What’s Wrong with My Resume? A Useful Checklist to Proofread Your Resume
You've already sent your resume a hundred times, but your job searching efforts are still fruitless. I think I have the right qualifications and enough experience to get the job, but why is my application still unanswered? There must be something wrong with your resume.
Realizing the fact that something must be changed in your resume is one great leap to redefine your job qualifications and objectives for employment. Use this simple checklist to proofread your resume and get hired in your dream job.
Mistake No. 1: Spelling
Spelling errors are very common in writing resumes. To correct this, don’t use unfamiliar words, or better yet, keep a dictionary at hand when you write your resume. Use the spell-checker but it would be helpful, too, if you read every word carefully. There are times that a spell check won’t be able to detect spelling errors, e.g. if you type “from” instead of “form”.
Mistake No. 2: Punctuation
Be consistent when using punctuation marks. If you use period at full sentences in a bullet-type list, make sure the whole list is punctuated accordingly. Exclamation points are also not suitable to use when writing resumes, so avoid using them whenever applicable.
Mistake No. 3: Grammar
Use the appropriate tense when writing your resume and ensure consistency. Specific tasks that are presently being performed should be in present tense (e.g., make engineering drawings), but previous duties that are included in past employments should be expressed in past tense (e.g., made engineering drawings). Check also for correct capitalization and stick with one date format only (e.g., if you use 12/25/2008, be consistent with it).
Mistake No. 4: Design
The whole resume look has also a great impact to the one reading it. Keep it brief and don’t overcrowd it with unnecessary information. Keep it to one page if applicable. Use fonts that are easy to read such as Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, and Times New Roman. Do not use ‘justify’ in aligning the text of your resume. Contact details should be complete and accurate, and are usually indicated at the top of the page.
Mistake No. 5: Other Potential Errors
Check these minor errors that we usually commit, but have great impact on your resume and eventually on the chances of you getting hired.
- Make sure all dates of previous employment are accurate.
- Keep your contact details – phone numbers, email address, etc – current and correct.
- Don’t include salary history, as this might implicate a negative connotation on your application to the job vacancy.
- Don’t include age, sex, race, marital status and other personal information.
Note that your resume should highlight your job qualifications and relative industry experience and not your personal information. Information on salaries is a sensitive matter to discuss in your resume and should be handled accordingly.
After reading this checklist, evaluate your own resume for errors and proofread it, to bring out the best in your job application.