About City CV

City CV is the leading international career consultancy providing bespoke CVs and interview coaching to thousands of individuals, from graduate to CEO, across the globe.

We also work with leading universities and business schools, partner with specialist recruitment agencies and provide outplacement support for businesses of all sizes.

Our team comprises former executive head-hunters, HR professionals, interview coaches and recruiters from a wide range of businesses. We have experts in banking, law, technology, accounting, education, e-commerce, civil service, finance, military, marketing, creative and more – each with powerful copywriting and coaching skills.

Together we’ve recruited and consulted at every level across a range of industries both in the UK and internationally, so we’re experts at knowing exactly what employers are looking for.

City CV is the only UK CV writing and career coaching firm to have multiple wins at the international industry TORI awards. We have also been featured in leading media, including; Channel 4, The Guardian, Huffington Post, IOD Directors Magazine, Cosmopolitan, eFinancial Careers, Stylist, CityAM, FT Adviser, i News and Mail Online.

About Victoria McLean, CEO, City CV

Victoria established City CV in 2008, following a successful career that included steering recruitment at two of the world’s largest investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. As a former Head of Recruitment, she identified a gap in the market for high-quality resume / CV writing, career development and interview skills training for financial services professionals. Since then, City CV has flourished, employing experts across a vast array of industry sectors, and expanded to overseas markets, including the US, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as top international business schools.

An active member of Career Directors International, Victoria holds posts as ‘International Expert’ and ‘Banking and Finance Expert’. She has 20+ years’ experience in CV writing, interview and career coaching, and recruitment, including creating and directing international corporate career development, higher education and outplacement programmes.

As a strategic thinker, Victoria has an impeccable understanding of what employers are looking for, both in a CV and at interview. Her strength lies in her ability to empathise with clients, mitigate anxiety, and inject energy and positivity into their career. She supports them by eliciting their professional experience, competencies and achievements, and translating these into a winning format, both on paper and face-to-face.

Victoria regularly wins major international industry awards, including Best Executive CV, Best Finance CV, Best International CV, Best Sales and Marketing CV, Best Hospitality CV and Best New Graduate CV in the industry ‘Oscars’ – the TORIs.

Victoria is available to run workshops and webinars worldwide for small or large audiences, including with blue-chip corporates, public sector organisations and in the higher education space, in addition to providing one-to-one or group coaching via Skype on resume development, interview success, LinkedIn development and usage, optimising your job search and any other career/job support coaching needs you may have.

Career History

Founder & CEO, City CV Ltd
Recruitment Manager, Investment Banking Division & Equities, Merrill Lynch
Recruiter, Goldman Sachs
Recruitment Manager, Robert Walters
Senior Consultant, TMP Worldwide
Recruitment Consultant, The Abbatt Group

AKA – The CV Queen

Victoria is also known as the CV Queen – the UK’s leading expert in writing CVs, career advice and career coaching, helping clients nail those all-important job interviews.

A mum of two who founded her global award-winning company City CV single-handedly, Victoria is particularly passionate about helping women get back to work after career breaks to raise a family, as well as helping all women smash the glass ceiling in a bid to close the gender pay gap.

A former recruitment head in the City, she also specialises in working with veterans to land them dream roles after leaving the military, helps graduates transition from study to the work place and coaches CEOs to grow their businesses and careers.

Victoria’s extensive knowledge and expertise means she can offer you incisive comment and thought leadership on a massive range of career-based topics across all industries and global markets. She can also deliver insider know-how in the ever-changing career development arena, whether providing comment to journalists, writing features or sitting on industry panels.

Victoria McClean The CV Queen is the UK’s go-to expert for anything job related – and her advice is often life-changing, as shown by her incredible results with everyone from students to top global CEOs.

As Featured In…

Some Of Our Awards


Best Executive CV


Best Finance CV


Best Graduate CV


Best Hospitality CV


Best International CV


Best Marketing CV

Victoria et al offer a highly bespoke service of coaching and CV writing. However, it was the sincerity that gave me the extra boost in confidence that made the difference and helped me to secure my dream job. Thank you.

Charlene Johnson-Crooks, Project Director at American Express

Victoria is pragmatic, specific and practical in what she does and how she helps. She provides excellent value that does not cost an arm and a leg. Most important perhaps — Victoria cares about what she does and about the people she is helping. Because of these qualities, I have no hesitation recommending Victoria as an excellent partner in one’s search for one’s next career move.

Vadim Roussin, Business Leader, Sales Director, EMEA and channels

I coached Victoria through her Advanced Resume Writing Certification, which she sailed through. Throughout the process, I was struck by her ability to hone in on the true needs of the future employer – the “value” prospective employers sought from job candidates.

Victoria then perfectly showcased and aligned each individual client’s talents, skills and achievements to demonstrate how they were able to meet the “value needs” of the prospective employers they targeted. This is a simple but powerfully effective strategy that works.

Victoria’s CVs are eye-catching, beautifully written and highly effective. She challenges her clients to be active participants in the process, and to do their part so Victoria can do hers. The success of her business over the last year demonstrates just how positive her clients’ responses have been and the success they have achieved.

Victoria is bright, ambitious and passionate about helping each client personally to achieve their goals. I am pleased to have an international colleague that has embraced best practices for her clients and for her industry as well.

Jay Block, Rapid Employment Expert / Motivational Career Coach McGraw-Hill Author Featured on Good Morning America.

Thank you so much for your help, it really has been enormously valuable in getting me through the door!

Rachel, L & D Specialist.

Our clients have beaten the competition to win roles at…

City CV Qualifications

  • Advanced Certified Résumé Strategist
  • Certified Professional Résumé Writer
  • Advanced LinkedIn Consultant
  • Professional Employment Interview Coach
  • Banking and Finance Expert – Career Directors International
  • International Expert – Career Directors International
  • International Committee Member – Career Directors International
  • Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches


PARW – Professional Association of Resume Writers

CDI – Career Directors International: Banking and Finance Expert | International Expert

Example CV Events/Webinars

  • How to Write a Winning CV webinars
  • How to Write a Winning Legal CV webinar
  • How to Write a Winning LinkedIn Profile webinars

Webinars run alone and in conjunction with companies such as; Institute of Directors, British Airways, Deloitte, Capability Jane, She’s Back, Women Returners, Laurence Simmons, Quartic, Return Hub, Sevenoaks Mum, Talented Ladies Club, Ten2Two, Women Returners, Women Work.

For more information, contact:

Jody Thompson

[email protected]

07719 555520

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