COOP resume rubric

Reviewer:

Candidate:

Date:

Format

Content

Feature

Requirements: ✔✔✔ all in a cell to ✔ a “Feature”

Notes (optional)

First glance

  • Plenty of whitespace (20-30% of page)
  • Overall info structure is immediately clear
  • Eye easily finds key information

Sections

  • Yes: Education, Work Experience (any order), Optional: Skills or Certifications (not both)
  • No: Objective/Goal, Personal/Interests

Alignment

  • “Like things” consistently left- or right-aligned  (all job titles same, all dates, all section titles) Tip: use a paper’s edge to judge!
  • Consistent spacing between lines, between jobs, and between sections

Bullets

  • Every bullet “” in every section is same size
  • All bullets left-aligned with consistent indent
  • 2-5 per job (never just one)

Font

  • “Like things” (all job titles, all dates, etc.) have consistent [size], boldness, italics
  • Stick with one professional font, 11pt+

Storytelling

  • Each bullet makes a unique, valuable point
  • Every bullet: Action → Result → Significance (why it mattered to the org, team, or client)

Keywords

  • Role-relevant terms included as appropriate (for digital marketing, expect terms like Google AdWords, client, Excel, pivot tables, etc.)
  • Generally positive qualities like teamwork, leadership, always learning, etc. really “pop”
  • No: Over-the-top industry jargon

Metrics

  • Yes: Relevant, compelling numbers (“managed $XX budget,” “achieved YY% year-over-year growth,” “coached ZZ students,” etc.)
  • No: Confusing numbers with too little context

Active verbs

  • Bullets start with interesting, dynamic words (designed, facilitated, eliminated, formulated, solved, customized, coached, collaborated)
  • Use variety—don’t reuse verbs (in one section)

Grammar & spelling

  • Yes: Consistent past-tense, except current role
  • No: Typos, spelling errors, bad grammar, inconsistent capitalization

      /10 (sum of “Feature” ✔✔✔ in leftmost column)