There's a lot riding on your resume. You're relying on it to show potential employers what an excellent employee you could be. As well as this, it has to explain why you should be picked above everyone else. It's not just the content of the resume that tells employers this, but the quality of your writing. Here's 7 tips that will help you proofread your resume effectively, and pull out any mistakes before you send it off.
If you proofread properly, it's going to take more than five minutes. You're going to need time, so make sure you build that into the time allotted for writing your resume. Also, make sure you'll have no distractions as you proofread. Shut the door, turn off the TV, whatever it is you have to do to get a good environment for concentration.
Some people try and proofread by going through the resume once, trying to spot everything that's wrong with the piece. You'll catch some errors this way, but you won't get everything. Instead, you'll need to make several passes at it. Use each pass to look for different kinds of errors. For example, on the first pass look for spelling errors, on the second look for factual errors, and so on.
There are plenty of tools online that will help you get your resume proofread quickly. Here's some that you can try on yours:
Word Count: This tool highlights any mistakes you make, making it easier to correct them.
Resume Writing Services: This website has a lot of resume samples, and provides valuable cover letter writing information.
UKWritings: This proofreading tool is a great all purpose tool to use when you could use some help.
Who vs Whom: This is an extremely useful grammar blog.
Grammar Checker: This tool can pick up a lot or errors that your spell check function can't.
Essayroo: This site offers a resume service that can check your resume for you, as well as edit it.
State Of Writing: This site offers in depth writing guides that will help you improve your resume writing skills.
You can feel somewhat odd reading your resume out loud, but it's an excellent way of proofreading your writing. As you read, you'll soon see every instance of odd spelling and awkward phrasing. If you're stumbling over the words, the reader will too. You can then make the edits to improve the readability of your writing and improve your resume.
“Spell check is a highly useful tool, but it can't catch everything,” says writer Daniel Zills from Elite Assignment Help. “It won't catch homophones, for instance. Be careful with relying on it to proofread. You can certainly use spell check for a first pass, picking up some of the most obvious errors and fixing them. However, it won't catch everything so make sure you're manually proofreading too.”
There's lot of key details on your resume that you want to make sure are correct. Past work details and references are especially important. If you don't check, you could find that a company you've worked for in the past has changed their name, or contact details. If an employer can't get in touch with your referee, then that could hurt your chances. Check your contact details too. You'd think you can't get your own phone number wrong, but it's amazing how easy it is to mistype it.
You're very close to your own writing, so it's easy to miss mistakes that are obvious to everyone else. It's always a good idea to have someone else take a look at your writing, and see where the edits need to be made. Pick a good and trustworthy friend to help you with this.
These tips will help you polish your resume into something employers can't ignore. Give them a try and you'll see what a difference they can make to your writing. A good resume can get you far.