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Resume: Formatting

Wed 8 Apr 2015, 23:54pm, Tell a Friend, Print 2 comment(s)

As I mentioned before in an earlier blog, your resume is the 1st representation of you.

As such, who would not want an unforgettable resume?

I have seen some resumes where candidates have gone to great lengths to make their resume more like a piece of art. They had lines and squiggles and graphics and 3 or 4 different fonts to create their masterpiece.

There is one downfall to this. There are a million great fonts to be found on the Internet. You can install them and use them in your resume program to make things look very impressive. However, when you send that resume to me and I do not have the same fonts installed on my computer, my computer will substitute the fonts for something I do have. The results often time are nowhere near what was originally intended.

I also discussed using all caps in a previous blog. One thing that I forgot to mention is that words that are in all caps are usually ignored by the spellchecker. Remember this even if you just use headings that are in all caps. That style is difficult to read, and it's easy to overlook a misspelling or an extra space. I prefer bold, and many times when I've cleaned up a resume and I've made the change I have found misspellings.

A couple of suggestions regarding fonts on your resume:
Using a single font is preferred, using 2 is OK (especially if you're offsetting your contact information)
Use a font that is standard – one that came with your computer.
Use a font that is easy to read
Use a font that is professional – no comic

Jackson

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