Presentation & Formatting Tips
What does a good resume look like?
Here are a few necessities to keep your resume professional:
standard margins. Typically the top margin is 1 inch, and the other
three sides are 1.5 inches.
formatting so that the right edge is ragged. The words do not have to
be hyphenated, as they would be with justified formatting. Hyphens
interrupt the flow when reading.
single spacing between listings and double spacing between sections.
resume should be laser printed or typeset.
boldface rather than changing fonts. Items such as your name,
employer’s name, name of institution that you wish to
can be bolded.
not overdo usage of underlining or capitalization. Minimize use of
section changes as it slows a reader’s eye.
bullets to highlight
accomplishments. Keep bulleted information down to one or two lines.
Bullets make information appear crisp and clear. If the bulleted
information is lengthy, this effect is undermined.
the presentation of
information consistent throughout your resume. Lack of consistency
gives a resume an unprofessional look and indicates lack of
- language is clear, concise and precise.
should be no more than two pages. Often when one is longer than two
pages, the employer will not read the entire resume. A long
resume gives the employer the indication that you lack communication
skills. Most resumes are one page long.
your resume is more
than one page, in the header of the second page, include your name and
"page 2" (just in case the pages become separated when in the hands of
spelling, grammar, punctuation, or typographical errors.