Think your resume is complete? Think again!
Now it’s time for the final phase of resume writing: PROOFREADING!
Grammatical errors, misspelled words, or incorrect word usage can mean the difference between your resume going in the “to interview” pile, and going straight to the recycling bin. Don’t let this happen to you! Before clicking the send button, it’s always a good idea to ask a friend (or a career coach) to review and critique your resume! After all the hard work you’ve put into your resume, be sure to give it the proofreading attention it deserves.
Take the following steps to ensure your resume is top-notch
- Run a spell check
- Read it from bottom to top (putting things in an unexpected order can help you spot errors you may have otherwise overlooked
- Ask a friend to do a grammar review, then ask someone else! (the more eyes on your resume, the more likely errors will be caught)
Questions to ask before sending off:
- Does my resume impress you? If no, why?
- Does my 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?
- Does the content at the top immediately grab the reader’s attention?
- Is the length and overall appearance appropriate given the career level and objective?
- Do you have any ideas on how to make this a stronger document?
- Will this resume give me the chance to interview?
A subjective review of your resume can give insight into how others will view your personal marketing materials. And by asking someone you trust to help you optimize your resume, you’ll be one step closer to landing your dream job!