On Wednesday, December 10th, Collins McNicholas Sligo, in association with Social Media Skillsnet, hosted a workshop on Jobseekers Workshop in Today’s Job Market at the Glasshouse Hotel Sligo.

Jobseekers Workshop - Mark Little, Paul Cooney, Antoinette O'Flaherty, Dermot Cunningham, Mary Bruen

Mark Little, Employment Response, Paul Cooney, Department of Social Protection, Antoinette O’Flaherty, Collins McNicholas, Dermot Cunningham, Employment Response, Mary Bruen, Department of Social Protection.

This free event was open for any jobseekers to attend. The workshop involved a number of presentations on areas including online job searching, using social media to find a job, and what employers look for in potential employees.

This first speaker was Paul Cooney from the Department of Social Protection. He outlined some of the support available to jobseekers and employers in getting people back to work. He discussed the benefits and criteria of the JobBridge and JobsPlus schemes.

Jobseekers Workshop - Gary O’Mahony, HR Business Partner from Abbvie Ireland addressing audience.

Gary O’Mahony, HR Business Partner from Abbvie Ireland addressing audience.

The Keynote speaker was Gary O’Mahony (HR Business Partner from Abbvie Ireland, Ballytivnan, Sligo). Gary gave an excellent presentation on what employers are looking for in candidates. He spoke about the best ways to create your personal brand as a jobseeker and how to best deal with applying to a company of interest.

This was followed by a presentation by Jean Gilligan (Springboard Project Coordinator, IT Sligo) on the Springboard Programme. Jean discussed some of the options available to jobseekers to up-skill in a particular area. She highlighted some of the courses available through IT Sligo, the criteria around eligibility and how the courses are delivered.

Finally, we had two presentations from my colleagues, Davin Ferguson and Colin Byrne on online job searching and using social media. Davin discussed the best ways to utilize the internet to maximize your chance of finding a suitable position. Colin discussed the dos and don’ts of using Social Media platforms to grow your network and find opportunities.

The day was a great success and I think everyone in attendance took something away.

My take-home messages were:

  • There are a range of supports available to help jobseekers get back into work or education – JobBridge, JobsPlus and Springboard.
  • Building a consistent personal brand is important to determine how you want to be seen as a jobseeker.
  • Using the internet to source information on your targeted industry and prospective employers is essential.
  • It is important to use social media correctly and carefully to grow your network.
Jobseekers Workshop - Mark Whelan, Gary O’Mahony, Abbvie Ireland, Davin Ferguson, Colin Byrne.

Mark Whelan, Collins McNicholas, Gary O’Mahony, Abbvie Ireland, Davin Ferguson, Colllins McNicholas, Colin Byrne, Collins McNicholas.


Mark Whelan

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group

Email: mark.whelan@collinsmcnicholas.ie