Ben Shaw - Wellington

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Ben Shaw - CV Writer

Successful Resumes Wellington provides a professional and personal CV writing and job application service to people from all backgrounds and occupations.  

Ben Shaw leads the office.  Ben has a wealth of experience as a recruiter, working as a consultant to government departments, large industrial operations and commercial entities – both in New Zealand and internationally.  Consequently he is able to provide his clients with a special perspective of how to emphasise their strengths in relation to the issues likely of concern to employers.

“Over the years I’ve seen many job applicants come into the process completely missing what their real strengths are.  People are more aware of their weaknesses than their strengths – because the strengths have often been there all a person’s life, they take them for granted.  I help them realise what makes them really stand out.”

Ben is passionate about the job application process and has helped many people over the years secure work in their chosen profession.  He works with people on a one-to-one basis to create an individual, unique document that markets skills, experience and achievements in an easy to understand, visually appealing way.

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Ben Shaw - CV Writer


  • "I cant thank you enough for your support, assistance and in-depth discussion in preparing me for my next career move.

    To be shortlisted in many roles with the ability to have choice is testament to your consultation process, resource tools and the final products you provide allowing for ease of contextualising material for specific career opportunities. All opportunities considered, I decided to take an exciting senior management position as Director in the health sector. I am extremely appreciative of the extras such as sharing your network contacts and understanding of the market, impacting to date on my career success."
    Taulalo – Director.
  • " Just wanted to let you know that the first job I applied for with my new cv I've got an interview! Thanks for getting me in the door."
    Mel - Teacher, Dunedin
  • "Thought I would let you know that I have sent your CV off to several companies over the last two weeks and have had amazing results. I even had a job offer (which I turned down), but am on the final stages of two other jobs (plus more invitation for interviews coming in).
    I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your help and professionalism. I am soooooooo supportive of anybody getting a professional CV – didn't realise what a difference it would make …. until I got one!
    Anyway, I will let you know when I have finally secured a job, but wanted to let you know just what a difference you have made…"
    Executive Assistant – Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • "Ben has a recruiters eye for what is important, a way of engaging that challenges you to identify your achievements, and a thoroughly modern template that he helps you craft. I have had a very rewarding week working with Ben."
    Peter Bull, Executive General Manager & Consultant
  • "Hi Ben, Have been meaning to email you to say I got the job! Just wanted to touch base and say thanks again for doing a great job on the CV and I have already recommended your services to several friends."
    Team Leader, Reserve Bank
  • "Ben knows his stuff! After interviewing me and drilling down on my experiences, he put a CV together that is right on point and I am super confident that it will get me where I need to be. Ben is extremely articulate and a pleasure to deal with – I highly recommend his career advice/service to anyone – no matter how well you can sell yourself – Ben takes it to the next level"
    Kylie Fraser - HR Advisor & Executive Coordinator
  • "I hadn't applied for a job in over 13 years and when my dream job was advertised, didn't know where to start. Ben sat down with me to understand my skills and the requirements of the role. The result was a professional CV that linked everything I had to offer and had achieved, to the needs of the job. I am pleased to say that I got the job! Ben clearly understands recruitment and his value is in understanding the person and the job, and linking the two together."
    Garratt Williamson - Professional Rugby Referee
  • "I was asked to send my CV through to a hiring manager today, which I did. His response was (and I quote) 'Terrific CV Heidi, one of the best I have seen.' "
    Change Manager/Advisor - public sector
  • "Sometimes it is difficult to get your foot in the door when you have been working for over 25 years. For example, my skills are very unique and broad and in various fields that my CV was not specific enough for the jobs I was applying for. When I searched online for someone to do my CV Ben stood out for several reasons. He has a personal approach with the process. He asks about your work experience, key skills and strengths, and is able to identify the things that employers will be interested in.
    The first thing that my interviewer said to me was "We are so impressed with your CV". I do not mind paying money for quality, it was all worth it. Thank you Ben."
    L. Sione – Tertiary Tutor/Lecturer
  • "Just thought I'd drop you a line to say I got the job. Very happy and I know your input and CV put me at the top of the (very large) pile, so thanks again."
    Dave Bevin - Estimator - EQC
  • "I wanted to get my CV written professionally, and really had nowhere to begin. Ben's website came up among several others on google, and I had a look through all of them. I found his site to be concise, accessible and comprehensive – and this absolutely showed through in the final product. I would be more than happy to recommend Ben's services, I found him professional, easy to deal with and am more than happy with my choice."
    D.French - National Sales Manager
  • "As a foreigner it was hard for me to get a good grasp of what recruiters and employers look for in a New Zealand style CV. Ben helped me out by taking the time to talk to me about my education and experience and providing me with a professional CV, clearly underscoring my core competencies. Multiple recruiters have already said that my CV stands out from the hundreds they see every day!"
  • "My reason for selecting a professional to rewrite my CV was that I had over the years been tweaking and adding to my resume but realised I hadn’t really given much thought to what my added experience actually meant in terms of career and future job search.  I noticed that my words were out of date and not current with the climate of the job market, and that I was probably underselling myself.  Ben was brilliant to work with, I didn’t get an ‘off the shelf’ CV template that I could have googled myself, Ben sat with me and took time to talk about my experience and achievements and about what I was looking for in my next career move.  He then pulled my information together and reorganised my thoughts.  While the content was not significantly different the positioning and visibility of what’s important was entirely different.  I feel that my CV is a good reflection of the best I have to offer and am proud to send it out to prospective employers."
    Daile, Corporate Services Director
  • "Ben at Successful Resumes did a fantastic job of producing a great CV for me. He spent time talking with me to assess the career opportunity I was pursuing to make sure the CV was correctly tailored. I had the chance to review the CV before Ben finalised it. The end result was a professional targeted CV that was fit for purpose. The final product was delivered ahead of time and at a very reasonable cost given Ben's service, attention to detail and the high quality he provides. I was successful in the job application and the CV that Ben produced for me was without doubt a contributor to this outcome. I recommend Successful Resumes to anyone who is looking for a bespoke and high quality CV."
    Liz C, Wellington
  • "As a recent graduate looking for employment in the public sector Ben was instrumental in helping me navigate the whole process from producing a great CV targeting my relevant strengths, to having one on one consultations in regards to helping refine my job search, and when the time came, job interview preparations. The end result was having a few job offers to choose from and again Ben was incredibly helpful with his advice and knowledge in the area. Luckily, I was successful in the job application and Ben's help with every stage of this, I feel, was instrumental in this success. I would highly recommend Successful Resume's and Ben's work, especially to recent graduates."
    Elly Skoko - Analyst, Government Sector
  • "As a graduate it can be really hard to recognise what is relevant to an employee and what isn't.Ben was great, he identified the areas I should be showing off, as well as showing me the things an employer doesn't care about. It was a very simple process, one meeting and a few emails, and I had my CV all finished. I was really happy with the result and when the time comes I'll be following up with Ben to update my CV."
    Sophie W, Law graduate
  • "I found that the final version of the CV was outstanding and was really pleased with the end result. You were really helpful and understanding throughout the entire process which made creating my CV a lot less stressful!"
  • "I found Ben to be very thorough and highly professional in his processes of creating a resume for me. I am very happy with the end result & have also found the accompanying job search toolkit CD most useful as I have never had to submit a resume for a job application before. I had been in the same job for 25 years & my previous jobs had all been obtained through word of mouth before resumes were really used. I would recommend anyone to use Successful Resumes."
    Garry G, Wellington
  • "I found it extremely beneficial using Ben for the writing of my Resume. Coming to Sydney was pretty daunting as it was and finding a job was my biggest goal and challenge.  I registered with various recruitment agencies and many commented on my resume especially in terms of how easy it was to read and with only the relevant details provided.  It took me a couple of months to find my job but I eventually found one with a great company and great people and I have no doubt that a large part of me gaining employment was down to my resume getting me through the first steps in the recruitment process."
    Mariana, Sydney
  • "Using Successful Resumes was a great move. Ben made the process so easy and flawless and I ended up with a fantastic resume. I recommend this service if you are serious about presenting yourself well."
    Marek, Operations Manager, Wellington