Starter Questions

You’ve read our Resume Tips – and you’re still stuck.

Maybe we can help.

Let’s reverse engineer your resume.  Take a look at the questions below.  Answer the ones that are most relevant to you and your situation.  Don’t worry about writing in “resume language.”  Just record your responses somewhere, messy or neat, it doesn’t matter.

When you’ve done that take your responses and see how they might help you fill in the blanks as you follow our Resume Tips.

Answer these questions to help you decide what you should put in your resume:

  • How many people have you directly managed?
  • How many have you trained?
    • To what extent?
    • Were you good at this?
  • How large a budget did you manage?
  • What was the overall budget for projects you worked on?
  • Have you had responsibility for any purchases or disbursements?
  • What projects or other work have you directly coordinated?
  • Did you act as a liaison between any managers, groups or projects?
  • Did you act as a mediator or assist with conflict resolutions?
  • Have you mentored anyone?
    • Did you do this formally or informally?
    • Were you successful at it?
  • What levels of managers have you reported to?
    • What was the highest level?
  • Have you established or evaluated policy?
    • At what levels?
    • What are the details?
  • Did you play a role in any proposal writing?
  • Have you ever prepared any recommendations?
  • Have you ever interviewed prospective employees?
  • Have you worked directly with people outside your own department or area?
    • Suppliers?
    • Vendors?
    • In what capacity?
  • Have you worked with contractors or consultants?
    • In what role?
  • Have you ever acted as a consultant yourself?
    • In what role?
    • Were you paid?
  • Have you ever organized activities?
    • Were these strictly for business?
    • More social?
    • How many people were involved?
    • How much money?
  • Have you done volunteer work that requires any of the skills listed here?
    • What are the details of that work?
    • What did you accomplish?
  • What in your background would benefit an employer?
    • Skills?
    • Experience?
    • Work habits?
    • Foreign languages or cultural experience?
  • Have you developed any skills or abilities that haven’t been used in your work?
  • Do people come to you for help?
    • Can you help with desktop systems or office equipment?
    • With problem solving?
    • Are you able to settle interpersonal disputes, etc.?
  • Have you ever functioned as a trouble shooter?
    • Formally or informally?
    • Has anyone you’re worked with or for requested you to perform this work?
  • What’s your military background?
    • What was your rank?
    • How many years of service?
    • What was your training?
    • What your major accomplishments, etc.?
  • Have you ever been asked to make a presentation or give a talk on your specialty?
  • Have you ever had anything published?
    • Written an article?
    • Contributed in some other way to a published work?
  • What other writing have you done?
    • Can you spell?  (You’re already ahead of many of the competition)
    • Can you write clearly?
    • Can you communicate an idea or message so that the reader understands?
  • What are your technical skills?
    • Make a detailed list
    • Include both the full name and the initials or acronyms
      • Use industry-specific jargon and keywords
      • A keyword search may identify one but not the others
  • Have you done any research or experimentation?
  • Have you traveled extensively, either within the US or abroad?
    • When lessons did you learn from that?
    • Did you make any friendships or build any networking connections?
    • What skills did you develop?
  • Have you had customer service experience?
    • Have you worked on a Help Desk?
    • What are the details?
  • Can you point to any specific savings or improvements that you contributed to?
  • What, exactly, have you done to benefit your employers?

Good luck!