How To Efficiently Proofread Your Resume

All of us understand how important it is to ensure that the last draft of your resume is perfect.  You cannot afford any errors or overlook anything on your last draft...
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All of us understand how important it is to ensure that the last draft of your resume is perfect.  You cannot afford any errors or overlook anything on your last draft that is sent out. Believe it or not, it’s not unusual to find several mistakes while proofreading your resume the first time.

After you’ve reviewed the document several times it begins to blur and you may miss something obvious. Nevertheless, a single misspelled word or grammatical mistake can cost you an interview. Perfection is the ultimate goal when it comes to writing a resume. Below is a complete guide on how best to proofread your resume to perfection.

Having someone else assessing your resume and your cover letter for you is a fantastic way to make sure everything is perfect. But before you decide to do this, here is a checklist that you should follow on your own:

Proofreading Your Resume for Grammar and Spelling

The most egregious mistakes in writing a resume are probably made in those two categories. Use a dictionary or thesaurus as you write your resume. If you are unsure about how something is properly spelled, just look it up in order to prevent any spelling errors. Be cautious of tenses used on the resume. Your current experience should be in the present tense. In case you’re using a mix bullet/paragraph format then the paragraph part of your present role also needs to be in the present tense. All bullets should be in the past tense.

Make Sure That your numbers are written consistantly

Be certain you write numbers and dates in a consistent way. 

Using Punctuation in your Resume

Punctuation is still another area where most people make mistakes. All punctuation in your resume should be consistent throughout. Whether you choose to use or not to use periods at the end of the bullets is not a huge issue. The most important issue is that you keep these items consistent throughout the document. Consistency is essential. When writing quotations, the punctuation should go in the quote rather than outside.

Resume Design and Design

If you believe that the layout of your resume is not that important, you are incorrect. Do not use a very small font that people can’t read without using a magnifying glass. Try to limit your resume to one page. If you have compelling content to fill two pages then you can use two pages. There is no rule that dictates how long your resume needs to be. It must be long enough to cover your work history, but short enough to stay interesting. Don’t over use underline, bold, italics or other characteristics that will make the resume distracting. For the physical copies, you should use high quality bond or sheet paper in cream or white. The resume and cover letter must also be published on a similar paper.

A resume shows your career summed up on paper, but it’s also your ticket for an upcoming awesome opportunity. Therefore, it’s kind of a big thing. With that in mind, it’s a great idea for you to get an additional pair of eyes look over the resume in order to make sure that it’s perfect .

What should the additional pair of eyes be looking for? Definitely typos, but this is not all. Here are 3 other questions that you ought to ask your resume reviewer in order to be sure that you are receiving the best possible responses.

  1. Which Sort of Position Does This Look as I Am Applying For?

When the resume eventually gets in front of the hiring manager, you don’t want his/her first question to be,”Why exactly did the individual apply?” You might be able to tell how all of your different experiences connect in making you an ideal candidate for this job, but this is not always obvious on paper.

Having the reviewer make an attempt at guessing the sort of position that you might be going for will provide you pretty good ideas about the sort of roles that you look qualified for. If the answers that you get are off the mark, then think about tailoring your resume more to this specific position.

  1. At What Point Did You Begin Skimming?

Were you aware that recruiters don’t spend more than 6 seconds on any resume. Needless to say, when you’ve asked your friend to check over the materials, he/she will devote a bit more time. Having said that, there’ll still be a certain point once the friend will find that urge to skim.

Don’t be offended. As a matter of fact, you should be thankful. In will let you pinpoint the place where your resume stops being interesting. That’s great information to have whenever it comes to editing it. Consider rearranging the sections a bit to be engaging or be certain that your bullet points are more impressive.

  1. Do you have any Sort of Questions After Reading The Resume?

This is similar to the first question. However, rather than having to concentrate on the larger picture, here you are dealing with details. The resume usually checks several boxes off. The precise opposite of this would be creating several questions.

This does not necessarily mean it should not create any questions. They simply need to be the appropriate kind. If they’re more along the line of “Tell me,” then that’s fine. The problematic ones usually imply confusion. In case your reader can’t see what you want to say or he/she is wondering why something was mentioned, then consider it a red flag. You may want to go back and edit that part. 

The next step is to sit down and then take the time to revise the whole thing. However, in fact, the next step should be writing the thank you note to your resume-reviewing friend of yours!