Bayou Resume Service
PO Box 787
Prairieville, LA 70769
1. State your name, mailing address, permanent address, phone and fax numbers and your email
address where employers can contact you. If relevant, include your website address.
2. What is the purpose of your resume? Are you looking for a position with a different employer
or a different position with your current employer?
3. What specific position are you seeking? If you wish to apply for a number of specific positions,
state them all. Depending on how similar or dissimilar they are will determine our approach to
the best resume for you.
4. Will the position you are seeking be your first job, or has this been your only employer?
5. Are you looking to change jobs or are you re-entering the workforce after an absence? This too
will help us determine the presentation of your abilities.
6. If this is not to be your first or second job, would you say that you have had progressive
professional growth since your work history? If so, please explain.
7. Which would you say is stronger, your skills and accomplishments or the length of your work
8. Are you willing to locate for the right position? If so, how far are you willing to move?
9. Are there any special circumstances which might affect your resume? Have you been fired? Are
there gaps in your employment history? Have you had a major career change? Do you have a
criminal record? Are there any immigration issues or other reasons that may affect your ability
to work? You must be truthful. We can make lemonade from lemons, but only if we have the
10. What, if any, positions have you held? Obviously, if this is to be your first job, there won’t be
much in that regard. However, any position of responsibility, even if you weren’t paid for it,
should be mentioned. Think hard about this. Anything, no matter how minor you may think it
is, will help. If there have been positions, please state, (a) the dates you held the position(s), (b)
the specific tasks you accomplished while in that position, and (c) how these tasks support the
job you are currently seeking.
11. For each task or accomplishment, state which words best describe the work you did. Did you
“manage”, “develop”, “negotiate”, etc.? If you are at a loss for the proper word, just describe
the task or accomplishment the best way you can with as much detail as you can. We’ll turn it
into that diamond.
12. If you have had any work history at all, how did you contribute to the success of the
company or department with which you were employed? Please use specific numbers and/or
percentages or details, as they apply to you.
13. What is the highest level of education that you have reached? From which school(s) did you
receive diploma(s), and what were your majors, if this applies? Also, include your graduation
14. List any academic awards or honors. If applicable, state the topic or title of your Master’s thesis
or doctoral dissertation. Also, list any professional licenses or certificates you hold.
15. What special skills could you offer companies that apply to the position you are seeking? For
example, any proficiency in certain computer languages or programs, pilot’s license, internet
experience, artistic talent, foreign languages or shorthand experience or any other talents may
possess. List everything. Something you take so for granted that you don’t even think about it
may be just the thing a prospective employer is looking for.
16. List any non-work experience you may have. For example, do you belong to any professional
associations? If so, what positions did you hold. If you are or are about to be a recent graduate,
what organizations were you involved with while in high school or college? Have you done any
volunteer work? All of these things count toward rounding you out as a person, not just an
applicant. You must think hard on these items.
17. Why are you the very best candidate for this position? You must be very specific in answering
this question. Don’t worry if your answer meanders off the chart. We will clean it up and make
it very focused.
18. Why should you be hired over all the other applicants? Again, the more specific, the better.
What truly sets you apart from the rest? Don’t be afraid to “toot your own horn”. The answer
to this question will be very important toward an exciting cover letter.
At the risk of appearing repetitive, we ask that you go back over the questions and your answers. Put it
down for a while and re-read it with a rested mind. Everything is important!