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Three Questions to Think About When Revising Your Resume

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Feb 26, 2016

Lots of RevisionsYour resume is the first thing that a potential employer is likely to look at. What they’re looking for is evidence that you can do the job that they’re hiring for, and no amount of great personality is going to land you the job if your resume doesn’t hit the points they’re looking for. Your resume shouldn’t just be a laundry list of your professional accomplishments that you add to every time you change jobs. Here are three questions from Forbes to ask yourself when revising your resume:

What kind of position does it look like I’m applying for? Your resume should clearly indicate to the person hiring why you would be the best fit for the job. Everything you’ve ever done does not and should not be there – your four years as leader of your dance group are unlikely to be relevant here. If possible, ask a third party to review your resume without knowing what you’re applying for, and have them guess. If they’re way off the mark, you should consider tailoring your resume to more fit the position.

Where does it get boring? It’s well known that recruiters typically spend less than 10 seconds on any given resume. Again, it can be beneficial to have a third party look at your resume. Knowing where they find the urge to skim lets you know what information might be better to leave out, or which sections might need to be rearranged or rewritten to be more engaging.

Is there anything left unclear by the end of my resume? Your resume should generate questions, but they should all be more “tell me more” rather than “please clarify.” Your reader shouldn’t be confused by anything in your resume – they should be able to understand fully what you’re trying to say, and why you’ve decided to include it in your resume.