Personal Development Skills in CV Writing & Interviews

Job change and career transition is an almost inevitable result of today’s ever-changing organisational structures and relentless business dynamism. It can, of course, also be initiated by personal factors such as developing new aspirations or pre-determined career termination.

Career change can often take a very considerable amount of time and work, and can involve much frustration and disappointment along the way. It can often feel like the job search is a full time job in itself. It is therefore absolutely essential to make you and your job applications stand out from competitors from the very start of your application process.

For those facing the prospect of a job change this half day training course on CV Writing and Interview Skills from Civil Service College, which is delivered in conjunction with London executive search consultants and career transition consultants Marylebone Executive Search, addresses the two acknowledged essential skills in submitting a successful job application: The submission of an attractive, striking and relevant CV and covering letter (or proforma) that stands out from other applicants, and a crisp, focussed, confident and utterly convincing performance at interview.

CV Writing & Interview Skills is a popular online course within our Professional Development Skills series. At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.

Key Training Features

Who Can Attend

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Key Training Features:

  • CV formats and what’s right for you
  • Writing a ‘standout’ CV
  • How to write a compelling covering letter/supporting statement
  • Interviews – approach and technique on the day
  • Standard and competency based interviews
  • The interview questions that could bowl you out

Who Can Attend:

People at all levels.

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10:00 - 13:00


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Lead Trainer

Keith Ridland

Keith Ridland

Keith has over 10 years’ experience working in senior roles for a charity providing individually tailored, confidential mentoring and advice on career transition.

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Keith Ridland

Keith Ridland

Keith has been an Associate at Marylebone Executive Search since 2014 during which time he has managed several key senior appointments. He also leads the presentation of the Company’s courses at the Civil Service College.

Following a full career in the Royal Navy, he worked for 10 years for a London based charity providing individually tailored, confidential mentoring and advice on career transition, embracing both employment and financial aspects. He initially led the charity’s Employment Services. He was subsequently additionally appointed as Finance Director and continued in both positions until 2008, when he became Chief Executive. In each of these roles his work entailed delivering regular presentations to large audiences on the key issues of career transition, interviewing those facing such a change and providing personal advice and guidance. Liaison with supporting companies, associated advisors and mentoring organisations provided him with a wide range of contacts in the field of recruitment, personal finance and career change.

Keith joined the Royal Navy direct from Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby as a finance, administration, logistics and HR specialist and left, after a full career, in the rank of Captain. His career included 9 years in the Ministry of Defence in a wide spectrum of appointments ranging from the private office of the First Sea Lord to membership of the MOD’s Financial Management Development Unit. As a Commander, he was Director of the Royal Naval School of Logistics and, as a Captain, lived and worked as an attache in both South America and India.

Keith is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators and the City of London, a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and the British Malaysian Society and is a keen sportsman who actively supports and advises charities near his home.


  • Educated: Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby
  • Graduated: Britannia Royal Naval College (HR, logistics, finance and administration specialist)
  • Spanish Speaker: Studied at the Andean Centre for Latin American Studies, Quito
  • Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (City of Westminster University)
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