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What Are Recommended Type/Design Details?

  • Make use of your word-processor's style elements. Use bold, italics, different font sizes, upper-case and small capitals lettering for emphasis and to direct the reader's eye.
  • Type should be between 10 & 12 pt. We suggest using a professional, readily-available font such as Georgia, Times New Roman, Arial, Bookman, Trebuchet, Lucida Sans, Garamond,  or Verdana. You can use a different font for the headers of your resume as well as your contact information but don't use more than 2 types. As noted above, however, you can vary the size, style, etc.
  • Make sure your resume presents well visually ... does it look good on the page? Don’t have all the text on the left side of the page and lots of blank space on the right. Use white space, but also spread out your information in an aesthetically pleasing way.
  • Use bullets to draw the reader’s eye. But don’t bullet everything! Use them to highlight the strong points of your resume such as the Qualifications or Profile statements.
  • Be consistent with headings (size, boldness, etc.) and body text (indented, not indented, tabs right-justified, tabs left-justified, etc.)
  • Here is a printable version of our General Guidelines for resume formatting.

  • DO NOT USE A RESUME WIZARD or RESUME TEMPLATE from your word processing software. While it may seem to be easier and to save you time today - trust us, it will be more work and a big headache later on if you need to update or change your resume in any way. Take a little more time now and save a lot of time later!

At the end of the workshop there are several packets of resumes for you to review, illustrating a variety of styles.

Do not copy these - yours should be unique. However, our examples should give you some ideas on formatting and style as well as naming the different sections of the resume. Be creative, professional and individual!

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