Resume Checklist

Here is a list of items you must think about while writing your resume.

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1. Contact

1.1. name

1.1.1. official

1.1.2. name you go by, if different

1.2. address

1.2.1. full postal

1.2.2. city and state at least

1.2.3. school year vs summer vacation

1.3. email

1.3.1. professional

1.3.2. school / university / college

1.4. phone number

1.5. linkedin url

1.5.1. custom

1.6. twitter handle

1.6.1. relevant / professional tweets

1.7. website

1.7.1. personal

1.7.2. portfoliio

1.8. availability, if relevant

2. Summary of Qualifications

2.1. 3 things that make you a superstar

2.2. top 1/3 of the resume

2.3. hit the career highlights

2.4. reader should sense your reputation + attributes

3. Additional Information

3.1. social activities / interests

3.2. volunteer / charity

3.3. languages

3.4. sports

3.5. workshops

3.6. seminars

4. Experience

4.1. employer name

4.2. employer city

4.3. employment date

4.4. position

4.5. bulleted list of "accomplishments"

4.5.1. dry "duties" list

4.5.2. begin with an action verb

4.6. keyword rich

4.6.1. use specific skills from job description

5. Education

5.1. institution

5.2. degree / diploma

5.3. years attended

5.4. major, minor

5.5. gpa / grade

5.6. medals / honors

5.7. clubs

5.8. certifications

5.9. licenses

6. Skills

6.1. specific

6.2. current

6.3. relevant

6.4. grouped under proper headings

6.4.1. analytical

6.4.2. computer

6.4.3. communication

6.4.4. client / customer service

6.4.5. research

7. Projects

7.1. topic

7.1.1. for course?

7.1.2. for work?

7.1.3. personal?

7.2. describe + elaborate

7.2.1. goals

7.2.2. method (maybe)

7.2.3. end result

7.3. date / duration

8. Overall

8.1. 1 page

8.1.1. 1 page = 10 yrs experience

8.1.2. highlight achievements

8.1.2.1. dry "duties" list

8.1.3. resume = marketing doc

8.1.3.1. outright lies

8.1.4. trailor / teaser

8.1.4.1. entire life story

8.2. uncluttered

8.2.1. white space

8.2.2. proper margins

8.2.3. line spacing

8.2.4. read and reread

8.2.4.1. no unnecessary words

8.2.4.2. no extra bullet points

8.2.5. font

8.2.5.1. readable

8.2.5.2. not too small

8.3. no spelling or grammar mistakes

8.4. no cliches / jargons

8.5. makes chronological sense

8.6. scannable in 30 seconds?

8.7. career breaks explained?