The Taboo of CV Writing

Your CV is perhaps the most important marketing tool at your disposal if you are hunting for a new job. Unfortunately, many job seekers either struggle to put together that great CV themselves or make the mistake of outsourcing to a cheap and often substandard service.


There is also certainly a taboo surrounding CV writing that seems to say you shouldn’t outsource to a third party. It’s like this is some form of cheating.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many large corporations outsource their PR and marketing to third parties nowadays. There’s absolutely no reason why you, as a jobseeker, shouldn’t do the same if you want to market yourself more effectively.

The job market, particularly in the engineering sector, is competitive. You must give yourself an edge if you want to land that interview and get to the next stage in the recruitment process. When applying for any position, half the battle is creating a CV that stands out from the crowd. That can be more difficult, not less, as you climb the career ladder.

According to the Guardian in their jobs section advice:

“Although many people can write their own CVs, and do it well, others struggle with a variety of problems; such as incorrect English, not knowing how to structure a CV and not knowing how to best highlight their most relevant strengths.”

There are numerous challenges that people face when they are putting together a CV.

The first is putting in the time to run through all your details, life experiences, the jobs you’ve had, what you learned on the way, the skills you bring to the table and the qualifications that mean you are the best for the job. Standard CV writing services will undoubtedly take what you have already written and nothing more. They will simply tweak the content without really making it any better.

To produce a good, compelling CV, you need to drill a little deeper, and a professional CV service should be willing to explore this with you.

Secondly, you need to find a CV writing service that understands your industry or sector. They should know what a potential employer is looking for and the keywords that hit the right buttons. Too often, professionals opt for a service that doesn’t have this experience, one which produces a one size fits all CV – which does little to impress.

Finally, you need to hire a professional writer. In the US, there are regulations for the CV writing market, but that’s not the case here in the UK. This means you’ll have to do your research if you want to find a CV service that is qualified to do the work you want undertaking. It’s all too easy to end up with someone who has just set themselves up as a writer without having the skills or experience to produce a quality CV.

ABCV Solutions is the UK’s only CV, LinkedIn, cover letter and interview presentation writing and design company that is 100% dedicated to the engineering sector.

We transform tired or just plain boring CVs, into easy to read, keyword-rich documents that highlight what you offer a potential employer. Our aim is to see things through, fresh, unbiased eyes. We’ve worked in recruitment for a long time, seen thousands of CVs and we know what needs to be included and what doesn’t. More importantly, we know how to make an impact. We understand the essential technical skills and interpersonal traits required of today’s engineers. Combine this with our ability to gain an insight into your unique strengths, achievements and future ambition, and you have a complete service that stands apart from the standard CV writing fayre.

Of course, there may be the worry that you are somehow ‘cheating’ by employing a professional service to write your CV. Firstly, it’s your career – not ours. Secondly, we cannot make up your employment history.

We can, however, write about you work life and present it in such a way that engages and optimises your chances of success when you apply for a job.

It’s about focusing on doing what you do best, whether that is fixing complex electrical systems offshore or preparing multi-million-pound tenders for capital projects.

Our team of CV writing specialists ensures that every aspect of your CV is meticulously correct, succinct, and engaging. It’s what we do best.

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