"I returned to paid work when my children reached secondary school age. Career Balance played a vital role in helping me to improve my CV. They also strengthened my resilience in coping with the inevitable setbacks you experience when job hunting, and re-affirmed my belief that getting a job was a definite outcome of seeking work, rather than a vague possibility". Vanessa Clarke, Marketing
"Mr. Simon Broomer at CareerBalance was extremely helpful in helping me to focus my goals, and gave clear suggestions as to what further steps I would need to take to bring my ideal career to fruition. Simon was insightful and encouraging, and I can highly recommend CareerBalance for anyone wishing to enhance, or change, their career direction". Consultant
"The team at CareerBalance Ltd was able to help me identify my key skills and fields of interest, and advise me how best to apply these to finding employment in the relevant industries. They provided friendly, constructive, motivational advice that enabled me to develop my networking skills and create a strong C.V. Through practical role-playing exorcises, I was able to hone my interview technique and build my confidence. At the completion of the sessions, I was left with a positive outlook and the necessary tools for finding work. I would highly recommend them."
"In particular I was really impressed by the way Simon Broomer helped me to identify my own strengths and weaknesses, helped me with structuring my CV and advised me on the best way to present those attributes to a potential employer. Simon's advice on how to handle a particular issue at work was a huge help, Simon helped me to see what my options were, what approach I should take in relation to the matter and gave me the confidence to go in with my head held up high and get a fair deal for myself".
Aerospace Industry Export Sales
"When I went to see other career consultancies offering a free first meeting I didn't get any real advice or feedback. At Career Balance I had a meaningful discussion with the consultant who had obviously prepared well. She pointed to the career options open to me and how I could make a career change. I got a taste of how she could help me. And she didn’t try to sell me something or make me buy a career programme on the spot. I was able to go away and think about things. That made a big difference." Sarah Castleton
"Professional and understanding with the genuine desire to assist in finding a career solution for me as an individual. After leaving Easyjet I completed an MBA. I worked with CareerBalance before moving into my next role. It’s very thought provoking and there are many lighting moments where you realize why you’ve made the choices you have and what you want to achieve going forward" Elaine Young, Airline Operations Manager
"It was a very good experience meeting Peter Wilford at Career Balance and go through all career process. I must say I needed some time to assimilate all the information, think about it and have it all clear in my mind. All sessions were very inspiring and it has enabled me to focus on a way forward, in this case, to make the right career change I wanted to do. I now feel more confident and positive about my choices and am far clearer about the direction I should take. I would therefore recommend Peter Wilford and Career Balance to anyone interested in exploring their career options." Carla Silva
"The programme helped me focus my efforts towards achieving my long term goal; by showing me how best I could fashion every opportunity work to this end, highlighted ways of how to effectively sell myself, be proactive and always think of my preposition. I would recommend Career Balance to anyone interested in exploring their career options. Many thanks." Paul Mwashimba, Research Scientist
"I had been to several interviews before working with Career Balance and wondered what I was doing wrong. I was a bit skeptical about working with a career consultancy; however, I soon realized that I had nothing to lose. The CV, interview and career plan assistance that Simon provided was really useful. I am now in a new job. I definitely recommend CareerBalance." Michael Hewson, IT Services Specialist
"My consultant guided and motivated me in the right direction. He helped me decide what areas to search and also found some new positions for me. I managed to secure a new job within our six session programme." ? Jonathan LeBrett - Sales Professional
"Fresh, focused and practical." Marketing Manager – FMCG Sector
?"The service was just what I needed, an opportunity to seriously analyse and investigate my motivations/skills and career/life style objectives. I also decided to spend the money as I was comfortable with my consultant and felt that he was going to give me not just an 'analysis' service. Although not a therapist he was going to be capable of dealing with the emotional side of the exploratory/decision making process." Brand Marketing Specialist
?"I was at a career crossroads and chose to work with Career Balance. The personal service rather than the "run of the mill" approach that some consultancies offered appealed. Working with my career consultant gave me the confidence boost I needed to "get out there". My consultant also helped me to effectively tailor my approach for the roles I was interested in. I would describe the Career balance approach as boutique, bespoke and very good" Robin Ballance, Marketing Manager
"Simon, I am very excited because today I was officially offered the position at the British Video Association and I will start there directly after I finish working for my current employers. I would like to thank you again for the invaluable advice that you gave me as well as for all the support you provided me with. Many many thanks." Anastasia Kefalidou, Publications Officer – International Charity
"Simon's help was invaluable in getting me back to work. He really boosted my confidence and improved my interview technique, Thank you" David C, Director.
"The sessions helped me to focus on my previous career moves and future career decisions and actively consider and make decisions about what it was I was doing and looking for, rather than passively continuing down a particular (albeit familiar!) path. It helped me exit my previous role professionally and properly, to really focus on what I wanted from my next role, what my skills were and what the sorts of things were that were actually 'driving' me." Senior Manager – Insurance PLC
"The programme was well structured, very thorough and provided a good one to one personal service." Paul Slaven, Financial Services sector.
gained a confidence that anything is possible, and appreciated that it
is good to discuss issues and not to plod along without. I also learned
to be more proactive about my career and long term aspirations."
Accountant – Big Four firm
"I thought I would send you a quick email to thank you for all your help in my career search this year. After many interviews and lots of difficult decisions I accepted a job with a major oil company as a crude oil trading analyst. I am really pleased with my new role and am enjoying the job immensely. Although I won't be taking professional qualifications, their training package is excellent and in the current financial climate there are few companies offering the type of qualifications I wanted to take".
Emily Neish - Graduate on Career Planning & Job Search programme
"So far, at interview everyone has been impressed by the CV. It has worked tremendously. I can't thank you enough for the assistance on my CV" - Barrister, London
"I received some good news today - I got the job! ...I still can't believe it! So I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help, advice and support. It was extremely beneficial and I'm so grateful you helped me to find a new career path."Anna Finlayson, Associate - City Law Firm, moving to publishing
"I found out about CareerBalance on the totallylegal.com web site. I needed to focus on how to exit my position the right way and what my options were going forward from a career perspective. I felt very lost having made the decision not to stay in private practice and not having a proper understanding of what else was 'out there'. I needed some 'outside' advice and guidance on how to approach the exit and where to aim for". Solicitor, now in-house Counsel
"My role was about to be made redundant and I had not had an interview for many years. I decided that I required some guidance and chose to work with Career Balance Ltd. Suki provided great assistance in compiling my CV and with interview techniques. "I didn't really see any other career consultants who had a specialist 'legal' focus, which is what I felt I needed." Newly qualified solicitor
"I was impressed with the approach. It seemed fresh and yet still highly practical. I often left feeling very enthused about my future prospects and with a clearer sense of what could be achieved and what was available / possible within the market place. It was good to have someone knowledgeable to bounce ideas off and to have a different perspective. Also to work with someone who understood the legal profession was extremely useful. It helped with their credibility and meant that they were able to understand my situation and apply practical solutions. "Through discussing my likes and dislikes and aspirations, the opportunities became a lot clearer and obvious. It gave some structure to what and where I wanted to be. I really like the idea of working back from retirement age and looking at my CV and seeing what I had achieved, instead of looking forward and wondering where I should be in 5 years time and then in the next 5 years etc. Overall, it gave me a focus." Simon Newsham, Tax Specialist , Law Firm
through the programme made me feel much more in control of my career decisions
and therefore my life outside of work. It was instrumental in helping me be
brave enough to go a little left field and take a career break to manage a ski
chalet in the French Alps for the winter."
The programme helped me realise that what I really needed was to take a break and focus on something else (other than my career) for a while in order to be in the right frame of mind to work out what it really was I wanted to do next. My consultant showed me that I could take a career break and it would not be the end of my career." Rivkah Mellor-Bessant – In-house Lawyer
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