The following is excerpted from a client’s email during his application for the
role of Staff Development Specialist with the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA):—

“They have created a short list of three from just over 3,000 applicants. If
I go no further in the selection process it is still a great compliment and a
great compliment to yourself. I encourage you and authorise you to use my
example when marketing your skills. Two others with similar backgrounds to
myself (friends of mine) had applied and had no response, not even that first letter.”

Later, when my client gained the position, he wrote:—

“I’ve been in Vienna two weeks now … From what inquiries I made it appears your work was a major component in ensuring my interview. Further to this, the discussions prior to the interview were ideal in preparing me for that interview … Do use this email as a reference.”

It’s perhaps notable that my client — a former Field Psychologist in the NZ armed forces, a former Recruitment Consultant in an executive recruitment agency, and a professional CV writer himself in his role as Staff Development Specialist — chose to update his CV with me after his 5-year stint (which is the normal length of employment at IAEA).

I was once bulk-funded by the Fire Service to prepare CVs for Fire Service staff, and a condition of the funding was that I obtained written assessments of my service. The following came from a middle manager, whose CV played an integral role in his transition to senior management:—

“Very useful process for self analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Chris is very thorough, getting to know his client well and produces an in-depth quality result. This is not a superficial service. Chris is readily accessible and seeks to meet the needs of the client.”

The following comments were made by the mother of one of my clients in 2017, after she read the CV I’d just prepared for him:—

“Read through the CV. It is full of mastery. If you had given Chris a pack of cards
he would create the highest of all towers with it. He has extracted the 'essence' of you. It is so authentic of you. He has shown exactly who you are, the depth and breadth of you - not just blah-blah qualifications. Can’t get over it, he has shown SO much in so few words. I am stunned and in awe, he has extracted from the bottom of the mineshaft up to the surface.”

My client subsequently told me that he applied for 19 positions with his CV, from which he got 8 interviews and two job offers.

© Christopher Adrian Eilers 2018. Last updated 3 March 2018