Welcome to the services page.  Here I describe the services I offer and my main types of clients.  If you scroll down you will find eight examples of projects – with timings and costs.

I offer a specialist, bespoke and confidential service to three main types of client:

university and college applicants
job hunters
businessmen and women

University and college applicants
– working with you to produce a UCAS personal statement and other university and college application information aimed at getting you noticed and being offered a place;
– preparing you for a university or college interview so that you attend feeling more confident and self-assured, able to make the best of yourself in the (often very short) time you are given.

Job hunters
– producing an excellent CV – concise and relevant to the job(s) for which you are applying;
– offering guidance on application forms, including competency-based, with the aim of securing an interview;
– using practice sessions to develop interview and presentation skills for the recruitment process including assessment days.

Businessmen and women
– developing personal skills for networking face-to-face so that you can make the best of networking opportunities when they arise;
– dry-runs with constructive feedback for presentations, pitches and business proposals – making sure you are professional, persuasive and effective.

My initial consultation, usually up to half an hour, is free. Once we have had a chat and you have decided upon the sort of help you would like, I will email you an estimate.

The estimate is based upon an hourly rate of £45. If you are applying for a number of jobs, or find that universities would like you to complete individual application forms in addition to your UCAS application, you will find that you will be able to use some of the written information we produce together over and over again – but that you will need to tailor other information to particular recipients – so spending time and money on your application in this way is a good investment and the ‘unit’ cost per job application, CV or university application is very reasonable. If you wish to develop your interview and personal presentation skills with some interview/presentation practice, you will find your confidence increasing and your ability to speak in public improving. This will help with a whole range of situations when applying to university, for a job, networking for your business or making a business proposal/presentation.

To help get a feel for the sorts of situations clients seek advice on, here are some examples* of previous work with costs:

Example 1: UCAS personal statement – comments on a draft

John had drafted a personal statement and asked for comments. He emailed it to me and I provided an A4 page of comments for him to consider. These ranged from where information was well-written to where there was too much information, too little information, lack of clarity, spelling or grammatical errors, and so on. The feedback took an hour. John submitted a second draft with his changes and feedback on that took 30 minutes. Total cost: £67.50.

Example 2: UCAS personal statement – from scratch

Tom wanted help on his UCAS personal statement from scratch so we started with an hour together identifying his knowledge, skills and experience – and all other information about him that could be included in his application. We also gave thought as to why he wanted to study the particular course (law, in this case) and how he could best ‘sell’ himself in writing and make his application interesting to the university admissions officer. After agreeing a broad structure, Tom went away and wrote his statement (at this stage we didn’t concern ourselves too much with the length). Thereafter, Tom and I worked by phone and email and honed the statement to the most important points – ensuring readability, interest and impact – and within the 4000 letters and spaces permitted. This took three hours: £135

Example 3: University practice interview with video

Helen had a two hour session with me practising answering interview questions with video feedback. Some of these were technical questions relating to her subject while others centred around aspects of leadership, teamworking, communications, ethics, knowledge of the course and the university, and so on. I helped Helen gather a range of examples from her own experiences to illustrate her points. Total: £90.

Example 4: CV

CVs usually need to be concise – usually a maximum of two A4 sheets and often one sheet only. A CV also needs to be accurate. The skill is in knowing what to put in and what to leave out – and this can be time-consuming. With Alastair’s CV, we started from scratch, which took a total of four hours: £180. Editing and updating a good CV would cost less. Like most pieces of writing, we worked on and off with this over a few days – rather than doing four hours at once; the result is usually better this way.

Example 5: Job Application

The cost for help with a job application is determined by the length of the application. Some are many pages and are competency-based which mean that a lot of personal information is required. Generally speaking, a short job application needs around two hours and a long job application around four hours, so £90 to £180.

Example 6: Job Interview practice with/without video

Peter had a management job interview which involved making a ten-minute presentation to the interview panel (which he was asked to prepare in advance). We went through some of the questions in a practice interview but he also had several dry-runs for his presentation which was the thing he was most worried about. We filmed his presentation and he was able to fine-tune it and manage his time. This took around four hours: £180.

Example 7: Business proposal

James had the opportunity to pitch for some business for his company and wanted some objective comment. He spent some time with me restructuring his presentation and practising the “words, music and dance” until he felt confident and well-prepared. Four hours: £180

Example 8: Effective networking
Jane is self-employed and knew the value of networking events for her business – but she never felt she was getting the best out of them. She explained to me that she felt unsure how to describe her business to others, face-to-face, in a way that was interesting and understandable – yet concise. We spent an hour and a half identifying what she did (features) and how it helped others (benefits), gradually reducing the information to a few key sentences. Jane can now state these with confidence and feels that she is a much better ambassador for her business at networking events and elsewhere. Cost: £57.50

I hope these examples help illustrate the services I provide and how they can benefit you. Remember, we can work remotely using Skype if we can’t meet face-to-face. Please give me a ring on 01785 284849 or 07837 917803 or email me on if there is anything you would like to know.

*names have been changed.