Can't think of
anything to write down
about what you do in your job?
Answer 20-30 of these questions. We
guarantee that you will come up with some
new ideas about your job responsibilities
What experience, skills, aptitudes,
or traits do you have, or think you might
have, that could be of some use to some
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
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
Have you ever given a talk, speech,
or presentation, or provided training to
anyone at work or elsewhere? Give the
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
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 American enclave?
How many people did you supervise?
Orient? Hire? Train?
How large a budget did you manage?
Who do you report to?
What was the highest level in the
company that you reported to or communicated
Did you coordinate anything?
Serve as liaison between groups or
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
Did you evaluate any individual or
group performance, or any task or project
How did you relate to the product or
Did you communicate with customers?
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,
or your contribution to winning? Your team's
percentage of wins?
Did you communicate with suppliers or
Did you purchase services or supplies
for the office, unit, department?
Ever serve as a troubleshooter? In
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
Did you gain experience in any
special use software?
Analytical or evaluative procedures?
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
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
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 schedule?
Selected for any special
responsibilities or programs?
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