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ASKING QUESTIONS FOR MORE MEANINGFUL RESUMES

Helen Koster

In Warren Berger’s book “A More Beautiful Question” he makes an excellent case that the most successful people tend to be natural questioners.

Also, a friend of mine who teaches entrepreneurship at the university level recently underscored the importance of well-formed questions.

He wrote: “Artificial intelligence systems are getting to be so good that they will be able to answer any questions that are posed. Those who will get ahead are the ones who can ask the good questions.”

I would add this to their perspectives.

One of the best places to begin the practice of creating well-formed questions is at the start of building your resume.

The information you cull from the questions gives you what you need to enrich your job descriptions with your unique story.

I humbly encourage you to look at my previous blogs. You will see specifically how asking questions leads to more meaningful bullets on your resume.

 

Questions

One of the best places to begin the practice of creating well-formed questions is at the start of building your resume.

Here are examples of the type of questions you can ask yourself as you consider your summer jobs, internships and volunteer work and the difference you made while you were there.

  • Do you value perseverance? Have you persevered when you were discouraged? Did you have an experience where your perseverance created positive outcomes?
  • Were you able to articulate goals and specify the results you needed to get to those goals including a timeline? Can you point to a situation where this ability was critical to the success of your individual endeavor or a team endeavor?
  • Can you give and receive constructive feedback? Where did this happen? How did that change the outcome? What would have gone differently without the feedback?
  • Have you reached beyond the parameters of a job description? What inspired you to do that? Was this a one-off or is this generally who you are? How will you work this information about yourself into a bullet on your resume?

Both the author Berger and my friend acknowledge that we are much more used to having the answers than creating the questions. Learning how to construct questions might be new for some of you and with all new learning there can be moments of frustration.

When we work together, I’ll help you push past that frustration, develop good questions, and prepare a more unique and meaningful resume. Contact me to get started.