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.

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

1) OVERALL APPEARANCE:

Would you want to read it?

2) LAYOUT:

Does the resume look professional – well typed, with good spacing, consistent fonts, etc. Do the key points stand out?

3) LENGTH:

Could the resume tell the same story if shortened?

4) RELEVANCE:

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?

7) SPECIFICITY:

Does the resume avoid generalities and focus on specific information about your experience, projects, etc.?

8) ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Are your accomplishments and problem solving skills emphasized?

9) COMPLETENESS:

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?

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