Formatting Your Resume
By Kit Samuels
From the e-book, 7 Resume & Cover Letter Tips That'll Get You More Interviews
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Formatting Your Resume

A few years ago, I helped one of my mother’s neighbors carry a few boxes into her new place. She’d cleared out her living room and ordered all new furniture—sofas, end tables, lamps, the works. It wasn’t arranged yet…a lot of things were still in boxes, and the sofas and tables were set about any old way.

About a month afterward, this neighbor invited my mother and I to lunch, to thank us for helping out. When I walked into that same living room, I have to say I was stunned. It was beautiful. The furniture was arranged, lovely paintings hung on the walls, beautiful vases…and I hadn’t even noticed before what a gorgeous fireplace and hardwood floor she had.

What I realized was this—that was the same unorganized room I’d seen a month
earlier, with the same things in it. It just hadn’t been arranged yet. My point with this?


Design—Big Key To A Successful Resume

While the words on your resume are super-important, how you arrange those words is just as critical. Like how my mom’s friend arranged her furniture made all the difference in the appearance of her living room. A resume needs to look good. Easy on the reader’s eyes. So whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of bunching too many thick clumps of text together.

While it might seem like a great idea to try and get everything you can onto your resume, it can actually shoot you in the foot. If a recruiter sees thick blocks of text all over the place, it becomes a heavy-duty chore to read your resume—even difficult to do any skimming. To the hiring manager, the trash becomes the only sensible place to put your resume.

So break up your text wisely. Make the sentences on your resume & cover letter succinct, to the point. Try not to go beyond 3-4 sentences a paragraph. Another thing—bullets are great, especially for your summary of qualifications section, located right after your objective statement.

And use bold and italics here and there. They do wonders to break up the text, but
don’t go overboard with them, or you’ll end up canceling out the whole effect.
And don’t forget about your margins, which should be about an inch on all sides.

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