RESUME CHECKLIST AND CRITIQUE
Take some time away from your resume and then revisit it through the eyes of a prospective employer. Keep in mind that resumes are initially scanned by eye or machine (i.e., to meet resume-search-technology requirements) before they are read thoroughly and you are considered a candidate. Remember that a resume is an advertisement that demonstrates who you are, what you have done, what you do and what you can do.
1) OVERALL APPEARANCE:
Would you want to read it?
Does the resume look professional – well typed, with good spacing, consistent fonts, etc. Do the key points stand out?
Could the resume tell the same story if shortened?
Has extraneous material been eliminated?
5) WRITING STYLE:
Is it easy to get a picture of your qualifications?
6) ACTION ORIENTED
Do sentences and paragraphs begin with action verbs?
Does the resume avoid generalities and focus on specific information about your experience, projects, etc.?
Are your accomplishments and problem solving skills emphasized?
Is all important information included? (contact info, job/life experience, skills, honors, etc.)
10) BOTTOM LINE:
How well does the resume accomplish its ultimate purpose of getting the employer to invite candidate for an interview?
A few more items to make sure all pertinent information is captured in your resume:
Personal Information: Full Name (re: official name is preferred for legality (IRS), background checks, etc.), home address, telephone number, email address
Experience: Work experience, military experience if relevant, school projects, summer jobs, internships, part-time jobs, relevant hobby experience
Skill Set: Target 3 or 4 skills that are most relevant to your objective supported with accomplishments where possible
Activities: Where relevant to the position sought: Associations, memberships, clubs, professional societies, scholastic honors, church participation, volunteering, sports interests/achievements, special projects, committee assignments
References: Typically provided upon request, but if you have a reason to include them, give both professional and character references, being sure to get permission before submitting anyone’s name as a reference