FAQs: Everything you need to know about formatting

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1) How long should my resume be?

One page. Anything longer looks unprofessional, especially for current students and freshers. If you have more than 10 years of work experience, you can consider expanding to a second page, but one page is always sufficient.

2) What is the proper resume format?

While there is no single best format to use for your resume, there are several things you can do to improve your resume’s formatting. We have a whole blog post on this topic - check it out for more details! Here’s a free template for freshers (ATS optimized) for your use as well.

3) Should I use an infographic resume format instead of a traditional resume format?

No. Infographic formats look good, but the applicant tracking systems (ATS) that recruiters use often struggle to understand them. Resumes that are not well understood by the ATS are the first to be discarded, and you do not want that to happen to you. If you are applying for creative positions, it is appropriate to include a link to your online portfolio on your resume in order to showcase your artistic accomplishments.

4) Should I use tables and columns on my resume?

No. Similar to infographic formats, ATS have a hard time understanding information in table and column formats. Do not risk having an ATS discard your resume by using these formatting tools!

5) Should I include a photo on my resume?

Unless you are applying for a job that specifically requires a photo, the answer is no! Including a photo on your resume is old-fashioned and may even bias a recruiter against you based on looks. Photos also take up valuable resume space and draw a recruiter’s attention away from your accomplishments. Lastly, photos often interact poorly with ATS, and including a photo can prevent a recruiter from ever seeing your resume if the ATS cannot process it properly.

6) Which file extension should I use?

The best format for a resume is .docx. While .pdf documents will not change after they have been saved, .pdfs are more difficult for ATS to process. Using a .docx with standard formatting elements is the best way to ensure that your resume will pass through an ATS and reach a human recruiter’s eyes.

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