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Resume Formatting Tips (Chronological & Functional Resumes)

Properly formatting your resume improves readability and projects professionalism. Here are some popular formatting guidelines:

  • Length: One to two pages in most circumstances; if you have a two-page resume, place name and page number in footer of document.
  • Alignment: Left aligned, except the heading, which is typically centered.
  • Margins: One inch – top, bottom, and sides.
  • Font: Times New Roman, Cambria, or a similar font.
  • Font size: 10 to 12 point; section titles may as large as 14 point.
  • Font styles: Bold your name and section headings.
  • Paper color and weight: white, light gray, or ivory 24 pound bond (office supply stores carry resume paper; it's a wise investment).

Other resume writing tips:

  • Do not include personal information, including your age, marital status, etc.
  • Use present tense verbs when describing your current position; use the past tense for your previous jobs.
  • Do not use "I" or "my" when describing your capabilities, accomplishments, or experience
  • Proofread it, and proofread it again. Then give it to a friend who is good at catching errors to proofread again!