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Resume Writing Critique Checklist

Below is a resume critique checklist designed to help you develop a new resume or ensure that your existing resume is designed correctly — and effectively engaging the reader.


Decide on a job search objective before writing the resume.

  • Your entire resume should be structured around a clear and concise job search objective. If you attempt to write your resume before determining an objective it is very likely that your resume will likely come across as unfocused to those that read it, and it may ultimately be ineffective in getting you that sought after interview.

Remember your resume should be designed to get you an interview, not a job.

  • The purpose of a resume is to generate enough interest that a potential employer will want to interview you. Don’t use your resume to tell about every detail of your accomplishments and work history. Use your resume to highlight your most important skills and accomplishments – as they relate to the job position you want to interview for. Be clear and concise. Once you get an interview you can provide a more detailed explanation of your skills and accomplishments and land a job offer.

Your resume should be a marketing tool.

  • Use your resume to sell yourself. You’re the product and potential employers are the customers – your resume is a brochure about you. The more powerful your resume the more likely that potential employers are going to see you as an attractive job candidate. Make sure your resume includes the “features” and “benefits” that potential employers are looking for.

Use bullets.

  • In the body of the resume, use bullets to identify and list relevant information. Make sure that you write with short
    sentences, not lengthy paragraphs. No one wants to read a long story. Resumes are meant to be read quickly. Using bullets and short sentences to present
    information make it easier for potential employers to quickly scan and absorb your resume.