Resume Tips

Struggling to articulate what you have done or are doing in your career/job?

Sometimes it helps to come up with a 30-60 second commercial for you that would highlight those things that you believe are your strengths.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What experience, skills, aptitudes, or traits do you have that could be of some use to an employer?
  • What skills have you developed that have not been put to practice at work?
  • Do others at work or elsewhere come to you for any particular kind of work-related advice?
  • Do you have military experience that could be useful in the private industry?
  • Have you ever published an article or report?
  • Do you have experience with public speaking?
  • What is the level of your computer and technological experience?

Job Duties/Activities:

  • How many people did you supervise, hire, or train?
  • Have you managed a work related budget?
  • To whom did you report?
  • Were you responsible for coordinating or leading any projects?
  • Have you served as a liaison between groups or key individuals?
  • Did you mediate between groups or individuals?
  • Have you served as a mentor?
  • Have you participated in strategic planning?
  • Have you participated in setting or evaluating policy?
  • Have you evaluated any individual or group performance?
  • What are your measurable or quantifiable achievements?
  • How did you interface with customers?
  • Have you participated in a steering committee?
  • Have you designed or managed any processes, systems, or projects?

Achievements/Accomplishments:

  • How much reduction in costs or increase in profits did you contribute to your previous employers?  What did you do to accomplish this?
  • How did you add measurable results after you assumed responsibility?
  • What concrete or specific gains did you achieve?
  • Did you propose, suggest, or initiate any programs, changes, or improvements that were implemented at least partly because of your initiative?
  • Did you take on additional responsibilities beyond the regular duties of your position?

Awards/Recognition:

  • What special recognitions have you received?
  • Have you been promoted ahead of schedule?