Emma D

Project Manager, Travel

I lost my job in the Travel Industry in as a result of the Covid pandemic. Furloughed first, then made redundant. The industry I had worked in for all my career (25+ years) was now closed. All business had disappeared and no one was allowed to travel. I therefore had to start looking for work in new industries fast and get applying which I did.

However I very quickly realised that my CV just wasn’t hitting the mark with employers. Trying to tailor a lifetime of ‘travel industry’ tasks, projects and specialist skills into non-travel roles, was much harder than I first thought.

I therefore decided to get some help from Suzanne, a career coach specialising in helping the over 40s. The first thing I did was a questionnaire on my ‘work’ motivations and what to look for in my future working life.

Personalised Recommendations

Suzanne analysed my answers and created a detailed and bespoke 14 page written report showing what actionable steps I should follow.

She gave recommendations and links on how to take things further. Her report also included information about industries to look into (that would suit me) and tailored interview questions for me to ask. We also looked at my skills, classifying them into those which have the greatest value in today’s job market and which were transferable!

These recommendations were beginning to give me a boost and foster an approach of how I should move ahead which I desperately needed.

Confidence boosting tool kit

We looked at my CV and LinkedIn which Suzanne re-wrote providing me with two CV templates (i.e. a ‘travel’ related CV and a non-travel one) that I can tweak for each role I apply for. They are well written and I have had recruiters comment on how well they read. More importantly, my CV almost instantly begun to open doors and I am now getting to the interview stage which is exciting and motivating.

I have totally changed since this process started, to a busy, motivated job searcher. It’s all due to you and I have come so far since I first asked for your help. Thank you.

Personalised ongoing support

Suzanne is skilled, intuitive and passionate about her work. Her efficient techniques really help her to get to know your motivations and skillsets so she can start to help quickly. The process is tough (job searching is tough!), you need to be disciplined and you get homework, but it’s all aimed at preparing you for your next role, the right role for you.

I am so glad I met Suzanne and see her as my secret weapon and ally as I navigate the complex waters of getting my next job in these extra difficult Covid times. Thank you for all of your help, empathy and coaching so far Suzanne. For anyone who needs assistance with their future career choices, I can highly recommend Suzanne to anyone who is a bit lost with their career and needs direction and support.

Six months into my new role, Suzanne helped me with a difficult decision that came about. I was in a position where two different managers wanted me in their respective business units for two quite different roles and I was struggling over which path to take. Suzanne helped me by breaking down my skill sets and after talking through my previous experience and what the future implications of each choice could be, it became clear which path I should follow. Suzanne has a rare talent in that she can analyse a situation and communicate next steps in a simple way. Its really helped me out. Thanks so much Suzanne.