How Do I Evaluate My New Resume?
One of the most challenging aspects to operating a resume writing service is presenting a new, polished resume to a client and then receiving a quizzical look. If you’re like the vast majority of our clients, you may be somewhat unsure how to evaluate and judge your new resume. It’s perfectly natural and expected, which is why we created this article to provide some guidelines to determine if your new resume is, for the lack of a better term, good.
Here are three pieces of criteria you can use to help evaluate whether or not your new resume is on-target with your career goals.
Accuracy & Truthfulness
The most important part of evaluating your resume is verifying its accuracy with regards to the positions that you’ve held, responsibilities, achievements, education, certifications, and so on. Simply put, the “meat and potatoes” of your resume should be accurate. At InterviewMeToo, we encourage you to be completely honest with your resume. While applicants may be tempted bend the truth, very few realize the rigorous training that interviewers receive prior to speaking with you. If they suspect your fibbing, you’ll be eliminated from contention. It’s not worth the risk.
Personalization & Positioning
Your new resume should speak to your best personal qualities and “paint a picture” for a potential employer. Put another way, your resume should blend the skills you acquired during your career with your innate qualities. This helps you to have the best chance of landing an interview When you apply to the “right” job. An excellent litmus test for determining if your new resume scores well in this area is to ask a friend to read over your resume for about 30 seconds and then tell you what the resume conveys.
Readability & User Experience
Your new resume should be easy to scan through and speak to your key skills without requiring your audience to read the entire document. Like an advertisement, it needs to catch the attention of your audience (hiring managers). An excellent litmus test for determining if your new resume scores well in this area is to track where your eye is drawn and make a quick 1-2-3-4 list. It should flow logically in the following manner:
- Who are you? (Name / Branding Statement)
- What do you do? (Core Competencies)
- Where have you worked? (Experience)
- Why do I want to start a conversation with you? (Accomplishments / Responsibilities)
If all (or most) of the above are in-line with the employer’s ideal candidate, you’ll likely be in the running to begin the interviewing process.
One final word of advice is that while many companies use computers to scan resumes for keywords, a hiring manager will read your resume prior to offering you a position. If your resume scores well on a computer’s keyword matching algorithms, it should already be easy to read.