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					Reviewing your final resume - what to look for and who to ask for help

One of the most commonly made mistakes in resume writing that many
professionals make is not taking the time to proofread the document
before sending it to the potential employer. While writing a resume is a
time consuming process, not reviewing your final document with fresh eyes
may cause your resume to end up in a recycling bin. To assure that all
your efforts are not wasted, make sure that you take the following three
steps to assure your resume is in top shape before it reaches your
potential employer.

1.    Proofread the content for grammar and spelling mistakes. This step
is the most critical in the resume review process. It is often hard to
catch composition errors after you send hours writing and re-writing all
parts of your resume. There are two ways to catch these errors: ask
someone else to proof your resume, or give yourself time between writing
and reviewing your resume. If you ask a friend or a family member for
help, make sure that their strengths include spelling and grammar; they
should be able to edit your resume for content and consistency in style.
Asking others to review your resume, however, should be done with
parameters. For example, let your friend know what you are struggling
with, so that they can help you address those concerns. Because personal
preferences can come into play when you are discussing resumes, make sure
that the changes you make are the kind you are comfortable with in terms
of content. Another step in proofreading, which should be thought of as a
must, is stepping away from your resume for a day or two, and coming back
to it for a final review. This gives you some space from the content, and
will allow you to review for grammar and spelling errors with fresh eyes.
2.    Print our and email your resume so that you know what your
potential employer will receive after you submit your resume. Make sure
to print your resume from the file that you are emailing to your
employer. Make sure that the margins are set properly and are not cutting
off any content. Look for spaces, and adjust the text in case of any
large gaps on the paper. E-mail your resume to a number of your friends;
have them open the file and let you know how it appears on their screen,
as well as how it prints out. Addressing any formatting issues before
your resume reaches the employer is ideal, so doing a couple of test runs
will only assist in developing a winning final resume.
3.    Compare your resume to the job requirements, and make sure that all
requirements are addressed in either your resume or your cover letter.
Essentially, review what the employer is looking for and make sure that
your resume addresses all of their needs. When your potential employer
receives your resume, they will look for key terms from their job
description in order to match your qualifications to their available
position. If possible, use some of the same terminology on your resume as
the employer used on the job description. This will let the employer know
that you are in synch with their needs, and make them more interested in
you as the ideal candidate for the job. Ask one of your friends to review
the job description and your resume as well, and give you their
impression on how well the two match.

Poorly written or formatted resumes let your employer know that you don’t
pay any attention to detail. Taking the extra time to do a final review
of your resume is the key to getting employer’s attention and getting the
job you always wanted.

Description: Resumes tips