Just like a writer should never be the one editing his book, a job seeker should not be the only person reviewing and editing his resume. It is always best to ask for a second opinion and a fresh eye – even the most experienced among us can become oblivious to mistakes with time.Who can review my resume?
Absolutely everybody. Sometimes you can get the most unexpected and useful feedback from people who have no relationship to the industry where you would like to work. It can be your friend, someone who has more experience with job search, someone who you know for sure has a lot of attention for detail or someone who has worked in the recruitment industry. You can also use professional help and actually pay a specialized company for help with your resume.What exactly do I ask for?
When you are asking to have your resume reviewed, you should be asking for way more than just pointing out a few typos that might have slipped your sight. Make sure the person reviewing your resume answers the following questions:
Your resume is a big deal. It is the very first thing your future employer will see. You have probably spent hours and days perfecting you resume to the point where you become immune to any mistakes it may contain. A fresh eye is always a good idea.
Of course, the person reviewing your resume may not be an expert and their advice might not be relevant. For example, someone working in the theatre industry would not be qualified to give a proper advice on how to list your engineering publications on your resume. In order to avoid having someone give you a wrong advice for your resume, here are several tips to consider when asking someone.
TIP 1: Keep in mind the country the person comes from. Very often countries have different traditions when it comes to resumes – make sure your reader comes from the same place where you are looking for a job.
TIP 2: Try to stick with the person from the same industry, preferably someone who has worked with you. Not only does this person know better what your industry is looking for these days but they can also know you better professionally and know what you have accomplished.
TIP 3: Ask several people! If more than one person points something out on your resume, it is definitely worth looking int
Our last recommendation and maybe the most important tip is to not obsess about small details after getting feedback. You cannot satisfy every reviewer! If every single person you have asked suggests a different font, just pick the most readable one and move on. Take into account more major details and adjust them in your resume, so that the reader will know what you are looking for and why you are perfect for this jo