Checklist for Revising Resume
With the competitive market in job searching, the first interview you have with the prospective employer is your resume. On average, employers take about 10-15 seconds to review your resume and then decide if they want to interview you in person. It's up to you to make a lasting impression in such a short time! Here’s a checklist to remember when revising your resume:
- Are you using the correct verbs when describing your responsibilities? Should your sub points be in past tense or present tense?
- Is the information (including your contact information and previous work experience) up to date?
- Did you let someone else look over your revised resume?
- Did you fit all the pertinent information that you can on one page?
- Is the style and flow consistent throughout your resume?
- How about organization? Are your main points followed by subpoints in an easy to read manner?
- Have you compared your resume to other resume samples? Seeing another example of a resume may help you when it comes to structure.
- Are there any words that include acronyms or jargon that is specific to an organization? If so, you may need to explain it or spell out the phrase.
- How about your objective or summary? Is it specific to the job you are applying for?
- Do your main sub points get straight to the point? There should be a balance between specific and short.
- Where are your electronic versions of resume stored? With documents being digital nowadays, it's important to have your resume saved to a backup drive (such as a flash drive or Google Drive) or emailed to yourself for future references.
- Some companies prefer that your resume be submitted as a PDF or a Word file. Do you have a version of each file?
- Do your margins around the document seem to fit your words on your resume?
- Have you used spell check?
- And, don't forget to read through it once more!