Mastering the Art of Resume Presentation
Resumes are scanned in a matter of seconds so ensuring your resume follows a clean and logical layout is a must if you're to impress recruiters. Be consistent with the formatting, writing style and spacing you use throughout your resume to give it a professional look. Here are a few tips to help you create an attractive, easy-to-read document:
Use a common font like Times New Roman, Arial or Garamond.
Stick to 10–12 point font size for main text, slightly larger font for headings.
Be consistent — don’t mix fonts, heading sizes and so on.
Consider using bold for headlines rather than underline and bold.
Keep your resume uncluttered — use plenty of white space.
Use a professional-sounding email address, preferably your name.
List your employment history in reverse date order, so your most recent job appears first.
Use bullet points to list responsibilities and achievements.
Choose a simple layout that’s easy to read.
Include your name and mobile/email on each page in case pages get separated when printing.
Stick to using Word unless specifically asked to provide your resume in a PDF format.