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How to Write Your Job Resume: Self Assessment

As a former corporate admin certified in Project Management, I thought I'd share this excellent advice about the job search.

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Self-Assessment

Taking the time to do a self-assessment will help you find out your talents and know-hows and what makes you unique. You want to let potential employers think of you as one of the best candidates for a position. This is what will make them invite you to an interview.

Acing a job interview is not the only thing that matters. Also important is getting the right work for you.

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Useful Exercise

  1. Write down the skills you have in 5 areas of your life: work, education, jobs, volunteering, and any extra activities.
  2. Zero in on these skills so they are applicable to employment, and choose an important skill for each area. Let’s suppose you choose your volunteering experience. You would focus on skills such as planning, budgeting, and soft skills such as team building, problem solving, and flexibility.
  3. Jot down your patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Narrow them down to qualities that are valuable in a business setting. List 3 of your successes and the skills that you used to make them happen.
  4. Of all your skills, choose one under each area that you feel is most important in the job that you want. These are the skills that you will put on your job resume. Some examples are time management, communication, team building, listening, and public speaking skills.
  5. Write down 5 positive personality traits that you have. It will help you brainstorm about what makes you an asset to an employer. Some examples are being introvert or extrovert, friendly, open, conscientious, a good listener, a problem solver, or detail-oriented.
  6. Write down 3 of your greatest achievements, and for each jot down 2 skills that helped you achieve them.
  7. Make a list of 5 skills, talents, or personality traits that you feel are helpful in your line of work or the type of job you want.
  8. What is most important to you in life? List your top 3 priorities.
  9. What is the best work environment for you?
  10. Write down 10 of your favorite activities and relate these activities to employment. What kind of people do you like to work with, or be in touch with on a regular basis?

Finally, take time to describe your dream job in detail so you can have a clear idea of what you really like and need for your own fulfillment.

Use the Internet

The internet is a great source for career exploration. You can research different careers and the requirements for each occupation and salary levels for different positions.

You can look up information on starting your own business, or research schools that offer degrees in the areas you are interested in.

Look for actual job postings on the Internet once you decide the kind of employment you want. Read the job description and especially the requirements. This will help you find out if you have the qualifications required or if the job appeals to you. You will succeed better in a job that appeals to you.

Most job descriptions are generic. The higher the position, the more unique the job description becomes.

Online Free Career Self-Assessments

If you are looking to know more about career self-assessments, you will find lots of information on Monster.com.

Catherine Conlan, a Monster contributor, wrote an interesting article in the career section / Advice / Career Paths / Career Assessment.

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How Strong Are You in These areas?

Motor coordination

  • You can use many body parts for a specific action like in basketball when you use your arm and hand to bounce the ball while your feet and legs move you around the court.

Manual and finger dexterity

  • You can make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble small objects.

Verbal, numerical and learning ability

  • Verbal reasoning: You can use written information to think about something in a logical way to come to a conclusion or make a judgement.
  • Numerical reasoning: You can critically assess numerical information, understand data patterns and trends , and make logical conclusions or judgments.

Spatial, form and clerical perception

  • Spatial: You can visualize objects of two or three dimensions.
  • Clerical Perception: You can see detail in manuscript or tabular material.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Manuela from Portugal on June 23, 2020:

Thank you, you have here a very useful guide to create our resume.

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