1-2-1 Careers Consulting


Most of us are more than capable of navigating the complex world of work. But sometimes we can all do with a little bit of help and guidance – even if it’s just to sense check an idea that keeps whirling around our heads. That’s why CheekyLitteCareers has teamed up with a carefully selected group of independent executive coaches and career consultants who together have decades’ of experience offering unbiased support to business professionals from entry to executive level across many different sectors. Below are details of the confidential virtual bitesize services they can offer. If your career situation is more complex, and budget permitting, you may also wish to explore our coaching programmes, which offer clients support over a period of months.

What's on offer?

Our associates' personalised one-to-one virtual services for individual self-funding clients are suitable for business professionals across all levels of seniority.

Please note: All our experts set their own hourly rates / fixed fees based on their experience, sectors and services on offer and any fees are paid directly to them. All prices, which start at approximately £100 p/h, include materials (worksheets and/or handouts) and our associates' advance preparation time. Full details will be made available to you once you’ve completed an initial no-obligation enquiry form.

CV / Job application advice

Our associates strongly believe you’re an expert on yourself and therefore best suited to draft your own CV or application form(s). What’s more, pulling together all the information to include is an excellent and indeed eye-opening voyage of discovery and a great pre-cursor to interview preparation. That said, many of us are guilty of procrastination and would really benefit from a helping hand with CVs and applications.

So, rather than simply doing all the preparation and drafting for you, a CV / job application advice session with your chosen expert (Husnara Begum or Jane Drew) comprises an initial one-to-one session, lasting up to 60 minutes to discuss your needs as well as top tips for pulling together an eye-catching sector specific CV or application form. You will then be encouraged to go away and have a go at putting together a draft (for clients wanting help with CVs your consultant can share a sector-specific or skills-based CV template with you).

Once ready, you can then book an optional follow-up session, also lasting up to 60 minutes, to run through your draft document with your expert before leading to a final edit.

Job interview / assessment centre coaching

Interview and / or assessment centre coaching, offered by our experts Husnara Begum, Jane Drew and Fiona Reith, will undoubtedly give you a competitive edge and significantly enhance your chances of bagging a job offer. With Husnara and Jane’s extensive market knowledge, they are really well placed to share insight on their chosen industries and in many instances share information on hiring organisations. Their experience includes helping clients prepare for competency and strength-based interviews as well as assessment centre screening, covering case studies and group exercises.

Our one-to-one job interview / assessment centre coaching service comprises a single virtual session lasting up to 120 minutes tailored to your industry and individual needs. Your consultant will start the session by working with you to identify areas in which you need the most support, such as tips for boosting your confidence, how to structure and deliver memorable answers and key messages or what to ask the interviewers. The session can also include practice questions or a full-blown mock interview followed by detailed feedback.

Career MOT

Do you dread Monday mornings? Does something not feel quite right at work? Are you yearning for increased job satisfaction or better work / life balance? Are you thinking about positioning yourself for an internal promotion or wondering how to go about planning an exit but struggling to convert thoughts into action? Then our career MOT is here to help.

A career MOT comprises two virtual one-to-one sessions, lasting 90-minutes each, with your chosen expert (Husnara Begum, Fiona Reith and Matt Verrell). During the first session your consultant will do some initial diagnostic work to help you pinpoint more specifically the root cause(s) of your current career dilemma(s). They will also help you to explore and identify your core values, key motivators and strengths / skills.

The second session is typically spent exploring potential ideas and options with a healthy dose of reality checking mixed in, including a discussion about potential mental blocks and external obstacles that may stand in your way. Finally, your expert will work with you to pull together a robust action plan to help you navigate next steps.

PLEASE NOTE: If your needs are more complex your expert may recommend a more comprehensive coaching package.

Become your own recruiter

Whether you're actively looking for a new role following redundancy, exploring jobs in a new area or thinking about returning to work after a lengthy career hiatus, randomly browsing job boards will not get you very far. You are also likely to find some recruitment agencies politely turning you away (assuming you can even get them to ring you back!). To maximise your chances of bagging a new job, particularly in competitive sectors like law where hiring organisations typically prefer candidates with uncomplicated vanilla CVs, you will need to pull together a robust job search strategy. Not sure what that involves, then book a session with one of our experts (Husnara Begum, Jane Drew or Matt Verrell) to discover how to become your own recruiter.

In addition to helping you stay motivated and focussed, a 120-minute session with your chosen expert will help you to re-gain your confidence and cover tailored advice on tried and tested job search techniques. In addition to sector insights and discovering how to get the most from recruitment consultants, your chosen expert will also be able to share tips on how to cut out the middle man. Our experts can advise you on the following areas: what to include in an elevator pitch; how to manage blips / gaps on your CV; using LinkedIn effectively as a job search tool; how to harness your network to tap into the hidden jobs market; pros and cons of direct /speculative applications; and salary negotiation.