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What is a Resume Critique? Why Might I Want One?

At Revision Resume we offer both resume writing and resume critiques. You may wonder what the difference is and why you would request one over the other. Let's first take a close look at resume critiques and why you might want one.

What is a Resume Critique?

When you request a resume critique, we will ask you to provide us an electronic version of your current resume. Typically this would be a Microsoft Word document that has been created by you for recent or future job applications.

Revision Resume will review your resume and generate comments embedded within the document so you can clearly see suggestions for areas to improve. Your resume critique will include evaluation for:

  • Grammar

  • Formatting

  • Spelling

  • Action Verbs

  • Keywords

  • Typos

  • Resume Length

  • Dates

  • Correct content for current resume industry trends

Within 5 business days, you will receive the electronic document with embedded improvement suggestions. It will be up to you to decide what changes you would like to make based on our feedback and edit the document accordingly.

Professional resume writer performing a resume critique

Our process provides thorough feedback in an easy to understand format. You will be able to clearly see where we suggest you make changes and what we are recommending. It will easy for you to make the edits and improve your resume increasing your chances for achieving an interview.

What do I Need to Provide to Receive a Resume Critique?

We will need you to send us the current version of your resume. This document needs to be up to date and include your most recent job.

Professional resume writer reviewing a resume for errors and revisions

It is also helpful if you provide us a few jobs that you are planning to apply for. If you don't have plans to apply for anything in the near future, it is helpful if you give us examples of jobs you might consider in the future or what your dream position would be. This helps us make sure your resume is geared toward your future goals.

We would also appreciate it if you provided the link to your LinkedIn profile, if you have one, along with any other social media outlets you use for professional means.

What if After my Critique, I Decide I Want Revision Resume to Write a New Resume?

No problem! We would be happy to! If you see that we have provided numerous suggestions and you would prefer we create you a brand new resume that incorporates our critique, we can do that. We offer a discounted price in this situation, since we will have already gathered some of the necessary background information and reviewed your resume through our resume critique process.

Are There Cases In Which I Should Not Request a Resume Critique?

You are always welcome to request a resume critique, however, there are some times where asking us to write your resume makes more sense than asking us to do a critique.

One example is if your resume is not up to date. If it doesn't reflect your current job (or even the last few jobs you have held), it doesn't make sense to ask for a critique. Instead, we would be happy to learn about this missing information and create you a resume that reflects all of your work experience.

Final Thoughts

A resume critique may be just what you need to get your resume on the 'follow-up' pile of a recruiter's desk and earn an interview. When you review and edit your resume, you may be missing revisions that would result in a significant and noticeable improvement. Revision Resume has trained resume experts that can easily spot modifications. Contact us for a quote or to learn more about the services we provide. We strive to help you achieve your career goals!

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What’s Next?  With the Right Resume, the Sky’s the Limit!

The challenge for most job applicants is crafting the right resume. 

Revision Resume is here to help offering the following writing services:

Resume critiques are also offered to those who have already created their own resume but would like a second set of eyes to check for errors and to ensure the document is up to modern standards!

With up-to-the-minute knowledge of the hiring industry, Revision Resume can make sure you are submitting the right resume!

In addition to our blog that is packed with useful information and tips, Revision Resume also offers a monthly newsletter and group educational programs. 

Finally, for the "do-it-yourselfer," we offer a checklist package that helps you ensure you haven't missed any vital details. 


To learn more, contact us.

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