FORMATTING THE RESUME

FORMATTING THE RESUME

The resume must be easy to read. An employer who is reading sixty resumes in an hour will spend no more than a minute on yours. Even if there are fewer to read, most readers will not scrutinize your resume closely on the first reading. They might later, but on the first reading they are looking for the essential information, which theymust be able to find. To make your resume readable, use highlight strajegies: heads, boldface, underlining, margins, and white space. Essentially follow an outline format. Use these guidelines:  Indicate the main divisions at the far left margins. Usually boldface heads announceghe major sections of the resume. Although the heads can be follOwed by colons, they do not have to be: the design

• indicates that the material that follows explains the head.

• Boldface important words such as job titles or names of majors; use und~lining sparingly.

• Single-space entries; double-space above and below; the resulting white space makes the document easier to read.

• Treat items in each section the same way. All the job titles, for example, should be in the same relative space, with the same  size.

• Print resumes on good-quality paper; use black ink on white y_. Shades of brown, beige, and off-white are often used  brightly
paper which has little effect on employers, and photocopies poorly resulting .

• Make your resume easy to reaconlrolling the margins and type size. Be sure to leave enough margin on the left. If the page is singlespaced, and if all the sections start at the far left margin, your resume will be very hard to read.

• Use 9- or 10 point type if you are using a word processor.