Critique Your Resume Using This Checklist!


​This checklist can help improve the overall quality of your resume.

First Impression

  • The resume looks original and not based on a template.
  • The resume is inviting to read, with clear sections and ample white space.
  • A qualifications summary is included so the reader immediately knows the applicant’s value.

Contact Information

  • Contact is simple with first/last name, email and phone number. Address is optional. City, State only helps with privacy.

Objective (Optional)

  • Career summary or branded headline is brief and simple, customized to the position, explains what applicant has that meets employer’s needs, and the value the employer will receive.


  • Shows each school, degree, major, and accomplishments. Years are optional.
  • High school omitted if a college degree has been obtained


  • The font is easy to read and has no more than 3 font sizes.
  • Use of bolding and underlines are appropriate and limited.
  • Bullets do not wrap to another line where possible.
  • Spacing and margins are consistent throughout resume.
  • All resume sections are clearly labeled.
  • Sections are placed in the best order to highlight applicant’s strongest credentials.
  • The work history is listed in reverse chronological order (most recent job first, unless using a functional resume).
  • The resume is one page or 1 ½ -2 pages maximum.
  • If resume goes to a second page, contact information and the words “Page 2” are at the top.

Writing Style

  • Personal pronouns (I, me or my) are omitted.
  • The content flow is logical and easy to understand.
  • The phrase “References available on request” is not used.
  • The resume is free of typos, spelling, grammar, or syntax errors.
  • The resume is succinct, without excessive blocks of wordy paragraphs.


  • The resume includes a relevant sample of career accomplishments.
  • Accomplishments are quantified by using numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts as measures of success where possible.
  • Accomplishment statements begin with strong, varied action verbs (present job = present tense or past job = past tense).
  • Each statement describing work experience is prioritized in order of importance/relevance.


  • The resume is tailored to the job requirements.
  • The resume uses appropriate keywords and industry acronyms.
  • Applicable additional information, such as awards and affiliations, is included.

Remember: Most resume is advice is personal opinion, but there are best practices such as including results, tailoring your resume to a position, your resume being error free, easy to read, and having appropriate use of white space and visual appeal.

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