Resume Checklist



Before you start writing your resume, ask yourself:

  • What is the purpose of this resume? Grad school? New job?
  • Am I switching companies or remaining with the current company?
  • Will the resume be focused on one position or multiple?
  • When will I be applying for the position?
  • Will I be switching career fields?
  • Where will I be posting my resume?
  • How do I plan to attract recruiters?
  • If I get an interview, will I be ready?

Create your Resume Plan

  • Decide on which resume type you need to use. Take the quiz to find out your resume type!
  • Once you determine your resume type, you can start mapping your Resume Plan.
  • Basics of Resume Plan: Contact Information, Qualifications Summary, Skills, Work History, and Education.
  • Contact Information: think about whether or not you want to share your complete address; make sure your phone number is accurate; list a professional e-mail address; add LinkedIn profile.
  • Qualifications Summary: Write this last. Think of it as the thesis to your resume. You won’t know what you’re writing about until you write it. Create your content and then your summary.
  • Skills: Find the right keywords for the position. 
  • Work History: List in reverse chronological order – most to least recent. Create a summary of significant challenges and create a section for key accomplishments to list results. Make sure that you have quantifiable results. Use power words to show action!
  • Education: Name of Institution, Date, and Certificate or Degree Title.

Qualifications Summary

  • Did you take the quiz to determine your resume type? This is where you will use it. 
  • If you have a traditional, reverse-chronological resume, your summary will be a short summary of your work experience. If you received a hybrid or functional, your resume summary will be lengthy in comparison.
  • Use 2-3 words that describe your overall personality and work-ethic. Avoid using terms like, “excellent communicator” or “team player” and allow the story to tell that you are those things.
  • In two sentences, give a high-level, impactful overview of what you are known for; for example, “Distinguished sales leader, renowned for forging strong teams and consistently achieving 4x results…”
  • Below the summary of your summary, list 2-4 bullets with significant accomplishments that you want the recruiter to know up front.

Put it all together

  • Contact Information, Qualifications Summary, Skills, Work Experience, and Education.
  • Create three versions of your document: .pdf, .docx, and .txt - ASCII
  • TIP: Use the .txt version to apply for jobs online. 
  • Send us your resume for a free review