Is your resume actually doing its job? Use these resume editing tips and questions to find out.
After proofreading the overall file, it is time to edit your resume in more detail. Determining how to edit a resume’s individual sections for the best results requires an understanding of the purpose behind each section.
Use the resume editing tips and questions below to examine how well your document does its job. Take your time and refer back to your resume editing checklist (you can download the printable version above) to make sure your resume leverages each section for your benefit.
As the introduction and title to your resume, your header and summary sections should highlight who you are and what position you are applying to. Your contact information should consist of one mailing address, one phone number, and one email address. If you have an online professional portfolio, the hyperlink should be included along with your contact information.
A list of core competencies should be placed directly under your summary. Make sure it is formatted for a hiring manager to skim (and judge whether to keep reading), not just to get past the ATS. You might also include a line or two for computer skills directly under core competencies.
Your list of skills should have…
Previous jobs should be…
Some sections of a resume are more or less useful depending on your industry and current professional level (entry, mid-level, or executive). Check that you have met the following recommendations for each of the sections you opt to include in your resume.
Publications: titles hyperlinked where possible
While it may be a great resource, even a specific resume editing checklist can’t address every mistake job seekers make on their resumes. This tool will help you edit your resume based on a section-focused strategy. But don’t stop here! Make sure to check out some more general editing tips as well.
Resume editing is a long process that requires patience and focus. But with this checklist beside you, you can easily create a polished document that will land you an interview!