It goes without saying that you should always check your resume for typos – spelling errors, grammar mistakes, punctuation, etc. The last thing you want is to miss out on your dream job because you misspelled “Balsamiq”, or some other software.
We gathered three questions that you should ask yourself when proofreading your resume. This will help you think more like a hiring manager and less like a job candidate.
So after you fix all of those simple resume typos, ask yourself these questions:
What position am I applying for and does my resume convey that?
Sure you have loads of experience and you know that all of those amazing skills will make you the perfect person for this job, but will the person reading your resume see that? Show just how perfect you are for this position by tailoring your resume for it. We know this requires more work – and lots more copies of your resume on your computer – but you’re applying for a job, put some effort into it.
Where is the skimming point?
Try not to take offense, but at some point the hiring manager will stop reading and start skimming your resume. It’s nothing personal, they have many resumes to go through and they’ll likely spend about 6-10 seconds on each one. Try to find the point where they may start to skim and rearrange some things, putting the best stuff on the first half (above the fold for you website pros).
If you were sitting in front of the person reading your resume, would they have any additional questions for you? Obviously they’d want you to elaborate, but will they be confused by anything? Try to anticipate what it is and how you can answer it.
It’s always best to have a friend, a colleague, or even your mom look over your resume and give you their opinion (warning: mom may be biased). A professional staffing agency is always a great resource for resume help and to help you find that dream job.