The term “professions” usually includes such occupations as medical doctor, attorney, professor, accountant, psychologist, counselor, that usually require specific degrees, certifications, and licensure.

Professionals often find resumes hard to write because it can be difficult to quantify results. Despite the difficulty, almost everyone can come up with results and find ways to sell those results in the resume.

Remember that your goal is to cause people to want to meet you.

Although you may have done many things in your career, emphasize those things that you would like to do more of in the future. Devote more space and detail to those things.

Use your occupational jargon and buzzwords as appropriate but don’t overdo it.

Professionals often do well by including special projects in their job descriptions, or even having a separate “projects” section if many of the projects have occurred off the job or as part of a professional society.

As in every occupation, each position has built in success criteria. Attorneys try cases, win judgments, negotiate settlements. How is your track record in those areas? Have you developed business? Created or expanded a legal specialty?

Accountants interpret numbers. Are you a CPA with corporate clients? How have you helped them improve the financial health of their businesses? What kinds of audits have you performed? Have you identified deficiencies? Embezzlement? Mitigated IRS judgments?

Whatever your profession, determine how successful you are by the feedback from your clients, students, and patients. What kinds of outcomes have you achieved in terms of your specific mission? What kind of reputation have you established among your peers?

Professional committees and task forces as well as awards and recognition are of value. Publications and conference presentations speak volumes.

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