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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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