How to Proofread Your Resume

You worked hard to create your resume, so now you’re ready to send it off and hope for the best.  Hold on!  Before you hit the send button, you need to make sure that it’s perfect and that a silly little error is not going to cost you the job. Here’s a checklist to help you with your proofreading:

Spelling.  Make sure that you spell check your resume, but don’t stop there.  Spell check doesn’t catch everything so you also need to go through and double check any questionable words.  After that, get someone else to look over your resume for you.  Everyone needs an extra set of eyes.

Grammar.  Read it out loud and listen to how it sounds.  Often if there is a problem with your grammar, it won’t sound right.  In particular, watch your verb tenses.  For example, use past tense for jobs that you aren’t doing anymore and present tense for current positions.  Also make sure that your punctuation is consistent, end each sentence with a period, and avoid the use of exclamation points.

Updates.  Is your resume up to date?  Have you listed all of your experiences?  Have you updated your employment dates?   Have you noted any recent graduations or certifications?  Is your email address and phone number current?

Formatting.  Is the formatting consistent?  Have you used the same font throughout your resume?  Did you format all of the titles and subtitles in the same way?  Did you use spacing properly and consistently?  Is your resume pleasing to the eye?

Customizing.  Have you customized your resume for this particular position?  Go through it and make sure that there is nothing left over from when you last customized it.  There is nothing worse than having the wrong job title or company name in the objective of your resume.

Proofreading may not seem like a big deal, but it is important.  Most employers will discard your application if you submit a resume with errors on it because they will believe that you are sloppy, unmotivated and not worth their time.  When you make the extra effort to proofread, you let the employer judge you based on your skills and experience and not your spelling mistakes.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: Digital Art/


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