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Hello, I’m Maria. I am a Career Coach and my passion is helping professionals to create the professional life they deserve. 


I believe no one should settle for less than they deserve in their professional life.  

I know that there is more to life than work, but I also know that when work is not a fulfilling experience, it can impact all other areas of your life.  It took me a while to figure out my own career passion, so I understand the frustrations, disappointments and the time it takes to figure it out!  It definitely doesn’t happen overnight but believe me when you find the thing that sets your soul on fire, it will be worth it. 


I work with professionals who want to find a career that brings them satisfaction and fulfilment. I help my clients to get “unstuck” in their careers and help them find their career passion and purpose. I help my clients to gain clarity and confidence, to take action and to make a change in their professional life. I love helping my clients get out of jobs that are soul destroying and demotivating to securing new opportunities that brings them joy and happiness.


I can help you get results such as:

* Gain clarity about your career direction

* Empower you to take action with a realistic plan

* Gain confidence to make a complete career change

* Help you with your upcoming interview and job search

* Secure a promotion or help you start your business


Are you ready to make a change in your professional life in 2021? 

I can help you take that first step and together we will create the professional life that you deserve. Get in touch.  I look forward to speaking with you. 

What makes me different from other Career Coaches?

Experience & Qualifications

* I have over 12 years HR and Recruitment experience. I worked in organisations such as Apple and Microsoft as a Corporate Recruiter.  As a result I have insight into many jobs, careers and industries. I have a thorough knowledge of all stages of the recruitment process, which allows me to help my clients secure their dream job. 

* 1st Class honours in the Coaching and Coaching Psychology Higher Diploma in UCC.

* Honours Degree in Business Studies where I specialised  and qualified in Human Resources .

* Certificate in Recruitment practice from the National Recruitment Federation.

* Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

* Member of CIPD and I am a CIPD accredited HR professional.

I look forward to working with you. 


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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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