EDWARD SWANN – INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING MANAGER/CONSULTANT
“I would like to put into words my gratitude for your help and guidance over the last few weeks.
When I first contacted you, it was with doubt, I mean what or how could you help me; I’m a 52 year old construction manager with 30+ years’ experience. An old school guy who had the been there done that attitude
Well, I was on a downward spiral, in 35years in my industry I had never been out of work, but after 4 months out of work basically trapped in Dubai due to covid travel restrictions I was at a loss.
The situation was affecting not only me, but my family (wife and son) I really started to doubt myself.
Am I too old, too much experience, maybe I just retire!
I must have sent 100+ emails (CVs) joined countless agencies but not even a thank you response, nothing at all, completely blank. Again, the doubts, I honestly could not see where the next job / pay cheque was coming from. The feeling of despair that I was letting my family down, it was becoming obvious that I could not provide for them
Then you Stuart got on board my ship that was sailing in rocky waters, not only did you steady my ship, you sailed it into calming waters right into port. It’s no coincidence that after working with you for one month, with you upgrading my CV and cover letter, I started to get responses, interviews, and the Job/Project of my choice that I was after so much.
A massive relief to me and my family (I’m back in the game)
So, Stuart again I’d just like to say thank you for your help / guidance / expertise over the last month
In short, an amazing career/life coach but more than that a friend, thanks”.
STEWART H – INTERNATIONAL LEISURE AND TOURISM OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
“Stuart has been an excellent guide, motivator and support during a particularly difficult period in my professional career. His professionalism, reliability and experience has helped to ensure that I have been able to confidently apply for roles knowing that I had given my all. His personable approach helped to create a relaxed but focused relationship, that ultimately ensured that goals were achieved. For anyone who is struggling with direction or confidence I highly recommend you to contact Stuart”.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Stuart Blake on a number of occasions over the past decade.
I have found him to be most knowledgeable about the employment marketplace and am sure that he will offer the most appropriate advice to support career enhancement
Having met his teams, he certainly embraces the benefits of TNTs those Tiny Noticeable Things that motivate individuals to superior performance.
I wish him well in this venture”
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“ My meetings with Stuart have been life changing in my personal life as well as my career! He’s highlighted my achievements in my working history and influenced me to really be proud of these and not afraid to show them off when rewriting my CV together and prepping for interviews.
In our first meeting, Stuart discussed my goals, interests and personality and how this will benefit me & help me thrive in the industry I am perusing. Through decades of experience he is able to highlight how my natural abilities will allow me to thrive in certain industries & what he believed I would be best suited to, to help me condense the hundreds of career options we are faced with today.
When a specific job opportunity arose, Stuart was on the ball with preparing me for the interview and made time in his schedule with little notice to really prepare me to feel confident going into this interview.
Aside from all the steps he has taken to prepare me for my future career, the self confidence I have grown since working with Stuart has made a tremendous difference to me!
I highly recommend Stuart’s services and I am very thankful for the impact his knowledge and advice has had on my confidence and career. "
"I can't thank Stuart enough for the support that he recently gave my daughter whilst she was looking for the next career step. She knew what she wanted, just didn’t know how to get there!
Stuart discussed previous roles and achievements, and really made her think about what made her ‘tick’ – I actually saw the penny drop when she realised what she had already achieved and what she was capable off, which was the driver for her to go and get the job she really wanted.
She applied for a role, was coached by Stuart in interview techniques, and with a newfound confidence, got the first job she applied for!
Highly recommend and I’ll be forever grateful. "
“ It’s every parents’ nightmare; your son or daughter is leaving full time education and needs to get their first ‘real’ job. They have no experience of approaching employers. Like many other parents, we wanted to help but it was years since we entered the graduate milkround at University ourselves and our knowledge was hopelessly out of date.
Thankfully, we had professional support to turn to in Stuart Blake at Coach First. Stuart supported both our daughters through this daunting and scary process.
He provided practical support in terms of individual advice on writing their best CV and application form, so they both got shortlisted.
Having passed this first round, one faced an online interview/audition and the other an in-person panel interview and audition. Both had never done this before. Stuarts’ coaching helped them mentally prepare, building their confidence, and giving practice interviews so that they could perform at their best on the day.
In a highly competitive graduate jobs market, this coaching makes a huge difference, and it takes some of the stress out of the process. It allows your son or daughter to demonstrate to an employer their achievements, aptitudes and skills, rather than allow nerves or lack of confidence in making an application get the better of them.
If you are in the same position, I would not hesitate – using Stuart gets your son or daughter the best practical help and support available."
"If you are looking for that little extra in preparing yourself and CV in search of a new role I thoroughly recommend Stuart.
Having not needed to apply for roles for many years, Stuarts guidance and one to one support and getting me in front of the right businesses was invaluable in being able to secure a new position quickly."
"I have known Stuart for more than 28 years, first as a colleague then latterly, I like to think, as a friend. I was proud to be a mentor to him in the early 2000’s (even though he didn’t always follow my advice!) and have followed his career with interest
Stu’s management style was approachable, knowledge-led and generous. He is an immensely likeable and gregarious character and was one of the best managers of distant offices I’ve ever known, always constructive, communicative and consistent.
He has extensive practical management experience and is a hard worker.
But what marks him out (and one of the reasons I believe he should spend more time coaching, consulting and supporting others) is not the positive things but rather the negatives. They say that you only learn through adversity and Stu has certainly faced that.
I’m convinced that his experiences, of all types, will be of use to others in these extraordinary times and therefore unhesitatingly recommend him."
“ I have known Stuart for many years, dating as far back as the 1990’s when I reported to Stuart when he was my Regional Manager. Stuart’s inclusive and engaging management style helped me to grow into management myself and I learned many things from working for him. Stuart’s style was more coaching than managing, more encouraging than simply dictating. Stuart helped me to manage difficult situations, people and clients. Since then Stuart has always been there for me as an advisor and friend. I can thoroughly recommend Stuart to anyone who needs a coach, a mentor and someone to offer a difference perspective on life and business. His personal skills along with his vast experience make Stuart an invaluable contact."
“I have worked with Stuart for the last 12 months; he is a wonderful coach and voice of reason. With the challenges over the last year, Stuart has remained positive and continued to support me with my career. Thanks as always Stuart!"
“Stuart has mentored me for the past two years throughout a major project and I can’t speak highly enough of how he has helped me over this time. His style is professional, relaxed, informal and challenging to ensure as a mentee, you take the right steps in maximising your personal development and achieving business goals. Additionally, challenges simply become opportunities where he encourages you to try some different approaches in ensuring you get the right results.
Stuart has that rare gift of asking the most insightful questions to encourage you to dig deep in exploring previous experiences and personal values to create your own solutions. While never afraid to play Devil’s Advocate, the real benefit of working with him is that he fires you up to be incredibly committed to the actions agreed at our meetings. I am convinced there will be long lasting benefits too, as Stuart has equipped me with the skills to be more self aware and more courageous in any situation.”
"When I met Stuart regarding my CV, I had not produced one for many years. I had many qualifications from my time in the Police Force and some excellent transferrable experience in my career to date. Stuart identified the commercially useful qualifications and experience and produced an excellent key achievement orientated CV. He also worked closely with me whilst I set up a new business. I cannot recommend Stuart enough."
"I have worked with Stuart both on a personal and business basis. Personally, he produced an excellent targeted CV that has enabled me to secure a new position promptly. From a business perspective Stuart supported a local charity, offering CV writing, interview practice and general information and advice on the employment market.
I recommend Stuart for all aspects of recruitment."
"I have known Stuart for over 20 years and have the highest possible regard for his recruitment expertise and professionalism. Whether he is working with C-level appointments in London or apprentices in rural Herefordshire, his commitment to clients and candidates is total. He has that rare ability to be both challenging and supportive of those he works with, ensuring everyone receives the benefit of his considerable knowledge of the recruitment and staffing market, coupled with the commercial acumen to understand his clients’ businesses and what they need from their people.
When someone asks me about any HR issue, Stuart is always the first person I think of."
"Since relocating from South Africa, Stuart has been a consistent source of excellent knowledge regarding the recruitment marketplace and how to gain the best job available. He has reviewed and re written my CV on a number of occasions, producing concise and stand out CV's on each occasion. Most importantly he has been a constant support to me as career coach offering excellent advice and support. I would always recommend Stuart."
"Having not written a CV for a number of years and with significant all round experience it is a challenge to fully appreciate what the market is looking for when recruiting. Stuart helped me to differentiate myself from my peer group and create a stand out "key achievement" based CV.
Additionally, he helped me complete the plan for my business, supporting from a business development and marketing perspective. Without doubt if you are in the Professional Services sector and need Career and CV support, I would recommend Stuart."
"After a number of years in Forces based in the UK and Europe, I decided to leave without little idea of what I wanted to do and how to attain a new position. Stuart not only wrote a CV that was compatible with the civilian market, but also spent time with me helping me with each stage of my job application and interview process. He made getting a new job less stressful and a seamless process given my lack of knowledge and experience in this area.
Not only have I been able to gain a suitable role but have carved out a successful second career as a result of Stuarts excellent advice and support."