It is amazing what a well-written and nicely
presented resume can do for your job search. Before
you send yours out, follow this checklist to ensure
you are sending out an excellent quality
representation of yourself.
1. Grammar, spelling, punctuation - Use the grammar and
spell check function, then print it out and read the
document word-for-word. Spell checker doesn’t know
that you meant "manager" when you actually typed
2. Capitalization - Use a manual such as the Gregg
Reference Manual if you do not know capitalization
3. Punctuation - Check for proper use of commas and
semi-colons. Again, if you are unsure, refer to the
Gregg Reference Manual.
4. Run-on sentences - Check to make sure you do not
have run-ons that are hard to read.
5. Consistency - You must be consistent with your
number usage (dates, money, and numbers), plurals,
and abbreviations. For example, don’t list one date
as 8/2004 and then list another date as 3/15/2004.
Also, be aware of listing software consistently
(abbreviation use). MS Word and Microsoft Outlook
are both correct, but not consistent.
6. Education section - When you have a degree, list
only the year that you obtained your degree. When
you list your dates, (i.e.: 9/1998 to 1/2002) many
resume-scanning systems will not recognize that you
obtained a degree, only that you attended college
7. Ampersands - Ampersands (&) do not belong on a
resume. There are a few exceptions. One exception is
a well-known company name (AT&T). Another exception
is well-known industry terms (P&L).
8. Hyperlinks - All e-mail and web addresses that you
list need to be deactivated in your resume. To do
this in MS Word, highlight the link, go to the
“Insert” drop down menu, scroll down to and click
“Hyperlink”, and on the lower left-had side of this
screen there should be a little button that says
“Remove link”, when you find it, give it a little
click and voila! Alternatively, you can highlight
the link, right click on it, and scroll down to
“remove link” to deactivate the link.