"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:
- In your performance reviews, in what areas did you receive the highest scores or the most positive feedback?
- What is the most important part of your current job?
- 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.)?
- What have you introduced at your firm that has never existed before ... or what did you improve upon?
- What sets you apart from other candidates for this job?
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