Five Simple Questions to Ask Yourself When Editing Your Resume

resume editingYour resume is drafted, so it’s time to send it out, right? Wrong! A resume is a living document that can constantly be improved. So pump the breaks, because you need to begin the editing process! Not only should you be looking for grammar and spelling errors, you should also be asking yourself questions to make sure your resume is the perfect representation of your professional life. Keep these five questions in mind: 

“What are My Biggest Accomplishments?” 

Square one: what are your biggest accomplishments? Did you win a coveted accolade? Did you work on a very successful initiative? Make sure all of these “brag moments” are included on your resume. After all, your end goal with this document is to impress. 

“Can I Add in Figures?”

Numbers speak volumes! It’s one thing to say you came in under budget for an event you were planning. It’s a whole other thing to say you came in 20 percent under budget for an event you were planning! Including figures paints a more accurate picture of your skills and capabilities. 

“Does it Speak to the Opportunity?” 

You should always edit your resume to fit the opportunity! The most effective resumes are tailored to speak to the specific skillsets you have that are needed for the specific opportunity. Generic resumes tend to be forgotten.

“Can I Delete Anything?” 

Yes, you want to add everything you can about yourself as a candidate, but sometimes the best thing you can do is hit “Backspace.” Outdated (10+ years old) and irrelevant information should not take up any of your limited resume space.

“Does it Make Me Stand Out?”

Everybody’s professional experience is unique, so you want to make sure your resume conveys yours. On top of that, you want to make sure you include a little personality, as well. With the job market still so competitive, standing out to hiring managers is a must.

Writing your resume is only the beginning; editing is the most important step. Keep these questions in mind, and you can be sure that you’re making the most out of this essential process.

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