Edit and proofread

Edit and proofread

Edit and proofread

Take time every time you send a resume to be sure it's flawless.

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, so you can view it with fresh eyes.

Use this checklist to improve your resume, and find related information on planning, researching, and writing your resume.

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

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

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

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

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Your use of language

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

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

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Overall look and feel of the resume

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

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

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The spacing between sections and under headings is consistent.

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Get general feedback on your resume

After you edit your resume, ask someone with work experience you trust to read and comment on it. 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!

Even if you are a terrific candidate for the job, 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.”