Student Success Centre

Resume Database

A resume database helps you to take inventory of all of your experiences. You will not likely include every experience you’ve ever had on each resume you create; you will only include those experiences relevant to the position to which you are currently applying. Rather than deleting past experiences, a resume database provides you with a place to keep record of those experiences and will assist in identifying the skills that you have developed. Once you’ve created your database, adding accomplishment statements to your resume will be a breeze! Here’s how to break it down:

Example

ExperienceActivites & Tasks
(Challenge you faced)
How
(Action you took)
Outcome
(Result of your actions)
Skills & personal qualities
Sales Associate • sold clothing to clients, made suggestions on selections
• worked on cash register
• participated in inventory counts
• attended training sessions
• processed returns and dealt with customer complaints
• attentive to clients’ and assessed needs
• worked well with other associates and managers
• quick and efficient in attending to clients
• responded to client complaints with tact and professionalism
• friendly and outgoing when talking with clients, co-workers & managers
• accurate and fast when using cash register
• always ready to fill in when asked
• took initiative - saw things that needed to be done and did them
• repeat clients
• earned reputation for superior inventory knowledge
• surpassed monthly sales goals
• received accolades from management
• was asked to take on more responsibility
• communication
• interpersonal
• customer service
• team work
• flexibility
• resourcefulness
• initiative

Click here for a Resume Database Worksheet (pdf)