Resume Proofreading Checklist

Grammer Tip

Here’s the scoop on “its” and “it’s”: Use “it’s” only as a contraction, meaning you can substitute “it is.” Do not use “it’s” as a possessive. It’s incorrect. Use “its” for all other cases.

Some employers say that when they see a typo on a resume, they immediately click delete without bothering to read the rest. Even if you’re applying for an engineering position and no one in the company knows (or cares about) the difference between “its” and “it’s,” spending a few minutes proofreading could make a big difference.

When proofreading your resume, run through this checklist:

Resume Proofreading Checklist
How does your resume look? Are the spacing and margins flush and consistent?
Is your personal information correct (e.g. Address, e-mail, phone number)?
Are there periods after complete sentences that end a line? If not, then make sure you are consistent
Did you use the correct tenses, and use them consistently? Use present tense for current jobs and past tense for past jobs.
Did you use correct grammar and punctuation?
Are numbers written correctly? Write out the numbers from one to nine, and use numerals for 10 and above, except when beginning a sentence (spell out numbers beginning sentences).
What are the one or two weakest points of content? Can you improve them by substituting an active verb for an overused adjective?
Finally, have a friend look closely at your resume, even a professor or contact at the company you are applying to. Their edits can prove crucial.


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