Tips for Completing the Resume Questionnaire
Last week a resume client asked if he needed to retype the information from his old resume into the Foremost Resumes’ questionnaire.
The simple answer to that question is – it depends. I use the questionnaire as part of my proprietary data collection process to gather most of the information I need to write the strongest resumes possible for my clients. The resume questionnaire has been designed and market tested to make this process as easy as possible.
There’s more to writing an effective resume than most people think. It isn’t simply writing job descriptions attached to company names, dates, and job titles. It is vital to the resume writing process that clients complete the questionnaire as thoroughtly and clearly as possible. Including quantifiable data, such as stating by what percentage you have increased revenues or by how much you have reduced expenses over what period of time, results in a much stronger resume.
So my clients don’t need to retype information from their old resume if the verbiage in that document accurately describes their most important professional responsibilities and achievements. But it has been my experience that using the resume questionnaire increases the strength of the new resume that I compose.
A couple more points about completing the resume questionnaire:
1. To avoid age discrimination issues, it’s best to include job history from only the past 10 years or so.
2. It is vitally important to pay special attention to the Job Search Goals section of the questionnaire. This is the section for listing the 1 – 3 jobs you want the new resume to target. The 1st job you list in this section determines which information I will emphasize on your resume.
To sum up, I know that completing the resume questionnaire can be time consuming, but landing that big promotion or job is worth it.
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—Vivian Adkins, Resume Writer at Foremost Resumes