouraged to ask questions and were provided with guidance and information regarding real assessment processes. This was the most valuable element of the process...

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