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Resume Critiquing. Florida State University Career Center. Heading. Complete information (i.e., name, address, phone number) Placed at the top of the page E-mail address (optional) Name on subsequent pages. Objective. Place immediately after identification info Targets area of employment

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Resume critiquing

Resume Critiquing

Florida State University

Career Center


Heading

Heading

  • Complete information (i.e., name, address, phone number)

  • Placed at the top of the page

  • E-mail address (optional)

  • Name on subsequent pages


Objective

Objective

  • Place immediately after identification info

  • Targets area of employment

  • Clearly stated

  • Focused

  • See the Career Objective Guide for additional assistance


Overall appearance

Overall Appearance

  • Resume looks professional

  • Do you want to read it?

  • Easy to follow?

  • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation


Layout

Layout

  • Key points stand out (e.g., skills, interests, goals)

  • Uncluttered

  • Uses formatting appropriately (e.g., boldface, underlining, bullets)

  • Adequate margins and white space


Organization

Organization

  • Key information accents skills, accomplishments, abilities

  • Appropriate categories emphasized

  • Strongest to weakest order

  • Specifics stand out

  • Consistent format


Action oriented

Action-oriented

  • Uses positive-action verbs

  • Avoids introductory phrases

  • Results-oriented work descriptions

  • Avoids exaggerations or flowery adjectives


Concise

Concise

  • Uses short, clearly written phrases and paragraphs

  • Avoids complete and run-on sentences

  • Uses summary statements to condense information


Relevance

Relevance

  • Extraneous material omitted

  • Provides facts

  • Avoids generalities

  • Clear to the reader exactly what was done and why it relates to an objective


Controversial info

Controversial Info

  • Avoids mentioning controversial activities

  • Doesn’t raise more questions in the employer’s mind than it answers


Appearance

Appearance

  • Avoidedextreme colorsand formats unless appropriate to career goals

  • Used a high quality printer

  • Made copies on high quality paper

  • Got extra sheets of paper for cover letters


Bottom line

Bottom Line

  • How well does the resume present a positive picture of the applicant’s qualifications?

  • Will it get generate a request for an interview?


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