Follow these 9 resume layout tips to improve the appeal of your resume:
Resume Layout Tip #1: Use Titles and Headings
Resume Layout Tip #2: Organize the Information on Your Resume to Draw Attention to Your Strengths
Clearly organize the information on your resume. Most prospective employers won’t take the time to read your resume carefully. They will only scan through it and stop if they see something that catches their attention.
Resume Layout Tip #3: Choose the Right Font
Choose a font that is easy to read. The most widely used fonts are Times New Roman and Arial. The Times New Roman font is most often used in less technical fields such as law whereas the Arial font is used in more technical fields such as computer science.
Resume Layout Tip #4: Choose the Right Font Size
Once again, it’s all about making it easy for the reader. The font size for the main content of your resume should be between 10 and 12 (size 11 strikes a good balance). Your resume may look better with a smaller font, but at the end of the day, clarity primes.
Resume Layout Tip #5: Make Your Resume Visually Appealing
Balance the content of your resume so that it is well spread out on the page. For instance, you don’t want the top of the page to look too empty and the bottom to look too full. Try playing with the margins if you need space.
Resume Design Tip #6: Add Some Color to Your Resume
Highlighting parts of your resume using color can be a good idea. For instance, you can choose to highlight headings or some lines.
Resume Layout Tip #7: Do Not Staple Your Resume
If your resume is over one page, do not staple the pages together. Oftentimes, the decision to hire a candidate or invite a candidate for interview is made by a hiring committee. A copy of your resume will probably have to be provided to each member of the committee (meaning that if you staple your resume, they will probably have to unstaple it anyways in order to make photocopies).
Resume Design Tip #8: Number the Pages of Your Resume
Remember to number the pages of your resume if it has more than one page.
Resume Layout Tip #9: Don’t Fold a Resume Along a Text Line
If possible, send your application in a 9”x12” envelope to avoid having to fold your resume or cover letter. If you decide to send your application in a smaller envelope, remember not to fold your documents along a line of text.