Simple Formatting Tips

Layout matters. Make sure that the resume is easy to read, and clean.

  • Resume should be organized, with simply-written, active verbs.
  • Do you organize your words visually? i.e. With appropriate spacing, legible font size, reasonable style, proper punctuation, avoiding jargon potentially unfamiliar to the recruiter.
  • Do you use bullets or levels of words to lead the reader or for very easy scanning? You may only have two seconds once the pre-weeded resumes are removed. A person who really wants the job will go to the trouble of using their resources to make a clear presentation.
  • Do not make a recruiter dig for anything. It should be obvious where your name, address, email, and phone are first. Then your experience, education, military, volunteer work, or other applicable skills should be easy to search. Treat your resume like a search engine. If you wouldn’t be able to tell something quickly and easily, neither can the HR person.
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