Resume Formatting

There is no right answer for resume formatting. You'll hear lots of opinions, but really, you just want your resume to be clear and concise

General Formatting

  • Resume length: 1-2 pages (for most people still in college or recent grads  your resume will be 1 page)
  • Font type and size: Arial, Times New Roman, Gill Sans (easy to read types), 10 – 12 pt size
  • Name and headings should stand out and be easy to read
  • Margins: ½ inch to 1 inch on all sides.  Keep sides symmetrical.
  • Use bold, italics , and underline to highlight content of particular relevance and importance
  • Use a consistent verb tense (past or present tense)
  • Use action oriented words to describe your experiences
  • Organize your content in a way that reflects your professional pursuits
  • Proofread your resume and have others review it for grammar and clarity
  • Name the document appropriately when saving to your computer, (ex. Jane Doe Resume 2016.doc)
  • Save your resume as a .pdf document for easy electronic transmission
  • Print on resume paper