Resume Evaluation Table

Why do I need to evaluate my resume?

Your resume/CV is your ticket to success and as such it needs to be as good as it possibly can be, with little room for improvement, so if you can have it proof read by friends, family, colleagues, teachers, former bosses etc all the better. But before you do that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying to critique your resume /CV yourself using this very straightforward resume evaluation table attached. It will of course be fairly difficult to be objective but with a solid understanding of each criterion you can give it your best shot.

10 things you to need to consider when evaluating your resume/CV

  • Appearance and Style
  • Completeness and Length
  • Content and Layout.
  • Focus.
  • Format and Approach.
  • Perspective.
  • Professionalism/Integrity.
  • Use of Accomplishments.
  • Use of keywords and action verbs.
  • Versions.

Appearance and Style

  • Use no more than two 'regular' fonts i.e. Times New Roman or Arial
  • Do not use a font size smaller than 10 or larger than 14 point.
  • Do not use more than 3 colours
  • Keep black as your primary colour on a white background.
  • Use regular (3/4-1?) margin widths.
  • Some sites advise against resume templates but if you feel those offer a better presentation to something you can construct then use them.
  • Describe your accomplishments using bullet points

Completeness/Length.

  • U.S. resumes are usually two pages long but you can add supplemental pages for details re references etc.
  • Entry-level positions are rarely longer than one page.
  • Those with exceptional work experience may require a three-page resume.
  • You don't have to list very job you ever had, just the ones that best highlight your skills and achievements and relevant experience to the post you are applying.

Content/Layout.

Use standard resume headings.

Sections should include:

  • Contact information,
  • Experience,
  • Education.
  • Job objective,
  • Professional profile,
  • Honours
  • Awards,
  • Professional interests
  • Memberships,
  • Keyword summary.

Focus.

  • Your resume should easily demonstrate to anyone reading it what your job/career objective is, as well as what you're good at.
  • Make sure it relates to the post you are applying for.
  • Eliminate any information that appears irrelevant.

Format/Approach.

  • Use a chronological resume if you worked in a similar field and wish to remain in it but with more advancement opportunities. Focus on your most recent employment history first.
  • Use a functional or chrono-functional resume if you have more varied work experience and are looking to change careers.

Perspective.

Try to read your resume as if you are the hiring employer with just a couple of minutes to spare and a pile of other resumes to get through. Does your resume stand out in a crowd and for the right reasons?

Professionalism/Integrity

  • Make sure there are no misspellings or typos.
  • Stick to the facts and do not embellish the truth, definitely do not tell lies on your resume.

Use of Accomplishments

  • Detail all your accomplishments and achievements. Do this in preference to listing duties and job tasks.

Use of keywords and action verbs.

As more and more resumes are placed into large databases, keywords and keyword phrases have increased in importance. Employers search for job seekers with one or more keywords.

Versions

  • Print resume for snail mail and hand reading and to make notes with.
  • Electronic resume for posting on job sites and emailing if requested to do so.

Whether or not you have written your resume following the above rules you can use them to now evaluate your own resume and see if it needs more work.

Resume evaluation Table

Yes

No

Not Sure

Appearance/Style
Does your resume have visual appeal?

 

 

 

Completeness/Length
Is your resume finished and the right length?

 

 

 

Content/Layout
has all the relevant information been included?

 

 

 

Focus
Is it clear what your career objective is?

 

 

 

Format/Approach
Have you used the correct format; do you need more than one format?

 

 

 

Perspective
Has your resume got the power to be noticed?