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ANSWER 20 OR 30 OF THESE QUESTIONS.
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responsibilities and skills.
What experience, skills,
aptitudes, or traits do you have, or think you might have, that
could be of some use to some employer?
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? What kind?
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? You can treat military experience either here, as
general background, or list 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 your
Have you ever published an
article, report, or anything, even as a volunteer, even in 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 are you familiar with? What
operating systems are you familiar with? If you program, what
languages do you know? And, what is your level of experience
with each platform / operating system / language? What Internet
research tools are you familiar with? What software packages are you
familiar with (word processors; spread sheets; data bases;
groupware; graphics, desk-top publishing, etc.)?
What foreign languages do you
know at least somewhat, and what is your level of skill in each.
I.e. native speaker; fluent; moderate; phrase-book; write easily for
What planning or analytical tools
are you familiar with (critical path? PERT; quality function
deployment; etc.) ?
What experience have you had as a
manager of or 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
How many people did you
supervise? Orient? Hire? Train?
How large a budget did you
Who do you report to?
What was the highest level in the
company that you reported to or communicated with directly?
Did you coordinate anything?
Serve as liaison between groups
or key individuals?
Mediate between groups or
individuals? Resolve any conflicts? Serve as mentor to anyone?
Did you do, or participate in,
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 research?
How did you relate to the product
Did you communicate with
Were you on any proposal teams,
in-house or with a customer or subcontractor? Did the proposal
What was your function on the
team, or your contribution to winning? Your team's percentage of
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? Who?
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 anything?
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 responsibility?
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 occurred?
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
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
Selected for any special
responsibilities or programs?