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10 Minutes With CV-Library Founder Lee Biggins
Working as part of his father’s carpet fitting business as an apprentice after university helped Lee Biggins push himself to kickstart his young dream of running his own company. Whilst the job-searching proved frustrating and difficult with 2000’s technology, Lee realised the desperate need for an easy-to-use online job board.
From the comforts of his bedroom, Lee Biggins took matters into his own hands and took advantage of the fact that the internet was still a ‘new’ concept. With the help of online courses and his old friend Brian Waken, the two got together and created the CV-Library website.
“It sounds silly but I wish I knew how much the business would grow,” Lee Stated when discussing what he wishes he knew when he began the business. “I named the company CV-Library as it started as a CV Database.
“ The name doesn’t always reflect what we do as a company, which sometimes confuses people!”
It’s hard to believe the company was once based in a barn where the two worked endlessly to ensure their success. In 2019, CV-Library attracts almost 4 million job seekers every month and holds the nation’s largest database of over 10.5 million CV’s.
CV-Library has stood the test of time in an ultra-competitive market. What makes CV-Library stand out from the competition?
There’s a number of factors that make us stand out. Firstly as we’re a privately owned business we aren’t constrained by red tape and can push through new developments quickly and effectively. Secondly, we have a dedicated customer service team who are on hand to support our clients as and when they need it. They don’t up-sell, they only focus on offering first-class service and this is a key driver behind our customers renewing with us every year.
What is one thing you hate about your job and one thing you love?
I genuinely don’t think there’s anything I hate about my job – only that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get tasks done! I love working closely with teams across the business and still playing a major role in the company.
With a growing population, there are now more UK job seekers than ever before. How is CV-Library engaging these users?
We run a number of offline and online advertising campaigns. You can see our adverts across trains, bus shelters, the London Underground, gyms, coffee shops and more! We also do a lot of re-targeting online to get users back on our site.
Do you have any good advice for other budding entrepreneurs entering the job space on how to crack this tough gig?
It’s certainly a lot harder these days than it used to be, but I think determination is the key to success. If you’ve got an idea and you know it’s going to work, keep persevering. Patience and hard work have got me where I am today.
What did you actually want to be when you were younger? Did you pursue it?
I worked for my dad’s carpet-fitting business for a while but I always knew I wanted to work for myself. I didn’t know what exactly that would involve, it was only when I started looking for a job that I realised how hard it was to get your CV out there.
You finish this interview and leave the office and find a winning lottery ticket. What is the first thing you would do with your winnings?
Invest it back in the business. There’s so much potential in the market right now and we’re working hard on pushing our American sister site, Resume-Library.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be and why?
To give everyone across the world access to a good education and job opportunities.
Lastly, are there any new projects/initiatives coming up for CV-Library you can tell us about?
At the moment we’re working on some exciting integrations with Applicant Tracking Systems, helping to improve the user experience for hiring professionals across the UK and ensuring they connect with the best talent. I’m also focusing on growing our US brand, Resume-Library. It’s a lot of hard work but it genuinely excites me; watch this space!
His success was all thanks to determination, passion for his job, and “a strong desire to take the business to new heights”. In order to make sure everyone gets the best out of his business and knowledge, Lee holds regular coaching sessions with local secondary schools, offering 1-on-1 mock interviews and career advice to school leavers and students. With the rapid growth of CV-Library and Resume Library and the hard work that comes with it, travel becomes a special part of Lee’s free time. If not working, Biggins can be found experiencing different cultures and spending time on his boat.