Resume Checklist: When is Your Resume Complete?

Resume Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure your resume is complete:

For an example of a polished entry level resume, take a look at our sample resume.

Resumes Are Never Complete

A play on words here, with an intended dual meaning. First, resumes never provide the full story of who you are, nor should they. Resumes are meant to be your introduction toward gaining a face-to-face interview with a prospective employer. And they will serve as a guide within the interview. They will never serve as your life history or as the starting document for your autobiography. Remember to keep your resume in its proper perspective as an initial marketing brochure of who you are and the value you can provide to a potential employer.

Second, now that your resume is "finished," do not assume it is complete. You should continually modify and update your resume as your search progresses. When you gain new experience, add it to your resume. Is there a better way to list your education and classes? Modify your resume. Have you found a point in your background which be viewed as a negative? Remove it from your resume. Keep your resume as a living document which can be updated and changed to suit your specific needs.

Your entry level resume will also serve as the foundational resume for your professional resume after you graduate. The emphasis will begin shifting from academic to work experience, yet the same format and initial content will continue throughout your career. So make sure you carry your resume forward as you begin your new career.

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