How can we improve a lacklustre tour guide CV?

My husband gets excellent feedback and is hugely knowledgable, but I feel his CV doesn’t do him justice

Each Friday (except Good Friday when we bump it forward a day) and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?

My husband is a freelance tour manager, taking groups of people on tours to various foreign countries. He has been working for a major holiday company since 1988, generally doing six or seven tours a year. Tours are a small part of this company’s portfolio and in the past few years it has reduced its “fully escorted” tours to just two, opting to use national guides instead.

With little or no advertising these two tours are not attracting the minimum numbers needed to run them, so my husband has been slowly running out of work. He is very experienced, wholly passionate about his job, and gets excellent feedback from his clients, but I feel his CV does not do him justice.

He has applied to a number of other holiday companies with little success. He has just had his 60th birthday, has a law degree and once worked as a UN volunteer for two years in Papua New Guinea. He has led tours in many countries, including more than 90 to China, and he has a great interest in that part of the world. How should he word his CV and what should he include?

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