You know that you should edit your resume before you send it off in the world, making sure it’s error-free.
But to make sure that resume is in the best possible shape? You should really take the editing process a few steps further.
Below is a five-step editing plan that will take your resume from good to full-blown awesome (and—of course—eliminate the typos, too).
Step 1: Consider the Big Picture
Ignore typos or formatting issues, and think about the overall message your resume is sending.
Step 2: Scrutinize the Bullets and Details
Walk through your resume again. Your job at this point is to look at every section, every sentence, and every word, and determine if there’s a better way to get your point across.
Step 3: Fact Check
Take a closer look and see if the “facts” in the resume need a second look. For example, recently realized that a resume said “3 million” on a figure that most certainly should have been 1 million.
Step 4: Proofread
You can work intently on a document for three hours and somehow not notice that you’ve used “their” instead of “there” or mistaken “bran” for “brand.” So, proofreading one last time is a step you can’t skip.
Step 5: Make Sure it Looks Nice
While you don’t have to send your resume off to a graphic designer, do keep in mind that presentation is important, and that a few adjustments to your text can make a big difference in how it looks. Give it a final once-over with a designer’s eye.
As a final note, I recommend editing your resume again and again—adding in your new accomplishments, shifting the way you talk about an experience based on something you’ve seen someone else do, and making sure there’s nothing you’ve missed.
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