9 questions to see if your professional resume is ready or not

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You’ve decided it’s time to begin the job search – congratulations!

Your resume is your greatest weapon while on the job hunt.

Whether it’s your first job or just time for a new job – you need a resume ready. Written correctly, your resume can open the door to your dream job. A great resume is more than just a list of your experience, it shows off who you are and why you are the best person for the job.

Getting your resume ready doesn’t have to fill you with anxiety. These nine questions will help have your resume ready for your next interview in no time. Be sure to have your resume in front of you as you go through each question!

Do you have sufficient “white space”?

White space not only makes your resume look better and easier to read, but it provides a great first impression of how you present yourself on paper.

Are you using appropriate tense?

Write about previous jobs in past tense. For your current job, write accomplishments in past tense and job responsibilities in the present tense. Avoid the use of “I” in a resume.

Do you have too many pages?

Your resume should never be more than two pages. A hiring manager will toss a long resume before he even gets started or place it at the bottom of the pile. A candidate once sent us a 19-page resume. What do you think we did with it? Young woman discussing during a job interview at office

Are you free of grammatical errors?

With software spell checks, there’s no excuse for misspelled words. None! We recommend that you ask a friend with good English skills, preferably not in your immediate family, to proof your resume. If you know a recruiter or human resources professional, let them look it over, too. If you are looking for a more advanced spell-checking option there are dozens of software options available to you online with the quick Google search.

Is it easy to read?

Make your work history tight and easy to read. Consider using bullets where applicable. Remember, recruiters see a lot of resumes. Concise bullets can highlight your responsibilities and accomplishments.

Is your job history clear?

We worked with one candidate, perfect in every respect, but it appeared on his resume that he had worked for three different companies in four years — not a good sign. When we checked, he explained his company’s ownership had changed three times, but he remained at his job through the buyouts. Be sure to designate any buyout or merger on your resume so it doesn’t look like you’re job-hopping.

Is your educational history clear?

In addition to listing your college and major, make sure to designate your degree – such as B.S., B.A., M.S. or A.S. Otherwise, it appears you did not complete your degree.

Have you formatted consistently?

Pick an easy-to-read format, font and writing style and stick with it. You never want an unusual font that’s distracting. Arial is clean and a safe choice. Calibri is a good option too.

Is your contact information correct?

We’ve seen resumes with incorrect phone numbers or e-mail addresses — even no e-mail address at all. Make sure all of your contact information is up to date – if a potential employer can’t contact you, you won’t know if you’ve got the job!


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