Top Resume Tips: Overall Formatting of Your Resume

Research shows that hiring managers typically spend less than one minute skimming over a resume and many companies are utilizing computerized applicant tracking systems these days to scan resumes before they even make it to a set of human eyes. Does your resume highlight your skills and accomplishments, demonstrate if you are a good fit for the position you’re applying to, flow well, and is streamlined and visually appealing? In this three-part blog series, we will offer a quick resume checklist to help make your resume stand out and get you in the door for an interview!

Part Three: Overall Formatting of Your Resume
  1. Ensure your resume is overall visually appealing and streamlined for a hiring manager to read.
  2. Pay attention to proper font size, margins, spacing, bolding, and white space.
  3. Double check to make sure there are no typos and that you have correct punctuation and grammar, including proper verb tense, throughout your resume.
  4. Ensure your current and previous employers and titles (including promotions) are clearly displayed.
  5. Include any relevant training, certifications, computer, language, technical skills, professional associations, and community involvement (if applicable).

Did you miss Part One: Professional Summaries or Part Two: Accomplishment Statements of this blog series?


Note: This blog post only touches on certain aspects of this topic and is not a comprehensive list. This blog post is an educational and informational resource for job seekers and is not a substitute for working with a resume writer or other professional. See our Terms and Conditions for additional information.


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One Response to Top Resume Tips: Overall Formatting of Your Resume

  1. Tara Allen June 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Finding a job in today’s market can be tough. I am glad to know that there are things that you can do to ensure your resume stands out. The tips you provided on creating an efficient resume seem helpful. I will have to be sure to pay close attention to details.

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