Employers often receive hundreds of applications for one position. They do not have time to read resumes; they scan them and want information quickly. Consequently, formatting is more important than content. Even if you have strong content and stellar accomplishments, your readers may miss it if your resume is disorganized.
Styling improves readability. Make it easier for your readers to skim by utilizing the following formatting techniques:
- Bolding job titles
- Using white space liberally or double-spacing between sections
- Bulleting your accomplishments to break up text
- Avoiding lists of more than seven items
- Keeping your sentences short
- Including all the essential headings (i.e., contact information, education & experience)
- Using columns or tables (without borders) or right justifying dates
Finally, consistent layout presents a cohesive message and makes information easy to find. Select a format for communicating your job title, employer and dates, then stick to it. For example, if you right justify dates in your education section, also do so for your experience.
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