Receive Career Advice from industry professionals at Jobs Expo Ireland.

Searching for a new job can be overwhelming. Sometime we’re not even sure what it is we really want to do. For some reassurance, guidance and encouraging check out Jobs Expo Ireland’s Career Advice. Let us be the compass in your career path.

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Meet the career coaches taking part in Saturday’s Jobs Expo Cork

Career Coaches in Cork

Time for the Jobs Expo Cork career coaches list… As well as a slew of companies recruiting at the event, there’s free professional development advice at the Career Clinic. Here is a rundown of the professional development experts taking part in the Career Clinic. They will be on hand to assist with issues like CV writing, interview skills and changing career direction.

Stay up to date with all the Jobs Expo news

To receive news and updates about jobs in Ireland directly into your Inbox, sign up to our newsletters by visiting www.jobsexpo.ie/register/and follow the signup to our newsletter instructions. In addition, you can register for Jobs Expo Galway, Dublin or Cork visit www.jobsexpo.ie/register/

You can also download our app for iPhone and Android phones.

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The Agenda Stage: Here’s the Jobs Expo Dublin seminar list

Jobs Expo Cork seminar list

We have a variety of great talks on this Saturday’s Agenda Stage. Here is the Jobs Expo Dublin seminar list. Don’t forget, the seminars are first-come-first-served. Therefore, make a note of the seminars you want to attend and get in early.

Stay up to date with all the Jobs Expo news

To receive news and updates about jobs in Ireland directly into your inbox, sign up to our newsletters by visiting www.jobsexpo.ie/register/and follow the signup to our newsletter instructions. In addition, you can register for Jobs Expo Galway, Dublin or Cork visit www.jobsexpo.ie/register/

You can also download our app for iPhone and Android phones.

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Meet the Dublin Career Coaches taking part in Saturday’s Jobs Expo

Career Coaches in Cork

Time for the Jobs Expo Dublin career coaches list… As well as a slew of companies recruiting at the event, there’s free professional development advice at the Career Clinic. Here is a rundown of the professional development experts taking part in the Career Clinic. They will be on hand to assist with issues like CV writing, interview skills and changing career direction.

Stay up to date with all the Jobs Expo news

To receive news and updates about jobs in Ireland directly into your Inbox, sign up to our newsletters by visiting www.jobsexpo.ie/register/and follow the signup to our newsletter instructions. In addition, you can register for Jobs Expo Galway, Dublin or Cork visit www.jobsexpo.ie/register/

You can also download our app for iPhone and Android phones.

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Google Digital Garage will be providing CV and career advice at Jobs Expo Dublin

Google Digital Garage CV advice

Jobs Expo Dublin is very excited to be partnering up with Google Digital Garage from Google  –  a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online.

Furthermore, a Google digital expert is coming to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions, too.

On April 28th, at Croke Park’s Hogan Suite, Google Digital Garage will be headlining 3 seminars. Their Google expert will deliver three 1 hour masterclasses. The sessions are fun, practical and hands on.

Writing a Cover Letter

Create an engaging and relevant Cover Letter to present yourself when applying for the job you want.

 

Build a CV

Learn how to define and describe and highlight your skills to make your CV shine.

 

Presentations for work

Learn how to build and communicate your message to engage audiences.

 

About Google Digital Garage

Gain new skills from Google Digital Garage that will enable you to enhance your career. The platform allows you to evolve at your own pace, with free, flexible and personalised training courses. Successful completion of these courses will boost your confidence and encourage you to progress within your career. These are certifiable online courses. Workshops delivered by trained Google coaches.

Methods and tools utilised in training are constantly changing due to new technologies. The days of studying in an officious setting with a ton of books are a thing of the past. Google Digital Garage allows the student to create their own study plan via computer, smartphone or tablet.

Whether you’re looking to improve interview skills, thrive in industry, or make your business succeed, Google Digital Garage is worth your attention. Register for Jobs Expo Dublin and witness these instructive and innovative seminars.

 

 

 

 

 

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MEET THE GALWAY CAREER COACHES TAKING PART IN SATURDAY’S JOBS EXPO

Time for the Jobs Expo Galway career coaches list… As well as a slew of companies recruiting at the event, there’s free professional development advice at the Career Clinic. Here is a rundown of the professional development experts taking part in the Career Clinic. They will be on hand to assist with issues like CV writing, interview skills and changing career direction.

Stay up to date with all the Jobs Expo news

To receive news and updates about jobs in Ireland directly into your Inbox, sign up to our newsletters by visiting www.jobsexpo.ie/register/and follow the signup to our newsletter instructions. In addition, you can register for Jobs Expo Galway, Dublin or Cork visit www.jobsexpo.ie/register/

You can also download our app for iPhone and Android phones.

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Interview skills: Advice from professional career coaches

interview skills

If there’s one part of a job search that most of us dislike, it’s the interview. If your CV is about selling your skills, the interview is about selling yourself.  That’s what rattles many of us. Even people who are highly qualified in their field may need a little help presenting themselves in the best possible way – and dealing with their nerves.

That’s one area where a career coach can help. We asked five career coaches to give us their No. 1 interview tip. Here’s what they had to say.

Fail to prepare – prepare to fail

Preparing for the interview is the most important aspect for a successful result. By preparing, I mean “getting into the zone”.  We cannot expect to perform well at an interview by running from our current role into an interview.  We need to take some time to clear our head and focus on what the role is about, understanding what skills will be needed and what aspects of our experience aligns best with the requirements of the jobWe need to take time to practice speaking about our experience in a positive manner using the STAR (Situation, Task, Actions and Results) framework Take 5-6 responsibilities or tasks that you have been involved in, write them out, memorise them and use them to demonstrate your abilities in certain situations. Be confident in your ability to do the job!

Marie Devane, Devane Careers

Reframe how you view the interview

Reframe how you view the interview. The interview is not about you, it’s all about them – the interviewers. The interviewers have an idea in their minds of what the ideal candidate is like. This includes attitude, communication style, experience and skill set. To prepare well for an interview – get to grips with what that ideal is by analysing the job description thoroughly, speaking to people who have any knowledge of the role, company and industry.  Once you are clear of what is needed match yourself to their needs by pinpointing stories from your past that match the level of the job you are going for rather than the one you are in.

Patricia Tiernan, Leap Career and Personal Coaching 

Having a job specification is like having a cheat sheet

Remember that going into a job interview and having a job specification, is like having a cheat sheet for a maths exam. They will only ask you questions relevant to what’s on that piece of paper. Understanding and studying it, will allow you to be able to have your answers clear and thought out. In regards to your answers, always have an example to back up what you say. If you were the Interviewer and you asked a potential employee “Are you a good communicator” and they answered “Yes, I am”, would you be happy with this? Or would you want more of a concrete example as to why they say “Yes”?

Keith Coburn, Coburn Guidance and CV Writing

Pick 5 key points about yourself

My number 1 interview tip is to pick 5 key points about yourself that you want to get across at some stage of the interview. Make sure they describe who you really are, what you love to do and that they sell your particular skills or character traits. Make it personal and unique so that they remember you. Treat these 5 key points as your brand –if they were the only things the interviewer heard about you then they would know who you are, what you offer and would want to hire you.

Jennifer Davis, Capture HR

Know how to answer competency or behavioural style questions

There are a few key Ingredients to increasing your chances of doing an X factor interview but the most important one in my experience is to understand how to effectively answer competency or behavioural-style questions. This question style is playing a bigger part in the format of interviews, especially in the public sector. As the name suggest, these questions are looking for real examples of a candidate’s present or past work experience demonstrating how they have acquired certain competencies or achievements.

Unless you have crystal ball, you don’t know what exactly they will ask but use the job spec to identify what competencies would be most important for that job. Even without a spec you can do this by searching for a spec of a similar role. Once you have the list of possible competencies, have a think about suitable examples which you could discuss on the day. At the interview it is vital you give a well-structured answer. I would suggest you answer using PAR method. The Problem or issue, the Action you took, and the end Result (how you solved the problem). Using this structure for any competency or open ended questions gives a very polished answer.

Orla Donagher, Interview Tutor 

Want more advice?

At Jobs Expo Career Clinic, attendees can meet face-to-face with career coaches. The coaches can help with issues such as CV preparation, interview skills and changing career. The Career Clinic is absolutely free of charge.

The next Jobs Expo takes place in Cork on Saturday 25 November at UCC’s Devere Hall, Aras na Mac Leinn. To get your free ticket for Jobs Expo Cork, Galway or Dublin, click here.

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Meet career coach Marian Brennan at Jobs Expo Cork

Marian Brennan

Marian Brennan is a qualified executive trainer and life coaching consultant. Her biggest passion in life is to encourage, motivate and assist people to become the best they possibly can be on whatever path or situation they find themselves facing.

Marian has taken many leaps of faith throughout her own life and career, and understands how difficult big decisions and choices can be. After working in a university for 20 years, she went back to study. This new path brought her to IBM for 15 years where she worked as an education facilitator/trainer before moving on to manage software and finance teams. This has given her many years of experience leading and motivating teams to great success.

Marian has also been a Toastmaster for many years, writing and delivering speeches on various topics from educational, motivational, award acceptance, wedding speeches, humorous and storytelling. She now mentors others to have the confidence to face their audience to achieve the same success.

Marian believes that people are naturally creative and powerful, and that whatever realistic goal or challenge they wish to pursue they can achieve. Marian creates a coaching environment that is safe and non-judgmental, and where the client controls the agenda at all times.

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Meet the Career Coaches, Jobs Expo Dublin

Career Coaches

Jobs Expo’s popular Career Clinic returns to our Dublin event this May. We have a fantastic range of qualified career coaches ready and willing to help you land your dream job or change career direction. Be sure to look out for their seminars too.

 

Claire Bain, Next Steps

Claire is an experienced Career Coach and Personal Development specialist. She supports people to get the best out of themselves – and has a track record of achieving this. She specialises in Career Coaching and Interview Preparation, and also delivers training courses in a variety of topics (personal development, organisational change, leading through change, change awareness, competency-based interviews etc).

Claire draws on the skills and knowledge she has gained from 28 years’ business experience. This includes 15 years’ operational management experience in a world-class organisation (GlaxoSmithKline).  She is an accredited coach through the Association for Coaching.

 

Joanna Binder, Toward Your Dream Coaching

Joanna Binder is an Accredited Life and Executive Coach that helps people to introduce positive change in their personal and professional lives. She believes that people are limitless and capable of amazing achievements, and she supports them in achieving their goals.

Joanna also has several years of experience in recruitment. In this capacity, she has reviewed hundreds of CVs and successfully prepared a number of candidates for job interviews by working on their answers, discovering their strengths and potential, and building up their confidence.

Joanna is fascinated by the human mind, people’s life choices, and how we can all have happier lives. From her earliest years, Joanna has been curious about the world and people’s stories.

 

Angela Brophy, Ready2Succeed Coaching

Angela Brophy started Ready2Succeed Coaching because she believes that coaching is the way forward in life, career and business.

Angela specialises in confidence building, motivation and planning, working with you to design your ‘Road Map’ for success and helping you plan how you will get there.

She is an Executive, Life & Career Coach Practioner, working in both Ireland and the UK. Angela is a Member of the European Coaching & Mentoring Council, as well as a qualified and experienced Financial Advisor and Reflexologist.

 

Naomi Caball, Naomi Caball Coaching

Naomi Caball is a creative who is passionate about people and their potential. It is her mission to encourage and empower others to use their own creative powers to unlock the potential of their lives through the coaching process.

Naomi specialises in creative thinking, is a qualified Executive & Life Coach, holds a Masters in professional Design Practise, a Professional Diploma in Creative Advertising, a Degree in Visual Communication and has a foundation in Art & Design.

She lives by the sea in Skerries, and is also a wife, mum, daughter, sister, friend, educator, designer, singer, gardener and general lover of life.

 

Mary Curran, Centre for Professional & Personal Development

Mary Curran is one of Ireland’s most experienced professional and personal development coaches, as well as a trainer and supervisor.  Mary’s background is in Public Relations and Marketing.  She set up her own business, Pavlova Pantry, an Australian-style restaurant, which won the ESB Innovative Business Ideas Competition in 1988.

In November 1999, she opened the Centre for Professional & Personal Development.  She works with SMEs, industry bodies, professional consulting and financial services firms. Her clients include the Law Society of Ireland, AIB Bank, Ulster Bank, Institute of Engineers, Laois Chamber of Commerce, Team of Solicitors, Bridgestone Ireland, Oracle and Accenture, where her coaching was instrumental in preparing senior managers to become partners.

Mary is also on the faculty for VHI Corporate Solutions, where she provides facilitation, training and coaching on work-life balance, retirement planning, stress management and change management. Mary is accredited in a number of behavioural psychology models and psychometrics which are integrated into her coaching work.

 

Alan Hill

Alan Hill has over twenty years senior management experience in Supply Chain, Procurement & People Development.

A qualified coach, Alan is keen to help others recognise their skills and find their passion.

 

Maite Lopez , Space2Change

Maite Lopez is a career change and pathfinding coach with qualifications in Personal and Business Coaching, Career Coaching and Theatre in Education.

She is also the Barbara Sher success team leader for Dublin creating support groups who help each other achieve their goals. She has changed careers five times in her life working in a variety of industries from theatre to online marketing and started three businesses.

Over the last five years she has worked with clients of all ages and nationalities who want to change careers, but are stuck. Maite Lopez supports clients with her positivity, vision, planning and connections to various industries, and holds you accountable to achieve your goals as your personal whip cracker (in a nice, non-threatening way).

 

Gay White, Head of HR at the Institute of Banking

A Registered Work and Organisational Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, Gay White is Head of Human Resources at the Institute of Banking. Gay is an experienced Learning & Development professional with over thirty years business experience, gained through a variety of roles, both in business and HR, in the financial services sector and more recently through her consultancy practice. She is particularly interested in the development of the individual as well as organisation and leadership development.

Through her consultancy practice Gay worked with many clients at all levels of seniority to assist them in securing employment, from the initial CV preparation through to the interview. She has also delivered training programmes and lectures on CV writing and interview techniques.

A business and executive coach and a former lecturer on postgraduate MBA programmes, Gay volunteers as a mentor for undergraduate students as part of a structured mentorship programme and has worked with students to offer them career coaching. She has been guest speaker at a number of events, with CV preparation being one of her regular topics.

Gay is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training & Development and is qualified in the use of a range of Psychometric instruments. She holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology awarded by Birkbeck, University of London.

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Paula Coogan to head up Jobs Expo’s Career Clinic

Paula Coogan

We’re delighted to announce that Paula Coogan will once again be running the Career Clinic at Jobs Expo 2014!

 

About the Career Clinic

The Free Career Clinic is one of the main attractions of Jobs Expo, providing you with the chance to have one-on-one time with a professional careers expert.

These experts are here to answer your questions, giving career advice that cover areas such as:

  • How to design the best CV to suit you and to help you find the right job.
  • How upskilling can work and is it best for you?
  • Job interview preparation.
  • How you can maximize your current skills.

 

About Paula Coogan

Paula Coogan, owner of The Quarter Life Coach, is an accredited Life and Career Coach. She specialises in working with individuals in their 20’s and 30’s who feel that they are a million miles away from where they expected to be in life and have no idea how to bridge the gap. For details of Paula’s coaching packages and programmes visit www.myquarterlifecoach.com.

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CV advice – stand out from the crowd at Jobs Expo

CV

Get your CV in order before Jobs Expo. Jobs Expo offers you the opportunity to meet with your potential employers face to face. This allows you to get a feel for the company and to make the first impression that online applications lack. It would be a great shame however, if the employer is greatly impressed by you only to be disappointed by a lacklustre CV.

We’ve compiled a list of three basic tips to help make sure that your CV stands out from the crowd this September.

1. Structure

While a CV can vary greatly from person to person most will contain a section on your previous experience and a section on your education. Bearing in mind the quantity of applications that an employer must read for a role, which of these sections do you think should come first?

While your education is no doubt relevant and should be included a good CV will immediately show the employer that you have the working knowledge necessary to do the job well by highlighting your relevant experience and responsibilities.

There are exceptions to every rule of course – for example if you are applying for a graduate position  and your experience is limited to your education then you should list your education first. The main thing to bear in mind is that the information that the employer is looking for is the easiest for them to find.

2. Research the Company

It may seem like an obvious notion but when you are applying for a position in a company, it should highlight that not only are you qualified to work there but that you want to work there. Generic CV’s are very easy for employers to pick up on and tailoring your CV to the company and job role is one of the simplest but often overlooked ways of making a favourable impression.

Take the time to research the companies exhibiting and edit your CV accordingly. This does mean that you will have to rewrite your entire CV for each role that you wish to apply for, but it might mean moving some things around so that the most relevant information is the first thing the employer sees. If the role involves people management skills then any responsibilities you had that highlights your experience in this area should appear first e.g. training new staff members. If however, the role is IT based then training new staff members will not be as relevant as the technical skills necessary for the job.

3. Spelling & Grammar

Compiling a CV can be a tedious task and errors can often slip through  but when dealing with dozens if not hundreds of CV’s for any given role employers can have little patience for such unnecessary mistakes. This is particularly relevant for any job role that requires ‘attention to detail’!

While some mistakes will escape the notice of spell check, taking the time to ask a friend to proof read your CV can help ensure that your CV is accurate and presentable.

And don’t forget, if you feel like your CV could use some sprucing up before visiting the employers at Jobs Expo then you can always visit the free Career Clinic first!