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Talent & Recruitment
Feb 3, 2010 | Martin Buckland lock

A résumé secures an interview. It doesn’t get you the job. It’s a very important document and has to lure the reader into spending time analysing your performance data.

Here are some standard guidelines you should follow when writing a résumé:

  • Use a 10 to 12 point font size for the body of the résumé and 11 to 14 points for the headers. Your name should not go beyond 17 points.
  • Keep the font consistent, and don’t switch fonts in a résumé. In fact, make your font choice and stick with one style throughout.
  • Use bold and italics judiciously. They are use only to attract the eyes to key information as headers, facts and figures. Also, it’s tradition to bold your name.
  • Don’t use underlines. This feature went out in the typewriter age. Résumés are often scanned by computers and underlines can distort or even eliminate the text above it. This also pertains to hyper linking your e mail address.
  • Mix up short and long sentences in your résumé for ease of reading.
  • Use only white paper, not shades of gray or brown. Purchase the brightest white paper available as it will enhance copying if scanned.

These are just a few basics to follow if you want to create a powerful, enticing résumé! Good luck.

About the Author:

Martin Buckland is a Professional Career Management Expert with offices in the U.S. and Canada. President of Elite Résumés, he is certified in résumé writing, executive & career coaching, job search strategies, personal branding and interview coaching. He has extensive knowledge of the best strategies to secure a job most effectively and is well networked with recruiters and human resource professionals across North America.

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