When you submit your resume to CCG JobMatch through the resume portal, a member of the CCG JobMatch staff reviews and grades it when you meet the qualifications for an open position.
Remember, your resume is a living document that should be revised as you continue to grow professionally. Below is a copy of the rubric we use to evaluate resumes.
- Objective, if used, states what candidate is looking for and what candidate offers to position.
While objective statements are now largely considered superfluous, if you do decide to include one it should be focused and concise. An appropriate time to use an objective statement is if you are making a drastic career change.
- Uses professional email address.
A professional e-mail address is one that you can clearly be identified from. Try something simple like your first initial and last name or firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, your email address should be associated with either a professional organization you are a part of, or your school’s alumni association. If these are not an option, Gmail is also a great choice.
- Lists degree(s), graduation date(s), and relevant projects.
If you are looking for an internship, or are a recent graduate, listing relevant projects is a great way to show you are qualified, your degree gives a broad overview of your skill set, and your graduation date shows you are new to the workforce.
- GPA is 3.0+ or omitted.
Listing your GPA on your resume is unnecessary after you have been out of school for a year. It is doubly unnecessary if you already have a strong resume, and have been out of school for some time. If your GPA is less that a 3.0, nobody has to know.
- References only professional social media sites, or omits social media entirely.
Professional social media sites like LinkedIn or a personal website are great additions to your resume. If you run a really tight Facebook/Twitter account that you believe showcases your professional brand, absolutely include that too. If your social media is less professional and more personal, definitely leave it off your resume. With that being said, be mindful of your privacy settings—monitoring your virtual reputation is critical.
- No salary history.
Including your salary history takes up valuable space on your resume. Furthermore, by volunteering this information before your foot is in the door, you run the risk of being unfairly compensated, or being looking over as too expensive of a hire.
- Omits reasons for leaving previous positions.
If you feel as though you need to explain certain aspects of your work history, consider choosing an alternate venue for its disclosure like a brief e-mail or a a few sentences in your cover letter.
- Appropriate length: 1 page for experience less than 10 years OR 2+ pages for VP or experience greater than 10 years.
Hiring managers have to look over a lot of resumes everyday. Make their life easier by keeping your resume concise.
- No personal data (i.e. religious affiliations, pictures, marital status, DOB, height/weight, etc.).
All U.S. employers are required to adhere to Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Including personal information on your resume leaves hiring managers vulnerable to lawsuits, and thus can land your resume in the rejected pile.
- Excludes personal references (“References Upon Request” = Optional).
Including professional references on your resume takes up valuable space. Including the phrase ‘references upon request’ can make your resume look dated.
- Sections are clearly labeled.
Your resume should be as easy to scan and understand as possible. Clearly labeled sections on your resume makes it easier for hiring managers to find the information they are looking for.
- Limited number of font sizes, types, or styles. Uses only black ink.
Keep your resume looking tidy by avoiding using multiple font types. Appropriate places to vary the size and style of your font are section section headers, and your contact information.
- Easy to read (i.e. ample white space).
A good resume is easy to scan and doesn’t overwhelm the reader with information.
- No pictures.
Unless you are a graphic artist, pictures only take up space on your resume. You should never include a picture of yourself on your resume because it puts the hiring manager at risk of violation equal employment opportunity codes.
- Limited to 4-6 bullet points per section.
The more bullet points you include, the more likely the reader is to miss significant parts of your work history. Include only the most relevant information.
- Accomplishments are related to field of study/industry.
You should tailor your resume to each position you are applying for. Keep your resume concise by only including relevant accomplishments.
- Activities (if) listed emphasize leadership skills.
When listing extra-curricular activities on your resume, they should either be directly related to your field, or they should emphasize your leadership skills. For example, while working for an afterschool art program might not be directly related to chemistry, leading youth through the process of understanding artistic concepts and applying these new concepts to their own original artwork would highlight your leadership skills or potential.
- Skills (if) listed are relevant to industry/field of study.
A common resume mistake is to list irrelevant skills on your resume. An extremely common irrelevant skill is Microsoft Word. While many position descriptions list Microsoft Word as a required skill, at this point in your career it is expected that you have a working knowledge of the program. The skills section should include either relevant skills, or unusual and exceptional skills.
- Experience descriptions contain key information relevant to field of study/industry.
As you craft your experience descriptions make sure you keep your writing focused and relevant. This means highlighting experiences in prior positions that relate directly to the job you are applying for, the subject you study, or the industry you are hoping to enter.
- Resume features only jobs/positions matching industry/area of study.
A focused resume probably won’t contain all of your work experience, and that’s okay. If you are applying for a position as a chemist, you might decide to leave off your time working at a retail store.
- Bullet points focus on accomplishments as opposed to duties.
Your bullet points should reflect what you accomplished, as opposed to what your job description lists as your duties. For example, maybe part of your job was to produce a biweekly newsletter. Instead of writing, “produced a biweekly newsletter” consider writing something along the lines of “Doubled the readership of our biweekly newsletter by expanding our distribution methods to include social media and e-mail.”
- No syntactical or grammatical errors.
Your resume is a representation of your professional self. Grammatical and syntactical errors will make you look unprofessional.
- Uses focused keywords and strong action verbs.
Using strong action verbs helps your resume stand out. Furthermore, using strong action words gives the read the impression that you are a strong, action oriented individual.
- No abbreviations, acronyms, or overly specialized language/industry jargon.
Many time the audience for your resume is a hiring manager who might not be familiar with overly specialized language or industry jargon. If you aren’t sure if you are using appropriate language, ask a few friends who are in a different field than you if they understand what you mean.
- No pronouns.
The use of personal pronouns on resumes has been traditionally seen as a faux pas. One reason for this is that a pronoun is redundant when the entire document is focused on you. While a solid work history likely outweighs a few personal pronouns, resume writing best practices suggest limiting or avoiding the use of these words.