A quick resume checklist
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 extremely difficult and uncomfortable to read. The chef’s last position is about a year, and having managed to decipher that much information from a jumble of indecipherable text, I am a much less motivated to read further, than I would be if I could scan the titles, employers and dates in one quick glance. I haven’t bothered to put the information in my system, because it would simply take me too long to find the information to enter.
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 entered the correct dates with months for all jobs and double checked that none overlap.
4) When you look at it at arms length, is it attractive, centered and well formatted? Does it look professional.
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 white space – either spaces between lines or indentation – 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?
6) Is it too wordy or long winded? Does it contain information which has nothing to do with the job? Can it be cut down without losing important substance?
7) Are you sure that the information is accurate and will stand up to fact checking?
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.