Career

One of my big tips for anyone looking to get a bit of an edge in their career planning is to get a Professional Mentor. It usually comes up at my workshops and the number 1 question I get is: How do you actually find...

Recently I did a talk at a seminar to a number of people responsible for HR in their organisations. I closed my section with a challenge to the room, which was this: On return to your office, take the time to send someone, an individual email...

In 2017 I was asked to help with the TEDx Ha'penny Bridge event running in Dublin. I was delighted to be involved as a Speaker Coach. My own organisation then hosted our own event late 2017. I've always loved TED Talks myself, but I was...

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One of the things I like to talk to people about around money is a Dream Life Budget. The Dream Life Budget is what I call the actual, physical, amount it would cost for them to live the life they'd love to live. Today I'm going to talk about what the Dream Life Budget is, why its important, and how to do it.

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What is the most important element of an interview? I’ve done lots of interviews in my time and I have been both sides of the table. People think the answer is very complex but its not. The most important element of an interview is ‘Overall Fit’. It is your scoring in Overall Fit that will often win or lose an interview. This is one of the main reasons internal candidates do so well in interviews. Its because the panel are very sure of their current fit in an organisation.

A few months ago I was invited to take part in an article about the importance of developing a great work wardrobe while carving out your perfect career. I spoke with Leona MacDaid, from Maven46 magazine ,and we chatted about lots of wardrobe and career related issues including:
  • The importance of interview dressing
  • The balance between style and functionality
  • Dressing for starting in a new job

Life, Business and Career Coaching are relatively new concepts in Ireland so its hard to explain the benefits to people, and I get asked a lot! However Coaching is well established in the US and this handy info-graph produced by The Life Coach Spotter highlights some the major benefits Coaching clients felt after Coaching including:
  • Increasing Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Achieving Personal Goals
  • Lowering Stress and Frustration levels
  • Improving Personal Relationship.
Have a quick look at the Infograph to see the different areas of your life that Coaching can work in, and some of the reported results experienced by clients. And as always if you're interested in learning more about Coaching please feel free to get in touch

These days having a Linked In profile is essential to your career journey, but profiles can be used for more than just a job search. Today I'm going to look at 7 reasons people use Linked In. If you are in any way interested in your professional development, have a look at these alternative reasons for using Linked In and see if any of them might work for you.

Over the coming months I am excited to be posting a new Blog series called the 'Job Search Series'. This series aims to de-mystify some of the elements around the Job search and application process. It will also include some of my own tips for helping you get to interview, and performing well. Today I'm starting with Interview Panels and a look at how Job Interviews actually work.

Working in Career Coaching, the Side Hustle has often been the solution to seemingly insurmountable career hurdles for my clients, but its still a relatively unused practice. I am a HUGE fan of the Side Hustle, so I’d like to properly introduce you to the concept and if you have a big idea you'd like to try, maybe it could work for you.

Goal: 'The object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.'    Goals are one of those buzzwords we hear about all of the time, but goals are more than just a buzzword. Goals are central to any sort of life and career planning success. They are so central to successful planning that goals, and in particular goal setting, form the backbone of all coaching activity. As the saying goes; A goal without a plan is just a wish, so todays post is all about long-term goal setting.

Many people are surprised to learn that according to research you’re most likely to get your next job from someone you’ve already met. You’re also most likely to get your next job lead from an acquaintance, not a friend. This information, and the accepted necessity of networking when job-hunting makes Linked In is a great way to get started if you are actively looking for a new post or position. I use Linked In a lot, including during recruiting and hiring, and I’ve noticed some things that are really minor, but can have a big impact on whether or not we hire someone or commission work from them. There are lots of different ways to use Linked In and these are just things I've noticed through my own use for work that make it much easier for me to access or contact a prospect.

Today I want to discuss the impact extra-curricular activities can have on your career and in particular Volunteering in the place of Work Experience. I work with Third-level students, and a number of them end up studying in fields that they have no interest in. When we speak I hear a wide variety of issues including:
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