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Victoria McLean Founder & CEO, City CV – Award-winning International Career Consultancy

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My professional journey began in recruitment and provided an essential grounding in the corporate world, together with invaluable international experience.


I spent the earlier part of my career in London and Sydney, working with leading recruitment firms, TMP & Robert Walters, prior to moving to the role of in-house recruiter for Goldman Sachs in 2004 and Merrill Lynch in 2005. It was here that my expertise came into its own and I was charged with leadership of the experienced hire recruitment process across several divisions. Additionally, I was a key player in recruiting for the set-up of Merrill Lynch’s emerging markets’ hubs, including across MENA and Russia CIS.


I started City CV at home in 2008, just after my first child was born. I wanted the flexibility to be the perfect mum with a career I felt passionate about, whilst building on the expertise that I had acquired in recruitment, both in-house and as a headhunter. I spent time thinking about what I loved: people, and more specifically helping them achieve their dreams. What did I know better than anything? Recruitment. What was I good at? Writing. I found my niche.


Initially working alone, the business grew, primarily through word of mouth. In 2009, I hired my first professional writer to meet demand. Now, a decade later, I employ a great team of 25 talented experts, who help 1000+ clients per year, enhance the employability prospects of graduates from top UK universities and provide outplacement services for global corporates.


We offer individuals: The Works ★ CV Writing ★ Résumé Writing ★ LinkedIn Profile Writing ★ CV Cover Letter Writing ★ Job Application Completion ★ Job Interview Coaching ★ Career Coaching ★ Executive Coaching ★ Outplacement Services


We offer businesses: Restructure | Redundancy – Outplacement Services ★ Representation – Corporate Bios and LinkedIn Profiles ★ Recruitment – 360 degrees | Interviewer Training | Assessment Centres ★ Retention | Mobility – Internal Mobility Coaching | Executive Coaching ★ Employability Services for Higher Education Providers


I’m especially proud of the international industry awards we have won - the TORIs, the Oscars of the CV writing world - the only UK CV writing and career coaching firm to have done so.


I have also been featured in leading media, including BBC World Service, BBC Analysis, Channel 4, The Guardian, The FT, i News, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, The Telegraph, Huffington Post and eFinancial Careers, to name a few, where I have built a profile as an authority on careers. I am regularly called on to share my expertise to discuss apprenticeships, recruitment and AI, as well as giving keynote addresses at conferences such as the CFA Institute and Women Returners.


Having found my passion, I have built up this business, and turnover has grown substantially year on year since 2008. In that time, I have helped thousands of people secure their dream jobs.


Victoria McLean

Founder & CEO, City CV – Award-winning International Career Consultancy