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Formatting Your Resume

You have all of your content prioritized; now it is time to lay it out in your resume. There are a couple of things to remember when trying to decide how to lay out your resume:

Font and Paper

The font and paper you use can say a lot about you, both good and bad. Unless you are applying for a job in a creative field like graphic design, you want to keep your resume simple, clean and professional.

  • Use two fonts at most, one for headings and one for the body of text.
  • Make sure it is no less than 11 point font.
  • Use a thicker bond paper than regular copy paper (which is 20 pound bond).
  • Stick with paper that is a soft neutral color; cream, grey and of course white are commonly used

White Space is your friend…

  • …but don’t go overboard.
  • Use 1 inch margins and use white space to your advantage.
  • Leaving an extra space between sections in your resume will help put an emphasis on key parts of your resume.

Use Bullet Points

  • Make sure to use bullet points to highlight skills.
  • Bullet points make your resume more concise and allow hiring managers to easily find what they are looking for.
  • The last thing you want is to have a key skill, quality or experience overlooked because it was buried in the middle of a paragraph.

Go easy on the emphasis

  • People try to highlight parts of their resume by using different fonts and using bold, italics and underlining.
  • Only use a max of two different fonts, one for headings and one for other content.
  • Don’t underline anything, although you may think you are emphasizing you are really creating an unwanted distraction.
  • Bold and Italics can be used, but use them sparingly, and preferably only in the titles and headings.
  • Use emphasis to distinguish content not to highlight certain text.

Consistency is Key

  • If you bold or italicize your previous job title, then make sure to do it for all of your previous jobs.
  • If you use circle bullet points for one section don’t use a different shape for the next sections.
  • Keep your resume consistent and cohesive.

You want to impress your reader, not distract them.