There are so many little things you need to add, rephrase, check, double-check, triple-check while writing a resume … and somehow, your resume still goes out with your name and it is anxiety-reducing. When I’m anxious, I made a list of all the little stuff you need to do when you’re writing or editing the resume.
Checklist of Resume Tips
I’ve divided all the necessary tasks into four sections and arranged them in chronological order. So, some could probably exist in more than one section or be completed in a different order.
1. Is your Resume professional?
1. Email address should be professional. For example firstname.lastname@example.org vs. email@example.com
2. Email addresses should be from a professional and current domain, like Gmail.
3. Your resume’s storyline should align with your LinkedIn profile because hiring managers will check out both.
4. If relevant, include links to social profiles and personal websites.
5. Audit your social profiles to ensure that no unprofessional content is available.
2. Is Your Resume Well-Written?
1. Include all your basic contact information, including name, address, email address, and phone number.
2. Customized your resume for the specific job you’re applying to.
3. Include both accomplishments and responsibilities under each job and it should be easy to ascertain when scanning your resume.
4. Use metrics where possible to better illustrate your success.
5. List not only the name of companies but also a short description of what that company does.
6. Include your tenure at each company.
3. Is Your Resume Properly Formatted & Designed?
1. Use some sort of template so the layout of your resume is visually appealing and easy to read.
2. Use a good font.
3. Make use of common formatting conventions that makes content easier to read, like bullet points and header text.
4. All items should be properly aligned.
5. All links you’ve included should be clickable.
4. Is Your Resume Edited & Polished?
1. Include keywords in your resume. If you’re submitting to an automated system, it might be critical to getting past filters. Be sure your resume directly reflects some of the software and skills mentioned in the job description.
2. Edit out irrelevant job experiences.
3. Your resume’s section should be in the order that best highlights your skills and what you have to offer the employer.
4. Edit out generic action verbs for more specific ones.
5. Make use of a thesaurus to prevent monotony.