Kaitlyn's Writing Tips: How to Itemize Your Resume
I love working with people on their resumes. When I was doing it pro-bono (polite-speak for free), I got a sincere joy from listening to people come alive talking about their accomplishments; a sense of breakthrough when they find significance in seemingly mundane descriptions. I think it’s kind of at the root of who I am as a person: I love watching people grow.
What I find people struggle with the most is being able to itemize — and even recall — their past experiences. Who doesn’t have a time hard with that? Even yesterday, I came home after a particularly grueling day at work and I couldn’t even remember all the tasks I did, which is frustrating, because I know I did so much.
To help myself, I’ve started a notebook of writing down everything I’ve done in the day, as I do it. At first it was a little disruptive, but when it came time to refreshing my resume I was reaching far to list out everything I’d done.
I recommend that practice to everyone, but I’m taking it a step further. I’ve created and attached a freebie worksheet that not only helps you itemize your skills, but also accelerates the process of *how* to talk about those skill sets.