We receive lots of letters and CVs from graduates looking for ecological consultancy jobs. In a competitive job market, your CV needs to stand out from the rest by having lots of practical experience, rather than just three years of theoretical classroom learning. Yesterday we tweeted some tips on making your CV stand out. Here is what we said.

Every year, we try to keep our 'continued professional development' (CPD) profiles updated by attending conferences and training courses. Not only are these important professionally; they are rewarding, enjoyable and educational. This week I attended an excellent CIEEM training course in Somerset on lichens, bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) and fungi. 

IEEM - the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - has announced that it is on track to gain the royal seal of approval. The Institute has applied for Royal Charter status which would improve its professional standing, and add weight to the credentials of its members.

Following the success of our Reptile Survey Skills training day in June, we are planning to run another one in September. It will be based in the Bournemouth area (Dorset). Subject matter will be as diverse as last time, again focusing on developing skills that enable surveyors to make their own assessments of reptile status in professional settings. We are currently considering various dates for the September course, and further details will be announced soon. Cost for the day will remain at £80. Contact Chris Gleed-Owen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07846 137346, 01202 251114,

After a very successful 'Reptile survey skills' training course attended by eleven ecology professionals yesterday, CGO Ecology is taking bookings for bespoke training courses this summer and autumn to meet your needs. Whether you need basic amphibian and reptile identification and survey training for your staff, or more detailed workshops on professional standards and specific issues, we are able to help. Please contact Chris Gleed-Owen on 01202 950411, 07846 137346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..