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Testimonials for Jane Downes and Carmel Morrissey

I was looking for a change after 7 years in a professional services firm. I appreciated that Jane did not go through her standard programme with me but adjusted and tailored her approach to meet my needs. I needed an independent sounding board, somebody other than my friends and family, and she was not afraid to challenge me. She helped me structure my thoughts and develop a career plan which helped me through a successful transition.

Business Consultant & Professional Accountant June 2014

I got in touch with Jane Downes of Clearview Coaching Group when I was facing redundancy and unsure what direction to take next. She recommended her career transition programme and it was exactly what I needed.

Jane came to our first meeting totally prepared and full of ideas for what might suit me. I could tell she had carefully considered all of the information I'd sent her prior to our meeting. Jane took a lovely open minded approach and worked with me throughout the session to help refine my profile. I found her professional, warm and understanding. Having gotten called to an interview almost immediately after our initial meeting, Jane accommodated me by meeting me on a weekend to help me prepare.

Her interview preparation was second to none, she made me feel confident and more positive about the whole experience. Jane kept in touch with me even after the programme was completed and continued to offer me advice and support when I needed it. As a career coach, Jane goes above and beyond - she is super at what she does and I give her my highest recommendation.

Susan, E-Learning Manager

Hi Carmel, just to let you know that I was offered the place on the MSc. Thank you so much for your help, I'm delighted! I genuinely only believed in myself after I spoke to you-honestly! Will no doubt be requesting your services at some stage in the future Carmel! :-)


Carmel is an excellent Career Coach with an outstanding ability to understand the needs of individual students and provide them with tailored solutions. Carmel is very creative in conceiving innovative and successful ways of finding Work Placements, which is often a difficult job. As a trainer, I find Carmel’s background is Psychology a major bonus and value-add, she has helped me better understand students’ needs and manage conflict amongst other things. I would highly recommend Carmel as a Career Coach, and as a Work Placement Trainer.

Alan, Trainer

Carmel provided a valuable sounding board for me as I was planning my next career move. I found her very knowledgeable in the areas of interview techniques and also giving me some additional areas to think about as I was transitioning into my next position. I would have no hesitation recommending Carmel as someone to speak with if you are wondering about what direction to take your career in next or if you just want some additional support in getting ready for that next job interview.

D.D Sales Director

I have been working for over 20 years with a large company based in the USA and was a bit apprehensive when returning to Ireland to pursue a new career. 
I decided to meet with Carmel to see if she would be able to assist me in finding a new opportunity. 

Not only did she provide me with insights about the Irish market but also with additional knowledge about my own skills and application thereof. 

I truly enjoyed working with Carmel and I would highly recommend Carmel as a career coach. Her insights made the difference in picking my current employment as well as my new outlook in life.

TS Operations Manager

Having done a couple of seminars with Carmel, I found her to be a highly motivated individual combining her ability as both a Trainer and a role model for aspiring and motivating the class. She managed the class and one-on-one coaching sessions in such a way that all our individuals’ needs were met and she ensured that everyone was keeping up with the overall pace. Her method of communicating to a class is clear, concise and always full of interesting and funny stories which kept the class interest alive.

Tommy, Web Designer

Knowing, working and networking with Carmel is a very pleasurable experience. A driven and very knowledgeable individual with an infectious enthusiasm for helping people with the next step in their careers. Carmel was very timely and helpful in assisting me within her role at Clearview.

James, Graduate

I worked with Jane on three elements of my recent successful job application - CV preparation, interview and presentation coaching. Her advice and guidance helped me to keep a clear focus on relevant skills and work experience and to present myself with confidence. Jane's help has been extremely important in helping me to advance to the next stage of my career. I look forward to taking on my new job opportunity.

Manager FMCG 2014

I decided to move to another sector and for a long time I tried to look for a job in that area but I was getting nowhere. After much frustration, I finally decided to contact Clearview Coaching Group for a coaching session. Jane helped me understand my options, gave me the necessary skills to succeed in an interview and helped me with my CV. After only one intensive session with Jane, I got all the necessary tools, coaching and motivation I needed to start looking for my ideal job.

A couple of weeks after my coaching session with Jane I got a job interview for my dream role , and on the same day, I was offered the job.

I can positively say that going to Clearview Coaching Group was the smartest thing to do. I highly recommend Jane Downes from Clearview Coaching Group.

Thank you so much Jane, I couldn’t have done this without your help!

Becky - Dublin, March 2014

Jane greatly assisted my preparation for the interview by helping me focus on the right areas and my skills, particularly how to present these in full. The techniques I learned from her really helped on the day and her advice on keeping calm was very useful. My result - top of the panel! Thanks Jane!

December 2013

I would highly recommend Carmel as a career coach. After completing four sessions with her, I got an interview within a week and was offered the job.

Carmel’s coaching combines practical tips with mentoring techniques. She helped me identify what type of work would suit my personality. This helped build my confidence to the point that I walked into my interview feeling sure I was the right candidate.

I enjoyed working with Carmel - she is very likeable and always put me at ease. Her coaching made a difference to my career prospects and, incidentally, my attitude to life outside work.

Rachel, Journalist, 2013

Carmel's ethos to her work comes with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism. Her listening skills and ability to identify areas to improve my own performance where fundamental in me changing my attitude and approach to my own professional career. Carmel has the rare talent to make people feel better within themselves and more become motivated, with a "can do" outlook on life.

Seamus, Business Consultant, 2013

I could not have achieved this return to full time employment without the encouragement and support Jane gave me to believe in myself and my abilities and I want to convey my thanks to you for the help gave me at a very difficult time in my life.

Simon, IT Professional, Dublin

A strong motivation to go out and take the next step in life and not to sit back and wait forthings to fall into place for me.

Get to where I'm meant to be and make things happen.

A definite direction as to where I should research potential careers or courses in college.

Gained a far greater knowledge of all the potential different pathways I could follow with my degree and the branches i could take off it which I would previously never have considered or which I never even knew were out there. 

A sense of hope in that there are plenty of options out there and just because I am not using my degree at the minute or working/studying in my preferred area doesn't mean I won't be very soon. - how were we never told about this in college?

Biomedical Graduate, August 2013
I came to Jane for help with my CV post redundancy in April 2013 having been recommended by a friend. I really got so much from our session and am truely grateful to Jane. Thanks
Solicitor, Dublin
Carmel is an approachable and experienced individual when it comes to dealing with people and helping them get results. She has an apt and intuitive approach to articulating and illustrating things in which people find difficult to say. She is driven and proves herself as an expert in her field alone through her self-starter initiative. I suppose this is a result of her keenness to help people - regardless of status or background. Carmel provided a key service to me at a crucial time in choosing career options, for exceptional value for money she also provided me with a prime skill in being able to effectively produce my own distinguished marketing tool when approaching employers - a CV that is different, and stands out. Any type of recruiter will tell you that a CV specifically tailored to the job post they are trying to fill is a prerequisite, and fundamental in securing the interview. That is why you should call Carmel!
Adam Devlin
Going to meet Jane for the first time, I was downbeat and had given up, I had thought I had exhausted all the channels of securing a job but she gave me the confidence and determination of how to pursue the challenging industry I wanted to get into. Step by step she examined the ways to succeed and helped me draft a hard hitting cover letter and CV which enabled me to secure two job interviews in the space of a week, whereas before I had not been to interview for a year. I am very impressed with Jane and her wisdom of the jobs market and would recommend her to anyone who is in despair and on their last legs for that immediate boost and confidence.
Susan, Dublin
The meetings I had at Clearview was a great experience. I was unhappy in a course I worked very hard in and decided to find answers. I was very stressed when I contacted Carmel and I needed to know what realistic options were available. Carmel made me feel at ease and helped me realize that it's OK to feel anxious about my situation. We identified what motivated me and worked from there. It gave me a better understanding of who I am and a much needed confidence boost. I really enjoyed the sessions and knew I was learning new things every time I left. There are now several options that I can take that direct me to areas I have confidence in and enjoy. I recommend Carmel to anyone feeling lost, stressed or depressed. It's good to have confidence in your ability. Thanks Carmel!
Hi Jane . I did an interview coaching session with you about 2 months ago. Just letting you know that I got the job, started last Tuesday. I would like to thank you for your help. I was like Kevin Keegan after a pep talk with Bill Shankly! (not sure you will get that but someone will explain) and thanks again!
Maintenance Manager, Dublin
Faced with Redundancy and a young family at home I was filled with limiting beliefs about my future and my self esteem had taken a real dent. Working with Jane proved invaluable in getting clear about what i needed to do to accept and move forward and map out my ideal next career step in this difficult market. By doing precisely this I landed my number 1 Job i wanted - jane also helped me with my cv re design and interview piece which obviously really helped. Thank you so much and i have recommended your services to lots of people in my position.
Simon - Sales Manager, Dublin
I was looking for work for over 18 months, as soon as I met with Carmel within a 3 week period I had found a full time job. My recommendation to anyone reading this is invest your money with Carmel, not only will you get a professional resume you will also be guided towards your dream job even in this climate. It was by far the best money I ever spent, as fortunately I was offered my dream role (Sales & Marketing Manager) within 3 weeks of meeting Carmel. Carmel was kind enough to meet me in Wexford after work as I would not have had the opportunity to meet with her in Waterford as I am a full time working mother. I even got called for 6 interviews and I assure you this would not have happened with the format of my old resume. I wish her company well and I have highly recommended her to my family and friends.
Bridin Greene - Wexford
Thank you so much Jane for your Interview Coaching Advice & Guidance. The session proved invaluable to me and i got the job as a trainee solicitor in this competitive market. Thanks!!
Susan - Trainee Solicitor, Dublin

I decided to book coaching sessions with Jane at Clearview because I was unsure what direction to go, with my career. I was demotivated with my last job and had opted to take redundancy from the job and start afresh. It was tough with the current climate. I explored many options with Jane and worked through what I wanted from my next job. Jane presented a role that I had never really considered within my industry. I had a good knowledge of the role and decided to start applying for jobs in this area.

Jane coached me with my interviewing skills and updating my CV. I persevered and eventually got an interview, then a second interview and then a job offer. Clearview Coaching helped me refocus on my career, and decide what I wanted from my next job, then match that up with possible roles. I probably would never have considered this role myself. My new job ticks all the boxes, is with an excellent company and presents many opportunities for future progression.

If you are in a similar situation then maybe Clearview Coaching is what you need. You are investing in yourself, which is probably the only worthwhile investment in today's climate. It only takes one yes to get that dream job. I would highly recommend Jane from Clearview Coaching.

Client Name with Clearview Coach Group
Carmel worked with me in 2010 on my CV. Carmel was detailed, professional, and was able to ask the right questions and to get the right information to turn my CV from a stale list of jobs to a living document of my experience and abilities. My work with Carmel helped to raise my professional confidence and see my career goals in a new light. I would have no hesitation in recommending Carmel as a CV expert, and will be looking to work with her again in the future as I re-enter the workplace.
March 9, 2011 April - Keith

Having recently been made redundant and dealing with the shock and the “what the hell am I going to do now” tapes in my head I decided to invest in some career coaching sessions with Jane Downes of Clearview Coaching Group.

To say this was a worthwhile investment is putting it mildly. Not only did Jane manage to work on my self esteem but she managed to brainstorm with me to hatch a new career plan going forward based now on what I want and need. She also helped with the technicals of going for a new job like cv re-design and interview coaching. Thanks to a great coaching relationship together I have managed to secure an ideal role in this difficult market and one in which I ironically believe I will be much happier in.

Robert - IT Consultant, Dublin

I returned to Ireland to an economy in free fall having lived in Europe for 10 years.

This move was a personal one for me and about a need to get back to my roots and be near my family and friends. Career is something which has always been very important to me so it was important I managed to get this right at this crossroads.

Jane worked with me to drill down and come up with ideas in which I could utilize my transferable skills and experience to date and informed me on the market in Ireland and who was out there who may have an interest in my background. Our weekly sessions gave me just the focus and confidence I needed to find the role I now wanted.

Janes interview coaching session was powerful and I gained so much from it.

I am now glad to say that I am at final interview for 2 positions in companies which were on my wish list. Thanks to Jane’s support, enthusiasm and commitment to our process together I feel I am now right on track.

Suzanne - Language Consultant, Dublin
I worked with Carmel before I left Ireland to travel around Oz, I have to say a big thank you as it has helped me find 4 different jobs so far and the fourth one is a high end job for the government... all this while backpacking. Didn't think it was possible!
Aaron Harrison - Australia

Having experienced working for an operation for 5 years which was totally against my values and dented my self esteem and feelings of capability I decided to re assess and attend Jane Downes of Clearview Coaching Group for Career Coaching.

Our process although hard work and required a lot of commitment gave me just what I wanted – clarity about what I now needed from my career going forward and my priorities. It also allowed me to see that I needed to work for a company in which I believed in and trusted and ultimately had an interest in their service.

Armed with this clarity I am now ready to face the market confident about what I have to offer, clear about the positives of my last role while now able to put to the side the negative experiences of it too.

Thank you Jane! Keep up the good work!

Louise - Public Sector Manager
Being a business owner in times like this is uncertain and sometimes you can feel out of your comfort zone. I wanted to work with someone who has the business knowledge and coaching ability to allow me to look at my business from the outside in so I could put things in perspective and really get clear about what I needed to do going forward to ensure my business success. Some tough decisions were made and we had some challenging moments together but this certainly was a great investment in my time and money. I feel ready to face these difficult economic times. Thanks Jane.
Colin - PR Agency Owner
What can I say? From my very first contact with Carmel, I was so impressed with her level of professionalism. Carmel was efficient, courteous, quick thinking, intuitive, and had the bones of my CV put together within an hour. The finished product was exceptional, it presented my education, personality, and skills, in the very best possible way, and potential employers were quick to respond to the images that were reflected through a very well put together C.V. Would I recommend Carmel? Yes… a superb service, and great value for money.
Haq Nawaz - Pakistan
Just to let you know that I got the job and so far I'm really enjoying it!!. I would like to thank you so much for your help. I would never have got the job without the power coaching session we did as there was a huge amount of competition. I would be more than happy to recommend your coaching services to anyone.
Banker, Dublin
Facing into a new challenging role together with increasing pressure on my work life balance I felt the need to do something about it before it got out of control. I came across the Clearview Coaching website and was very impressed with Jane’s approach. I immediately booked in for the Life / Executive coaching sessions and am delighted I did. It was a great opportunity to get away from it all and think clearly through a head full of problems and issues with Jane who not only challenged one to face the music on the important tough issues but also to think laterally about solutions. Thanks to Jane the sessions definitely helped me to address the more difficult issues and take greater control of my work life balance again.
Financial Controller, Global Corporation, Dublin
Just a quick note to say that your Company helped me enormously in writing up my CV. Your professionalism and attention to detail and your skill in extracting all relevant information during our discussion was excellent, particularly in culminating the information into the final product.
T.G. Waterford Crystal

In using the services provided by Clearview Coaching Group I achieved my goal of breaking into the highly competitive industry I was interested in moving to. As my background was quite different to the one which I was moving to, I found that the coaching and constructive feedback I recieved from Jane helped me to identify the important transferable skills to focus on and helped close the gap between doing a "good interview" and getting 2 job offers!

I would recommend Clearview Coaching Group to anyone considering a move to a new career and/or if you need some help polishing up your interview technique.

Martha, Scientist
Attending Jane Downes of Clearview Coaching Group motivated me to move out of my comfort zone & try something different. The sessions made me focus not just on my professional goals but also on my personal goals too. Before I started the sessions, whenever I read the jobs section in the newspaper I felt that I couldn’t do some of the jobs because I felt I wasn’t qualified to do X, Y or Z. After the sessions I looked at the jobs section differently & took a more confident approach to analysing jobs. I started to remove the barriers that were clouding my judgement. After the sessions, I felt everything fell into place & I could see a clear professional path in front of me.I have now landed the perfect job thanks to Jane's help and professionalism.
Senior Banker, Dublin
Carmel is a hardworking person with an outstanding view of what her graduate students want and she helps them to achieve it by making professional CVs and tips for their future. Carmel has helped me with what I have achieved so far in my career. Thanks a lot.
April 20, 2011 - Kumail Toori
Jane Downes is a Joy to be coached by. During the sessions Jane skilfully and enthusiastically raised my awareness of the truly great traits in me . I am now enjoying raising my own bar and achieving the challenges I set for myself. If you are thinking about going to Jane that’s good, now go!
Ronan - now a Web & Graphic Designer
I was at an all time low in my career when I went to Jane. She instilled me with the confidence and skills I needed to make a complete career change and helped me to realise that it's never too late to reassess and change the direction of your life. Not only did this kick start me into action but gave me the support network I needed to realise and achieve my goals. The experience has literally changed my overall perspective towards my career and where it can go.
Anna, Dublin
If your career compass has become difficult to navigate, then this is what you need to do. Book a course of life coaching sessions with Clear View Coaching Group. Jane will give you the tools to help you get back on track, encourage you to make changes, open up the world of choices and a path forward. After a session you’ll be feeling motivated, brave and positive. I have made changes in my career strategy and gained clarity. It wasn't easy, but thanks to Jane’s coaching style , I did it.
Brian - Designer, London.

I had reached a crossroads in my professional life where I needed to make some big decisions about my next move. I have been in professional sport for 14 years and within the next two years I am due to retire. Spending hours worrying about the future, I had plenty of ideas but needed clarity and direction.

I contacted Jane Downes in Clearview Coaching Group and I now can confidently look to the future with excitement and confidence. The initial four week course began with a thorough look at my strengths and weaknesses.The importance of me looking at my 'inner self was' certainly something I had not examined before and it was very revealing. By the end of the process all the worries, apprehension and doubt have gone and I now know where I am going.Thank you Jane for opening my eyes to an exciting future.

Professional Sportsman, Dublin
I went to Jane at Clearview Coaching Group for Life Coaching. I felt I needed to re energise and clarify my direction in life. Jane encouraged me to "jump start" into action which is what I needed to do. It has made a huge difference to me in terms of my ability to gain clarity in my life and adopt strategies to handle situations and be clear as to what my boundaries and tolerations are along with becoming aware about what my self limiting beliefs where and how these were holding me back in my attitude to life. Jane is a natural guide and makes the coaching process an enjoyable yet highly thought provoking experience.
Insurance Specialist, Dublin
For me you performed nothing short of a small miracle because believe me, I was a difficult one !!! I needed to make some important career choices and get out of the rut I was in. My job was boring me and I felt I was not achieving what I wanted from my career and while working with Jane I learnt that this was impacting on my life outside of my career too. Jane & I worked on intensive career coaching along interview coaching while also working on increasing my self confidence to move forward allowing me to be crystal clear about my strengths along with the benefits of moving out of my comfort zone. I am now in an interesting new job, which also pays more and am much happier in all areas of my life and am back to my “powerful self”. My wife even tells me the “glazed look has gone from my eyes” . I am in a much better place. What a worthwhile investment! Thank You!
Technician, Dublin
Working with Jane encouraged me to do things that I always knew I should have done- Janes favourite phrase being “ If you keep doing what you’ve always done you will keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” Janes coaching gave me a highly supportive framework to improve my focus and get clear about my goals and set a purpose for myself in life. It certainly has jumpstarted me into to living my life to the full. I am so much happier and clearer’ Thank You!
Financial Controller, Dublin

As a business owner and a mother of two, I had reached a real crossroads in both my professional and personal life. Jane made the coaching sessions enjoyable and absolute common sense. Jane gave me the tools to work with and I can now see how a simple way of improving my life, I know I can make it happen. I am definitely more proactive, and I am also able to maintain a far more positive outlook.

My time management played a huge role in the way I felt – I just felt pressurised and stressed all the time – setting unrealistic deadlines – trying to please everybody! I have stopped being so hard on myself. The balance of work and family is getting much easier as I can now cope with unexpected challenges put up to me. Everything is back in perspective now, things seem to be starting to work out for me, I am beginning to enjoy my life again, and I am planning for the future.

Jane made me see the positive side of things – flush out those negative thoughts and go for my goal (s) . I realise now that many of the things that stress me out are in my head. THANK YOU!

Event Management Business Owner, Dublin

Further from a search of interview coaches online, I came across Clearview coaching. I found their website to be very professional and when I contacted them I was put in touch with Carmel Morrissey, I found Carmel to be welcoming and put me at ease immediately, interviews are a daunting thing as most of us don't them regularly.

The ideas and the confidence that Carmel gave me really helped me prepare for the final interview. Thanks Carmel and thanks Clearview.


Knowing, working and networking with Carmel is a very pleasurable experience. A driven and very knowledgeable individual with an infectious enthusiasm for helping people with the next step in their careers.

Carmel was very timely and helpful in assisting me within her role at Clearview.

James Kelly, February 2012

I had secured interviews for every job I applied for in the past year, but didn't get any offers. When I got another interview date I rang Clearview Coaching and was able to meet with Carmel at short notice in time for my interview, and I got the job! It was definately money well spent, thanks Carmel!

Tracey, February 2012

Carmel is excellent at what she does, and well equipped to help her clients reach their career goals. She is very easy to talk to and has a refreshingly positive, can do attitude.

Catherine, Law Graduate, February 2012

And for ‘The Career Book’

This book is unusual because it is both original and practical...I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is experiencing and doubts or difficulties in their career path
From the foreward by internationally acclaimed author Edward De Bono
Jane Downes's book brings a rare freshness, wit and depth of understanding to the fairly tired genre of career self-help literature. I defy you to read the book without feeling an urge to transform your career.
Claire Byrne - Radio Presenter,
Newstalk FM Ireland
Just when you that all career books were looking alike, Jane Downes comes up with a revelation. The Career Book is a truly unique take on how changes in approach and attitude will make all the difference in your successful job search.
Brian Marrinan, Manager MBA Careers, UCD Smurfit Business School
Jane is a visionary leader with very strong creative skills and the consummate eye for detail. No surprise on top of that she's also a fantastic author. Pick up her latest book if you get a chance and keep an eye out for one of her informative columns across the national press! Keep up the great work!
Declan Fitzgerald, Head of International Recruitment, LinkedIn
An original, edgy and challenging contribution to the world of career thinking.
John Lees, author of How to Get a Job You’ll Love (McGraw-Hill)
In self-help terms this is the “anti-Secret ”. Straight talking, practical and painfully funny; everyone searching for their perfect job should read it.
Róisín Ingle, author and journalist
This book will make you think, but that’s not all – it will give you the confidence to DO.
Senator Feargal Quinn
Jane Downes holds up an important mirror to those considering a career change. This book is a useful read for anyone looking for some inner reflection before applying for that new job.
Simon Carswell, Finance Correspondent, Irish Times
This is a really valuable book. In its focus on personality traits, its realism and its practical approach it is an invaluable contribution to all who are seeking work or fulfilment and those who are working with them. It is the next best thing to having your own career coach.
Fred Tuite, editor of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors’ magazine, Guideline
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