What questions help in writing a winning résumé?
To make it sell, answer the following:
- What are your two top job choices in order of preference?
- What skills do you enjoy using the most and want to highlight?
- What have you done on the job that distinguishes you from others in your field?
- What projects or teams did you lead, or innovative concepts did you introduce, that had the most positive results on the company?
- What recommendations or contributions have you made that have been accepted or implemented?
- Have you quantified accomplishments in detail versus just listing them briefly? Are they tangible, bottom-line benefits from the employer's perspective?
- How will your unique work style benefit a potential employer? How has your style fueled your accomplishments with previous employers?
- Have you used a personal e-mail address and not your employer's? (e.g., Yahoo!, AOL, Hotmail versus your at-work account)
- Is your résumé easy to read, with all contact information and employment history basics readily visible? (e.g. name of company, title, dates of employment)
- Does the document include up-to-date language and the buzzwords hiring decision-makers are looking for?
- Have you proofread your résumé at least twice and had another person review it for spelling errors, typing mistakes, incorrect dates, etc.?
- Does the résumé read like a marketing document that SELLS you, rather than a narrative of your work history?