Q: In your “Power of a Great Resume” post you talk about how an effective resume encourages you to look at your jobs in terms of achievements. That’s my whole problem. I can’t seem to look at what I’ve done in terms of anything but tasks and responsibilities. Help! A: You – and many others – share the same concern. Oftentimes, we have an easier time speaking to co-workers’ successes than we do our own. I think it has something to do with how we’re wired and it’s a big part of the reason why I do the work that I do.
It’s crucial that your resume go beyond responsibilities. Let me direct you to a post where I get into the importance of achievements, preferably quantifiable. Once that post has you all motivated, you can have a look at this post that gives you an idea for tracking achievements.
If you think you might need my assistance, you’ll be happy to know that my process (questionnaire, survey, etc.) helps you to start thinking in terms of not only your achievements but also your natural strengths. After all, ultimate career satisfaction comes when you are doing what you have a natural talent for. Several clients have even reported back that Tandem’s process, which is about a lot more than a new resume, helped them to perform more successfully in interviews. It inspired them to see themselves in the most favorable light.
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