1. Check Contact Information - first impressions count!
- Verify that your name, address, phone, email, and LinkedIn URL are correct.
- Include your name and contact information on additional pages, if applicable.
2. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread using a variety of tools.
- Use software like Grammarly and Natural Reader to check for errors.
- Grammarly will detect misused words, spacing, and punctuation.
- Natural Reader reads your text to you. It highlights your content and identifies awkward sentence structure.
- Ask a trusted friend, business associate, or a Career Professional to read your documents for clarity.
3. Target documents to the specific position.
- Identify and demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position.
4. Focus on Relevant Experiences
- Show what you have achieved in previous experiences.
- Use accomplishment statements, eg. "Implemented electronic scheduling system, reducing missed appointments by 37%."
5. Verify Dates of employment, volunteer work, and education.
- Employers check your résumé facts as part of their hiring process, be as accurate as possible.
- Use a consistent format for your dates, eg. months and years. Use numbers to reflect your dates, this provides a uniform structure.
6. Check Layout. Documents need to be easy to read.
- Ensure a balance of white space and text.
- Use section headings to separate information.
- Apply consistent font sizes for different types of text - headings and body.
- Check hyphen sizes and line spacing are uniform throughout the document.
- Unless it is a very common abbreviation, it is best to spell it out. Take your cue from the job advertisement and company website.
- For military members transitioning to civilian employment, translate military experience into civilian terms. Use sites like:
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