Clive West

  • Novelist
  • Short story author
  • Article writer
  • Blogger
  • Resume and CV advisor
  • Webmaster and SEO
  • Site monetization
  • Forum moderator
  • Coaching and tuition

"Always The Write Decision"


Who is Clive West?

Here is my CV (resume)

Nationality – British ex-pat now living in Italy. English is my first language.


I am all about getting it right first time. If you are looking for attention to detail, old-fashioned correctness in grammar and spelling and a properly-structured content, then look no further.

  • Author of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, thousands of articles, e-books and web pages

  • Recruitment and marketing director of national employment agency

  • Devised aptitude tests for staff and outworkers

  • Assessed thousands (literally) of resumes and CV's

  • Drawn up contracts for staff, outworkers, subcontractors and so forth

  • Been the legal advisor for several companies

  • Qualified teacher of adults

  • Written thousands (again, literally) of business letters - quotations, bids, tenders, claims, applications, marketing; you name it

  • Designed corporate advertising material

  • Former National Schools Quizmaster (designed and wrote the questions)

  • Appeared on BBC television and BBC Radio 4 as a panellist

I am highly literate and numerate. I also speak 4 languages (English, Italian, French and German) with English being my native tongue.

Research is second nature and I relish variety in my work.


2008 – current

Always the write decision - Freelance writer

  • Writing articles, blogs, web pages, training modules etc

  • Novelist and short story writer

May 1995 - Jan 2007

Recruitment and marketing director UK educational agency

  • Oversaw the growth of our employment agency to a level where it had 950 outworkers. I was responsible for their recruitment and screening, devising aptitude tests and associated material.

  • I was cleared to perform Sex Offenders' Checks on candidates.

  • Designed marketing literature.

  • Developed website of over 4,000 pages (writing virtually all of its contents single-handedly)

  • Ran the live help 'helpline' advising clients and potential workers on how to proceed.

  • Performed credit control on the 'hard case' faction.

  • Drafted all the legal paperwork for the agency which was successful on every occasion that a court action was involved.

  • Legal advisor to the agency.

Mar 1990 - Aug 1999

Private teacher

  • One-to-one and small group coaching in various subjects.

Jun 1985 - Aug 1993

Various locations throughout UK - Civil Engineering Estimator

  • Producing tenders for contracts valued at up to around £4,000,000.

  • Negotiating contracts and bid finalisation.

  • Drafting legal documents associated with tendering and sub-contract buying.

  • Agreeing and negotiating with sub-contractors and suppliers.

  • Setting bonus targets and discussing project timetables with workers and management.

  • Preparing statements, invoices and resolving credit control issues.

  • Attending board meetings and representing the company.

Other employment

  • Engineer for Water Authority – designing sewage and water treatment facilities

  • Site engineer responsible for setting out and supervision of reinforced concrete structures

  • Major printing company dealing with orders for paper, project control etc (18 months)


Jan 1985 - Feb 1985

  • Teacher Training Qualification (Adult Learners)

Sep 1980 - Jun 1984

  • Bachelor's Science Degree - Civil Engineering

Other Skills

  • Highly competent with all Office programs

  • Designer of a dozen or more websites

  • Full working knowledge of HTML, ASP, JavaScript

  • Have taught site optimization and W3C compliance courses

  • Monetization using AdSense and affiliate schemes

  • Can produce Word, PDF, RTF and articles in all major formats

  • Experienced and capable internet researcher

  • Conversational level in German and French, basic level Italian (native English-speaker)

Hobbies and outside interests

  • Music

  • Reading

  • Metal detecting

  • Playing keyboard and saxophone

  • Gardening and DIY

  • Anything to do with science


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