What is your role and how long have you been with Collins McNicholas?
I returned from London, where I had been working as an IT Recruitment Consultant, in November 2000 and joined Collins McNicholas as a Recruitment Consultant in our Dublin office. Currently, I am a Regional Manager with responsibility for our Athlone (Midlands) and Dublin offices.
How did you get into recruitment?
I would like to say it was a strategic career decision but I’m afraid I can’t. Redundancy in London in the late 1990’s was the trigger to visit a recruitment consultancy to discuss career options. Of all the career options we discussed, I found the role of the recruitment consultant I was meeting to be the most interesting and I have not looked back since!
What are the biggest changes you have seen in recruitment since starting your career in 1998?
The biggest changes must include the large queue at the fax machine shifting to the large queue at the one PC that had internet connection to less people sitting at PC’s and more carrying out all their communication through a smartphone. The technology we use to communicate has changed and with it the language we use with an increasing pressure to distil your entire message into a headline as the current generation do not seem to have the desire to read past one paragraph to get a message so I will stop now!
What is the last/current book you are reading?
The last book I read was ‘Learning and Language’. I have a fascination for what motivates people and influences people to be who they are. This is also linked to my interest to find the best match for an employer when seeking to recruit and for an individual when making a career choice. This has led me to my current further studies in Psychology which this book is a part of.
What are your hobbies?
Hobbies range from the above further studies in Psychology to Sport. Sport includes the annual pilgrimage of all Mayo football fans to Croke Park, (one of those years we will bring back Sam) to the stars of tomorrow at Lacken Under 10’s. It was fantastic to see Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Paul Flynn visit our club recently and see the lift it gave to the underage players (and to a few overage dad’s also).
What is going to be the next big thing in recruitment?
I think we are already seeing an increased requirement from clients to have a more flexible element to their workforce. Collins McNicholas, and other recruitment consultancies, will need to become genuine partners to their clients, becoming an intricate part of their talent acquisition and talent management process. The requirement from companies to have an element of their workforce as consultants / contractors, temporary staff is increasing all the time. It is incumbent on us to continuously develop and deliver innovative solutions to meet our clients changing hiring needs.