Resume Checklist: When is Your Resume Complete?
Recruiters spend a few seconds on a resume before deciding to consider it further or not. This means your resume must grab the attention of employers at first glance; otherwise, your applications will never go past the first review stage.
So how do you grab the recruiter’s attention at first glance? It is effortless; just make sure your resume is complete. How? Use this resume checklist to make sure your resume is complete:
- Is your resume inviting to read, with clear sections, sufficient white space, and a professional look?
- Does your resume look original?
- Is your resume of the right length? Always try your best to stick to a one or two-page resume unless you have significant previous experience.
- Is your career summary included? Including this section lets recruiters immediately know your value proposition.
- Is the font appropriate? Always use fonts suggested by recruiters. If there is no mention of fonts to use, always use resume fonts.
- Does your resume provide a visually appealing presentation?
- Are margins even on all sides?
- Have you maintained a good balance between text and white space?
- Have you used design elements such as lines, bolding, and bullets to guide readers’ eyes through your resume?
- Have you used the design elements consistently throughout your resume?
- A resume has different sections which are very crucial:
- Are all resume sections clearly labeled and placed in the best order to highlight your strongest credentials?
- Is your education and work history listed in reverse chronological order? You don’t have to list all your education history. Your most recent education history matters a lot.
- Is your resume tailored for the job you are applying for?
- If shifting from one career to another, does your resume include supporting details that show how your previous experience is relevant to the new role?
- Have you listed your most relevant accomplishments? Always list accomplishments relevant to the role you are applying for.
- Are those accomplishments quantifiable by using percentages, numbers, and other actual measures of success?
- Are your accomplishments separated from your responsibilities?
- Are your accomplishment statements beginning with strong, varied action verbs?
- Is the information you have included relevant to the recruiters?
- Is that information supporting your career summary?
- Have you included relevant keywords and industry acronyms?
- Have you included additional information (awards and affiliations) relevant to the role you are applying for?
- Have you removed any personal or discriminatory data?
- Have you omitted personal pronouns like “I,” “my,” and “me”?
- Is your content flow logical and easy to understand?
- Did you double-check your resume for grammar and spelling errors? You can use tools like Grammarly to improve your resume.
- Have you listed additional information (licenses, certifications, and awards) relevant to the role you are applying for?
- Is your work saved in the right format?
Have you listed your contact information? Adding your contact information makes it easier for recruiters to contact you.
Remember to add a decent email, and your country code is if your potential boss is located in a different area.
It is never an easy task to prepare a professional resume. Luckily, when you know what to include, your work becomes easier.
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