The Best Resume Ideas
Sometimes it's really hard to come up with good resume ideas. Most of us don't where to begin.
DerrJones has put together a point by point roadmap to help get you thinking in the right direction.
Your resume is a good opportunity to showcase what you've done. Don't be shy! Let's get started.
- Make a chronological list of every company you've worked for, including your dates of employment. Note where
- Make a list of every school you've attended (post high school) and degree conferred. Add to this list any
professional training you've received (e.g. sales training courses).
- Write a brief description for each of your employers. For example:
A $500 million manufacturer of computer peripherals, with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
- For each place you've worked, list each different position you've held.
- Write a brief description of your responsibilities for each position. This should be no more than a sentence or
two! For example:
Southeastern Territory Manager
Responsible for a team of 8 regional sales representatives covering a five state territory.
- Make a list of your top 10 skills. These should be "soft" skills (e.g. communication, listening, negotiating,
problem solver, etc.), not the things you know (e.g. your industry knowledge, your job function).
- Prioritize this list. What are you best at? That skill is #1.
- For each job you've held, list several (5-8) very specific accomplishments. Try to quantify these, if possible.
Increased territory sales by 32% within 18 months, to a record new business volume of $67 million for the
- Prioritize your accomplishments in each role. Highlight the top 3 for most; highlight your top 5 for the last two
positions you've held.
- Make a list of any awards or honors you've received.
- Make a list of the Professional Associations/Organizations you're a member of. Include any significant volunteer
leadership positions you've held.
You now have all the information you
need to put your resume together!
But, let's keep going...
Now we'll fine tune these resume ideas.
A strong resume will lead to more interviews. Guaranteed.
For more information on resume development, browse through the links provided in our section titled
How to Write a Resume. You'll find great resume ideas throughout!