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The most important tip for resume writing is to make your document readable & relevant, so that it ultimately results in an interview. The following information will help ensure that your resume is written with your best foot forward.

Type Faces

Sizes

  • 14–20 pt. font for name

  • 12–14 pt. for headings

  • 11–12 pt. for content

Recommended Fonts

  • Arial

  • Cambria

  • Times New Roman

  • Verdana

Spacing

  • Draw readers' attention to important information by adding line breaks

  • Keep resume at 1–2 pages (3 is appropriate for extended history)

  • Place your name and page number at the top of the second and third pages to ensure that all pages are easily identifiable

 Format
  • A chronological format is best; begin listing your most recent professional experience first, keeping in mind that the last ten years are most relevant.

  • Note less relevant positions with a brief, high-level statement defining the position.

  • While you can be creative (e.g., in using a photo with your contact information), avoid going overboard as too many photos or icons can distract from the main content.

  • If your present/past job titles aren't easily identifiable or recognized, provide a brief description of the job under the job title.

  • Emphasize accomplishments that are relevant, applicable, and that have value to the open position. However, list only 2–5 relevant accomplishments per job.

  • Highlight relevant, top-level experiences, qualifications, education, training, and projects that connect with your target position. When possible, provide actual numbers or statistics such as annual revenues, size of a division, number of employees, or the amount of a budget.

  • Write concise, easy to read statements and eliminate technical words unless relevant to the open position.

  • Do not include hobbies, a reference list, or volunteer positions that are irrelevant to the open position.

  • Save your final resume as a PDF to ensure proper formatting when attaching your resume to an email.

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