Step Four: Proofreading your work

Take time to prepare the best résumé you can. The most common mistakes are typing mistakes and spelling errors.

Have a friend proofread your résumé to catch any mistakes you may have missed.

1. Review the job description.
Fine-tune your résumé to meet each job's specific requirements. Sprinkle your résumé with language found in the job description, such as “detail-oriented” or “proficient with Microsoft Office suite.” Pay special attention to your objective, if you have one.

2. Consider how your résumé will look when it arrives on an employer's desk.
A carefully prepared résumé enhances your image as a prospective employee. If you are mailing your résumé, be sure to:

  • mail it in a 9" x 12" envelope to avoid folding
  • address the envelope neatly
  • affix correct postage and
  • seal it carefully.

If you are faxing your résumé, be sure to set the fax machine to fine printing mode. Always fax an original. Your résumé may be copied several times, so the original needs to be as clean and clear as possible.

Still have questions? Read about FAQs and cover letters.


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