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You Don’t Know What You Know About Yourself: How a Professional Resume Writer Asks the Right Questions

Posted by inscribeexpress on March 3, 2010

As you write your resume, you’re probably focusing on what you did in your prior jobs. In fact, you probably think of them as “jobs I used to have.”

When you meet your resume writer for the first time, you can expect a bit of an introduction, some small talk, some discussion about the process. You’ll mention your industry and your current job. Clearly, your resume writer doesn’t know you, and you might actually be worried about how, inside an hour or two, this person will know you well enough to write effectively for you.

I promise you that your writer is not suffering from the same anxiety you are. She knows exactly how to ask the right questions that will uncover all of your great accomplishments. And she’ll figure out things about you that you didn’t know about yourself.

The Resume Inquiry Process

Your resume writer probably has a set of stock questions that she will ask you to get the process started. These might include the following:

  • What kind of position are you seeking?
  • What industry are you interested in working in?
  • How many years have you been planning this kind of career move?

And so on. Clearly, these are not the most inspired questions, but they start to frame the discussion that will lead to amazing career documentation.

Resume Reporting Versus Inquiry

The next set of questions relate to each position you’ve held. If your resume is like the hundreds that have crossed my desk, it will do a fantastic job of . . . reporting. You’ll get the whos, the whats, and the whens. You’ve written a pretty good narrative for each of your jobs that tells a recruiter what you did every day—which is not what he wants to read.

A recruiter wants to see the same things that a professional resume writer wants to present, and which I rarely see. The recruiter wants to read the whys in a resume. And the hows. And the what happened nexts. Your professional resume writer knows how to generate these questions so that they are specific to your particular situation. These questions are far from canned. They’re different from client to client.

What Are Your Questions?

I can’t write here what the questions would  be for your specific situation and career aspirations—I haven’t met you yet. But, believe me, when we do speak about your history, I’ll have all the right questions on the tip of my tongue. And you’ll be surprised when you hear your answers. I’ll bet you didn’t know what you knew about yourself.

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