CV, LinkedIn, Brand YOU!
Your brand is based on who you are – the authentic and the best you. Being yourself in every situation means that you are always consistent and congruent with the real you. The more authentic we are to our true selves, the more we will resonate with the right people. Employees are looking for people who understand their career path, know what they want, can point to successes at work or elsewhere, know their strengths and are proactive. Of , we won’t appeal to everyone just as we don’t like everyone – but the key is to be our true self.
Our career coaches know what recruiters are looking. We help you build a CV and LinkedIn profile which reflect the best you highlighting achievements and skills you may never have thought about.
How much does it cost?
From £475 for up to two hours.
CV, LinkedIn, Brand YOU
Making your LinkedIn profile the best it can be is very important, as many jobs and recruiters use the search tool to find potential applicants or will certainly look at applicants’ LinkedIn profiles to check that it matches with the CV they have received. Make sure you have a good photo that reflects your personality, create a compelling summary, add specific job titles and the detail of roles you’ve held. LinkedIn job search algorithms search primarily with job titles and experience. Follow organisations you’re interested in. Stay active.
We certainly don’t recommend this. Whilst it’s important that your CV sells you, you must always keep to the truth. If you get an interview based on an embellished CV you will most likely come unstuck or found out – very embarrassing!
Your CV is your marketing tool – its primary purpose is to sell you in a market by saying “this is what I can do for you and how I can add value to your business; here’s proof that I can do it.”. Ideally you should prepare two versions of your CV – one in reverse chronological format detailing your job history starting with your most recent position. The other is a skills based CV – often a better format when history is intermittent. Most importantly a great CV should give a good sense of who you are (many recruiters spend just three seconds reviewing CVs due to the volume of applications) in the opening profile/brief summary. Paint the best possible picture of who you are and how your skills, experiences and personality would add value to the organisation. Whether the CV is chronological or skills based, make sure you highlight achievements and outcomes, not just activities you’ve undertaken.
Employers are looking for people who can do the work that needs to be done and people that will fit with their team. The first two or three lines of a CV should be a brief summary to paint a picture/description of yourself. Then consider what skills and qualities you have, what your interests are, what work you may have done – whether volunteering, odd jobbing for your elderly neighbour or waitressing. Take a look at the job descriptions that interest you – what are they looking for? Tailor your CV and experience to roles you are applying for. Make sure it’s well laid out, doesn’t have any spelling or grammar mistakes, is readable and nice to look at.
“Thank you so much for all the help you gave, your support was really invaluable in getting me through the process! I’ve landed a job … I’m very happy with the choice… and if I play my cards right I won’t have much of a commute.
It really feels like a great fit and I am sure to learn a lot. I am so (so!) pleased and wanted to thank you for all your help!”
Meet your coaches
Helen-Louise Helen is a former business owner [...]
Yes, you would certainly benefit from career coaching if you don’t know what you want to do, which path would suit you and how you can find it. Having a career coach is the best investment you can make.
If however you know exactly what you want and how to find it, then you don’t need a career coach.
However, if there are other areas in your life that are not exactly how you’d like them e.g. money/finance, work/life balance; family/friends; health/wellbeing, then a Forward life coach can help.
All our programmes are designed around your personal needs, your goals and the challenges you wish to overcome. We match your requirements to the expert member(s) of our team to get you the right support – whether it is career direction, confidence building, personal branding or interview preparation – and work around your diary.
Each session is typically between one and two hours, but the length depends on the nature and range of the discussion. Sessions are supported with email and texts and homework is often given to make maximum progress.
An initial one to one coaching session, lasting 90-120 minutes, starts at £300. Subsequent sessions cost from £195. In most cases our clients invest between £300 – £700 in a coaching programme tailored to their specific needs.
The style will depend on what you the client want to achieve and your preferred style. Some people like a challenging and stretching style; others a more supportive and encouraging style. The free consultation with Catherine our Director of Client Relations will help you choose which coach is right for you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
- We have an outstanding track record of delivering results
- We are experts on the challenges and opportunities experienced by 18-30-year olds
- We’re great value for money
- We have coaches to suit every individual.
- We use proven world-class tools to help you achieve your goals
- Our extensive networks help you explore career paths and get to talk to professionals in their fields so you can learn about what working in different sectors and industries really looks like
A career coach helps you identify, set and achieve your goals. We all achieve so much more if we are very clear about where we want to get to, but so often job searching can simply be a ‘scatter gun’ of applications.
A career coach helps you clarify your strengths, motivations, interests and skills and identify a career path(s) (which sectors, activities,) that suit you; highlight any skills you might need to develop (e.g. interviewing, networking) and works with you to develop the tools you need (e.g. CV writing) to secure a great job.
18-35 is a guideline. We do work with younger people still in education perhaps struggling with exam pressures, general anxiety, and other challenges and we do work with people older than 35. However, we have found that people mid-30s + have different challenges, best served by our sister company Rutbusters www.rutbusters.org
Our Forward coaches help you find a clear path to the life you want most.
We help you increase your self-awareness – of your strengths so you can maximise them and your weaknesses so you can address them. Self-awareness is one of the most sought-after skills of today’s employers.
Our Forward coaches help you build confidence and support you to develop key skills.
Your Forward coach is your trusted partner who helps expand your thinking and gain perspective and clarity about your objectives. Your coach is non-judgemental and has no agenda other than to help you be the best you can be.
Elite athletes, singers and top executives all have coaches to help them achieve and maintain their peak performance. Isn’t it time you had one too?
When you invest in your future with Forward you’re also making great things happen in the world. Forward is a member of B1G1—Business for Good
A life coach works with you to look at all aspects of your life; this can include career; romance; money; health/wellbeing and you chose which element (or more than one) you’d like to focus on and improve.
Coaching is very much goal focused (rather than therapy which is often addressing past traumas and other issues) so you can achieve your individual potential.
A coach helps you achieve the best you.
In addition to knowing what path you want to pursue, the most important things employers are now looking for are the ‘soft skills’ including confidence and motivation, resilience and emotional intelligence – things our current education system does not cover.
A career coach will help you define your career direction, ensure you have the tools to make the best applications, shine at interviews and build your key soft skills too.