Résumé Checklist

Résumé Checklist

Résumé Checklist

You are unique, and your résumé should also be. Your résumé is the first impression a potential employer will have of you, this can make or break your chances of getting the job, or evening getting to the interview stage.

With the immense demand on the job market, the abundance of applicants for each position, and technologically advancing world that we live in, your résumé may be scanned by a computer system for keywords first, and your fate may land in the hands of a machine, it if doesn’t fit the requirements it may not be seen by a human, and if it is a HR manager will spend only a few seconds looking at your résumé.

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So, let’s look at how we can improve your chances of success. Here are just a few suggestions:

1. Contact info

Make sure that your contact information is up-to-date. These days not everybody will put a full address on their résumé. I would advise against this, although very few people send documents via post anymore it is still helpful for them to have your full address for administrative purposes. Having your address to hand will make it easier for the company to generate paperwork rather than them having to follow up with you.

Also, make sure that your mobile phone number is there, no need for a home phone number as very few use them these days. Finally a professional email address. For example, john.doe@gmail.com is a good address, party_dude 7008@fsnet.com is not.

2. Headline

The headline is the opening part where you write a statement about yourself. This should highlight who you are and what you can or already have accomplished. This section is where you need to grab the readers attention, you do this by using action verbs, for example: Commissioned, executed, issued, maintained, performed, prepared, analyzed, assessed, determined, integrated, projected, researched, constructed, engineered boosted, accomplished, expanded, launched, updated, , administered,

Do not use generic terms such as I am a hard worker, I am motivated, I am dedicated and so on. This is boring and shows a lack of individualism. It still amazes me how many people put this on their résumé, being motivated and dedicated is expected in any job, so stick to your accomplishments and let yourself shine.

3. Skills

This is the part of your résumé when you can list any skills that you have but make sure they are relevant to the position you are applying. For example, if you are applying for a position in IT then being good at football is not really relevant.

Ideas for this section,

list any other languages you speak,

any awards or certificates you have been awarded.


Graphic design

SEO / Marketing


Be sure to make this section inclusive of soft skill and hard skills.

4. Experience

Here is where you need to list all your past work experience in reverse order, meaning your latest company comes first. This should comprise of the positions you held the company and the dates that you were there. You should also list your responsibilities and what you achieved. Stating what you actually did for the company is very important. How did you improve the business?

It is essential that you do not to leave any gaps in your work history, or if you do this must be explained. When using dates, Use the full month name and year, for example, January 2015.

5. Education

When you list your education put more focus on the recent and higher level achievements. For example, if you went to university you should list the degree and the year you graduated. Then you can list your high school diploma, but the primary focus should aim towards your university degree. This should always be in reverse order meaning the most recent accomplishment first.

6. Formatting

There is no set rule for the length of a resume, So focus on being concise, precise, make sure the most important and revenant information applicable to the position is within the first half of the first page.

No more than three pages in length as a general rule. It should also be easy to scan through quickly and find the relevant information. It should also have the industry-specific keywords so the application system will be able to recognize them if applicable.

To make this easier we would recommend using lists and bullet points keep the font size of the same between 10 and 12 point a stand Font should be used for example times new Roman or aerial, make sure it is consistent throughout.

7. Grammar and spelling

This one should be obvious, but some people seem to miss this. Make sure that your résumé has been proofread for spelling and grammatical mistakes. The first part of this is using the spellcheck in Microsoft Word. But this will not find everything so also ask a friend or 2 to read through it and point out anything you may have missed.

Please take this advice, do not try to proofread your own work because you may not see your own mistakes, you as the writer, have a version of your writing in your head, this competes with whats on screen, your head will win as you skim over your own work.

When writing your résumé avoid using any slang, Contractions, and use plenty of action verbs.

Final thoughts.

Keep your résumé short and to the point. Always focus on quality, not quantity. Make sure that the resume you are sending is relevant to the position you are applying. Also, make sure that it is pleasing and easy to read. Be sure to ask the opinions of friends or family before sending.

Good luck, job hunters!

Finally, if you are struggling with writing your résumé, maybe it is time to call a professional resume writer for help.

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