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Regardless of what stage you are at in your career, career coaching can assist you in making a career change, gaining clarity about what is next or being more fulfilled in your career. 

Career Coaching services can be offered remotely via Skype or Zoom, over the phone or in person.  If you want to get more information about Career Coaching and how we can work together –  get in touch.

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What is Coaching?

Coaching is about change.  It is a confidential, positive, creative and thought-provoking process that allows the Client to unlock their potential and achieve personal or professional fulfilment and satisfaction.  The coach creates a space that allows the client to gain clarity as to where they are now, where they want to go and what would that look like?  Once the client has gained the clarity it is about putting a plan in place that allows the client to achieve that goal.

What is Career Coaching?
Career Coaching focuses on your career.  Whether you are feeling stuck in your current role or looking for a more fulfilling role, career coaching covers it all.
What is the difference between Coaching and Counselling?
Coaching is future focused and a goal focused process that enables change in a variety of areas.  In contrast, counselling focuses on past issues that will enable you to move forward.
How long are Coaching sessions?
Both Career Coaching and Life Coaching sessions take approximately 1hour to 1hour 30minutes.
Where does Coaching take place?
Coaching can be done remotely via Skype or Zoom. Alternatively, these sessions can also be done in person within the Munster region.

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please get in touch and I would be happy to have a chat.

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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