Oct 142012

I just received a resume I can hardly read. Written in all uppercase Copperplate Gothic Bold (the script of 80’s western themed menus) with no indentations, it is painful to read. Since he’s been at his current job for less than a year, I am also not motivated to look further, which I probably would, if it were easier.

Despite the massive amount of resume information on this site, perhaps a simple check list is in order.

When you finish your resume and have slept on it, run through these points before you send.

1) Did you remember to include all of your contact information including your email address.?Have you provided substantial information about you r places of employment including size, kind of food, numbers and responsibilities?

2) Have you proofread and spell checked the resume and handed it over to someone else to proofread?

3) Have you included the correct dates for all jobs including the months?

4) When you look at it at arms length, is it attractive, centered and well formatted?

5) Have you made it easy for a potential employer to read?

  • Are employer, date and title descriptions highlighted or made easy to distinguish from the rest of the information? (can it be scanned in a few seconds?)
  • Have you used space – either spaces between lines or indents – to set the descriptive part of the job entry apart from the title portion?
  • Is the font large enough and clear enough for the reader to take in easily?
  • Does it look professional?

6) Is it too wordy or long winded? Does it contain information which has nothing to do with the job? Can it be cut?
7) Did your spell checker (or your girlfriend) incorrectly edit any of your technical terms (Sioux Chef, Garden Manager)?

That’s it. The Easy Peasy Resume Guide should get you through the rest, and the Resume Philosophy guide is available, if you want to go all out.

Here’s wishing you good and easy resume writing.