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 Career coaching can assist you to make a career change, gain clarity and to be more fulfilled in your career.   

maria o'dwyer coaching career services arrow up iconFrequently Asked Questions

What is Coaching?

Coaching is recognised as a powerful vehicle for achieving results and optimising personal effectiveness.

Coaching is about moving into the future, taking into account the realities that exist in the present.

Coaching is about change. You can get coaching in lots of areas such as life coaching, health coaching, leadership coaching, career coaching and business coaching to name just a few areas.

Coaching 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 and your professional life. 

Whether you are feeling stuck in career rut, looking for a more fulfilling role, need assistance with interview preparation or job searching strategies, career coaching covers it all.

As part of my career coaching programmes, we focus on gaining career clarity and creating a realistic plan to ensure your create the professional life you desire.

Are the Coaching sessions confidential?

Yes, (unless you are going to tell us something in relation to breaking the law).

All coaches must abide with the coaching code of ethics which outlines that confidentiality is the utmost of importance.

If you are thinking about attending any coaching sessions always ask your coach what associations they are a member of. There are two associations in Ireland - ICF and AC. (I am a member of the ICF association).

Will I get results from Coaching?

The simple answer is Yes as coaching is about change.

However coaching only works when you work. I would only recommend attending coaching sessions when you are able to commit to the sessions.

If you want to make the most of your investment, always determine if it is the best time for you, if there are a lot of things going on in your life, perhaps sign up to the coaching sessions when you have more time.

What is the difference between Career Coaching and Career Guidance?

Career coaching is more collaborative where the Career Coach and the client works together to identify the client’s ideal career direction.

Career guidance is a process where the client completes a psychometric assessment and from that assessment a number of areas are identified that would suit the client.

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?

Coaching sessions take approximately 1hour to 1hour 30minutes.

Where does Coaching take place?

Coaching can be done remotely via Zoom.

Alternatively, these sessions can also be done in person within the Munster region.

What would be the advice you would give when picking a coach?

Always do your research on coaches ahead of contacting them. Coaches typically specialise in 1 or 2 areas so identify a number of coaches that can help you in the area that you want to work on.

Then I would recommend doing the complimentary discovery calls with your chosen coaches. This will really help you to determine if you “click” with the coach.

Finally choose the coach who you got on best with and that you know will help you to make some changes.

If you have any further questions or would like more information, book a complimentary call today. 

Maria O’Dwyer Coaching

offers online coaching

services throughout the

world via Zoom.

I have over 12 years’ experience working in Recruitment and Human Resources within several industries both in Ireland and Australia. The experience that I have gained working in the corporate world, adds to the wealth of knowledge that I can bring to my coaching clients.

I have a very clear understanding of what employers are looking for in you, at interview stage.


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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