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Introspection enables job search success!

Introspection is an important tool at any stage of your career, but it is especially critical when looking for a new job. Without it, you could find yourself in a prolonged job search or an undesirable working situation. Many of my clients are surprised that they’re expected to play such an active role in preparing their new CV.

Before the design and writing start, clients are asked to dedicate time to introspection. This process involves looking inward to examine their motivations, reflect on past achievements and define what they expect to get out of future employment opportunities.

This self-reflection builds on one’s work values and digs into why they’re applying to specific positions. It allows an applicant to create a picture of themselves in the role and envisage what personal strengths or skills they see themselves using. After all, if they don’t know themselves (their strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, values and goals), how can a CV Writer properly formulate a unique promise of value on their behalf? At

ABCV Solutions, the opportunity for introspection occurs over two stages. First, an initial online questionnaire, and secondly, a 1-2-1 deep dive call which aids the introspection process. Many clients tell me that they feel energised and have a newfound appreciation for the impact their work has made.

Taking the time for introspection helps a CV Writer determine the specific skills and strengths to put on your CV, thus making it instantly recognisable that you’re the right fit for the intended role. The following sample questions can aid in the introspection process.

  • What were your primary responsibilities?
  • What projects were you assigned?
  • What impact have you made? Can you quantify the successes?
  • What challenges did you face in your previous role?
  • What did you enjoy most about your role?
  • What skills do you have those other candidates may not have?
  • What do you value in a job?
  • What are your immediate career goals?

Looking to have your CV professional authored? Contact ABCV Solutions to prepare your technical or engineering CV and help you build a better career! We offer specially designed packages that cater for graduates, mid-level and executives. We take the time to really get to know you, draw out your skills and achievements to prepare an engaging, high-impact CV that’s as unique as you are. For more information visit

How long should a technical CV be?

How long a CV should be remains a dilemma to most applicants, and this generally comes from not knowing which standards to follow. If you’re wondering how long your technical CV should be or looking for tips to present your experience in a clear, concise format, read on to find out more.

Why soft skills matter

When applying for jobs, people often focus on their technical skills and experience. While these skills are essential to any job, they’re not the be-all and end-all of what employers look for in their next recruit.

If you want to really stand out, you need to present a complete package to employers, one that helps them visualise you succeeding in the role – and that involves painting a picture of not only the relevance of your technical skills but your soft skills too.

Don’t over design your CV. Here’s why!

In 2017 I authored a CV for a client who required a CV to support his application for Engineering Technician status from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Much like a traditional CV, the document was prepared in such a way that it clearly demonstrated the clients’ ability to apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems as outlined in the assessment criteria. Two years later, I was humbled when the client returned for a CV Update.

Effective Communication Skills for Interview Success

Excellent communication skills are essential to building relationships and succeeding in workplaces. They can also make or break your interview success.

Here are our top strategies to help you master the art of communicating so that you can connect with people, be understood and build a strong rapport.

How gaining micro-credentials can boost your career.

According to recent reports, two-thirds (70%) of workers are more likely to consider working in different industries due to the coronavirus crisis. Some of the reasons include a desire to learn new skills or challenge themselves (51%), a need for a better work-life balance (43%) or a wish for greater job security (32%).

Managing Risk When Transitioning Employment

Most of us have an aversion to risk to some extent. So when it comes to moving on from your current job to a new one, life can get a bit tricky, even during the best of times. Right now, most of us are focusing on getting through each day, trying to work from home, dealing with the stress of being in essential services, or worrying about being stood down or let go. Maybe you’ve been made redundant, forced to go part-time, or you’re worried that your job is at risk. The good news is employers are looking for people and candidates are finding new jobs in many sectors.

How to prepare for an online interview

As companies around the world implement social distancing measures to combat COVID-19, HR teams are increasingly recruiting candidates that they haven’t met. For many vacancies, this means transitioning from traditional face-to-face interviews to online job interviews.

Your CV Can Help You Shine at Interview

We all know the CV still plays a significant part in the recruitment process. Most commonly, we talk about its ability to persuade employers or recruiters to add you to the shortlist of candidates and lead to an invitation to interview. But your CV can also help you shine at the interview. A well-authored CV allows you to benefit from the fixed amount of time allocated to an interview and position you ahead of your competition.