Resume Tips

6 Tips for Formatting Your Resume

When it comes to your resume, formatting is key. If you format your resume correctly, you're more likely to get the job you want. Here are eight tips to help you format your resume for maximum impact.

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We already covered what to include in your resume, now let’s take a look at how to format it.

How to format your resume

  • 1. Use White Space

One of the most common mistakes people make when formatting their resume is to cram too much information onto one page. Not only does this make your resume look cluttered and unprofessional, it can also make it hard to read.

Instead of cramming everything onto one page, use white space to your advantage. Use wide margins, easy to read fonts, and clear headings to make your resume more readable. And if you need to, use more than one page. An extra page or two is not going to deter a potential employer, but an unreadable resume will.

  • 2. Use Reverse Chronological Order

When listing your employment history, education, and awards and achievements, use reverse chronological order. That means you should list your most recent experiences first, and work your way backwards.

This is the most common and easiest to follow format, and it’s the format most employers are looking for.

  • 3. Use Specific and Relevant Examples

When describing your skills and experience, be as specific and relevant as possible. Don’t just say you have experience with a certain software program, explain how you used it and what you used it for.

For example, don’t just say you wrote for your school newspaper, explain what type of articles you wrote, and how many. The more specific and relevant you can be, the better.

  • 4. Use Numbers

Numbers are a great way to demonstrate your achievements and experience. If you can, use numbers to quantify your skills and experience. For example, instead of saying you managed a team of writers, say you managed a team of 10 writers.

  • 5. Use Simple Language

When writing your resume, use simple language that can be easily understood by everyone. Avoid using overly technical terms, or jargon that would only be understood by people in your field.

  • 6. Use conventional resume formats and fonts

When it comes to resumes, there is such a thing as being too creative. Use a conventional resume format, such as a reverse chronological order, and stick to basic fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, or Poppins.

While you want your resume to stand out, you don’t want it to be so different that it’s difficult to read or understand. Keep it simple, and let your experience and achievements speak for themselves.

By following these tips, you can be sure your resume is formatted correctly and makes a strong impression on potential employers.

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