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1. Formating The Page
Regardless of which résumé style you choose, it should be formatted in a specific way. Proper formatting draws attention to your accomplishment rather than to the font. By following the guidelines, you’ll polish your résumé so that it makes a strong first impression. Guidelines to follow when formatting your résumé:
Set your margins to 1” all around.
Use a standard font such as Arial or Calibri. Times New Roman is acceptable but a little hard on the eyes; every second you can get a potential employer to look at your résumé counts, so consider using a sans serif (i.e. a font with no projecting features at the end of strokes).
Use font size 16 for your name, 14 for section headings, and 12 for all other text.
- Use plenty of white space (blank lines). Proper use of white space will make your résumé easy to scan quickly and to read.
- Unless applying for a job where unique formatting is thematically appropriate, always use white paper and black font.
- Use bold font for your name and section headings.
2. Create Heading
It should include your:
- telephone number
- e-mail address
Your name should be in 16-point bold type, and the rest of the heading in regular 12-point font. You may either enter the information, or justify it to the left or right of the page.
3. Choose a Layout.
How you lay out the information depends on the job you want. Here are three different types:
- Chronological résumé. - The focus in this format is on experience. A chronological résumé is best for those who have mostly worked in the same field and can show steady progress up the ladder, each job being a step-up from the last. For example, someone who has worked as a receptionist, then as a legal secretary, and now as a paralegal may want to use a chronological résumé.
- Functional résumé. - The focus of this type of résumé is skills and experience, not job history. A functional résumé is best for those who cannot show a steady career progression. This type of résumé is designed to highlight specific skills rather than job titles. For example, a functional résumé is best for people who have changed jobs frequently, or who have gaps in work history. A mother who took time off to raise a family would likely benefit from a functional résumé. A photographer who has won awards for photographs, but who has only had one job as a photographer, would also benefit from the format of a functional résumé.
- Combination résumé. - A combination résumé is best for those who have specific skills and wish to highlight how they were acquired. If you’ve developed a special skill set from a variety of activities, and an evolving work history where you acquired them, a combination résumé is likely the best style for you.