Resume Checklist

You know the difference you made for your employer. But now you need to put that on your resume.
How do you create a resume that a recruiter can understand?
How do you translate your complex role to an outsider?

Career Readiness Resources

1. How long should my resume be?
Your resume is a career marketing tool, not a catalog. Keep your resume concise and focused on your key selling points. Let go of past experiences that don't market you for your current goal. You should also leave something to talk about in the interview.

Ensure that your strongest selling points are immediately visible to make the first cut. It's common for employers or recruiters to sort through hundreds of resumes to fill one position. Hiring managers often give resumes just a cursory glance before deciding if the applicant deserves to be added to the possible candidate`s list.

2. Skills Summary 
Your Summary tells a story about what you bring to the table as a professional.
The skills that should be highlighted and how many of them to focus on, all of this depends on the jobs you're applying to, the companies, and other variables.
Does it include buzz words?

3. Individual Job Descriptions

  • Present your recent job roles honestly and accurately. 
  • Use descriptions to tie together job titles and work accomplishments.
  • Match your accomplishments to your job titles.
  • Include major projects you contributed to, your core responsibilities and key accomplishments.
  • You would want to show how you used to skill and achieved something significant by applying that skill.
  • Highlight your accomplishments and responsibilities visibly.

4. Resume Format:

  • Is your resume readable and easy to fallow? 
  • Avoid long paragraphs and blocks of text.
  • Have font sizes consistent throughout.

5. Education

  • Include all relevant education, certifications, and additional training.
  • In addition to above put any advanced degrees and certifications at the top of your resume.

6. Address Any Employment Gaps Clearly
Proactively address your employment gap on your resume.

7. Relevant Non-Work Differentiators

  • Information on your involvement in any community or volunteer for a nonprofit.
  • Include any articles/publications you’ve written, training you’ve produced, conferences you’ve attended.

8. Include URL
any additional profiles or websites you want to draw people to, such as your LinkedIn profile, YouTube channel, author profile, personal website, etc.

9. Resumes
should be customized for each role you’re applying for.

10.  Review
Check for any spelling mistakes. Have you asked a trusted friend or a Recruiter for feedback on your resume? Get recommendations they have on content, formatting, and prioritization.

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