"I enjoy getting to know the people I work with - to understand their passions and the ways in which they want to make a difference through the work they do... and I hope that through this I offer a truly personal service."
I work as a Professional CV Writer, Interview Coach and 360 Degree Feedback Facilitator. I use my degree in Creative Writing and 9 years' experience within the recruitment industry together with basic counsellor training to understand your skills, experience, drivers and motivators, and then present you in the best way possible to prospective employers.
I have provided services to individuals in various industries including: healthcare, insurance, pharmaceuticals, facilities, public sector, finance, banking and education, working with magistrates, members of the MOD, graduates, armed forces personnel, artists, school and college leavers, professional housekeepers, trainers and scientists and many many more....
Having spent seven years working in Leadership Development and Recruitment departments for large organisations such as Accenture, BT, Cheshire Fire and Rescue and AXA PPP healthcare, I offer a professional CV writing service to individuals who are looking to improve their prospects in today’s highly competitive job market.
My CV writing service starts with an initial review. I will ask you to email your CV to me, and I will look over it and respond to you with my recommendations and a list of questions. We can then work through these points over the phone or via email - depending upon your preference.
My pricing structure for CV writing depends upon the level of service you would like. I offer the following options:
For some initial ideas on how to improve your CV, you might with to read my guidance article 'The importance of a great CV'.
LinkedIn profiles - from £50 to £100
More and more, employers are using social media sites and in particular LinkedIn to search for suitable candidates for their vacancies. I can set up your LinkedIn profille in such a way that you become attractive to prospecitve recruiters, which includes a personal statement to sell your key skills. In addition, if you would like to learn more about how to maximise the benefits of LinkedIn I can provide a face to face tutorial to explain the features and how build your network.
Interview Coaching - £60.00 per hour
Interview advice, coaching and practice whether you've got 2 weeks to prepare, or your interview is in a day's time!
All services are based upon the role you are being interviewed for and so I will ask you to email me the job description, your CV, any supporting information and the name of the company in advance of our work.
Interview Coaching includes:
• An exploration of what would be your ‘interview nightmare’, and how to prepare for it
• A mock interview based on the role you are applying for, including competency based questions
• Full, honest feedback on your mock interview with development suggestions
• Support with company research
• Confidence techniques to use on the day
• Preparing questions to ask at the end of the interview
• Full supporting information via email
Interview Coaching can be conducted via Skype, Telephone, or Face to Face if you are based in or around Cheshire. We’ll need around 3 hours in total, and this can be staggered over a number of days, depending on your timescales.
I offer discounts to students and those on a low income – contact me for information about this.
360 Degree Feedback - £200
360 Degree Feedback enables you to gain feedback on your professional performance from a selection your colleagues. It provides valuable insight into how you are perceived from a range of perspectives, which can ultimately help you to build on your strengths and identify your development areas.
It is particularly useful in increasing self awareness and provides more detailed feedback about how you are viewed than the more traditional manager led appraisal.
We start by identifying who you would like to obtain feedback from - this is often a mixture of your colleagues, direct reports, line manager, customers and suppliers. Friends can also be a great source of feedback. I then email these individuals with a set of questions which they complete and return to me. Their answers form the basis of a confiendtial report.
I then review the report, highlighting any trends or themes which are apparent. Once this is complete we book in a 2 hour meeting where we discuss your reaction to the feedback, highlight your key strengths and identify hidden strengths that will have arisen by hearing people's views. We also explore your development areas and agree on an action plan for you to follow after the meeting.
I offer this service to individuals who wish to fund their own Feedback as part of their personal and professional development, as well as organisations looking to fund the service as part of a training and development exercise for their employees.