Checklist to Proofread Your Resume

Checklist to Proofread Your Resume

If we all look deep inside ourselves, I think we will all agree . . . that we do not spell well / make grammatical errors / occasionally post something stupid in social media / wish we could retract that email. It happens. I know. However, in our busy lives, often we just want to get that message out there. If you are a job seeker, you need your message out there more than ever–just do not hit “send” before you check and recheck your resume and cover letter or email, or you will suffer the red-faced embarrassment of regret and self-recrimination.

Here is a checklist you can use to make sure that every element of your resume and cover letter / email is pixel-perfect:

Check your resume header for inaccuracies:

Don't hit "send" on that resume until you're 100% sure it's perfect.

Don’t hit “send” on that resume until you’re 100% sure it’s perfect.

1. Your first name
2. Your last name
3. Your phone number
4. Your address, city, state, and ZIP code
5. Your headline (does it match your specific job target?)
6. Your branding (does it reflect the needs of your audience?)

Check your resume overall for:

7. Indents and alignments
8. Font sizes and typefaces
9. Widows and orphans
10. Document format (.doc? .docx? .rtf? .pdf?)
11. Misspellings
12. Extra spaces where they do not belong (that is ONE space after a period!)

Check your cover letter email for:

13. Correct spelling of addressee name
14. Correct email of addressee
15. Right company name
16. Proper job title
17. Correct date
18. Proper document(s) attached

Once you have checked every element of your resume and cover letter, check them again with my super-secret weapon that helps you find your hidden errors, even when you have read your resume 18 times (once for each of the above tips) or more:

* Read the document backwards.
* Start with the last sentence.
* Read it aloud.
* Check for errors.
* Move on to the prior sentence.
* Repeat.

Best Editorial Tip of the Day:

If there is any doubt about the veracity or level of appropriateness of your email DO NOT SEND IT. You will regret it, particularly if what you intend to be funny becomes insulting or inappropriate to your audience.

What is your favorite tip for editing your work? How do you monitor your urge to hit “send” before the document is 100% ready to go? Five Strengths welcome your comments.

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