Category: Career Management

“In this world, a person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” I was conducting a practice interview with a 23 year old postgraduate client. Interspersed with competency questions, I asked him about himself, I asked him about the unique qualities he would bring to the job and I asked him […]

RDS, Serpentine Hall June 10th 2015, 12:30-13:30 We all hear that networking is vital for job-hunts (and also for managing your long term career). Rowan will break down the process into clear and simple tactics, that you can take action on straight away – straightforward approaches that will make the difference for your hunt in these ‘interesting’ times. […]

We’ve all seen the classical attention-over-time graph demonstrating the importance of Primacy (what you say first) and Recency (what you say last) in any lecture, speech or presentation. The opening moment is when you have the greatest chance to catch and hold people’s attention – even if you are talking to a group of people who […]

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  Some years back, Seth Godin invited readers to submit their quitting stories to his Dip Blog. Here’s mine (and boy, do I appear to be in good company!):   I came out of college in the mid-80s and drifted into advertising because I enjoyed messing around with words and people’s heads. Got headhunted to a […]

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Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer and all-round good fellow, asked me to chip in my $0.02 worth for Quit Your Crappy Job Day, which is March 31st 2015. There’s lots of good advice coming on the topics of if and when you should quit that sucky job you’ve found yourself stuck in. Here, I just […]

I’ll be presenting a seminar at the Gradireland Summer Fair in the RDS Dublin, on Wednesday June  12th at 11:30am. Topics will include: The key elements of the written stage, so your CV gets to the all-important shortlist What you need to know (about them and yourself) before you show up for interview Jumping through […]

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  … and living in Ireland. I contributed to this article in the Irish Independent on the topic this week. Tooth-grinding stuff. Yes, we have come a long way since the caves, but neanderthals are still in our midst.  

I’ll be doing a 1-hour talk entitled: It doesn’t have to feel like the Spanish Inquisition – Surviving the modern selection interview at the Career Zoo in Dublin. Spaces will be limited, so get there early to avoid disappointment. See you there! PS: I’ll also be hosting a seminar on how to access opportunities in […]

I’ll be doing a free public talk in the ILAC Centre Library – courtesy of Dublin City Libraries. The greatest frustration that we’re hearing day after day from job-hunters is the lament,”There aren’t any jobs out there.” There are. Lots of them. 1.8 million people are working for a living here in Ireland according to […]


The Trinity Foundation are organising this one-day event comprising lectures and workshops. I’ll be kicking things off with a talk about how to elevate your CV from the middle-of-the-road norm to something that stands a much better chance of getting you shortlisted. In the afternoon, I’ll be hosting one of two workshops – we’ll focus […]