Career Advice

  • Talk me through your CV

    Talk me through your cv is a question that is almost guaranteed to come up during an interview.

  • Do you really need a new job in 2016?

    Let’s face it, January can be the most miserable month of the year for many of us. After the parties and presents of Christmas, returning to the nine to five can seem daunting at best, frightful at worst. Funds are low, bills are looming and you’re already struggling to keep your New Year resolutions – plenty of reason to want to hibernate from the real world.

  • All I want for Christmas is a new job

    2016 is almost upon us, out with the old and in with the new. If you are looking to start 2016 with a new job, we've put together a few tips to help you ring in the new year with a new career (Too cheesy?). Oprah Winfrey said “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” The New Year rejuvenates our spirit and determination and if your plan is to search for a new job now is the time to take stock of the current job market and opportunities available to you.

  • Maternity style for working mothers

    Congratulations you are pregnant! A time of fatigue, possible sickness great excitement and joy.Congratulations you are pregnant! A time of fatigue, possible sickness great excitement and joy.

  • Forget New Year resolutions ? Do this instead

    I’m no fan of New Year resolutions, they are usually a knee jerk response to over- indulgence at Christmas. We can also endeavour to ‘resolve’ issues or challenges at any time of the year. However, as we move into 2017, we have an opportunity to connect with that sense of possibility and potential for the year ahead.

  • How to search for a job while still employed

    It is likely, that at some stage in your life you will be looking for a new job while still employed. Often this can be the best time to begin searching for a new job as you are under less pressure and more likely to wait and find a job that you really love. Although it can be difficult to juggle your current role and searching for a new position, in the long run it will be worth it if you find a great job. Below are some tips to make the job hunt as stress free as possible.

  • What we can learn from the Olympics

    I’ve always been a big fan of the Olympics and Paralympics, the spectacular ceremonies, the inspiring stories and of course the edge of your seat action. This summer I spent many hours glued to the TV watching the best athletes in the world strive to reach the pinnacle of their sports in Rio.

  • How to succeed in your new job

    It is important from the beginning to convince your new employers that, in selecting you, they have made the right choice.

  • Battling workaholism

    Did you know workaholism is a recognised addiction? We often use the term flippantly, but there is a more serious meaning. A workaholic is someone who is addicted to work and who defines themselves by their work.

  • What is my purpose in life

    What’s my purpose? What’s my calling in life? What’s the ideal career for me? These are big, powerful questions. If you have ever pondered these questions you are demonstrating a desire, a curiosity, to reach for your potential and a longing to live a life rich with meaning and purpose.

  • Attraction, Retention, Motivation

    Attraction, Retention, Motivation: Sigmar Recruitment report from listening to their clients that these are the three most common words used when discussing employees. And given that the war for talent is back on, this comes as no surprise.

  • Dress like you mean business

    7 Seconds is what we have to make an impression. What you wear will be the package of what you are trying to present. Don’t sell yourself short!

  • Top six guidelines every job seeker should know

    Looking for work can be stressful and tiring, especially if you don’t have a plan. Handing out CV’s and making cold calls can be hard on your self-confidence, but being strategic about your job hunt can refocus you and give you the motivation to keep going.

  • Balancing work with further education

    On the back of the recession where unemployment reached over 15% at its worst point, employees are more concerned about the security of their positions. One of the consequences is people are looking to better themselves through education which can lead to job security or better job opportunities, should the worst happen.

  • Promoting your personal brand

    Personal branding is about understanding what makes you interesting, compelling and different and using that to communicate your unique value to an employer. With the advances of modern technology, there are a lot of ways to promote your personal brand on and offline.

  • How to use LinkedIn professionally

    Sean has changed his LinkedIn status to “Big game tonight, come on United!!!” While there are plenty of social outlets to vent and express your feelings online, LinkedIn is not one of them.

  • Why accounting could be a great career choice

    Are you looking for a great career that has plenty of variety, offers good opportunities to progress and is well respected? Accounting is a good, secure profession that is always in high demand, and has the potential to offer inspiring and interesting options at every level.

  • Thinking about a career in retail?

    Retail is the country’s largest industry and it is the largest private sector employer. Working in the retail industry offers a very exciting career path with there being many positive benefits to be gained from a career in retail. Retail jobs provide varied and challenging work and the chance to learn valuable skills.

  • How to use a job rejection positively

    Being rejected for a position you really wanted can be disheartening and frustrating, but learning to use a rejection positively can turn it around and bring you closer to your goal of finding a great new job.

  • What would you do if success was guaranteed?

    If you knew that you were at the top of your game and would succeed at whatever you set your mind to, what would you aim for this year?

  • Effective job search during the Summer months

    Many job seekers assume recruitment grinds to a halt during the summer months. They take a break from job search activity because fewer jobs are advertised and recruitment delays are expected. It is important to maintain your job search activity.

  • Four critical steps to employment

    Rather than focus on what you have done in your career, start thinking about where you have added value and does your communication plan clearly demonstrate this?

  • Job hunting? Here's some expert advice for every kind of job seeker

    All job seekers have different challenges to overcome. Áilín Quinlan gets CV tips for the graduate, the job hunter who hasn’t changed jobs in a decade and the man or woman out of the workplace for years.

  • Success a new definition

    Traditionally, the word 'success' has been associated with the trappings of financial wealth, expensive cars, designer clothes, corner offices and lavish holidays. It’s a definition of success epitomised by the phrase accredited to Malcolm Forbes ‘he who has the most toys wins.’

  • New Year re-solutions

    The New Year is synonymous with making resolutions which for most people are knee-jerk responses to overindulgence during Christmas.

  • Job search strategies

    I’ve preached about proactive job search for over a decade.

  • A digital detox

    Conjoined, obsessed, tethered, addicted, attached? What word best describes your relationship with your smartphone?

  • Dress like you mean business part 2

    In my first article I outlined the reasoning behind investing in your work wear, here I will show you how you can take what’s available this season and understand how to package the most important item. YOU!

  • Four mistakes to avoid when delivering a presentation

    Bad presentations are all the same - too long, poorly prepared and paced, are overly reliant on slides crammed with text and are delivered in a tone that saps the energy from even the most enthusiastic audience member.

  • Job hunting: the fear factor

    Job seekers have to face and overcome fears to land the ultimate prize – that dream job.

  • Why and how to say NO

    How can I say ‘no?’ How can I push back? Whilst most of us endeavor to be helpful and accommodating, there comes a time, for our own sanity, let alone an equitable work-life balance, that we have to learn to say no.

  • Ring out the old - career advice for 2014

    So 2013 is coming to an end. An opportunity for us to take stock and begin 2014 with a really strong sense of where we are, career-wise.

  • New year, new job: How to start your retail job search

    Many of us like a fresh start in a new year and sometimes, depending on how the previous year fared, that can include seeking out a new job.

  • Four traps to avoid when presenting

    I frequently work with clients who want to enhance their presentation skills. In this article, the first in a series on presentation skills, I share with you four pitfalls to avoid when delivering a presentation.

  • Presenting to senior managers

    In the second in my series of articles on enhancing Presentation Skills, I focus on presenting to senior managers, an audience that can strike terror into the hearts of even the most competent presenters. Here are my six golden rules.

  • Handling questions as a presenter

    In this, the third in my series of articles on Presentation Skills, I explore the area that is often the main source of nervousness, even panic in presenters, namely questions.

  • Effective meetings ? 10 tips

    To paraphrase Tolstoy, productive meetings are all alike; every unproductive meeting is unproductive in its own way.

  • Common job search mistakes

    Sending bland CVs – There’s far too much competition in the current job market for anything “substandard” to survive.

  • Conquering the January blues

    With Christmas and the New Year festivities behind us, many people find January a gloomy month. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 8 tips for conquering the January ‘blues’.

  • Nine key actions for your job search

    Determined to be successful in your job search efforts? Careers coach Paul Mullan outlines nine key points that will help you achieve your goals.

  • New Years resolutions worth keeping

    Drawing up some new year's resolutions? Top careers coach and motivational expert James Sweetman offers 16 key questions to consider as you set out your priorities for the year ahead.

  • Escaping the rat race

    Top career and personal development coach James Sweetman on how to throw off the shackles of the rat race.

  • Getting unstuck in a career-related rut

    Stuck in a rut? Careers and personal development coach James Sweetnam shares some strategies for getting 'unstuck'.

  • 15 tips to improve communication in the workplace

    Effective communication in the workplace is one of the most searched terms in Google in terms of job-related stress.