Resume Checklist - 10 Things Your Resume Needs

  1. Ensure your resume can pass the “5-second rule". (Also referred to as the “15-second rule” or the “6-second rule” or another time period). You have a limited amount of time to catch the attention of a human resume reader, whether that’s a Hiring Manager or Recruiter.

  2. Be clear. Make sure the Hiring Manager doesn’t have to figure out what job you’re applying for. Customize your resume for the specific job posting you’re pursuing.

  3. Write either a compelling Summary statement or create a Headine. It must clearly communicate what you bring to the table. This brief introduction at the beginning of your resume should provide a snapshot of your skills, experience, and aspirations, giving the reader a quick understanding of your professional identity.

  4. You should include accomplishments. The accomplishments should back up your work experience to showcase the value you have to offer to your next employer if you’re hired.

  5. The resume should function for both human and computer readers. It must include the right information to be found in a search of resumes in the ATS and be easy to read by the human reader as well.

  6. Formatting is important. The resume should be visually appealing, with reasonable margins. White space should be used strategically. The format should be compatible with generally accepted principles of working with applicant tracking systems.

  7. Choose the right font. Pick a font that is easy to read and choose a size that is reasonable for readability.

  8. Make sure your resume flows. Use section headings to organize information. Don't include long paragraphs. Break up text with bullets. Edit your resume ruthlessly to improve flow.

  9. A good resume is error-free. Your resume needs to be absolutely free of errors — spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and syntax. Proofread your documents carefully.

  10. Aim to stand out. To get a chance to interview, your resume must stand out. Ensure that your resume showcases WHY you are uniquely qualified for the role you’re pursuing.

About the Author

Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.

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