think of anything to write down
about what you do in your job?
ANSWER 20 OR 30 OF THESE QUESTIONS and we guarantee that you will come up with some new ideas about
your job responsibilities and skills.
What experience, skills,
aptitudes, or traits do you have, that could be of use to an
What skills have you
developed outside of your professional setting?
Do others, at work or
elsewhere, come to you for any particular kind of help? What
Do you have military
experience (include Coast Guard and merchant marine)?
Branch, grade, Specialty? Active duty, reserves, national
guard? Discharge? Duties? Accomplishments? Medals,
citations, commendations? Promotions ahead of schedule?
can list military experience as general background or
include each position as an employer in the
Resume Questionnaire. Don't forget, military training can be
particularly useful in private industry if it is relevant to
Have you ever published
an article or report, even as a volunteer, or for your company 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 can you use (PC, Apple,
Atari, etc.)? Which one are you most comfortable with? What
operating systems are you familiar with (DOS; Windows 3.x,
NT, or 95; OS/2; Unix; Apple; other)? If you program, which
languages do you know, and what is your level of ability or
experience in? What programs, or kinds of programs, have you
designed or helped design or debug? What Internet research
tools are you familiar with? What programs are you familiar
with (word processors; spread sheets; data bases; groupware
or PIM's, such as Lotus Notes, Groupwise, Ecco; graphics,
desk-top publishing, etc.); office suites (Suite; Microsoft
Office; Word Perfect Office); LAN or WAN system software?
(If you know the latest version, mention it, as in
"Lotus Notes v. 4." If you're not familiar with
the latest version, give only program's name.)
What foreign languages do
you know, and what is your level of skill
in each, i.e. native speaker, fluent, moderate or
phrase-book? Can you write easily for professional purposes?
What planning or
analytical tools are you familiar with (critical path? PERT;
quality function deployment; etc.) ?
What experience have you
had as a manager or as a participant in TQM? CQI? Business
process reengineering (which version: general
structure/function analysis or computer systems analysis)?
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? Did you live in an American enclave?
How many people did you
supervise? Orient? Hire? Train?
How large a budget did
Who do you report to?
What was the highest
level in the company that you reported to or communicated
Did you coordinate
Serve as liaison between
groups or key individuals?
Mediate between groups or
individuals? Resolve any conflicts? Serve as mentor to
Did you do, or
participate in, strategic planning?
Did you set or evaluate
or participate in the setting or evaluation of policy?
Did you evaluate any
individual or group performance, or any task or project
How did you relate to the
product or service?
Did you communicate with
Were you on any proposal
teams, in-house or with a customer or subcontractor? Did the
What was your function on
the team, or your contribution to winning? Your team's
percentage of wins?
Did you communicate with
suppliers or subcontractors? How?
Did you purchase services
or supplies for the office, unit, department?
Ever serve as a
troubleshooter? In what area?
Did you back up someone?
Did you do any surveys or
other research or studies? Determine requirements?
Design or manage any
processes, systems, or projects?
Organize any events,
conferences, meetings? How many?
Did you administer
Consult for anyone,
inside or outside the organization?
Did you gain experience
in any special use software?
Analytical or evaluative
Equipment or hardware?
What kind of writing did
you do, for yourself or someone else (e-mail,
correspondence, memos, reports, concept papers, plans,
proposals, office newsletter, etc.)? What did you write
about? Did you write any that was delivered to a customer as
a product, or part of one?
How much reduction in
costs or increase in profits did you contribute to?
What did you do?
Did you add any
smoothness, quality, or economy of operation that noticeably
improved the way things were before you assumed
Any concrete or specific
signs of the gain you achieved?
Did you propose, suggest,
or initiate any programs, changes, or improvements that were
implemented at least partly because of your initiative?
What positive results
What did you do as a
volunteer, beyond the regular duties of your position?
Whether you were paid for
it or not, what were you particularly good at that made a
difference in how the office (job, project, assignment)
progressed from day to day?
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
Selected for any special
responsibilities or programs?