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Coaching Professionals to reach their Potential is my passion

Hi, I’m Maria and I am a Career Development Professional.
I work with professionals who want to find their career passion and purpose. I am super passionate about helping my clients to gain career clarity and to create a realistic action plan so that they can create the professional life they desire. Services include career coaching, leadership coaching and training.

Individual Services

  • Career Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Career Workshops 
  • Interview Skills Training
  • CV Preparation
  • Career Clarity Masterclasses 

Corporate Services

  • Leadership Coaching
  • Career Coaching
  • Recruitment & Retention Consultancy
  • Training

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The Career Clarity Masterclass is for you if you are eager to make some changes in your professional life in 2021.  Regardless of whether you want to start a new business, get a new job or promotion, this masterclass is not to be missed.

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From our first meeting Maria really made me think about what it was I wanted to do, structuring my goals in a way that I’d never thought of before, she helped me focus on the things that really mattered to me and how I could achieve them. Coaching with Maria allowed me to figure out how I could combine my interests and love of art with my working life. Fear had been preventing me from taking the steps necessary to make my art classes happen before. Maria helped me to re-evaluate what was important to me gave me the inspiration and tools I needed to explore possibilities out there and the confirmation that I can make it work. Maria gave me the space I needed to think out loud and offered just the right amount of support and encouragement to keep me going forward. Because of my work with Maria, I was able to identify my goals, narrow my focus set up my art classes. I found Maria to be practical and straight-forward and very encouraging. Thank you Maria.”

Claire Daniels - Coaching Client

Maria is a professional with true passion for what she does, you can tell immediately that she loves her job and helping others. She possesses a deep understanding of the recruiting/staffing industry, the kind of knowledge that you won’t find anywhere on the internet (and believe me, I’ve looked everywhere.). The kind of knowledge that only people with extensive experience in this area have access to, but won’t share. On top of that, she makes you feel you are her only client and that she truly cares about you as a person and a professional. She provided me with useful tips and insights on the interviewing process, and again, not the general stuff you can find online but what happens behind curtains and how to be properly prepared and deal with it. She has a very pragmatic and methodical approach in her analysis and recommendations, always keeping in mind your specific case and how to turn an interview into a job offer. I found her a really committed and reliable professional and would surely recommend her.

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Creating a CV that highlights your skills and experience effectively is the first step you need to take when looking for a new job.  The purpose of any CV is to get you invited for an interview.  If you have submitted your CV to lots of jobs (that you have the experience for), but you have not been invited for interview, your CV is the issue and it needs some work. 


Your CV has roughly 12 seconds to make a positive impression.  It is important that the layout and content of your CV is easy to read and understand within a short timeframe.   In this article, I will outline some simple tips on how to create a CV that makes a positive impact.  


Tips to create a CV that makes an impact  

CV Layout

Regardless of the amount of experience that you have gained over the past number of years, your CV should be a maximum of 2 pages long.  Any CV that is longer than 2 pages will reduce your chances of your CV doing its job i.e. getting you invited for interviews.  It is quality over quantity when it comes to CV writing.  When you are writing your CV, consider if the information will increase or decrease the chances of your CV doing its job?


Professional Photograph

There is no need to include a professional photograph on your CV if you are applying for jobs in Ireland.  Including a professional photograph does not add value to your CV and it takes up valuable space.  However, the requirements are slightly different if you are applying for jobs in a European Country so include a professional photograph on those applications. 


Reverse Chronological Order

The content of your CV should be presented in reverse chronological order, starting with the current and most recent work experience and working backwards.  Presenting your CV content in this format highlights your career growth and development, it emphasises the most recent jobs that you held and it is easy for the reader to understand if and when there were any career gaps.  In relation to the education content, you have a choice to either highlight this information in reverse chronological order or you can highlight the most relevant education for the job you are applying for first.  It is a personal preference but both options are accepted.


Relevant to the Job

One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers make when they are applying for jobs is that they submit a generic CV to lots of jobs.  This is a recipe for failure.  In order to avoid this error, spend time updating your CV for the job that you would like to apply for.  This will take time but it is time well spent, as this will increase your chances of being invited for interview.  It is much better to apply for less jobs and to spend the time updating your CV for those jobs, than to send a generic CV to lots of jobs.


Grammar and Spelling  

Once you have created a CV that is relevant for the job you want to apply for, check your grammar and spelling before you submit your CV for any job application.  It is easy to oversee these errors when you are creating a CV, but it will be the first thing the reader will spot immediately.  Perhaps even get a family member or friend to double check your CV for these errors. 


Once you have been invited for an interview, your CV has done its job.  It will then be up to you, to sell your skills and experience effectively during the interview in order to get a job offer. 


I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you have gained some tips on how to create a CV that makes a positive impact.  Please share this article with anyone who might benefit from it. 

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