Published on March 5, 2014
Checklist to Proofread Your Resume Amy L. Adler CEO
Do Not Hit “Send” • Do not hit “send” before you check and recheck your resume and cover letter or email, or you will suffer the red-faced embarrassment of regret and selfrecrimination. • Use this checklist to make sure that every element of your resume and cover letter / email is pixel-perfect: Image courtesy of Stock.xchng / blary54 http://www.fivestrengths.com
Check Your Resume Header for Inaccuracies: 1. 2. 3. 4. Your first name Your last name Your phone number Your address, city, state, and ZIP code 5. Your headline (does it match your specific job target?) 6. Your branding (does it reflect the needs of your audience?) Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
Check Your Resume Overall for: 7. Indents and alignments 8. Font sizes and typefaces 9. Widows and orphans 10. Document format (.doc? .docx? .rtf? .pdf?) 11. Misspellings 12. Extra spaces where they do not belong (that is ONE space after a period!) Image courtesy of phanlop88 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
Check Your Cover Letter Email for: 13.Correct spelling of addressee name 14.Correct email of addressee 15.Right company name 16.Proper job title 17.Correct date 18.Proper document(s) attached Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
My Super-Secret Weapon to Find Hidden Errors • Read the document backwards. • Start with the last sentence. • Read it aloud. • Check for errors. • Move on to the prior sentence. • Repeat. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
Best Editorial Tip of the Day • If there is any doubt about the veracity or level of appropriateness of your email DO NOT SEND IT. • You will regret it, particularly if what you intend to be funny becomes insulting or inappropriate to your audience.
Make Sure Every Element is Pixel-Perfect • What is your favorite tip for editing your work? • How do you monitor your urge to hit “send” before the document is 100% ready to go? • Five Strengths welcome your comments. Image courtesy of Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
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