Resume Tips

Crafting a Better Representation of You

Keep it simple.

This is possibly the most important principle of good resume formatting. The last thing you want is for your resume to confuse or put off an employer. So, it’s important that you make it as easy as possible for them to process. Use a 10 or 12 font size. Choose a basic but modern font like Arial or Helvetica. Make sure there is a lot of white space in order to break up the bulk. Your focus should be on readability.

Keep it to a single page.

While there are certainly situations where all your important training, experience and credentials will require multiple pages, most cases, a single page should suffice. Cut your content as much as possible to get to that one-page mark. It could be just a matter of changing your Layout to make it all fit, or dumping things like the antiquated “Objective” intro.

Make sure your contact info is prominent.

While it’s not necessary to include your mailing address anymore, make sure your phone number and e-mail addresses are clearly visible at the top of the page. Also, consider including your LinkedIn profile URL and other social media if relevant (and doesn’t include any potentially unsuitable content!).

Proofread—then proofread again!

Making sure your resume is free from grammatical and spelling errors is critical. Too many times perfectly qualified candidates have their resumes tossed aside because they neglected to spell check. Your resume is a representation of you and your work. Don’t give employers any reason to think negatively of you.