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?

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