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Resume Checklist & Evaluation

 

Resume Checklist

The following checklist is designed to assist you in ensuring that your resume includes the types of information that will best market your skills, knowledge, and experiences to an employer.

Job Objective

  • Job objective targeted toward specific position or career field
  • Absence of personal pronouns

Education

  • Full name of college or university
  • City and state where institution is located
  • Degree pursued or obtained
  • Complete title(s) of major(s), minor(s), concentration(s), or certificate(s)
  • Month and year of graduation
  • GPA and scale used at institution
  • Academic honors
  • Institution entries listed in reverse chronological order

Experience

  • Full name of organization
  • City and state where organization is located
  • Starting and ending months and years of service
  • Title of position
  • Specific organizational department
  • Particular responsibilities
  • Specific accomplishments
  • Required or developed transferable skills and specialized knowledge.
  • Short descriptive phrases that begin with action verbs when describing entries
  • Absence of personal pronouns
  • Qualified or quantified entries
  • Appropriate tense
  • Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
  • Absence of personal information
  • Dated entries listed in reverse chronological order

College Activities

  • Full name of organization
  • Title of position
  • Starting and ending months and years of service
  • Particular responsibilities
  • Specific accomplishments
  • Required or developed transferable skills and specialized knowledge
  • Short descriptive phrases that begin with action verbs when describing entries
  • Absence of personal pronouns
  • Qualified or quantified entries
  • Appropriate tense
  • Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
  • Dated entries listed in reverse chronological order

Specialized Categories

  • Relevant courses
  • Special projects
  • Honors or awards
  • Military experience
  • International experience
  • Computer experience
  • Short descriptive phrases that begin with action verbs when describing entries
  • Absence of personal pronouns
  • Qualified or quantified entries
  • Appropriate tense
  • Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
  • Category labeled according to corresponding entries

References and Letters of Recommendation

  • Reference notation on resume
  • Reference page with three to five references

Miscellaneous

  • Resume confined to one page
  • Categories arranged with relevant information first
  • Professional and easily read font
  • Bold, italicized, underlined, or capitalized words or phrases to guide reader
  • Absence of misspelled words or typographical errors
  • Laser printed on high-quality bond paper