Computer Studies Alternative To Coursework On Resume

Resume critique checklist

Make sure your resume hits all the right marks.

Six seconds—that’s how much time a recruiter will typically spend on a resume review before deciding whether to put it in the “yes” or “no” stack.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on a single piece of paper that basically determines if you’re going to move forward in the job search process. So, to put it simply, you want your resume to be as perfect as humanly possible.

Luckily, Monster has all sorts of resources to help ensure your resume not only gets you considered, but also moves you to the top of the stack.

But we also recommend reviewing your resume yourself—and getting at least one other pair of eyes—to make sure your final product is good to go.

Use this resume checklist to help you get a recruiter’s attention. You’ll know your resume is up to par if you can answer yes to the following questions:

First impression

  • Does the resume look original and not based on a template?
  • Is the resume inviting to read, with clear sections and ample white space?
  • Does the design look professional rather than like a simple typing job?
  • Is a career summary included so the reader immediately knows your value proposition?
  • Is the resume's length and overall appearance appropriate given your career level and summary?


  • Does the resume provide a visually pleasing, polished presentation?
  • Is the font appropriate for the career level and industry?
  • Are there design elements (bullets, bolding, and lines) to guide readers' eyes through the document and highlight important content?
  • Is there a good balance between text and white space?
  • Are margins even on all sides?
  • Are design elements like spacing and font size used consistently throughout the document?
  • If the resume is longer than a page, does the second page contain a heading? Is the page break formatted correctly?

Resume sections

  • Are all resume sections clearly labeled?
  • Are sections placed in the best order to highlight your strongest credentials?
  • Is your work history listed in reverse chronological order (most recent job first)?

Career goal

  • Is the resume targeted to a specific career goal, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all document?
  • If this is a resume for a career change, does it include supporting details that show how your past experience is relevant to the new job?



  • Is the information relevant to hiring managers' needs?
  • Does your resume's content support your career summary?
  • Did you include keywords, appropriate buzzwords, and industry acronyms?
  • Is applicable, additional information (awards and affiliations) included, and is personal information unrelated to the job (marital status, age, nationality) omitted?

Writing style

  • Did you avoid writing the resume in an implied first-person voice with personal pronouns (I, me, and my)?
  • Is the content flow logical and easy to understand?
  • Is the resume as perfect as possible, with no careless typos or spelling, grammar, or syntax errors?

The list is divided into sections, just like your resume, to group the related headers together for easy reference.

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Objectives, Summaries and Goals

Career Goal
Career Objective
Employment Objective
Professional Objective
Career Summary
Professional Summary
Summary of Qualifications

Work and Employment

Employment History
Work History
Work Experience
Professional Experience
Professional Background
Additional Experience
Career Related Experience
Related Experience
[Industry] Experience – replace [Industry] with the name of yours, such as ‘Accounting Experience’
Freelance Experience
Army Experience
Military Experience
Military Background

Education and Training

Academic Background
Academic Experience
Related Courses
Educational Background
Educational Qualifications
Educational Training
Education and Training
Academic Training
Professional Training
Course Project Experience
Related Course Projects
Internship Experience
College Activities
Special Training


Activities and Honors
Professional Affiliations
Professional Associations
Professional Memberships
Athletic Involvement
Community Involvement
Civic Activities
Extra-Curricular Activities
Professional Activities
Volunteer Work
Volunteer Experience

Skills, Expertise and Proficiencies

Areas of Experience
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Knowledge
Career Related Skills
Professional Skills
Specialized Skills
Technical Skills
Computer Skills
Computer Knowledge
Software (as in, ‘software you are familiar with’)
Technical Experience
Language Competencies and Skills
Programming Languages

Achievements and Accomplishments

Conference Presentations
Professional Publications
Research Grants
Research Projects
Current Research Interests
Thesis / Theses

Awards and Recognition

Academic Honors

Credibility and Proof

Web Portfolio
Writing Samples – as in, ‘where to find them’
Websites – as in, ‘Created’ or ‘Designed’)
Social Media Profiles


Availability – as in, ‘when I will be available’ if you’re currently unavailable (e.g. student) but need to apply in advance

What's missing?

Did you notice that the following weren’t in the list?

Personal Interests

That’s because none of these sections should appear on your resume unless you have a very specific reason to add them, and I don’t mean ‘as filler to make it a whole page.’

READ NEXT: 9 Tips for a Surprisingly Helpful Hobbies & Interests Resume Section

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