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Resume Writing Quiz for Career Changers
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.


Career-changers face some tough decisions when developing a job-search resume for your new career field. How confident are you in your resume-writing abilities? Take this quiz and test your resume-writing prowess.


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Directions: Please choose the best answer to the following questions.


  1. Given that employers screen resumes for as few as 6 seconds, a resume should show the employer at a glance what you want to do and what you're good at. What's a good way to sharpen the focus of your resume and provide the reader with this vital information?
    A Headline
    A Summary or Profile Section
    Keyword section
    All of the above


  2. When describing work experience, paragraph-style job descriptions are preferred over bulleted lists.


  3. It's important for career changers to consider listing relevant skills gained from unpaid experience, such as volunteer work.


  4. Within your professional history, the most important element to highlight is:
    Duties and responsibilities from past jobs
    Names of supervisors


  5. You should always list Experience before Education.


  6. It's perfectly acceptable to use personal pronouns (I, me, my) on a resume.


  7. When listing your job history, list in this order:
    Dates of employment first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, title/position
    Name of employer first, followed by city/state of employer, title/position dates of employment
    Name of employer first, followed by street address and phone number of employer, supervisor's name, position/title, reason for leaving, salary
    Title/position first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, dates of employment


  8. What types of words are most important to include in your resume?
    Action verbs and job-specific keywords
    Colorful adjectives that describe you as a person
    Multi-syllabic words that make you sound sophisticated
    As much use as possible of the verb "to be"


  9. Career changers with minimal experience in the field they're changing to, should consider this resume technique:
    Skillful exploitation of transferable and applicable skills
    Use of job-specific and industry-specific keywords
    A Profile or Qualifications Summary that emphasizes applicability of experience
    All of the above


  10. Let's say you've been in the workforce for 25 years. As an experienced job-seeker, how much of your job history should you list on your resume?
    All of it, but place the oldest experience in a section separate from your more recent experience.
    20 years
    15 years
    7 years


  11. Personal information (such as age, race, marital status) should never be included on resumes in the U.S.


  12. It's important to list references on a resume.


  13. It's okay to leave off dates from education and older work experience to help de-emphasize a job-seeker's age.


  14. You should list hobbies and interests on your resume to make you more "human."


  15. It's especially important for career-changers to tailor their resumes to each specific job they apply for.


  16. It's best to use as much contact information as possible.


  17. Your resume should be as general as possible so it won't limit your job choices.


  18. It's okay for job-seekers to pad work experience, create job titles, and the like -- as long as they do not lie on their resumes.


  19. A resume can be as many pages as a job-seeker needs to include all his or her pertinent job, skills, and education information.


  20. One or two typos or misspellings on a resume won't hurt if you're well qualified for the job.




Like this quiz? Consider taking the companion Quintessential Careers Resume Strategy Quiz.


And don't forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.



Questions about some of the terminology used in this quiz? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.


Katharine Hansen, PhD, Creative Director Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at kathy(at) Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus. Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of He is also founder of and He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at) Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.


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