James Innes (author)

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James Alexander Seymour Innes (born 1 September 1975) is a British entrepreneur, author of several best-selling career help books and founder of the James Innes Group.

Early life[edit]

Innes was educated at Ashdown House [1] preparatory boarding school in East Sussex, Horris Hill [2] preparatory school in Berkshire and was subsequently awarded a Foundation Scholarship to Charterhouse [3], the elite independent boarding school in Godalming, Surrey.


Innes created the first company in the James Innes Group in 1998[4]. He retired from his role as CEO of the James Innes Group in 2014 and currently holds the position of Chairman[5]. He is the author of five best-selling careers books[6] which have been translated into languages including Korean[7], and Vietnamese[8].

Media work[edit]

Innes has been featured in numerous newspapers over the years including leading titles such as The Independent[9], The Guardian[10], The Daily Express [11], The Mirror[12], Reveal[13]and TES[14], as well as various magazines, such as Psychologies[15].

He has a regular weekly column every Monday in The Daily Star[16].

In addition to this, he is a regular guest on both TV and radio, including a monthly slot on Share Radio[17][18].

Published work[edit]

  • The CV Book (Pearson, Harlow, 2009) ISBN 978-1-292-08647-7. Third edition published 2016.
  • The Interview Book (Pearson, Harlow, 2009) ISBN 978-1-292-08651-4. Third edition published 2016.
  • The Cover Letter Book (Pearson, Harlow, 2009) ISBN 978-1-292-08639-2. Third edition published 2016. First edition originally entitled Brilliant Cover Letters.
  • The Interview Question & Answer Book (Pearson, Harlow, 2009) ISBN 978-1-292-08655-2. Second edition published 2016.
  • Ultimate New Job (Kogan Page, London, 2012) ISBN 978-0-7494-6409-7.


A keen philanthropist, James donates 50% of all publishing royalties annually to a wide range of charities, including Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust UK, The Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds, Havens Hospices, Down Syndrome Education International and The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. He is also an organiser and Committee Member of The Dream Ball[19], an annual charity event helping young people from difficult backgrounds to fulfil their potential.


Innes is also actively involved in English Freemasonry [20], having been initiated into Southwark Lodge No. 879 (London) in 1999, in which he was installed as Master in 2005. Innes is also connected with Freemasonry in both France and Switzerland.


  1. ^ Ashdown_House,_East_Sussex
  2. ^ Horris_Hill_School
  3. ^ List_of_Old_Carthusians
  4. ^ "The CV Centre Limited". Companies House. 27 March 1998.
  5. ^ "James Innes Biography". James Innes Group. 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ "James Innes Profile Page". Amazon UK. November 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "James Innes Profile Page". Kyobo Books. December 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Ultimate New Job". Lazada. Retrieved Dec 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "CV Tips - How To Look Good On Paper". The Independent. Annie Giacomantonio. May 21, 2008.
  10. ^ "The secret to … a successful job interview". The Guardian. Graham Snowdon. Jan 19, 2011. Retrieved Dec 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "Resolved to find a new job in 2016? Our essential guide to polish up that old CV". The Daily Express. Joani Walsh. Jan 10, 2016. Retrieved Dec 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "How to get that first job – and keep it". The Mirror. Gemma Aldridge. Jun 29, 2016. Retrieved Dec 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Help us Get Our Dream Jobs". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "How to write a great cover letter". TES. Jan 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Do you know how to manage your manager?". Psychologies. May 23, 2016.
  16. ^ "Homeless man who became MILLIONAIRE offers top job advice". The Daily Star. July 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "James Innes, founder of the CV centre explains recruitment scams". Share Radio. Georgie Frost. Nov 28, 2016.
  18. ^ "Founder of the CV Centre James Innes explains how to avoid recruitment scams". Share Radio. Sue Dougan. Nov 30, 2016.
  19. ^ "Breakfast with Boris Johnson prize offered in charity auction - but not one person bids". Get West London. Alexander Ballinger. Jul 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "London lodge devise cunning plan and donate £1,000 to homeless charity". Freemasonry Today. 6 March 2018.