Mastering the Art of Resume Presentation - dummies

By Amanda McCarthy, Kate Southam

Part of Writing Resumes & Cover Letters For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian/New Zealand Edition)

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.