You’re at your desk at the office, thinking about making a change, and the call from the recruiter comes.
The recruiter tells you about an opportunity, it sounds like what you have been looking for to inspire the job change.
Then the recruiter asks, do you have a resume?

A resume? You haven’t written a resume in a long, long time…maybe never.

A common excuse keeping a potential candidate from pursuing opportunities when they become available is not having an updated resume. As a recruiter, we hear the responses “I’m working on putting together my resume” or “I need to update my resume” all the time.

Often the professional either doesn’t have the time, or develops writer’s block and is unable to script the perfect resume.

A good resume will show others what you have done and what you are able to do based you’re your past experience.

Below is a six step “how-to” process to quickly get started on your resume. So grab a pad of paper and start jotting some things down. You don’t need to worry about formatting until you’ve got all of the content worked out.

  1. Write all your daily responsibilities – the tasks you handle on a daily to annual basis.
  2. Write down your project responsibilities – those “extra” tasks that pull you away from daily responsibilities.
  3. Add the categories of people with whom you interface regularly to perform the tasks (customers, vendors, internal departments, etc.).
  4. Write down all of the tools, skills, theories, standards, methods, software, and equipment that you utilize to perform the tasks.
  5. Include your accomplishments during your tenure.
  6. For each accomplishment, provide detail as to how each was achieved.

Accomplishments can be viewed as subjective, but by providing information about the process utilized to achieve them makes it tangible and relative to those who are viewing the resume.

If you are working from an old version, by utilizing the steps above, you can quickly refresh your resume. Or if starting from scratch, you can make quick work of the resume writing task that seems so daunting. Either way you will be ready to respond the next time you hear about a great opportunity.

We will address the structure and format for resumes in a future blog.