How To Edit Your Resume and other Content To Make Sure It’s Error Free
If your resume has a comma out of place or a misspelled word, the hiring manager won’t consider you for the job. Ideally, you should have someone read it before you send it out. That’s not always practical if you’re sending 4 or 5 a day.
Here are some ways you can edit your resume.
Print it Out
Get a different perspective by printing out your document. You’ll see things you didn’t notice while reading on a screen. This way, you’ll notice any inconsistencies in formatting such as changes in font sizes. To save money, print it out on the back of paper you’ve already used.
Change the Font Style and Color
I’m usually writing a document in Times New Roman. To edit, I might switch to something different like Arial Black. I need a font that’s different but legible. You want it to look like a new document. Also, since I work in black font, I might change it to a dark red. Bright colors can hurt your eyes so stay away from something like neon green. Remember to change the font back before you submit your resume or hit publish.
Ask Someone To Read It
If you have time, give your resume to someone else to have them look at it. It’s best to give it to someone who has editing skills or who’s familiar with looking at resumes. A new pair of eyes is the best way to catch any errors.
If you wrote your resume on a computer, try reading it on your phone. The different screens will trick your mind into thinking it’s a different document.
Read It Out Loud
If you have text-to-speak, have your device read you your resume. You’ll notice any errors when a sentence sounds weird. You can also read your resume out loud.
Read it Backwards
You’ll focus more on each word and less on the sentences if you read the document backwards. You’re more likely to see any misspellings or missing punctuations. Reading backwards also makes you read slower.