CVS / MAY. 29, 2016
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3 Questions to Ask a Friend Editing Your Resume

If you want to apply for a job, you must always proofread your resume and the best way to do it is ask your friend… three very important, tricky questions

We all know how important resumes are for your career. They not only sum up your entire professional life, but they are also your ticket to a potentially awesome employment opportunity. So, yeah, a resume is a big deal and since it is so important you should be extra careful with how you handle it. The best option is to have other people check it over and make sure that it is up to scratch before you send it anywhere.

See also: Most Common CV Mistakes

But, it is not just about having someone to look over it; it is about knowing what to look for. I know, your first response would be typos, but that is not enough. Are you wondering what other things your resume reviewer should look out for? Read the following list to find out so you can get the best feedback possible.

1. First Impressions

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The last thing you want a hiring manager to say as soon as they get your resume is “why did they apply for this job?”. When you are writing and proofreading your own resume, you might understand how all those unrelated experiences and dissimilar skills connect to make you the best candidate for the job, but this might not be as obvious to others.

So, have your reviewer take the role of the hiring manager; what do they see when they look at your resume? What kind of position does it look like you are applying for? If they say something totally off target, then take the time to tailor your resume to better suit the position.

2. When Did You Start Skimming?

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You know what they say: recruiters don’t spend more than eight seconds on a candidate’s resume. Your friend, on the other hand, will definitely spend more time on it. Nevertheless, there will be a time when they feel like they want to skim your resume, and that’s normal so don’t get offended.

Ask them to show you where your resume stops being insightful and informative and it starts to get boring. You could consider rearranging your sections to make it more appealing and impress the hiring managers right away.

3. Any Questions?

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This part is similar to the first question, but here you need to tell them to focus on the details. What questions does your resume generate? Before you say anything, generating questions is not a bad thing, as long as they are of the right kind of questions. If the questions are something like “tell me more” or “really? I am curious, please elaborate more” then it means you are on the right track. However, if the questions are raised due to confusion and the reviewer doesn’t really get what you are trying to say then it is a big red flag for editing.

Can you think of any other questions you should ask your resume-reviewing buddy? Share them below…

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