Understanding Your Resume Analysis


This button will allow you to upload another PDF version of your resume after you’ve made some of the changes Quinn suggested.

After uploading a second time, take note of how your score and feedback change!

Did you hit your benchmark?

This card informs you if you hit the benchmark set for your grade level. Lowerclassman have lower benchmarks than upperclassman students. This widget will tell you how many more points you need to achieve your benchmark, or how many points you outperformed your benchmark by! You can increase your score if you decrease your “Flags” to 0 and your “Improvements” to 0. 

Read below for explanations of flags and improvements. 

Resume Scoring and Benchmark card

Want to see how your score has changed over time? This card shows you your score, the badge you received, and if you hit your benchmark! 

Your overall resume score is a summation of the points you earned in the Content and Formatting sections of your resume. The most points you could receive is 400.

You will either receive a bronze, silver, or gold badge. It's okay if you don't receive a gold badge, especially as a first- or second-year student! As you gain more experiences and skills, your resume will become stronger eventually leading you to a gold badge! 

Benchmarks are set by your instructor or advisor, depending on your grade year. For example, a first-year student's benchmark may be set at 150 while a fourth-year student's benchmark is set at 250. 

View Resume Breakdown card

This is where you can see how you scored for General, Formatting, and Content. The sections are out of the top-scored resumes from your University. The next section of the page will cover an in-depth analysis of everything from margins and grammatical errors to helping you improve the bullet points that help you increase your score.

If you are curious about where each total score comes from, it’s based on your University’s highest score. 

Flags and Improvements

Flags: are edits that need to be made for resumes to parse ATS

Improvements: optional recommendations for students to improve their resumes

Flags are worth 2 points and improvements are worth 1. You can always increase your score more than what is recommended, for example, by adding more technical or essential skills to your bullet point descriptions, but this is what Quinn has picked up now. 

Resume Analysis


In the generic section, Quinn will assess whether or not your resume includes all of the key sections, such as education, corresponding dates, work experience, and possibly a summary. 

The General area consists of 2 sections:

  • Impact: For your resume to resonate with employers powerfully, there are some key aspects that you should focus your attention on. Interests, summary statement, number of pages, proper use of images (generally don't!) are among the concerns you should address to navigate modern applicant systems deftly.
  • Target: Write in the same language employers read. Employers are scanning your resume for relevant skills and experience so make sure you are highlighting them in each one of your sections. 


The formatting of your resume is incredibly important. Something as simple as a misspelled word can keep your resume from ever reaching a hiring manager. Quinn will make sure that your resume is ATS (that’s Applicant Tracking System, something that many employers use to prescreen resumes) compliant, and stands the best chance of getting in front of the right people. Here’s what Quinn looks for and how your score is calculated:

The Formatting area consists of 3 sections:

  • Format: Quinn looks at things like margins, fonts, and dates. Quinn also takes into consideration common questions like ‘are all the sections of your resume clearly defined?’ and ‘are your education and experience sections easy to read?’. This is a gauge of how close your resume is to a well-executed, perfectly ATS parsable resume. The better your formatting is the more points you earn!  
  • Words: This is all about your spelling and grammar.  This is all or nothing so ensure that your proofreading and Microsoft Word or Google Docs game is on point! You earn 10 points for achieving zero spelling errors and an additional 10 points for zero grammatical errors. Mistakes in either area result in 0 earned points for that section. This may sound a little harsh but it’s for your benefit. Spelling and grammatical errors can account for instant resume rejection, and that means no job for you. 
  • Presence: This section is all about you. Quinn is looking for your skills, your results, and action verbs (things you’ve actually done, not just buzz words that sound cool). You can really rack up the points here when you talk about your technical/essential skills and when you mention your experience and results.  To push your score to the limits make sure each bullet point has quantified results and the utilization of technical and essential skills.  Quinn has great examples waiting for you in the line-by-line detailed resume analysis. 


Now that your resume is formatted properly, it’s time to make sure that it’s filled with relevant information. The more information you can provide in a digestible format, the more points you can earn here.

  • Degree: You will earn points for including your degree, major, GPA, and coursework. You’ll earn 10 points for each item you include correctly. 
  • Experience: Your experience matters. You’ll earn points for each part-time role, a full-time job, and an internship that you list. The more the merrier!
  • Key Details: This is all about your skills and quantified results from your experience. You’ll earn points each time you highlight a technical or essential skill, and establish quantified results from your experience. You’ll also earn points for dynamic word selection in your bullet points. 

Steps to Improve Score” card

This card provides you with three high-level ways to improve your resume based on what you uploaded. There’s great advice here but remember the specific feedback happens in the detailed feedback section.

Essential Skills Cloud

Also commonly known as transferable skills, this card draws out the skills that you have listed on your resume. You can switch to the Technical Skills cloud by clicking on the button at the bottom of the card. You can toggle back and forth with the same button. 

The numbers in the parenthesis indicate how many times that skill showed up throughout your resume. 

Technical Skills Cloud

Based on Quinn’s analysis of your resume this area will help give you an understanding of some of the industries and positions that could be a good fit for you. While not perfect, this is a great starting point and can dramatically enhance your career research as well as the conversations you have with your career advisor.

The numbers in the parenthesis indicate how many times that skill showed up throughout your resume. 

Need Additional Assistance? 

Refer to the help widget in the bottom right of the site when you are in need of additional help to understand Applicant Tracking Systems, what to do and not to do on your resume, and best practices for reviewing your analysis! 

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