Get Your Resume Graded –

Sushi posted a blog about this interesting service a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I uploaded the newest version of my “general” resume to RezScore (and the one I’m most proud of) and got a B-, which is decent, but I could do a little bit better. Then, just for fun, I uploaded the older version of my resume and got a B+. Huh? What’s the difference? I could swear up and down that the newer version was better! The plain text version of my resume got a regular B.

Why these small differences? The plain text version has the same words as the old version! Apparently, the RezScore website doesn’t care too much for my “Objective” section. I’ve heard that a lot of employers don’t like “objective” sections because they’re often poorly written. (But I’ve been told by a few people that my objective and the rest of my resume are quite good, at least for an entry-level candidate.)

The advice the website gives is good. Here’s what they told me:

The person reading your resume has a short attention span, so it’s important to keep your resume concise.

When trying to keep your resume brief, it’s important to make your words count.

It’s important to provide enough information at each level of experience to create a well-rounded picture of your history.

Opinions of your resume are going to be very subjective. One employer may hate your resume while another may think it’s terrific. RezScore does a good job of looking at resumes as objectively as possible, and although I would have no idea of the math and algorithms involved in calculating the scores, it does seem accurate.

Try it out and see what you get! πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Get Your Resume Graded –

  1. I’ve seen lots of posts about resume checkers lately. If I get around to updating mine, I’ll definitely need to check rezscore out.

    Also, good luck on your 52 books goal! I’m starting minimally, and shooting for 12, or a book a month. *crosses fingers* I think blogging this year will boost my drive to get through a few more. Looking forward to your book reviews!


  2. In writing a resume, the key is to write enough that potential employers want to meet you and ask you a few questions . . . but not so much that they could answer those questions themselves.

    Think of it as your Table of Contents.


  3. Hi Maggie,

    Really like the blog – and thanks for your comments. We don’t care about objective statements – the data thinks they’re bad πŸ™‚

    That said, minor tweaks can sometimes cause big variations in scoring because of how the algorithm weights certain words. I know it can be confusing and we’re working on clarifying some of these issues.

    Thanks again for the feedback!

    Sean from RezScore


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