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Resume Formatting Tips

Resume Formatting Tips

Some of my biggest pet-peeves when looking over someone’s resume are because of bad formatting. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when looking over your final product:

1) Right-Justify Your Dates

It’s not that difficult to do and it makes a huge difference. If you are planning to put your dates at the right side of the page, DO NOT push the space bar to get them out there. Go up to the ruler and click on it to set a tab where you would like the date to END. Then within the tab window, tell it to Right Justify anything on that tab. You will find that if you do this, your dates will all be perfectly lined up and very attractive compared to your pushing that space bar.

2) Too Much White Space

If you have your name and address centered at the top of the page with two huge white spaces to each side, go back and try to figure out another way to set it up. It not only looks elementary, but it also wastes a lot of space. Unless you are a new graduate without much experience, you probably need that space. So, you can either spread your name out like so: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email. Or you can divide up the information over two lines. If you are unsure, look through a sample book and pick the one you like the best.

3) Too Many Bullets

If you have more than five bullets in a row, that’s too many. Break up the bullets, or better yet, get rid of them completely. I save bullets for accomplishments. Use short paragraphs to list your overall responsibilities. This way, your accomplishments will really stick out.

4) Nothing is Lined Up

Make sure when you take that last look at your resume that all of your paragraphs line up. You can use the tabs to make sure indents are uniform. It really sticks out when I read over someone’s resume and find that they used inconsistent indents and tabs.

5) Font Size

It’s OK to use a bigger font size for your name and for the headings on your resume, however make sure the rest of the resume is a consistent font size. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen resumes with font size 10 in one section and font size 12 in another section. It really distracts my attention and tells me that this person is not really interested in details. It’s such a simple fix.

I hope these tips will help you have a winning resume! If you have any questions or want a free critique, feel free to contact me: tina.michelle.sims@gmail.com