A spellchecker should not be the only tool you should use in ensuring your resume is completely error free, making it the best resume ever. A simple spelling error can turn your masterpiece into – well, a monster piece. A wrongly placed digit in your phone number can turn a great opportunity into a sour one. Proofreading your resume draft should be thoroughly done like your life and future depends on it – because it does.
Here are some tips you must remember in full-proofing your ‘best resume ever’:
- What is your resume’s purpose? To get you that most coveted job interview – which may eventually lead you to land your dream job. With this in mind, start jotting down the most relevant and marketable information you have both in your academic and/or career history and plan a layout that is easy to read. Write a resume draft. Plan your resume structure using a general resume template. You may use examples of good resume which can be found on the net.
Do not include details which may not be pertinent to your application.
Read the cases below and learn from them:
Resume draft number 1
Joe Black has just recently graduated from college. He decided to place his general average in the Education portion of his resume – his general average reads 80%.
Honestly, there is nothing wrong placing his 80% general average on his resume BUT he should be reminded that in making a resume, it is almost like putting your best foot forward ALL the time – and there is really nothing extraordinary about a general average of 80%.
Resume draft number 2
Joe Smith decides to make a career change – from an IT-rich career history, he wishes to make a big leap to the culinary field.
He writes a resume draft and bombards it with the details of his IT role/s. Would you think an HR Manager would take him seriously in his wish to make a career change?
It is okay to list your IT-related positions and your duties in your resume – just remember not to overdo it. Make sure the skills that you emphasize will somehow relate to that of the skills needed for somebody in the culinary field. If you have never done any culinary jobs before and you are just about to make that big leap, highlight the things you have learned in your culinary course and the skills you possess that would make you the ‘next big thing’ in the Culinary Industry.
Resume draft number 3
Jane Doe is a sweet and well-travelled individual who decided to write down her resume draft and then decides to have it rewritten by a resume maker professional. Upon seeing the result, she decided to maintain her original resume draft. Why? She believes she is not as good as the resume written by the professional describes her to be.
Jane says she would like to remain modest in her skills as she is not that confident in her skills so she figured there is no reason why she has to ‘overrate’ herself and her skills. Well, Jane may have forgotten the main purpose of her resume – to sell her and to eventually get her dream job. Why write a resume anyway if you would not want to sell yourself?
- The bullets. Using a sea of bullets in your resume draft will not only drown your most valuable contribution but may very well drown your application as well. Remember to use the bullets if you only wish to hit the bull’s eye – meaning only use your bullets to showcase your most compelling achievements. Let’s say you have an ocean of achievement but choose the unique ones – preferably those related to the job you are applying for. This will also help make your resume draft look easier to read and not too busy with all the bullets around.
- Eliminate redundancies and inconsistencies. My mentor once told me not to reiterate a skill for a single role just to beef up a resume. A spellchecker cannot help you in this regard so you will have to check things yourself – things like dates, contact numbers, formats, font style, indents and bullets, and alignments are stuff that will need both keen eyes to details and patience.
When you are writing your resume, think of it this way – it is like writing a document to impress your boss. Formulate it with love. Create it with passion. Tell it like there is no tomorrow –well surely if you have written it with heart, you certainly will have a tomorrow.
So start now and write your resume with heart – like I do.Or you may simply pass it on to a Professional resume creator