Crisis – CV+ Workshop – 19 August 2014

A beautiful day in More London in the Pavilion suite of this global accountancy firm.  Inspiring panoramic views of Tower Bridge and City Hall make this a fantastic learning venue.  Into the room normally used by the most senior managers, walked 13 people and their work coaches from Crisis.



The remit was to understand what is involved in putting together a bespoke cv.  Not an easy thing to do when employed and enjoying a stable personal life.  So much more difficult when life has dealt a few heavy blows including unemployment and homelessness.



We kicked off with a quiz on the purpose of a covering letter/e-mail/cv? When does an interview starts?  How we unwittingly set ourselves up to fail etc.



An exercise in what cows drink showed how important it is to prepare!  A session with post it notes and where they come on a cv  – top, middle or bottom – followed before the group split into two and produced their image of who they would and would not employ!  By now experiences were being shared and conversation was flowing.


We then touched on a good vs bad example of covering letter/e-mail – easy to miss some key points.


The last part of the workshop focussed on Application Forms and how they differ from cvs and we briefly touched on interviews. There was some difference of opinion on these! At the end we did some impromptu cv advising.


The delegates included a Law Lecturer, a Telecoms Engineer and a Quantity Surveyor as well as IT Trainer and Receptionist!


The jewels that are uncovered when we scratch the surface and see individuals not their labels jaw dropping.


Evaluations included:

‘It was very helpful.  I now know several thins to make my cv better’

‘This workshop improved my confidence in my ability of writing a good cv’

‘I learnt some new tactics on constructing a bespoke cv’

Going forward, we will consider an all day version adding more depth to each section and role play as well!!!


A big thank you to Kevin who gave me his copy of Big Issue – a great read.

Growing Talent Award Ceremony – 14 August 2014

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What a day it turned out to be!


The sun was bright and shinning at More London.

The award was the first for Growing Talent and celebrated the achievements of the pioneer four – Comfort, Sophia, Jason & Holly from the pilot programme in March this year – and the latest Growing Talent Associates – Jordan, Caroline, Chris, Ant, Niro, Sholape, Dean, Mikele, James, Samik – sadly Dan did not complete.

Pedro, Ria and the hospitality team laid on an amazing event.  On arrival guests enjoyed tea, coffee, sparkling and still water, sodas and mocktails including Cranberry Crush, Fresh Lemonade Crush and Strawberry & Elderflower Crush.  Homebaked Ginger Nuts and Chocolate Chip Cookies gave energy for a nail biting start for us speakers!


Whilst arriving guests were networking with employers, a slideshow of photos from every stage of both Growing Talent programmes were shown.  Those dodgy face pulling were back to haunt them!  Wonder by Emilie Sande – chosen by the Associates – signalled the start of the formal proceedings.

Launching the event was Jon B who gave a good flavour of how Growing Talent came about before passing over to me to describe just how tough it is to get onto Growing Talent let alone complete it.  I also outlined the format – described in detail under the Growing Talent page.  Sharon of Harrow Green and Jamie of Pertemps followed me to explain their experiences and what they personally thought of the programme.  Next up was Jo and Hazel from JCP explaining why they had introduced flexibilities to enable the programme to run.  Next to speak were Comfort and Chris who gave an inspirational view of their experience.


Participating employers who all showcased their logos at the event included Harrow Green, Iron Mountain, Pertemps Professional, Pertemps IT, Red Personnel, SSR Personnel, Mitie Total Document Solutions, Honeywell, UpTownOil & Portico


Jon ended the event by inviting employers in the audience to take away the information sheets.


Networking followed accompanied by more excellent nibbles from Pedro and the team including…


Served Warm
Scottish smoked salmon croissant, dill emulsion
Blue cheese & sun dried tomato tartlet V


Served Hot
Open Cheese burger, spicy tomato ketchup
Prawns in filo, lemon aioli
Satay Chicken brochette, peanut and lime dip
Spicy Moroccan tricons, plum sauce V
Potato wedges, saffron mayonnaise V



Banana & maple cake
Chocolate Brownies


Needless to say I was so busy talking, I missed most of this apart from the most amazing chocolate brownie!


The film crew were great – very patient!  As were the Growing Talent Associates who endured a lot of standing around.  Unfortunately we ran over time wise and had to relocate to another room.  What a room! Panasonic view of Tower Bridge and London.  A brilliant photo opportunity.  The next Growing Talent begins in September. Contact me for more details!