When you apply for a job online, you often send your resume as an email attachment; you never see or speak to the person on the other end of the computer. Unfortunately, that person on the other end of the computer has no idea who you are, other that what your resume says and the impression it creates. That is why your resume must do the talking for you. Your resume must show that you are qualified for the job, are more than the perfect candidate, and that you are professional. When it comes to reviewing or proofreading your resume, how can you go about doing so?
Print Your Resume: Of course you want to have printed copies of you resume on hand in your vehicle. After all, you never know when you may come across a job opportunity. But what you want to do right now is print your resume to proofread and examine. For most individuals, it is much easier to review and proofread a resume when it is a printed document right in front of them, as opposed to a Word documents on the computer. Moreover, you can make notes.
Look at Your Past Employment: Right now what you want to focus on is the dates; ensure everything is accurate and up-to-date. If there are any large gaps in your employment, work on ways to fill them in. While you don’t want to lie and say you were employed when you weren’t, don’t be afraid to write your paid freelance writing projects, or later include any volunteer positions you held during that time. Employers notice gaps on your resume.
Focus on Your Job Duties and Skills: When it comes to jobs, it is hard to put all the tasks we do into print. After all that list could easily be a page long! You never want to cut out important skills just to save room. What you can do is grab a scrap piece of a paper and focus on one of your prior jobs. On that scrap piece of a paper, write down every task you can remember doing. Then, compare that to the skills and job duties outlined on your resume. Did you forget anything important? Now is the time to add it in.
Get Rid of Any Fluff: We all view resume fluff differently. As previously stated, volunteer work can be used to explain a gap in employment. You should also include any relevant training classes, such as a typing course, you took over the last three to five years. What you want to refrain from doing is going back too far. If you are a 40-year old man or women, state the high school and college you got your degree from, but don’t waste your time going into detail about your sports and other extra curricular activities because it was over 20 years ago!
Proofread Looking for Errors: Finally, it is time to officially proofread your resume. Your goal here is to look for any spelling or grammar errors. You want to be careful if you used a free resume template online. Sometimes when these templates are pasted into Microsoft Word the spell check is disabled. That is why you want to rely on more than those little red lines that alert you to a misspelled word. For extra protection, you may want to have a friend or family member proofread your resume for you.
By implementing these above mentioned tips, you should now have a resume that showcases your professionalism, your job skills, and the fact that you are the perfect candidate for the job. If you haven’t already started, now is the time to do your job search. You can get started with the traditional job search websites or use a job finding program that searches them all for you at once. Good luck!
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