Resume Polishing Checklist

Resume Polishing Checklist

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Editing a resume is an important part of the job-search process. Even if your resume contains all the essential information, you need to make sure that the information comes across in a professional, easy-to-understand way. Your resume only gets a few seconds of attention from its initial reader. To make the most this first impression, check your resume for the following things:

Personal pronouns—In a resume, personal pronouns like I, me, and my are unnecessary. Delete them from your resume and rearrange your sentences to accommodate the change if necessary.

Unprofessional design elements—Resumes needs things like lines, bullets, and bolding to guide the reader’s eye. However, don’t go overboard with unusual fonts or inconsistent text size and spacing.

Accomplishments—Make sure your resume lists your accomplishments separately from your responsibilities, and try to quantify as many of them as possible. Using numbers, dollar amounts, and percentages can make your achievements easier to understand.

Prioritization—Your resume should have some method of highlighting the most important information. If you use bullets, for instance, you should put the bullet points most relevant to the position you’re applying for closest to the header for each list.

Relevance—Make sure your resume isn’t full of information the hiring manager won’t need. Delete buzzwords and industry jargon, and remove information about your age, nationality, or marital status. Any of these items could make your application an automatic rejection for legal reasons.

Mechanics—Your resume should not contain mistakes in grammar, spelling, or punctuation. The automated functions in your word processor can help you, but you should also proofread your resume multiple times and consider giving it to a grammar expert for a final once-over.

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