Can't think of anything to write down about what you do in your job?
Answer some of the questions below which will help you generate new ideas about your job responsibilities and skills.
- What experience, skills, aptitudes, or traits do you have, or think you might have, that could be of some use to employers in your industry?
- What skills have you developed, at least to some degree, that you have never used at work?
- Do others at work or elsewhere, come to you for any particular kind of help? If so, what kind of help?
- Do you have military experience? Provide details such as branch, grade, specialty, discharge status, duties, accomplishments, medals, citations, or commendations.
- Did you receive promotions ahead of schedule?
- Have you ever published an article, report, or anything, even as a volunteer?
- Have you written a company or professional association newsletter?
- Have you ever given a talk, speech, or presentation, or provided training to anyone at work or elsewhere? Give the specifics.
- Computer literacy and related skills: What platforms or operating systems do you use? List software, programs, internet skills etc.
- What foreign languages do you know, and what is your level of skill in each (native speaker; fluent; moderate; phrase-book etc.)?
- Do you have any special travel experience, domestic or foreign? If you studied, lived, or worked in a foreign country, how long were you there?
Responsibilities / Activities
- How many people did you supervise? Hire? Train?
- How large of a budget did you manage?
- Who do you report to?
- What was the highest level in the company that you reported to or communicated with directly?
- Serve as mentor to anyone?
- Did you lead or participate in, strategic planning?
- Did you lead or help set or evaluate or participate in setting policy?
- Did you evaluate any individual or group performance, or any task or project research?
- How did you relate to the product or service?
- Did you design or manage any processes, systems, or projects?
- Did you organize any events, conferences, meetings? How many?
- Did you consult for anyone, inside or outside the organization?
- Did you gain experience in any special use software? Analytical or evaluative procedures? Equipment or hardware?
- What kind of writing did you do, for yourself or someone else? What did you write about?
Awards / Recognition
- Were you praised, recognized, or given a pat on the back for anything - a particular assignment, a method of working, a trait of character? How? By whom?
- Were you promoted ahead of schedule?
- Were you selected for any special responsibilities or programs?
The answers to these questions should help you develop an excellent resume.