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The GROW Model is a coaching framework used in conversations, meetings and everyday leadership to unlock potential and possibilities.  The GROW model was developed by John Whitmore and it is the most widely used coaching model for problem solving, goal setting and performance improvement. 


To improve your professional performance and to develop a roadmap to your professional success, you can also use the GROW model on yourself.  The GROW model is a simple method that will help you to identify your professional goals and to identify how you will achieve them. 


GROW is an acronym for the four key steps in this coaching model. G-Goals, R-Reality, O-Options and W-Way Forward. In this article, I will provide more information about each step and I will provide some reflective questions for you to consider.


The GROW Model


The first step is to identify a specific professional goal that you wish to achieve.  This professional goal can be anything from getting a new job, gaining a promotion, returning to college, starting a business, or making a complete career change.  The key is to set a professional goal which is both inspiring and challenging for you. 


Spend time answering these reflecting questions, as it will help you to identify your professional goal for 2022:

  1. If I was not afraid of failure, what would I attempt to do?
  2. Why is this goal important to me?
  3. What are the benefits for me in achieving this goal?
  4. What will it be like if I achieve my professional goal?



The next step is to reflect upon and to assess your current professional situation.  Honesty is the best policy when working through this step of the coaching model.   It is good to think about any opportunity that might be presenting itself to you in your current company.  Also it would be good to think about any obstacles that might be holding you back in your professional life, these can be external factors such as no career progression in current company, or internal factors such as self-doubting your ability to apply for that promotion.


Here are some questions that will help you to identify your current professional reality:

  1. What is the reality of my current professional situation?
  2. What is going well and not well for me in my current job?
  3. What do I like /dislike about my current job?
  4. Do you know anyone who has achieved the professional goal that you want to achieve?


O – Options

Once you have completed step 2, the next step in the GROW model is to list your options and to make choices in order for you to achieve your professional goal.  Think outside the box and brainstorm some potential solutions on how you can achieve your goal.  Identify all the possibilities that are there for you, identify your strengths and finally identify the resources that you can access in order to achieve your professional goal. 


Some questions to reflect upon: 

  1. What would happen if you did nothing? What would your professional life look like in December 2022?
  2. What options have you identified to achieve your professional goal?
  3. What else might you do?
  4. If there were no obstacles, what would you do?


W – Way Forward

The final step in the GROW model is to create an action plan that will get you closer to achieving your professional goal and to define the timelines as to when you want these actions completed.  A good idea would be to find an accountability buddy, who will ensure you keep on track as you work through each of the action items. 


Some reflective questions to consider at this stage:

  1. How committed are you to this professional goal?
  2. What steps do you need to take to achieve this goal?
  3. What could hinder you taking these steps?
  4. What are your criteria and measurement for success?


I hope you found this article beneficial and that by using the GROW model it will help you to identify what your professional goal is for 2022.  Please share this article with anyone you feel might benefit from it.


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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