6 Questions To Answer Before Designing Your Resume
Actually, there are more questions to answer, such as are you ready for working world or, are you certified sane to work. Kiddings aside, we filtered questions down to the essential six (as per our resume workshop) which you serioiusly need to ponder about before even starting to design your resume. Here we go:
1. What exactly do you want to do?
Seriously. What exactly are you thinking about doing? Were you looking at the job description and the qualifications to match yours, or you just want a job, or just want to get the heck out of the present place.
You want a tailored resume to a dream career, you first need to know what you will be doing spending minimum 8 hours a day, 5 (or more) times a week, for many years? Get that in your mind, you will find yourself greatly influenced by it before churning your resume out.
2. Do you have the required knowledge, skills?
Time and time again, human resource (HR) managers have thrown out or deleted resumes that keep clogging their mailbox simply because at a glance they know that the aspiring candidates do not fit for the job vacancy they have. The candidates may have skills of a accounts clerk while the job applied is that of a Art Director. Do the maths.
3. Do you have experience in this or similar jobs?
Again, do you have what it takes to tackle that job. Forget tackling, are they even going to think about calling you when your experience does not match at all with the job you are looking for. But then, you are probably passionate about something that is linked to the career you are looking at. That will have to go in your resume on page one. They need to know before considering deleting your mail.
4. What responsibilities have you been given or taken on your own initiative?
You know why the need for this question? It meant to ask how responsible a person you are. How great a team player and what leadership qualities you have. In this knowledge age, we are all our leaders, we lead and inspire others. Do you have what it takes to be a responsible and "response-able" leader?
5. Do your interest show that you are a pleasant-compatible employee?
Very simple, are you a nice person. Use your self-awareness and find out if you are pleasant, flexible and accommodating as a colleague. Send a questionnaire out to your pals and current colleagues. Let them be as honest as possible and find out what your weaknesses are.
6. How can I get more information about you?
Okay, don't look at me. That is a question from the HR managers who, let's assume at this point, is impressed with your resume. Now, they want to know more and even better, they want to verify stuff that you wrote about. Good references (not family members) help, plus if you have blog sites that speaks of your personality, it would help too. And speaking of references, don't forget to show your resume to them, they need to know if you are lying.
Editor, JobsDB Malaysia Sdn Bhd
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