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Before you send a resume to an employer, make sure you complete these five steps:
1. Read your resume backwards: Technically, not backwards, but read it from the bottom to the top. Go to the very bottom page and read to the top of the page. Reading it in reverse order gives you a different look and helps you see things in a new way - especially after spending numerous hours writing and fine-tuning your resume.
2. Give it the scan test: When I write a resume, I use a technique that helps key aspects stand out in the resume. It's a simple secret I reserve for clients only, but the scan test is this: Put your resume in front of you, scan it - don't read it. Does what you want to do stand out or do you have to read closer to get an idea of what you really want to do - or have accomplished? If it doesn't pass the scan test in your eye's it won't in the eye of a recruiter. Most recruiters scan resumes first - then read them.
3. Spell check: Seems simple - but it's also simple to forget to do this one last time.
4. Let it sit for a few days: I know how it goes. You are excited about a job, or you are pressed for time to get your resume to that recruiter who is pushing for your resume. You rush to get it to them as fast as you can. That's a mistake you want to avoid. I like to write resumes and then get away from it for a day. Let it sit if possible, then come back fresh and review. I then apply the above principles when giving it a final review before sending to a client.
5. Ask yourself, would you hire yourself?: Look at your resume. Would you hire yourself? Be realistic - is this a resume that will get results, or is it just something that will "get by" until you update your resume the next time - when you have more time to work on it? If it will just get by, you won't get results - because no employer wants a resume - or employee that wants to "just get by."
If you are having trouble writing your resume, contact Matt Krumrie to see how he can help you. For more information, check out the Career Resources page or go to the Hire/Contact Matt page for details.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes and cover letters, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for the Star Tribune, Flexjobs.com, Ziprecruiter.com and more.