How to nail your phone interview

A recruiter may want to do a phone interview first before asking you to do a face-to-face interview in order to filter out applicants. These phone interviews can be short and brief but make sure to prepare yourself well for them as they can be used to impress your potential employer and secure a face-to-face interview easily.

If you accept a phone interview invitation, be careful to be aware of the following:

  • the interview’s day and time
  • who will be phoning you, and their name
  • name of the business
  • If you have scheduled more than one interview, it’s crucial to know the role you’re looking for.

Additionally, make sure the business has your correct phone number listed so they can reach you that day.

Phone interview

Conduct research

As you would for a face-to-face interview, you should prepare. Your enthusiasm for joining the organization and accepting the position will be something the employer is interested in seeing. Make certain you:

  • learn as much as you can about the business.
  • Go over your resume or application form after reading the job description.

This will assist you in preparing how you will demonstrate that you possess the knowledge and expertise the employer seeks.

Prepare a few questions

Prepare 2 or 3 interview questions, such as these:

  • how the interviewer’s career path led them to the organization,
  • what chances there are for training or advancement,
  • and what a typical day would entail.

Make a plan about where you will take the call

You’ll need a calm, distraction-free area. You might need to ask your family members or roommates to keep quiet during your interview if you share a home.

Practice conducting interviews

Your anxiety might be reduced by practicing with a simulated phone interview. You might perform better on the day and get more confidence as a result. You can practice with:

  • a relative or acquaintance who you might call and ask some interview questions to
  • Your university’s career service, a National Careers Service advisor from your school or college

If no one is around to assist, you could record yourself interview practice. Replay it to confirm:

  • You sound enthusiastic and engaged, and your voice is clear. If you are frightened, try not to speak too quickly.
  • Consider smiling when speaking; even if the interviewer can not see you, it will make you sound approachable and enthusiastic.

Be prepared and organised on the day of the interview. Ensure that you have:

  • a pen and paper or laptop for taking notes
  • your resume and application form
  • reminder cards in case you need them
  • If you’re using a landline phone, charge it and turn off your cell phone

Make sure there are no distractions around you and that the room is silent. If using headphones helps you focus, do so. Even though you can’t see the interviewer, it’s a good idea to dress professionally. It prepares you psychologically for a formal interview setting. Additionally, for some people, getting up during the call can boost their confidence.

While on the call

To give yourself time to settle before your interview, arrive 10 minutes early. Breathe deeply and attempt to maintain your composure.

During the call, you should:

  • Be respectful and appropriate.
  • If the line is faulty or you can’t hear, notify the interviewer. Try to sound interested and involved.
  • Be concise and assured. Allow a little pause after each question before responding to prevent talking over the interviewer.
  • If you’re unsure about the question being asked, ask the interviewer to repeat it.

After the interview

You should thank the employer for their time at the conclusion of the interview. Asking when you should be expecting to learn the results of your interview is OK. Consider the lessons you have taken away from the event. Update your prompt cards with your suggestions for the next time. You may concentrate on two or three aspects of your interview that worked well in order to do better in the future. Consider any more improvements you believe you could make for the future.

I was made redundant and doubled my salary

In light of the recent lay-offs from multiple tech companies, leaving many people stranded and completely lost. As a few examples we have:

  • 50% of Twitter
  • 33% of Gem
  • 18% of Opendoor
  • 15% of Pleo
  • 14% of Stripe
  • 12% of Chime
  • 5% of HootSuite

And the list continues… but now is the perfect time to reassess your career and make that big leap to pursue your dream career

When you think of job-hoppers, you often picture recent college grads. However, evidence demonstrates that, regardless of where you are in your career or how long you have been in the job, changing professions at the proper time can be a wise choice.

redundant and doubled my salary

Changing jobs can be a risky proposition. Perhaps you feel trapped in your present circumstance because you have doubts about your capacity to find a new career. The majority of people do, in fact, get income increases when they change employment. Additionally, people who remain in the same place for longer than two years typically earn less money.

40% of workers who took a new job reported a pay increase of up to 50% . While wage growth is only 3.1% for those who remain in their current position, it is 5.8% for those who change occupations. On paper, this may not seem like much, but those who remain in their current positions only receive roughly half of the pay rise.

You lost your job now what?

● Take time for yourself

Sometimes if easy to get lost in time, and forget about our goals and what we really want to get from our day-to-day. So, take this as an opportunity to know what you really want from a job, what you like to do and try new things. Go somewhere new, change the environment, and make some redecorations. This will help you to clear your mind and get a new perspective.

● Set your career goals

What is your ideal job, what are you good at, and what do you enjoy doing? You don’t have to become a manager to progress, you need to be motivated and happy to do so. If you want to become an expert at visual design, for example, focus your energy on that. Set the expectations and work towards your goal. If you don’t know what your goals are, try different things to better understand what drives you. As Jeff Bezos famously says most decisions we make are 2-way doors, you can always go back. (by Fabricio Teixeira)

● Networking

Start to connect and talk with people who have the work you would love to have, what is their experience, and assist to events. LinkedIn is not only to brag about your new certificate, there are lots of opportunities, likeminded people and events that will help you to grow in your career

Why are you waiting???

Although getting a salary increase is a huge benefit of changing your job, there are also other great benefits which include:

  • Growing your connections and network
  • Gaining more experience
  • Career satisfaction in your new career
  • Better work-life balance
  • Building your confidence
  • A new work environment

If you are one of the people or you know someone who has been made redundant from their job, we wanted to let you know we are offering a FREE CV review, so you can find your next opportunity..

If you know you want to change your career but are not sure exactly how to go about it, do not worry. We, The Career Coach have a tailored program for people who want to change their careers with ease. Are you looking for a Change?

How to get the best out of remote working

When Covid struck, Irish businesses promptly followed state emergency procedures to shift all activities that did not require the supply of essential services inside people’s homes. According to Eurofound, Ireland had the second-highest percentage of persons working solely from home in the EU, after Belgium, at the peak of the epidemic in 2020.

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Why remote working is the future

And now in 2022, every major trend predicts a steady rise in remote work globally. Employees have grown accustomed to the freedom that remote work offers, and businesses are discovering that having access to talent outside of their local markets gives them a significant competitive edge. Employees are more likely to desire to work for a company that excels at remote work as time goes on.

Here are 7 top tips on how to be the most productive when working from home

  1. Create a dedicated work area. Create a dedicated workspace for yourself where you can concentrate on your job without being distracted. This area should be equipped with everything you need for a typical workday, including a computer, phone, stationery, papers, etc.
  2. Ensure you have all the necessary technology. Included are any data, hardware, and software required, a dependable and secure internet connection, remote access to your company’s network, and, most crucially, knowledge of how to get IT help.
  3. Request assistance as necessary. When you require help, more instruction, or support, let people know. You should be supporting one another as a team, especially when you work remotely, according to your management and coworkers.
  4. Get dressed. Putting on your work clothing will assist you in psychologically shifting into a productive working mentality. Additionally, it will assist you in separating “home working” from “home living.”
  5. Recognize when it’s time to leave your desk. Be specific about the start and end times of your working day and take breaks to recharge. When your home and workplace are in the same location, it’s simple to allow oneself to be “always on.” Make sure to shut off after work to prevent burnout. Consider establishing “core hours” during which the individuals you work with are present.
  6. Make a to-do list every day. Make a list of reasonable, doable chores to help you stay focused.
  7. Continue the conversation. Regularly participate in team conversations and group emails to avoid disappearing from view. Inquire about people’s projects and discuss what you have going on. Being physically apart makes it difficult to participate in “water-cooler moments,” so this is a way to stay informed.

Are you looking for a new remote job but finding it difficult to get the offers? Get in touch with us and speak with a career expert today!

Mixing your career with travel

You’ve just got back from a two-week holiday, and though you haven’t even unpacked your bag, you’ve already started planning your next adventure. Sound familiar?

If so, you’ve got a serious case of the travel bug. Changing to a profession that allows you to earn money while travelling may be a good idea if you’re the kind of person who can’t satisfy your craving for travel with only four weeks of vacation time each year. You can combine employment and travel in this way.

Here are some of the best travelling jobs out there where you can enjoy exploring new countries as part of your daily routine.

    1.Writing / Blogging

There are numerous methods to generate money as a writer if you have a talent for the written word. Travel blogging (or any sort of blogging) allows you to turn your hobby into a business by writing about your experiences, building an audience, advertising on your blog, or being sponsored by a company. You can also work as a freelance writer, writing for other bloggers or online magazines. This is an excellent method to expand your portfolio, especially if you are just starting out. If you are unsure, you may always take a course to improve your writing and communication abilities before you begin.

     2.Allied Health Professional

Did you know that one of the best methods to gain money while travelling is to get an Allied Health qualification? Experienced health care personnel are in high demand all over the world. Australia, for example, is experiencing a severe shortage of Allied Health Professionals, particularly in the aged care and disability sectors. The key requirements are fluency in English, an Allied Health qualification, and at least one year of work experience. Not only is the job incredibly lucrative and fulfilling, but you also have the opportunity to work globally in a variety of diverse possibilities.

    3.English Teacher

This is one of the most common methods of earning money while travelling. It’s a classic, but a nice one. English teachers are more in demand than ever.

Teaching English as a foreign language is frequently regarded as a “backpacker profession,” although it can be extremely demanding, fulfilling, and worthwhile. Although qualifications are not always required, it is preferable to obtain a TEFL or TESOL certificate. A course can be completed online or in a classroom environment and typically lasts 4 weeks. Professional training means you’ll be more confident teaching a class of children or adults, and you’ll have an advantage over competitors who don’t have a certificate.

A web designer, virtual assistants and working with a tour company are other great examples of how to mix in your passion for travelling with your career. Traveling for work is perfect for people who thrive on visiting new locations, enjoy networking and (in some cases) are seeking remote positions.

At the career coach, we can help you with getting your dream job, with all the different elements you want, which could include travelling, in 40 days or less.

If you would like some help get in contact with some of our career coaches below to find out more.

How to nail your CV

A CV is the first time a business/ company will ever hear from you, so you want to make a big impression. You want to make sure that your CV reflects everything about you as both a person and potentially as an employee.

Your CV shouldn’t be more than two pages long and should only contain important information like skills, experience, and education you don’t want to bore the reader by having irrelevant information, but you want to only have the key good points so that the reader will keep your CV on top of the pile.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that might help you write that perfect CV


  • First and Last Name
  • Address (Not Full Address)
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Skills
  • Professional Profile Qualifications/Education
  • Professional Experience (Less than 10 Years)


  • Website
  • LinkedIn Profile
  • Additional Experience
  • Hobbies
  • Own projects
  • Academic Achievements
  • Volunteers
  • Other information
  • Professional experience (+10 Years

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  • Professional Goals
  • Full address
  • Current Salary
  • Salary expectations
  • Martial status
  • Religion
  • Reductant degrees
  • Reference says “References available upon request”
  • Passport stamp
  • Nationality
  • Genre

You also want to make sure that your CV is up to date! You don’t want to send out an old CV with none of your up-to-date information as it does not reflect your current skills or experience. You also want to make sure that your CV is concise but informative like we said above you don’t want to bore the reader with too much irrelevant information.

A CV is a professional document so make sure the spelling and grammar are on point, proofread before you send it off to ensure there are no spelling and grammar mistakes.

We also have a blog post about the steps to create the perfect Cover Letter.

At the career coach, we can help you with creating the perfect CV along with many other things that will help you get that dream job.


If you would like some help get in contact with some of our career coaches below to find out more.


Linkedin is better than tinder, Here is how to make the most of it

Linkedin is a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. The site has a free option but there is also paid a premium service that you can use which we will get into later on.

Linkedin is a great way to network and finds people with that you can connect with businesses and even use LinkedIn to recruit potential employees this is why creating a LinkedIn account could make a big difference when you are searching for your dream job.

Here are some tips and tricks to make your Linkedin Profile stand out

  1. Upload a Professional Photograph

Uploading a professional photograph seems like an easy and obvious thing to do, but so many people when setting up a LinkedIn profile puts up pictures when they are on nights out or on holidays which isn’t the vibe for Linkedin. You want to make sure the picture shows your face and make sure that you are smiling in the photograph and that the picture is of good quality.

       2. Create a personal URL

When you are setting up your profile on LinkedIn make sure that you also create a personal URL, Linkedin will give you a Custom URL but it will contain parts of your name and some numbers, all you have to do is just remove the numbers and just have your full name or add your middle name if your full name is already taken.

      3. Write a Small Description in your Bio

When employees are looking at your profile they want to find out as much about you as they possibly can before they contact you about a job opportunity, so in the bio of your profile it’s important to say what you are doing presently, like “Currently seeking new Job opportunity” “Social Media Marketing Manager at The Career Coach”

      4. Add your Skills and Qualities

There is a section on LinkedIn where you will be able to add your skills and qualities, and over time can add to those skills and qualities as you gain more experience.

      5. Making Connections

When you are making connections on LinkedIn make sure you are making ones that are in the same industry as you. You want to make connections  with people that have the interests and skillset as you and then a potential job opportunity or something big might come up.

     6. Keep the account up to date

You need to stay active on LinkedIn, by doing this post relevant content that is suited to both LinkedIn and to also your brand and image, Linkedin is a social media site where you are promoting yourself with everything that you post.

Regular V Premium


With the regular account you just have the basic services these are:

  • Find and connect with other people
  • Search for and view profiles
  • Receive messages


On LinkedIn, you also have access to premium service which has some cool features and benefits. To access this you have to pay €14.95 a month but if are unsure you can get a 30 free trial to try it out.

Here are some of the benefits of having a premium account:

  • Private Browsing
  • Applicant insights
  • Direct Messaging
  • Who viewed your profile
  • Unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning


How to nail your Cover Letter

A Cover Letter is a document supporting your CV and it should tell the reader more information about you and why you would be a good fit for the job that you are applying for. Don’t be illiterate on what you said in your CV because the cover letter is where you should promote yourself for the job. 

In your Cover letter, you should state why you would be a good fit for the job and also put some information about the company on the Cover letter as it also shows that you have done some research on the company and shows that you are interested in working for them.

The cover letter should not be more than ¾ pages long and the first paragraph of your cover letter should be why you are interested in applying for the job.

Also on your Cover letter, you should have the following

Address the letter to the specific person

 Addressing the cover letter to the person you are sending it to is very important and you don’t want to address it to the wrong person as that would set off a very bad first impression.

Clearly state the purpose of the cover letter

 In your letter, you should state why you are writing the cover letter. It can be just a few simple words saying “I’m writing to you today to apply for the position of …..”

Change the cover letter for each job application

It can be very easy to use the same Cover Letter for each job application but it is very important to have a cover letter template and use that template for each job application.

Reiterate your enthusiasm and thank the reader

Finish off my re-emphasising your keen interest in the role, welcoming an opportunity to discuss your suitability and further and looking forward to hearing from them and thank the reader for taking the opportunity for reading your cover letter.

At the career coach, we can help you with creating the perfect Cover letter along with many other things that will help you get that dream job. If you would like some help get in contact with some of our career coaches below to find out more.


How to sell yourself in an interview

An Interview is usually the last part of the process and is also the most important if you nail your interview then you will be in front running to get the job. Before you even go in for your interview you do need to prepare and have yourselves prepped for it here is just a few tips that we recommend you do before the interview.

Know the company

Make sure that you know as much about the company as you can just simple information like what the company does, where there located, company size etc. Knowing the company will show your interviewers that you are interested in the company.

Research the Job Spec

Researching the Job Spec before the interview is very important because you will be asked questions about your skills and experience based on what your role entail. You will have already looked at the type of role when applying for the job but have a look at it again just to refresh your memory.

Know your Dates

This can be an area where people get caught out. Knowing certain information that is on your CV or the interviewer has found out from your references is important this can be duration of past employment or how long you have been unemployment as this is a very frequent question that is asked during an interview.

Practice makes perfect

The more you practice the more confident you will be on interview day, get your friends or family to ask you questions that might be asked and Click Here to get the most common interview questions. Another great way to prep is to practice in front of the mirror.

Now we are going to move onto interview day, this can be a nerve-racking time and you might feel anxious before it.

Arrive on Time

Arriving on time is very Important and it’s something the interviewers will be looking at as well but make sure you don’t arrive too early as you will be sitting around waiting and that might make you feel more nervous. We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the interview.

Dress Code

What to wear for an interview can be debatable but what we recommend that you do is dress accordingly for the interview as a lot of people think that you need to have a suit and tie, but that is not the case as you need to dress for the industry that you are been interviewed for. Now that you are prepped and dressed to impress we move onto during the interview which is the most important stage.

Keep Calm

We know is harder said than done but remember to keep calm and breathe during the interview take your time and display confidence throughout. Answer the questions slowly and making sure you don’t over talk and engage in good eye contact throughout so that you can bring out your best self and ace that interview.

Ask Questions

The last question in the interview is usually “Have you any Questions” this is usually where you will be relieved that its nearly over and you will be just excited to get out of there so a lot of people might go “No I don’t have any questions” But you should always ask the interviewers a question as it will show them that you are interested and excited about the job A simple and nice question to ask is “what does success look like in this role over the next 12 months”

 Enjoy the Interview

We know it’s not the most enjoyable experience but try and enjoy it as it is also a great learning curve and experience for you. Treat the interview as a general chat and don’t let it daunt you and remember it’ll be over before you know it!! There is just some of the tips that we have for an interview and here at the career coach we also have a special programmed called the interview preparation where we will give you detailed notes and advise for your interview and give you mock interviews and practice questions to boost that confidence.

Click Here to read more about the programmed.

Top 5 Tips for Changing Careers

Sometimes, a career can just come to a standstill and we don’t have that same drive or passion for it anymore. That’s ok! Switching things up after spending too long in your current industry and wanting to try something new can be the best thing ever. We all love comfort and routine, which is why so many stay in their current career even if they’re not enjoying it. Instead of making that move and going for something new, they stay where they are—and that’s fine but sometimes you just need to change things up and go for it!!

Before you decide on the next steps in your career just think about the next steps that we would recommend you make first.

1. Evaluate your current job satisfaction 

Look at the pros and cons of the job that you are currently in and see whether the pros outweigh the cons or the cons of your job outweigh the pros. Also look at why you are dissatisfied in your job as there may be many reasons why this could be the case it could be because of your job role, the company culture, or who you are working with.

2. Look at your values, interests and skills 

A career is a long and intricate process that takes time to develop and makes you who you are. The reason why people get a job in the first place is because of their values, interests, and skills, but over time when they are working with a company, these attributes can change. If you are looking for a career change then you should evaluate those steps so you can get your dream job. Taking a personality test can be a great way to find out what career is best suited for you here is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test that you can take which assesses the preferences and suitability for the best career for you.

3. Consider a new job in the same industry 

If you’re looking to change careers, you have a lot of options. But before you take the leap and start looking for a new job in a different industry, consider just changing jobs within the same industry. This could save a lot of time for you in case you need to upskill to make the change work out.

4. Check out Job Options

Checking out some job options that you may be interested in is also an important step to make before you make the change. You can do this by researching careers that you are interested in and that you would love to do but maybe you were afraid to try before. What you should be looking for when researching the career is things like the requirements and you should also be thinking about what maybe you could bring to the company. By doing this there is plenty of websites where you can check out different career options here are just a few.

5. Just go for It!!

Taking risks and going for something that may either go one way or another can be scary sometimes but we think if you are unhappy in your current job then just take the risk and go for it as it could be the best thing that you could ever do in your life. You will never know what would happen if you don’t try. If you are not happy in your current job then why not try something new? There is nothing wrong with taking a risk and trying something else, especially if you see no point in staying where you are now.

So why not give it a go? You have nothing to lose but everything to gain! Here at The Career Coach, we are all about helping you find the next step in your career. Whether that means working with a group of passionate and dedicated professionals or going outside your comfort zone to live a life you’ve always dreamed of, we can help you find it here at The Career Coach. Whether you are unhappy in your current job or feel like you need to make a switch, we can help you! There is no need to struggle with feeling stuck or unhappy if there’s a better option for you out there. Our coaching program will give you the confidence and tools to find that perfect job and live your best life. We have a special program that helps our clients called the Career Changer. The Career changer helps our clients find the perfect job that they have always dreamed of. Here is a link to find out more information about the Career Changer and if you would like more information you can get in contact with any of the coaches through the contact link on our website.

4 Simple steps to getting that Dream Job

Seeking a job can be challenging and stressful sometimes, but if you have just stepped foot into searching for a job or have been working for some time and want a career change, then this blog might help you.

Here at the career coach, we help our clients through the job-seeking process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Here are some simple steps that you can make first to get that perfect CV and Cover Letter

1. CV

A CV and Cover letter is the first step in the process and is an excellent first impression. Here are just a few small tips to make your CV and Cover letter stand out:

Make sure it’s up to date! You don’t want to send out an old CV with no up-to-date information because it doesn’t reflect your current skills or experience.

Making sure that your CV and Cover Letter are up to date is very important, especially if you have been out of the job search for a while. It’s important always to add your experiences, and you’re up to date skills in date.

Make sure your CV is concise but informative!

A well laid out CV should tell an employer about who you are professionally and personally, where you’ve worked before, what your achievements were there, if any, what you’ve learnt from each role etc… In other words, don’t just write down everything about yourself but also what makes you unique as well.

Proofread carefully!  

Make sure that there are no grammar or spelling mistakes on your CV, as you’ve just stepped foot into the job market, and you are ready to start your career

Seeking a job can be challenging and stressful sometimes, but if you have just stepped foot into searching for a job or have been working for some time and want a career change, then this blog might help you.

Here at the career coach, we help our clients through the job-seeking process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

2. Cover Letter

A cover letter is an introduction that you write to accompany a resume. Its purpose is to introduce yourself and your credentials to a potential employer by describing how your skills and experience match the requirements of the job opportunity. Your cover letter should be targeted towards the position you’re applying for, and be relevant to the company’s needs and culture. A well-written one can help persuade a recruiter or hiring manager to review your CV, so don’t underestimate its importance in securing an interview! There are three main rules for writing a great cover letter:

Steps to a good Cover Letter

  • Address the letter to the specific person
  • Clearly state the purpose of the cover letter
  • Change the cover letter for each job application
  • Be consistent on formatting
  • Reiterate your enthusiasm and thank the reader

3. Online Applications

Apply for jobs online by creating an account with multiple websites such as Indeed, when creating accounts make sure to fill out all fields completely so that hiring managers can review who exactly they are.

3. The perfect LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is another great opportunity to boost your career opportunities and is an amazing place to build your professional brand and to connect with colleagues and potential employers.

To get more response on LinkedIn make sure you have a great profile picture, background image and professional headline that is eye-catching. Also be sure to share relevant content from trusted sources. Create a custom URL for your profile so you can find it easily online and make it easy for others to share this as well.

Here is just some of the tips that will help you get that dream job but if you would like more help then get in contact with some of our coaches who will help you find the one.