Background and experience

  • What experience, skills, or traits do you have that could be of use to an employer?
  • Do you have military experience? You can treat military experience and accomplishments as general background, or list each position as an employer in the Resume Questionnaire.
  • Has your work ever been published anywhere?
  • Have you ever given a talk, speech, or presentation, or provided training to anyone at work or elsewhere?
  • What computer operating systems can you use (PC, Apple, Unix, etc.)? If you program, which languages do you know, and what is your level of ability or experience? 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?
  • What languages do you know, and what is your level of skill in each?
  • What planning or analytical tools are you familiar with (i.e. critical path, PERT, quality function deployment, etc.)?
  • What experience have you had as a manager of TQM? CQI? Business process reengineering (general structure/function analysis or computer systems analysis)?
  • Have you studied, lived, or worked in a foreign country? Did you live in an American enclave?

Responsibilities, Activities

  • How many people did you supervise? Orient? Hire? Train?
  • How large a budget did you manage?
  • To whom did you report?
  • Did you coordinate anything?
  • Serve as liaison between groups or key individuals?
  • Serve as mentor to anyone?
  • Did you participate in strategic planning?
  • Did you set or evaluate any policies?
  • Did you evaluate any individual or group performance, or any task or project research?
  • Did you communicate with customers? How?
  • Were you on any proposal teams, in-house or with a customer or subcontractor? Did the proposal succeed?
  • What was your function on the team?
  • Did you communicate with suppliers or subcontractors? How?
  • Did you purchase services or supplies for the office, unit,or department?
  • Ever serve as a troubleshooter? In what area?
  • Did you back up someone? Who?
  • Did you do any surveys or other research or studies?
  • Prepare recommendations?
  • Design or manage any processes, systems, or projects?
  • Organize any events, conferences, meetings?
  • Consult for anyone, inside or outside the organization?
  • Did you gain experience in any special use software?
  • 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 anything that was delivered to a customer as a product, or part of one?

Achievements, Accomplishments

  • How much reduction in costs or increase in profits did you contribute to?
  • Did you add any smoothness, quality, or economy of operation that noticeably improved the way things were before you assumed responsibility?
  • Did you propose, suggest, or initiate any programs, changes, or improvements that were implemented at least partly because of your initiative?
  • 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?

Recognition

  • Were you recognized for a particular assignment, a method of working, a trait of character? How? By whom?
  • Were you promoted ahead of schedule?
  • Selected for any special responsibilities or programs?