CV and Linkedin preparation for networking and applications

Your CV/Linkedin Profile are the keys you use to open the different career doors you want to go through. I have seen many CVs which are not clear, too long, badly structured, and do not convey the ESSENCE and VALUE of a person. The CV/Profile is an extension of your “pitch” and should be something that you are proud of, confident in discussing, and know intimately.  They support you in the interview and keep you on track by showcasing your talents and focusing your thoughts.


  • Clear “profile” or personal statement reflecting your values, skills, attitude, education, and experience
  • Overhaul of language and structure for maximum impact to sell yourself
  • Highlight behavioural competencies with a view to competency-based interviews
  • Bringing your past with you (what an employer/recruitment consultant/in company recruiter looks for)
  • Get the length and “story” correct (including dealing with CV gaps, redundancy, illness, dismissal, stress leave)
  • Carrying out the plan.  Using the CV
  • Other issues (Cover letters, different CV versions, Linkedin, etc.)
  • Mindset, procrastination and motivation

Price for four sessions €420


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Job transition or promotion

This is for those who find themselves in a “rut”, dealing with dead-end or unsuitably paid jobs or with the personnel you would rather not be around.


  • Career to date and how this is fitting into your career goal for yourself.  What is this goal?
  • Personal traits and talents-what you are good at*
  • Your actual current job, what you do, what you are paid, who you work with, what your values and beliefs are and are they being honored
  • Conflict at work, identifying, counteracting it and avoiding it
  • Deciding to stay or go
  • Creating an action plan that is yours and one which you can identify with
  • Preparing the springboard: CV preparation, presentation, effective communication and networking
  • Carrying out the plan.  Begin accountable and gaining momentum

Price for four sessions €420


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Looking for a job is lonely and it’s often quite stressful. It brings up emotions you would rather not feel. It eats at self-belief and optimism and makes you doubt yourself. Ask yourself what is the ONE thing stopping you.  Too many times I see clients scattering CVs to the four winds without a clear focus. They wonder why they don’t succeed and then they repeat the same pattern again. STOP this! Think about the actions that are most relevant and ensure the most success.

It is also a good time to consider your career path; what you really are good at, what you really want to do; and what is the voice inside you that needs to be heard. Many of us don’t stop and prepare ourselves at this opportunity.


  • Career to date and how this impacts job search
  • Personal belief systems, motivation, destructive patterns, and barriers to success in job hunting
  • Physical and mental training for this challenge
  • Stop procratinating about getting things done
  • Personal traits and talents-what you are good at
  • Practical aspects: CV preparation, presentation, effective communication, and networking
  • Creating an action plan that is yours and one which you can identify with
  • Carrying out the plan. Being accountable and gaining momentum

Price for four sessions €420


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Public Sector Applicants



Public sector appointment applications are unlike most job applications you will complete. Along with a deadline that might be many weeks away, it is not uncommon for an application to drag on right up to the closing date for entry. On the surface of it, they seem long and complicated, asking for a lot of thought in the application. They also rely on applications that you write or type yourself, not relying on the submission of a CV and cover letter. This of course is the time-consuming element to the application. 

They are, however, well-designed documents with the purpose of identifying suitable candidates as well as creating an even playing pitch for all applicants and applicants who would be nervous about the process. Each applicant is given space to show they have the relevant knowledge, skills, and attitude to compete for the role. It weeds out those who fail to answer what they are asked and those who cut corners on the application. They also prepare you well for how the interview will be structured, should you be called. The interview will faithfully stick to your competencies and your application.

If give vague or ambiguous answers to these competency questions you will come up short. There are various techniques to structure answers both in applications and also in interviews, namely the STAR technique, which requires you to put answers into contextual scenarios which showcase your relevant competencies. The STAR technique is particularly suited to Public Sector recruitment.

Another danger in applying for a role is failing to keep a consistent standard in all the competency answers. One section could leave you down after a number of high-quality answers in other sections. This sometimes happens due to deadline pressure and lack of time management in your application.

It is also advisable to adhere to guidance from the recruitment portal Publicjobs on how to complete applications.

Some examples of competencies sought:

  • Teamwork
  • Delivery of results
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Specialist knowledge and competencies unique to various roles


Different roles require different competencies, but the competencies are tested the same way. The application process focuses you, makes you aware of your relevance to a role, and serves as the backbone of your interview preparation.

The elephant in the room here is that it is clearly flagged to you in the application and subsequent interview, what is being sought. It is like an open book exam, where you just have to follow the instructions. Making your application fully relevant is the first hard part. The second is carrying through the application to the interview, presenting your competencies and suitability with clarity.

Finally, do you have the drive and commitment to Public Service values? This is at the centre of each application and interview and an opinion will be formed about yours throughout the recruitment process. Knowing about the Public Service and its ethos is a first step.

Grades in the Public Appointments Service Competency Models

  • Clerical Officer
  • Executive Officer
  • Administrative Officer
  • Higher Executive Officer
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal Officer

Here is an example of the layout for an Administrative Officer application form



Preparing your application and for subsequent interview will involve a focus on what is being asked of you. Public Sector vacancies are heavily oversubscribed, and recruiters will view many applications. As many applicants do not answer what is asked of them, yours will stand out with correct preparation. If you consider the time it takes to complete the application, you do not want it to go to waste. You want to give yourself every chance of success.

For interviews, my experience with clients is that practice and roleplay is the most effective interview preparation. Hearing yourself sell your suitability is one of the best things you can do for nerves and to organise your thoughts. We will rely heavily on this.




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