Here’s a review of the ten factors you should use to evaluate your resume.
Appearance/Style. For traditional formatted “print” resumes, appearance and consistency are critical. Your resume must be professional. Stick to using only one to two “normal” fonts. Use font sizes no smaller than 10 point. Keep colors to a minimum. Be consistent in the use of color, font, size, and style (bolding, italicizing, underlining). Use normal (3/4-1″) margin widths. Don’t use resume templates; develop your resume from scratch — with your own unique style. Use bulleted phrases to describe your accomplishments, rather than lengthy (and hard-to-read) paragraphs. Read more.
Completeness/Length. A resume should give a complete picture of why you should be called for an interview; however, that does not mean you need to include every job you have ever worked at in your life. U.S. resumes should rarely be longer than two pages (although you can have supplemental pages for things such as grants, consulting, references, and the like), and for entry-level positions, really no longer than one page. Some senior executives with exceptional work experiences are sometimes deserving of a three-page resume.
Content/Layout. Use standard resume headings. All resumes must include certain critical information, such as contact information, experience, and education. Other sections include job objective, professional profile, honors and awards, professional interests and memberships, and keyword summary. U.S. resumes should never include names of supervisors, salary information, photos, or references. Read more. See some sample resumes.
Focus. Perhaps the most critical element of any resume is its focus. Your resume must have a specific theme — related to the position (and employer) you are seeking. Do not include extraneous information on your resume. Whether you use a job objective or not, always keep that objective in mind when writing the rest of the resume. Your resume must be written in such a way that your job/career objective, as well as what you’re good at, is obvious to anyone reading your resume.
Format/Approach. There are three types of resume formats: standard chronological, functional, and combined chrono-functional. Job-seekers with a steady employment history in one field looking to advance within that field should use a chronological resume that focuses on employment history (starting with most recent). Recent college grads with a variety of work experiences and job-seekers changing careers sometimes use a functional or chrono-functional resume, although many employers eschew these formats, especially the purely functional resume. Read more.