Targeted Resume: Summary of Qualifications Example Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Types of Resumes

Practice with this Summary of Qualifications on a Targeted Resume Worksheet to familiarize yourself with the process of picking keywords on which to focus. Through completing 10 exercises, you improve your job search writing skills to make your resume correlate to a specific job posting.

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, follow the instructions or answer questions about your own experiences in order to create the Summary of Qualifications for a targeted resume.

  • Find a job posting to which you would consider applying based on your skills and experience on the internet or in a newspaper.

  • Read through the job description. Select five keywords (action verbs) that show what is expected for the position, and identify them in the below space.

  • Keyword #1:
    Keyword #2:
    Keyword #3:
    Keyword #4:
    Keyword #5:

  • For the first keyword you identified in exercise #2, write a high-impact statement that could be placed in a Summary of Qualifications on a targeted resume.

  • For the second keyword you identified in exercise #2, write a high-impact statement that could be placed in a Summary of Qualifications on a targeted resume.

  • For the third keyword you identified in exercise #2, write a high-impact statement that could be placed in a Summary of Qualifications on a targeted resume.

  • For the fourth keyword you identified in exercise #2, write a high-impact statement that could be placed in a Summary of Qualifications on a targeted resume.

  • For the fifth keyword you identified in exercise #2, write a statement that could be placed in a Summary of Qualifications on a targeted resume.

  • Are there any other keywords in the job posting for which you have related skills, abilities, qualifications, accomplishments or experiences? List them in the below space.

  • Show what the top portion of your targeted resume would look like, including the Summary of Qualifications. Use formatting similar to what you would use on an actual resume.

  • Based on your ability to match keywords in the job posting with your own qualifications, do you think using a targeted resume for the specific job posting you selected is beneficial? Explain your answer.