Do you need help deciding on how to choose the best resume format? How you format your resume is important for several reasons. First of all, appearances count: Your resume needs to make a strong visual impression on the reader.
Secondly, your resume may first be read by software rather than a person, so it needs to be in a format that will easily upload, but still retain its visual appearance without the text or font getting garbled.
Finally, in some cases you will still need to deliver a paper resume — at a career or job fair or to a connection who is helping your job search. As well, you will bring a printed-out copy of your resume on interviews. In all cases, your resume needs to make the best possible impression on the reader, and your resume's formatting can be nearly as important as the words that describe your employment history.
Margins, spacing, font size and style, and the other elements of resume formatting are all important when creating resumes that are professional and engaging.
Here's information on how to select the best resume format for your work history, as well as guidelines for basic style choices (for instance, font and design) and details on how to name and save your resume.
Choose a Resume Type
There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume. Take the time to customize your resume — it's well worth the effort.
How to Create a Professional Resume
Once you have decided on a type of resume, generate a list of information to include on your resume, then compile the details to format your resume into a customized resume to send to employers.
Use a Resume Template
Next, use a resume template as a starting point for creating your own resume. Add your information to the resume template, then tweak and edit it to personalize your resume, so it highlights your skills and abilities.
Style Choices: Selecting a Font
Not all fonts are appropriate for a resume. Choose a professional, plain font that's easy to read, and make sure the size is neither too large nor too small. Make sure as well to avoid excessive formatting, such as underlined text, and to be consistent in all stylist choices.
Saving Your Resume
Details count when it comes to your resume — even the file format (PDF or .doc) is an important decision. Determine the best way to save your resume, and use a clear name for your resume as well.