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Start your job search on the right foot with career coaching.

Cheryl Howard - The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard

Why You Should Work With Cheryl

Cheryl’s a Canadian who’s been living in Berlin for 10+ years. She’s held a number of different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for various companies. She even found a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023 during the recession and tech layoffs. That said, she knows what it takes to find a job in Berlin.

Cheryl’s also worked as a hiring manager and knows what German companies want from their candidates. She’s seen the common mistakes that people make on their job applications and during interviews. Cheryl knows that people often don’t match the person on their CVs, as they’re usually way more amazing.

Cheryl’s here to help you you bring out your best self in your job applications and interviews.

What People Are Saying


This (CV) feedback is golden for me! I feel like this will place me in a better standing as a candidate! This a great service and helps me feel more confident in the process of moving. Thank you so much for the work that you do.

Dayna, Los Angeles

I hate writing resumes. Thankfully Cheryl made the experience much better. I’m confident my new CV will bring me many new opportunities. Thank you Cheryl!

Victor T, Toronto

Thanks for all your help in building my CV, cover letter and for the interview practice. It’s a vital service you offer in my opinion. I’ve been on the hunt for a job in Germany and I really hadn’t a clue what I was doing until I got in contact with The Berlin Life and I can’t overstate how helpful it has been for me. I feel a lot more clear and confident in my search. Thanks again

Luke, Germany
Job Search
Are you applying to German companies and finding that you’re not getting any responses?


There are a number of reasons why this happens. Honestly, we could talk about this over coffee (or beers!) for a really long time.  

 A lot of it boils down to people not knowing how to present themselves in their job applications. Sometimes it’s due to English being a second language and more often than not, people downplay their skills, education, experience, and more.

Job Apps
I can help you create a job application that will get you noticed by German employers.


We can work together to create a job application that will land you interviews. Through coaching sessions, we can talk about how to best showcase your skills, education, and experience. We’ll examine the types of roles you’re applying for and decide how to position you for the job. Also, there are probably things you haven’t thought about even putting on your CV that may be important to add.

By the end of the coaching session, you’ll have a draft CV or cover letter that you can use for all future job applications. Not only that, you’ll know how to customize it as well. 

Coaching Services 

The Berlin Life - Cover Letter Coaching

Cover Letter Coaching – €85.00

By the end of our 50 min session, you’ll have:

  • Detailed feedback via a workbook about how to improve your current cover letter
  • Our call to review the workbook together, discuss the feedback, and how to apply it using my proven method
  • A complimentary review from me once you’ve drafted your cover letter
  • A bonus 10% discount for a future coaching session
  • Ability to come to me anytime for follow-up questions and advice (lifetime support)


The Berlin Life - CV Coaching

CV Coaching – €85.00

By the end of our 50 min session, you’ll have:

  • Detailed feedback via a workbook about how to improve your current CV, plus a list of relevant resources
  • Our call to review the workbook together, discuss the feedback, and how to implement it
  • Knowledge about how to approach your CV in the future
  • A complimentary review from me once you’ve drafted your new CV
  • A bonus 10% discount for a future coaching session
  • Ability to come to me anytime for follow-up questions and advice (lifetime support) 

The Berlin Life - Interview Coaching

Interview Coaching – €85.00

Are you about to have your very first job interview in Germany? Are you feeling nervous, unsure about what to expect, and curious to know more about the norms of interviews in Germany?

50 min sessions will be catered to individual needs and we can cover some of the following things:

  • Discuss what to expect in German job interviews
  • Develop your response to the time-old question, “Tell me about yourself”
  • Answer any questions or concerns that you have
  • Practice answering questions together, with me providing observations and suggestions
  • Ability to come to me anytime for follow-up questions and advice (lifetime support)
Coaching Work
How Coaching Sessions Work 

1) Once you book a session and complete payment, you’ll receive a link so you can book a date and time.

2) A minimum of one week prior to the meeting (it’s best to send this info on the same day of booking), you’ll send me your CV or cover letter, so I can start preparing. Let me know what type(s) of positions you’re applying for and if possible, share link to relevant job postings.

3) My preparation includes the creation of a personalized coaching workbook where I deep dive into your CV or cover letter and provide extensive feedback, like design/content suggestions, things for us to further discuss, things for your to explore, and more.

4) To make the most of our time together, kindly arrive at our session on time and make sure you’re at your computer in a quiet, distraction-free environment.

5) When we meet, we’ll review the workbook together and discuss certain areas in greater depth. Based on our discussions, I’ll offer further feedback and suggestions. As we undertake this exercise together, you’ll learn how to structure a CV or cover letter on your own, in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step manner.

6) At the session’s end, you’ll have a better understanding of how to position yourself in German job applications. You’ll also walk away with a workbook (forever yours to keep) to guide you in creating the next version of your CV or cover letter.

7) As an added bonus, after revising your CV or cover letter, you can send it to me for a free review. Note – this option is only available for 30 calendar days after our coaching session.

Career Coaching FAQ
1) Should CV and cover letter coaching sessions be booked separately?

Yes. Both involve a different process and based on my approach, it would be impossible to cover both topics in a single session.

2) How many sessions should I book?

If you wish to create a complete job application (a cover letter and CV), book two sessions.

3) What does an interview coaching session look like?

Interview coaching sessions are customized based on your needs. We can do a mock interview together, work on appropriate answers to common questions, or talk about the general things to expect from German job interviews. If you purchase interview coaching, we’d meet once before our session to discuss your specific requirements and agree on an agenda together.

4) I'm unsure about booking a session. Can I speak with you first?

Yes, I offer free 30-minute consultation calls where we can address your questions, discuss how I can help you, and review in more detail about how the process works. Book a free call now.

5) Do you offer discounts?

If you’re in a tight spot financially, get in touch and we can discuss a discounted rate. While I’m not in a position to offer my services for free or in exchange for something, I have limited capacity to offer my services to refugees in Germany – just email me to discuss the opportunity in more detail. 

6) Do you offer refunds?

All bookings are final. If I receive your CV and cover letter and feel that no improvements need to be made, I’ll happily issue a full refund.

7) Can I reschedule?

You can reschedule once if you provide 24 hours’ notice. Please get in touch with me right away so we can schedule a new date and time.

8) What happens if I don't show up to the appointment?

A coach<> client relationship needs to be based on mutual trust and respect. This means you need to be invested in the process and take it seriously. If you don’t show up for our appointment, I’ll give you one chance to reschedule. Failure to show up a second time or provide the required 24 hours notice of cancellation will result in the termination of our working relationship.

9) Do you offer sessions in person?

Most sessions are done online via Google Hangouts or Zoom. If you’re in Berlin, we can also talk about meeting in person. 😊

10) What payment methods do you accept?

I only accept payment via credit card. If you don’t have one, email me and we’ll work out something else using Paypal, Wise, or normal bank transfer.

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