About Stella M

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your CV could be your passport to your next exciting career or journey! Throughout my amazing journey, I have developed a passion to support and coach others through their job transition, whether that is having a smart fit for purpose CV, or coaching with job search skills to discover realistic, attainable career options and rediscover the confident you.

Happy Anniversary or Seven Year Itch?

By |2020-01-15T15:39:44+00:00January 14th, 2020|CV Advice, Job Search, Start Up Advice|

Hard to believe it was 7 years ago this week since hitting the button to launch Starry1HR! My decision was based on emotion, I was impulsive and completely did not follow the rules about business plans.  I was however, very fortunate to hear about a three day kick start in business course in [...]

Why Covering Letters are ACE!

By |2019-11-12T11:48:20+00:00November 12th, 2019|Covering Letter Advice, CV Advice, Job Search|

Whether sending a CV or an application form, a covering letter is an excellent opportunity to convey energy and enthusiasm, show your personal motivation for the job in question and enhance your chances of getting called forward for interview. ALWAYS send a covering letter, even with on-line job sites unless you are explicitly [...]

Should you dress to impress?

By |2019-10-29T12:29:58+00:00October 28th, 2019|CV Preparation, Interview Tips, Job Search|

Fail to plan and you plan to fail.  Yes, we’ve all heard it and of course, doing your interview homework is crucial, but a lot of candidates seem to neglect the importance of  dressing appropriately for interview. 1.    Look the part - You may think that appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact [...]

Why have Career Coaching?

By |2019-10-29T11:17:07+00:00October 17th, 2017|Business Networking Advice, CV Advice, Interview Tips, Job Search|

Having experienced my own career transition rollercoaster, I understand how daunting taking the next steps into a new career can be.  I have supported many people with their career journey, whether that's writing a smart, fit for purpose CV or guiding through the job search maze.  I can help to find realistic attainable options [...]

Why your CV matters?

By |2017-12-12T15:43:54+00:00July 19th, 2017|Business Networking Advice, CV Advice, Interview Tips, Job Search|

My passion for CV writing and career coaching started whilst working for an Outplacement Consultancy.  I had recently experienced my own career crisis after being made redundant from the best job I ever had.  I realised how empowering the process of CV writing can be and that being part of someone's career journey is [...]

Ten Hot Tips To Cold Calling

By |2019-03-16T13:58:36+00:00December 14th, 2016|Business Networking Advice, Interview Tips, Job Search|

Of course the best networks are through someone we have a direct connection with and for most of us, the thought of direct approaches or ”cold calling”  is to be avoided at all costs. However, if approaching new contacts, it is probably safest to write to them first and then this gives them [...]

The Hidden Market … Are you visible?

By |2019-02-20T10:48:59+00:00September 29th, 2016|Business Networking Advice, CV Advice|

There are many ways to find a job and Linked in and Facebook have had a major impact on the way recruitment works today. The Three most effective means of securing a job are: Networking – old or new contacts Applying for advertised jobs – Press or Internet Registering with recruitment agencies/job sites By [...]

Next Stop … Dream Job!

By |2019-02-20T10:49:32+00:00July 22nd, 2016|CV Advice, Job Search, Skills Analysis|

Finding a new job that you really want depends on you putting in the time and effort to do a personal audit of your :– likes and dislikes ambitions and frustrations skills, abilities, experience and achievements what you want to get from work and what you don’t want! practical considerations from work The result [...]


By |2019-02-20T12:39:25+00:00June 2nd, 2016|CV Advice, CV Preparation|

Your CV could be your passport to your next exciting career or journey so getting it right is important! Employers have limited time to shortlist applications and first impressions count, so you need to make your CV stand out from the crowd and end up on the “YES” pile. That means… no six page [...]