Why is a resume so important?
The average employer spends only 30 seconds looking at a resume. Often it is the first contact you have with a potential employer. In this increasingly competitive job market, you must have an expertly crafted resume in order to stand out among the hundreds of job seekers applying for the same position. The purpose of your resume is to make a flawless compelling impression in the blink of an eye. A good first impression will result in more interviews! Is your resume ready to make the cut?
|1. Is your contact information at the top of the page (name, address, phone #, e-mail)?|
|2. Are your school, degree, major(s), minor(s), discipline(s) and graduation date (month and year) included under your education? Have you included your G.P.A. (if it is 3.0 or higher)?|
|3. Have you checked for typographical errors including spelling, punctuation, and word usage? In addition to using spell-check, have you carefully inspected the entire document?|
|4. For each experience listed, have you included a job title, company/organization name, dates of employment, and location (city/state)?|
|5. Did you use sentence fragment skill statements beginning with action verbs to describe job functions?|
|6. Are all four of your margins set between .5" and 1"?|
|7. Is your font size between 10 and 12 point?|
|8. Have you visually emphasized headings, job titles, and organization/company names by utilizing bold, underline, and italics?|
|9. Have you included specific results and quantifiable accomplishments (e.g. results that show increases in profits, percentages of growth, response rates, etc.) in your job descriptions wherever possible?|
|10. Did you include all of your relevant experiences (part-time jobs, volunteer work, employment in family business, internships, etc.) regardless of whether you were paid?|
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