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- Do not use templates: they are hard to format, they all look alike, and they do not send well electronically.
- Make your name slightly larger, usually somewhere between sizes 14 and 18 pt. This will make your name stand out to an employer who is overwhelmed with resumes.
- Try using italics, bold or CAPITALIZATION for section headings or job titles, but be consistent throughout your resume and avoid over-formatting.
- Make sure there is a consistent amount of white space (space without text) on your resume; avoid large open spaces and too much clutter.
- Use the tab function, not the space bar, to line things up perfectly.
- Decrease margins if space is needed, but not smaller than 0.5” all the way around.
- Be sure approximately 2/3 of the second page will be utilized if you decide to use one.
- Avoid the use of any color other than black.
- When sending a resume to an employer electronically, send the file in .pdf maintain the formatting.
- Will your resume make a strong, positive, professional impression on the reader?
- Is your resume the most professional “snapshot” presentation of your ability to complete a task effectively and successfully?
You can find more resume information and tips, as well as an example, on our comprehensive resume checklist.