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Here’s some additional tips. Monster.com compiled a resume critique checklist to make writing your resume a little easier for you.
- Does the resume look original and not based on a template?
- Is the resume inviting to read, with clear sections and ample white space?
- Does the design look professional rather than like a simple typing job?
- Is a career summary included so the reader immediately knows your value proposition?
- Is the resume’s length and overall appearance appropriate given your career level and summary?
- Does the resume provide a visually pleasing, polished presentation?
- Is the font appropriate for the career level and industry?
- Are there design elements (bullets, bolding, and lines) to guide readers’ eyes through the document and highlight important content?
- Is there a good balance between text and white space?
- Are margins even on all sides?
- Are design elements like spacing and font size used consistently throughout the document?
- If the resume is longer than a page, does the second page contain a heading? Is the page break formatted correctly?
- Are all resume sections clearly labelled?
- Are sections placed in the best order to highlight your strongest credentials?
- Is your work history listed in reverse chronological order (ie: most recent job first)?
- Is the resume targeted to a specific career goal, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all document?
- If this is a resume for a career change, does it include supporting details that show how your past experience is relevant to the new job?
- Does the resume include a solid listing of your career accomplishments?
- Are accomplishments quantified by using numbers, percentages, dollar amounts, or other concrete measures of success?
- Do accomplishment statements begin with strong, varied action verbs?
- Are your accomplishments separated from your responsibilities?
- Is the information relevant to hiring managers’ needs?
- Does your resume’s content support your career summary?
- Did you include keywords, appropriate buzzwords, and industry acronyms?
- Is applicable, additional information (awards and affiliations) included, and is personal information unrelated to the job (marital status, age, nationality) omitted?
- Did you avoid writing the resume in an implied first-person voice with personal pronouns (I, me, and my)?
- Is the content flow logical and easy to understand?
- Is the resume as perfect as possible, with no careless typos or spelling, grammar, or syntax errors?