Before the lesson, make sure you have sent your resume to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system. You can send an attachment by clicking the following button when you are logged on to Cambly’s website.
If you haven’t finished Part 1, please finish Part 4 first.
Read the following text with your tutor.
Step 3: How to Style your Resume
Whew! So the hard part is over. You have all your content typed up and you are feeling confident about getting that interview. Now for the finishing touches. It’s time to give it some personality.
I. # of Pages
This is the most argued point of resume writing. Some professionals vigorously discourage applicants from going over one page, while others argue that in some instances it is acceptable. The bottom line is this: if you have information that is highly relevant to the position you are applying for then go ahead and add an extra page. However, if you are just adding fluff for the sake of adding pages, then your resume will suffer.
II. Font and Sizing Dos and Don’ts
Font style and size is largely dependent on your preference. You can never be sure what the hiring manager prefers so you have to go with your gut. However there are some Dos and Don’ts when it comes to choosing your font and sizes.
- Choose easy-to-read fonts
- Use the same font throughout
- Change sizes in descending order for your name, headers, and bullet points
- Choose a font that fits with the text sizes you’ve chosen
- Don’t choose small sizes to fit everything on one page
- Don’t pick wacky fonts (for heavens sake not Wing Dings!)
- Don’t have one uniform text size throughout
- Don’t go below 9pt
- Don’t spend too much time on choosing a font
For sizing, many resumes follow a 24, 12, 10 format. This means that the name is 24pt, the body headers are 12pt, and the bullet points are 10pt.
If the hiring manager needs to put on their glasses just to make out your experience, then your application will be on one-way trip to the trash can.
This is by no means a rule, but rather a guideline to consider following. Just remember to keep the readability in mind when choosing sizes. If the hiring manager needs to put on their glasses just to make out your experience, then your application will be on one-way trip to the trash can.
When choosing your font, the choice will come down to a “Serif” style or a “Sans Serif” style. The major difference is that Serif fonts have small lines on the ends of their letters, while the Sans Serif does not. Again, the choice is based on your preference of what you think will be the easiest for a potential employer to read.
It’s worth noting whether your resume is a paper version or an electronic version. For a paper version it’s better to use Serif fonts, while electronic versions look better in Sans Serif fonts. Below are some popular font choices.
||San Serif Fonts:
Lines are great to use to help break up the resume and allow potential employers to better process the information. Line breaks commonly begin after the career objective or qualifications summary. From there, they are used to break each subsequent section. How you divide it is up to you, but just don’t go page break crazy for every bit of information. Too many page breaks will ruin its readability.
Below are some line styles for you to consider (see the yellow highlights):
Line Styling Sample 1
Line Styling Sample 2
Line Styling Sample 3
Margins are the first thing a potential employer will notice about your resume, so it’s important that they are appropriately set. One inch margins are the safe bet for applicants that lack experience. If you have a wealth of experience that you are trying to fit to one page then it is acceptable to reduce to the margins. Be cautious when reducing the margins. If they are too small, your pages will look overcrowded. To be safe it is recommended not to go below .5.”
You’ve made it! Give yourself a pat on the back. Hopefully by now you are well on your way to writing an outstanding resume.
Go over the following points with your tutors.
- Let’s go over the following points with your tutor:
- # of pages
- Fonts do’s and don’ts
- Revise your contact information according to the guideline above.
- Do a final revision with your tutor.
- You’ve made it! Give yourself a pat on the back. Now let’s move onto “Writing A Cover Letter”.