James Innes is the person behind the CV Centre writing service. He is an author of career books. I’ll be honest: I had no idea who he was before I saw his name at this website. I googled the name, and found the same claims: apparently he wrote several best-selling career help books (five, to be more precise). For best-sellers, they don’t have many reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m not trying to be negative here. Just stating the obvious.
Anyway, the website looks promising. I ordered a CV and a cover letter there, so we’ll discuss the quality of those products in this CVCentre review.
Table of Contents
You won’t find the resume format here. It’s a UK writing service, so CV is the only form of a job application document offered. In addition, you can get these products from CVCentre.co.uk:
- LinkedIn profile (and online presence, but I’m not sure what you get under that service)
- Cover letter
- Business photo editing
- Application forms and personal statements
- Interview coaching
- Career advice books
- James Innes Premium
The James Innes Premium service is the highlight of the list. It’s a one-on-one coaching session with the founder of the website. It lasts for two hours, and you’ll get expert career advice. But it’s way too pricey. Let’s talk about the prices; I know you’re all interested in them.
Prices, Discounts and Special Features
The 2-hour consultation with James Innes cost £799. That’s a huge amount to spend for such a short training session. What could you possibly learn in two hours? The website makes you think that this is a high-profile expert. But really, all the information online is provided by him or his team. There aren’t real user reviews claiming true value.
The prices for the usual services are more reasonable. If you’re okay with a Standard Writer for your CV, you’ll get it for only £25. A Senior Writer will complete it for £164. But if you want James Ines to write your CV, you’ll have to pay £365. Those are the lowest prices, which are offered for candidates with less than one year of experience in their field. For higher levels, only the prices for a Standard Writer get higher.
Writer Certifications and Service Guarantees
The founder of the CV Centre gives you his personal guarantee that the team will revise the document until you’re 100% satisfied with it. You don’t get any information about the certificates and experience of the writers. We only know that James Innes wrote five career books, and he’s committed to personal branding.
Quality of the Ordered Product
£365 to get a CV written by the star of the CVCentre.co.uk? Yes. I was that curious.
I ordered a CV by James Innes himself. And I was bitterly, utterly disappointed by the service.
As soon as I placed the order, I contacted the support to see when I could contact the author. This service gives you a voice chat with the best-selling author himself. I got a response: this was only a pre-order. The expert would have to check their schedule and get back to me, ‘cause he’s such a star and all! I got a message the next morning, scheduling a chat for the next day.
The chat went okay. James asked a few questions about my career goals, and said they would get my CV ready in a matter of days.
When I got the content, it was just another average CV. There’s nothing special about it. I complained, calling out the service for its satisfaction guarantee. I got a response that CVs have to come in a standard format, and there’s not much space for creativity. I would have to object to that. Plus, why charge such a high amount for something that any other author could have completed?
Meeting of Deadlines
There are no deadlines at CVCentre. Once you place an order, you have no idea when it will be ready for you. You can’t hold the service responsible for delays, since they make no promises about speedy delivery.
I got my CV in five days after I “pre-ordered” it.
If you decide to use CV Centre, don’t hire the star. There are too many exaggerated claims on the website. They are not supported by facts. If you look at the samples, you’ll see what I’m talking about: they are simply variations of a standard template. You can complete such a CV without paying hundreds of dollars for it.