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Résumé Evaluation Questions


  • What seems to be this applicant’s interests? Are they obvious by the résumé?
  • What are the applicant’s specific qualifications? Are they obvious? Are the most impressive listed first?
  • What are the applicant’s weaknesses? Are these de-emphasized?
  • How many headings does the applicant use? Are all needed or could s/he consolidate?
  • Is the main heading clear? Is there any information missing? Is there too much information?
  • What type of résumé (chronological, functional, or combination) is the applicant using? Is it the best choice for his/her qulaifications and experience? Would another be a better choice?
  • Is the résumé targeting a specific job? Does the objective make that clear? Is the objective needed, or would an objective work better in a cover letter (which is generally the case)?
  • Is work experience germane to the position? Does it include:
  1. Employer’s name, city, state;
  2. Dates of employment;
  3. Most important job title;
  4. Significant duties, activities, accomplishments, promotions?
  • Are employment achievements and descriptions specific and succinct?
  • Is evidence of teamwork apparent?
  • Are special skills and exceptional aptitudes listed or emphasized? Do they need their own section?
  • Does résumé use action verbs applicable to the specific job?
  • Are all contents logically and consistantly organized?
  • Are awards, honors, and activities included? Are all self-explanatory or explained?
  • Anything included that could be questionable? Anything that is out-of-place?
  • Is there any information that is unclear? Is it explained in the cover letter?


  • Is good quality paper used? Does it match the cover letter’s?
  • Does main heading stand out from the rest?
  • Are fonts varied and used consistantly — bold for headers, italics for emphasis, etc.?
  • Is CRAP considered in the design?
  • Is white space used effectively?
  • Does the design pass the “blurred-eye” test?

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