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Resume Writing: Proper Resume Formatting

Updated on October 20, 2015

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The Basics

The visual appeal of your résumé can make or break your chances of getting an interview, so it must look professional!

  • Leave plenty of space so the page looks inviting to read.
  • Make sure the margins are the same on all sides, preferably one inch on all sides
  • Use friendly, yet professional font. Cutsie fonts are inappropriate.
  • Use bullets, bolding and underlines to emphasize.
  • Label each section clearly.
  • Use black ink on quality paper.

If you have more than two pages:

  • Ensure the page breaks at an appropriate location.
  • Be sure to clearly indicate the number of pages (e.g. 1 of 2)
  • Make sure the second page is given a proper heading in case the pages become separated.

Be sure to use consistent formatting throughout the document.

This is just one example of how you can indicate multiple pages
This is just one example of how you can indicate multiple pages | Source

The Job Hunter's Guide

This information and more can be found in my book, The Job Hunter's Guide. This easy-to-use book will guide you through your job search process, step-by-step. It includes helpful tips on:

  • Networking and Research;
  • Informational interviews;
  • Writing resume and cover letters;
  • Preparing for a job interview;
  • Interview do's and don'ts, what to expect, how to answer difficult questions; and
  • Follow-up.

The Job Hunter's Guideincludes valuable examples and is a must have for employment service agencies, labour boards, career coaches and job hunters alike.


You can also get a free copy of Samples and References: A Companion Book to The Job Hunter’s Guide which includes worksheets and helpful checklists.

© 2015 Rosa Marchisella


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