What is your role and how long have you been with Collins McNicholas?

Regional manager in the Cork office. With Collins McNicholas two years.

How did you get into recruitment?

I returned from Australia to London and was working in the hospitality industry as a restaurant manager. I was head hunted to work in Hospitality recruitment in London. From there I moved sideways into a Technical Engineering recruitment role.

What are the biggest changes you have seen in recruitment since starting your career in 2003?

–       All roles that we work on for clients are now ‘hard to fill’ roles, there is no such thing as an easy role anymore. Ireland has also lost a huge amount of educated and talented candidates in the last 5 years and so the pool of candidates has decreased and is ever decreasing due to the rate of emigration.

–       Recruitment is now a much more mobile industry with smart phones and cloud computing. Recruiters do not need to be at their desk anymore to get the job done.

What is the last/current book you are reading?

Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

What are your hobbies?

Reading, running, swimming, generally keeping fit and surfing when I get the chance.

What is going to be the next big thing in recruitment?

I think it will be interesting to see what happens with LinkedIn. This is a relatively new recruitment tool which is evolving daily. It will be interesting to see what happens next with LinkedIn.