Collins McNicholas Galway Team Welcomes New Team Leaders!

Collins McNicholas Galway Team Welcomes New Team Leaders!  Collins McNicholas Galway welcomes the appointment of Eoghan Curtin and promotion of Christopher O’Toole to Team Leaders! Eoghan is a highly experienced Account Manager with 12 years recruitment experience across all industry sectors with multiple agencies in Ireland, Canada & Switzerland. A native of Bushypark, Galway, Eoghan holds a Masters of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from NUIG and is currently completing a degree in Data Science and studying French and German to a professional level. Christopher O’Toole has received a promotion to Principal Consultant Team Leader to manage the Technical Engineering Division within the Galway office. Christopher is an experienced Account Manager having grown within Collins McNicholas from Junior Recruitment Consultant to Principal Team Lead within 5 years. During that time, he has had ample success, particularly in recruiting for specialist Engineering and Scientific roles for a range of clients. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Christopher spent a number of years working in the recruitment industry in Dublin.  A native of Oughterard Co. Galway, Christopher is a graduate of NUIG having obtained an honours degree in 2011.           Michelle Murphy Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Guest Blog: Why I Love Limerick!

(Robbie Thackaberry, centre, with Jennifer O’Gorman, Recruitment Consultant from our Limerick office, and David Fitzgibbon, our Midwest Regional Manager) Robbie Thackaberry Logistics Project Management, Dell Limerick My girlfriend and I relocated to the Mid-West in 2016, and have recently bought a house in Limerick. Louise and I met when we were both doing a Masters course in Project Management in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School from 2014 – 2015. It was a classmate who set the seed for a move to Limerick. She was already working in Dell Limerick and offered a great insight into both the company and lifestyle. Luckily, having been referred, we were both offered positions in the company, starting on the same day in February 2016. I have always lived in Clondalkin, Dublin, apart from one year in London, so the move to the Mid-West is a nice change of scenery. I originally studied my undergrad in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College from 2003 to 2007. Over the years, I have changed careers a few times from Engineering to Event Management and now Logistics Project Management. Having returned from London in 2010, I took what was intended to be a part-time role in an Event Management company in Dublin. This quickly turned into a full management position, which I held for four years. Over this time, I managed hundreds of projects and events across a portfolio of clients. While fast-paced and exciting, event management is very demanding. Working 60-plus hours a week is hard to sustain in the long term.  Also, it was a smaller company with a career ceiling. As I...

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One Region, One Vision Event – What 2018 Holds for The West of Ireland

On Tuesday last, September 28th, the Salthill Hotel in Galway was host to a spectacular event on the prospects of 2018 for The West of Ireland. Organised by The North-West Regional Assembly, the event attracted a huge crowd and had to be moved to larger room in the venue in order to cater for all guests. Speaking along with myself were many talented entrepreneurs acting as role models for ambitious business people in The West of Ireland, namely Harry Hughes (Portwest), Adrian Weckler (Independent Newspapers), Dr. John Breslin (NUIG) and Mary Rodgers (Portershed), and each guest offered unique experiences, views and ideas. Reflecting on the afternoon and remembering what each speaker had to say I noted a number of key points that stuck with me. Here are my top takeaways from the event: The West is a very excellent showcase of wonderful entrepreneurs e.g. Harry Hughes, Pat McDonagh, Evelyn O’Toole, Barry O’Sullivan and many others – so there is so much to learn from the start-ups that have been successful in the region. Collaboration of all the support organisations is so important to encourage entrepreneurship in the regions – this was echoed by so many of the participants on the day. Our colleges are playing a major part in listening to what the companies need regarding skills and are devising courses to grow talent in these areas – much work done but more work is needed as the jobs of tomorrow are changing rapidly. The encouragement of entrepreneurship should be encouraged at an early age and nurtured during secondary schools so students are well versed about the possibility of...

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Will passing up a promotion when my children were younger ruin my chances this time?

Question: I am trying to move up in my career but am worried past decisions may come back to haunt me. Five years ago, when my two children were quite young, I passed up a promotion as it would have meant working longer hours. The same position has opened up again recently and I now feel ready to take on this role. I am worried that because I refused in the past, I will be passed up by my employer this time. How do I approach going for this promotion? Answer: Try not to worry as it is unlikely your previous refusal of the role will impact your career path at this stage. There is no doubt that your choice to prioritise your home life in the past should not be held against you in this process. Under the Employment Equality Acts, your organisation must not discriminate against you on the grounds of family status. This means that, all things being equal between your application and that of another candidate, legally your organisation cannot choose another candidate above you on the basis that you have a family. However, be careful not to let your concern impact your application negatively as this will result in you approaching the process in a more negative light. It can often happen that more experienced candidates are so concerned with a potential difficulty – such as the possibility of being discriminated against because of their age – that they fail to communicate their competency for, and their genuine interest in, the role to the best of their ability. Focus instead on preparing your application...

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Company Day Out in Limerick

Collins McNicholas recently had its annual company day in Limerick city. Every year the entire company gets together to have some fun, meet the newest members of our team and catch up on what is happening in the company. We choose a different location each summer, last year it was Killaloe, and everyone was delighted to find out we would be going to Limerick this year. Limerick has tonnes of interesting things to see and do, great accommodation options and the people are terrific. Our day started bright and early when we took part in the launch of the Mid-West Relocation Survey, along with our partners in the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Limerick City & County Council and IDA Ireland. The survey was a remarkable success. It highlights the vibrancy of the local communities, not just in Limerick but throughout the Mid-West region. Lots of people are relocating to take advantage of the many job opportunities that have appeared because of the regions rapid growth in the last few years. IDA Ireland sited it as the fastest growing region for FDI in the country. Multinational companies are recognising the many advantages of setting up a facility in Limerick, with its large pool of graduates from the University of Limerick, and the overall cost-competitiveness of the region. Recent investments include Regeneron, Element Six, Northern Trust, and Uber, to name a few. That afternoon, following the success of the survey launch, we had a beautiful lunch at the Strand Hotel, where we also stayed that night, before proceeding to the Milk Market for a series of games organised by Get West....

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Half-Way Point Shows Positive Employment Trends for 2017

Collins McNicholas has seen a 6% growth in registered job vacancies in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016. The number of candidates registered with Collins McNicholas is up by 24% in the same period. The growth in jobs shows a buoyant job market with candidates willing to switch jobs to take advantage of more promising opportunities. Collins McNicholas opened its Limerick office in February this year and that has partly contributed to the increase in candidates. However, candidates have more confidence in the job market now and they are seeing lots of opportunities out there. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was 6.3%, down from 6.7% in January 2017 and down from 8.3% in June 2016. The government expects the unemployment rate to fall below 5% next year. Brexit offers both a challenge and an opportunity with more companies in the UK considering relocating to Ireland. Foreign investment has continued to grow and IDA Ireland has reported a comparable financial investment from FDI as in 2016 but with a greater number of jobs being created. Job announcements from FDI approvals have risen from 9,000 in the first half of 2016 to 11,000 in 2017. Announcements from Microsoft of 600 jobs, and Zendesk of 500, show the demand for technology professionals is still growing strong. Financial services and life sciences continue to perform well – Northern trust announced 400 jobs for its Limerick office and MSD announced 330 jobs for its Carlow and Cork sites. Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas, commented on the labour market by saying, ‘it has been a very...

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