The Resume Checklist

A resume checklist helps you eliminate errors

As you revise your resume, review this checklist and ensure you are presenting yourself in the best possible light. This is not an exhaustive list, but it does offer some beneficial points ideas you might not have considered.

The Resume Checklist:

  1. Proofread again and again. Check for grammar, spelling errors and consistency. Be especially consistent in typing every accomplishment and every activity in the past tense. Do not switch from past to present tense.

  2. Do not use the pronoun "I". Just don't.

  3. Show your enthusiasm! You want the employer to sit up and take notice. Energy and excitement are contagious.

  4. If you go into too much detail about your work experience, you will bore the reader to death. Employers want relevant information, but they don't want to be inundated with every aspect of the position you held. They are not especially concerned if you opened the mail or filed personnel records.

  5. Are you using good quality paper? White, off white, off off white…you get the idea. Make sure it is at least 24 lb paper.

  6. Exclude all personal information, such as weight, height, age, etc.. It probably will not help your chances at all. If anything, it has the potential to be a sticking point with someone for some reason. No, it shouldn't. No, it's not fair. It is, however, the real world and it does happen.

  7. Does your resume have a clear and concise Objective Statement? If it doesn't, you probably ought to consider it, unless you have a good reason not to. A good reason might be that you are working with a headhunter who happens to loathe Objective Statements. Ok. If you need to know more about the Job Objective, click on the link to take you to that area of the site.

  8. Have you told the truth? Presenting your accomplishments and skills in the best possible light is highly recommended. If you start leaning toward stretching the truth, then you might be crossing a very important line. What line? Oh, the line that determines whether you might get fired or not.

  9. Does the overall layout of your resume look pleasing to the eye? That is a hard thing to qualify, yes. Having someone else give you their opinion might be the best approach here. After all, you have looked at this piece of paper for days or weeks by now, right?

  10. Of all the things to proofread again, look at your contact information. Make sure your phone number(s) and email addresses are accurate. One wrong number or letter and you might never know what you missed. That sounds strange, but you get the idea, I hope.

  11. If you like this Resume Checklist, you might also want to review the Cover Letter Checklist

    Click here to review some Resume Do's and Dont's 

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