Get Resume Feedback from RezScore

Whether you are a recent grad looking for a job, or an attorney with a couple years of experience looking to change employers, your resume is vital to your job search. Fortunately, there are plenty of posts on Lawyerist on how to improve your resume.

If you are looking for a free outside opinion, RezScore is worth checking out.

How it works

It actually is as easy as 1-2-3. You upload a resume, click on “resume help,” and then hit “get my RezScore.” Thankfully, you do not have to create a user account, or even provide an email address to get your score. The results are nearly instantaneous.

In case you are wondering, the site does have a privacy policy and promises not to share your info in a way that violates their policy.

The results are easy to interpret

You get an overall grade (A, B, C, etc.) followed by scores on certain components: brevity, impact, and depth (graded on 100 scales). My resume scored a 96 for brevity and a 40 for depth. I have a feeling those two scores always have an inverse relationship. One criticism is that “impact” could mean any number of things.

I also got two tips for improvement: (1) a more professional tone and (2) more depth on my work experience. As for the tone, that tip seems relatively useless without providing an example. In terms of depth, my resume is rather concise, so that tip is useful.

More input is available, but it will cost you

You can request a more detailed report or hire RezScore to rewrite your resume, but it is not cheap. The premium report costs $45. The other services appear to be between $200-$400. I have no idea if that is competitive with other resume helper prices.

The free results, while limited, are useful. At a minimum, they provide a starting point for anyone looking to revamp their resume.

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  • http://rezscore.com/ Sean Weinberg

    Hi Randall,

    Thanks for the review!

    Just wanted to clarify a few things. Your letter grade has no relationship to your seperate Brevity, Depth and Impact scores – and they shouldn’t have an inverse relationship – they are measuring different things. As great as our recent publicity has been, the downside is that we weren’t prepared for it and haven’t finished refining how we explain everything to the users. Keep checking us out over the next few months as we refine what we do and offer more free information to users.

    Side note: we also offer a $30 option which you can see here: http://ymlp.com/zf0nrT We don’t really do the full resume re-writes because we want to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest – we introduce anyone who asks us for a full re-write to professional resume writers.

    I’m also particularly proud that we got on the Lawyerist because I’m also a 2L at Rutgers Camden and I love this site!

    Sean

  • Staci

    Your resume scored a B+, which puts you in the top 27% of resumes we’ve scored.

    We further broke down your resume into three categories, scored from 0-100 (100 is best):

    * Brevity: 96
    * Impact: 68
    * Depth: 99

    That was a pleasant surprise, but I’d really love to know what “impact” actually means!

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/aaronstreet/ Aaron Street

      Interesting algorithm.

      I had substantially lower total cumulative score than Staci (Brevity 72, Impact 70, Depth 63), but my slightly higher impact score apparently gave me a higher grade of A- (90th percentile).

      • http://rezscore.com/ Sean Weinberg

        Hi Aaron,

        Congrats on the A-!

        Just want to clarify; your letter grade is not the average of the three numeric scores we provide you. They’re actually completely separate algorithms. We provided the Brevity, Impact and Depth scores because we wanted to offer more than just a letter grade and we think those scores are independently helpful. Frankly, we also issue those three scores to make it more complicated for anyone trying to reverse engineer the algorithm.

        Hope that clarifies things,

        Sean

  • http://rezscore.com/ Sean W

    Hi Staci,

    The easiest way to understand it is to think of it as assessing active v. passive voice. Essentially, the algorithm assigns a quality score to each word independently, and then measures the words relationship to the other words in the sentence. It then compiles the word scores for each part of the resume and creates your overall scaled score. I hope this clarifies things! Congrats on getting a B+!

    Sean
    p.s. we frequently see that attorneys get higher scores on depth and lower scores on impact. Brevity fluctuates.