Resume writing is tricky and evaluating your own resume to represent yourself the best way possible is even trickier. Part 1 of this series included tools and tips on how to write your resume. Next, is evaluating the resume and making sure it is presenting your skills in the best light possible. You know what you want to say and what your background includes but the question is, “Are you portraying this information clearly to an employer?” Below are the steps and questions that should be asked.
1. Evaluate the Content:
• Does the resume represent your strengths?
• Does the order of your resume make sense?
• Have you quantified or added accomplishments to give the reader a better sense of your work ethic and responsibilities?
• Does the information feel complete and present a clear idea of what you have to offer?
2. Use Action Verbs:
• Have quality action verbs or power words been used?
• Are all the action words different to show as many skills as possible?
3. Is Your Resume Focused?
• Is the resume targeted towards a particular position?
• Is there information redundant, out of place, or irrelevant?
• Is there unnecessary detailed information?
• Are the headings that you have used appropriate?
4. Does the Format Highlight Your Strengths?
• Did you choose the right format for the skills you want to illustrate?
5. Where Are There Gaps In My Resume?
• If a job description is available, compare the requirements and duties to what you have highlighted in your resume.
• What is missing?
• Never assume that the reader will just know what you are trying to say
6. Length of Resume:
• Is your resume too long? Too short?
• Can some things be eliminated or added?
Last, always having someone else look over your resume. The amount of time you spend writing and reading your resume will make it difficult to analyze the information objectively. Additionally, you can look at your resume several times but it is still not easy to pick up grammatical or spelling errors. Having another person and a fresh set of eyes read your resume will be helpful. Printing out your resume and see if everything is lined up correctly is also recommended. If you are e mailing your resume, make sure that you have the resume attached to the e mail before sending it (it happens more than you think!). Always send it as an attachment. Do not copy and paste it into the body of an e mail. These few tips will assist in creating a resume that is efficient and professional. Make sure the next time you are applying for a position that you take these questions and steps into consideration. It may lead you to landing the job of your dreams!