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How to Write an Error-Free Resume

Your resume is often your first impression on a potential employer. With some careful planning you can make sure it's a good one.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Use spell and grammar check Create your resume and use the spell and grammar check functions on your word processing program to catch any obvious typos or mistakes.
  • Step 2: Print a copy of your resume Print a copy of your resume and read it carefully. Be sure that all of your contact information and job history data is correct.
  • TIP: Take your time as you read through the resume. Don't wait until the last minute when you might be in a rush and overlook mistakes.
  • Step 3: Correct spelling and grammar mistakes Correct spelling and grammar mistakes that your computer may have missed. Read your resume in reverse to help you focus on the spelling of each word.
  • Step 4: Read your resume out loud Read your resume aloud. Be sure that your words don't sound awkward and that you are using action words and keywords throughout your resume.
  • TIP: Read the description for the job you want and be sure that your resume clearly reflects how you fit the qualifications. Use keywords from the job description in your resume.
  • Step 5: Be consistent in formatting Examine the appearance of your resume. Make sure you use uniform, corresponding fonts and sizes and that your resume is consistent. Make sure that light and dark space is balanced throughout.
  • Step 6: Have someone read your resume Have a friend or colleague read your resume to check for mistakes that you might have missed.
  • TIP: Consult your college's career services office for resume proofreading assistance. Their services are usually available for current students and alumni.
  • Step 7: Take a break and reread Take a break for several hours or a whole day if you can. Then, re-examine your resume one last time. Now you can send it to employers knowing that it is error-free and that you will make a great first impression.
  • FACT: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the average American worker will hold over 10 different jobs over their lifetime.

You Will Need

  • A computer
  • A word-processing program
  • A printer
  • Cotton paper
  • A reader
  • A job description (optional)
  • A career services office (optional)

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