You have worked on your resume, and you think it’s ready to submit, but you aren’t quite sure. Here is a quick checklist to help you determine if your resume is ready to submit to employers:
- Do you have your name, phone number, address, and email address listed at the top of your resume?
- Is your contact information up to date?
- Is your contact information professional, such as your email address and voicemail message?
- Do you regularly check the email address you have listed?
- Is your mailing address the one you will be living at when you expect to hear back from the job?
- Do you have your degrees listed in reverse chronological order, or the most recent first?
- Have you listed all degrees after high school?
- Do you have the name, city and state of each school listed?
- Do you have a graduation date or expected graduation date listed?
- Did you list your degree type and major?
- Did you spell out your degree, rather than abbreviate?
- Did you include other relevant information, such as GPA or class experience if trying to supplement work experience?
- Did you list any major degree requirements, such as theses or dissertation including title and a brief description of the subject?
- Have you listed all relevant jobs and positions in reverse chronological order for chronological resumes, or in order of emphasis for a functional resume?
- Did you include the name of your position, the company you worked for, and the dates of your employment?
- Did you include a short explanation of achievements or duties in each position?
- Are your achievements and duties specific and measureable where possible?
- Do you have no more than three bullets about each position?
- Will your explanations make sense to hiring managers and human resources even without industry knowledge?
- If listing non-traditional work like freelancing, have you listed several major projects, the dates completed, and what the projects entailed?
- Have you properly formatted temporary jobs by adding the name of the temp agency?
- Are all listed skills relevant to your desired position?
- Have you included all your skills, such as software and language proficiency?
- Have you correctly represented your skill level with phrases like proficient, expert, fluent, conversational, etc.?
- Are dates and organizations listed with awards and honors?
- Are awards and honors explained if they are not commonly used terms, like “Dean’s List”?
- Are descriptions of activities and honors short and easy to understand?
- If you are including an objective, is it narrow enough to focus on your goals, but not so narrow that it limits your options?
- Does your objective fit the desired job?
- Does your objective state your career goals?
- Have you used strong action verbs throughout your resume, rather than verbs like “is, be, has, am, etc.?
- Are your tense and tone consistent throughout?
- Is your format consistent through out, such as indentions, use of month and year in date, etc.?
- Is your resume easy to read?
- Have you used traditional fonts like Times New Roman or Arial?
- Is your font no smaller than size 10?
- Is your information organized into coherent sections?
- If your resume goes over a page, is all the experience necessary?
- Can you reduce the page length by adjusting the formatting within professional guidelines?
- If you go over one page, do you have at least half a page of information on the second?
- Is everything listed accurate?
- Is everything listed relevant to the desired job?
- Have you targeted your resume to the specific job desired?
- Have you included industry and company specific keywords?
- Are all sentences clear and grammatically correct?
- Have you proofread your resume?
The Most Important Question
- Will your resume generate enough interest to get you an interview?
Author: Peggy Carouthers
In a previous life Peggy worked as a human resources and hiring manager for a major national retail chain. Her expertise is in job hunting, hiring, and HR. These days Peggy works as a writer, crafting content for a range of publications.