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Edit and Proofread

Once you have a solid draft resume in place, the next stage is revision. Ideally, you'll have time to put the draft away for a day or so you can view it with fresh eyes.

To assist you with this process, we’ve put together a quick checklist. It helps you answer questions like these about your resume:

  • Does it clearly communicate who I am and what I offer?
  • Is the language concise and keyword rich?
  • Is it attractive and easy to scan?

We also include links you can follow for more information. See the right-hand column for sections on planning, researching, and writing your resume.

Your resume overallComplete?For more information

My resume sells me, my accomplishments, and my brand so readers know exactly what I offer.

Top resume strategies

The top half of my resume includes a summary or profile that sums up my strengths and experience.

 

Top portion of resume

I have researched my job target, employer requirements, and my own qualifications, and my resume reflects all three.

 

Do Your Research

My resume contains all of the necessary elements and is in a format that’s appropriate to my goals.

 

The basic elements;
Select the best format

Your use of language

My resume is written in concise, resume-appropriate language, not full sentences.

 

Write a first draft

I have used specific keywords like “Microsoft Access” rather than general terms like “good computer skills.”

 

Use keywords effectively

Overall look and feel of the resume

There is plenty of white space so the resume is easy to scan and text is not overwhelming to readers.

 

Design for easy reading

I have used headings and bullets to break up content and present information logically and effectively.

 

Design for easy reading

 

The spacing between sections and under headings is consistent.

 

Design for easy reading

Get some feedback on your resume

In addition to doing your own edit, we highly recommend that you have someone you trust read and comment on your resume. Do they “get” your brand? Does your resume do a good job of selling your qualifications for the job target you’re after? Is it easy to read and understand?

Proofread, proofread, proofread!

We cannot emphasize enough that nothing will get your resume tossed into the “NO” pile faster than careless typos. So proofread your resume several times yourself, and have at least one other person proofread it as well.

Once you’ve done the appropriate revision and quality checks, it’s time to market your resume to prospective “buyers.”



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