The Things You Need to Ask Yourself When Creating Your Resume

Creating a ResumeResume writing is one of the most challenging tasks when you are searching for a job. Writing it requires a great deal of contemplation and self-evaluation, and most of the time, the real difficulty comes when you lack true insight into your own career.


Providing career information is not an easy thing to do. In order to write an extraordinary resume, you have to be creative, but at the same time, truthful. You spend a lot of time talking about the job and working on the job, yet you hardly think of the specific contributions that you can include.

So, how do you recognize these contributions? Listed below are some specific questions about your career that you can ask yourself.

1. What makes me marketable?

When you write your resume, think about the skills that you can be proud of—the skills that you can mention without any hesitation. What makes you marketable? What are your assets? How can the company use your skills to bring profit to the company?

Take time to evaluate the skills that you initially have and the skills that you have acquired from your previous employers. Contemplate on your primary contributions to the previous companies you’ve worked with and focus on them. With these contributions, what makes you qualified for the job position you’re applying for?

2. What’s my career story?

Describe yourself as a worker. Are you a natural leader? Do you like being the one in charge of the projects and see them actually developed and implemented? Are you more productive when working alone or with a group? Did your previous companies consider you an asset they wouldn’t want to lose?

Think about what kind of worker you are, and remember those experiences and moments of your career life when you truly made a difference. Recall those occurrences in which you were actually rewarded for a job well done. Focus on the activities that you have implemented and turned out to be successful. Add these details to your resume.

3. What is my area of expertise?

This is apparently an easy question. As a person and a worker, we all have our own expertise. We all have that one thing where distractions and sudden problems are easy to eliminate every single time we work simply because we have become experts on that particular field.

So ask yourself: Where do I stand out? In what field do I excel? Think about that one specific thing you’re good at, and if by chance there’s more than one thing you’re good at, write that on your resume.

4. What makes me unique?

Being the best in one field doesn’t make you the only one who can do it. A lot of people might also be good at doing that thing you’re good at, but what makes you remarkable? Remember that you are competing with other qualified candidates. One of them could be a threat to your plan of getting the job you’ve always wanted, and this should make you more competitive yet still professional.

After thinking about your field of expertise, boil down the question into: “What makes me unique?” or “What makes me the best candidate?” You have to be specific about your exceptional skills. What makes you better than the others who are actually capable of what you’re doing? Think about what makes you different, unique, and distinctive and add that information to your resume.

Answering these questions will help you have a greater understanding and awareness of what you have become and what you still can offer. Once you’re done evaluating and analyzing yourself, you might find out why you could be the right person for that specific job position. Then, sell yourself by writing it in your resume.

Always remember that you may not be the only choice, but you can always be the best choice.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.