The Resume Checklist
The only checklist and resource sheet you’ll need to prepare a resume from scratch.
This goes regardless of whether you are responding to a hiring call or reaching out proactively. A letter addressed to a person will have a higher chance of being seen than a “To Whom It May Concern”.
Name, contact information (header)
Purpose of the letter (1-2 lines)
Breakdown of your skills and qualifications (3-4 lines)
Short summary of your work experience (3-4 lines)
Why you are a good fit for the role (2-3 lines), and
One or two ideas you would be excited to implement or explore in the advertised position (1-2 lines).
If the ‘experiences and education’ part of your resume exceeds one page, use this list to remove the least relevant ones (usually these experiences are the older ones or ones not in the same domain as the position).
If you have a significant amount of time unaccounted for – add a positive spin by mentioning personal projects or skills you acquired. If you took them for health purposes, mention that too.
Especially important if you are a fresher with no work experience or applying to a job not similar to your previous work profile.
Depending on the organisation you are applying for – spoken English proficiency will be expected, Microsoft proficiency will be expected. These can often come across as empty placeholders for other skills.
If not, lock your account to avoid judgement (jk).
Run a print check in advance if you’ll need a hard copy of the CV. Documents can often need re-formatting for print.