Saturday, August 7, 2010

Better Questions: Better Resumes (Bridget's Top 5)

"Garbage in. Garbage out."

When writing a resume, the information you are able to collect from clients makes a huge difference. Ask the right question, and you can unlock a treasure trove of valuable accomplishments and insight from the client about his/her value to the employer.

In an article in the Summer 2009 issue (back issues are available for purchase for $3 each), I wrote an article called "A Perfect '10': Better Questions Yield Better Resumes." In it, I identified 10 key questions in four specific categories:
  • Collecting Information About the Client's Job Target/Desired Job
  • Questions to Capture the Essence of the Client's Current Job
  • Questions to Elicit Information About Accomplishments
  • Other General Questions
If I had to pick my top 5 questions from the ones listed in the article, it would be these:
  1. In your performance reviews, in what areas did you receive the highest scores or the most positive feedback?
  2. What is the most important part of your current job?
  3. What have you achieved in your job -- have you saved your employer any money or achieved any other quantifiable measure (helped the company make money, become more efficient, improve safety, improve customer service, etc.)?
  4. What have you introduced at your firm that has never existed before ... or what did you improve upon?
  5. What sets you apart from other candidates for this job?
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