Finishing touches on a resume

Updated: Jun 6, 2020

This is Part 6 of a series of posts on the basics of improving your resume.

Now that you’ve completed your resume draft, let’s make sure we complete our final checks and add our final touches to it.

  1. Spell check - Ensure you use spell check before submitting your resume. Keyboard shortcut: F7 in Microsoft Word

  2. Fonts - Use a maximum of 2 standard fonts (Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman). One can be used for headers and the second, for bullet points. You can also stick with just one font.

  3. Font sizes - With the exception of your name which can be in large font, all the other content should be in a maximum of 2 different font sizes on your resume. Avoid using font sizes <10. This makes it difficult for a recruiter to read.

  4. Colours - Try to avoid using too many colours on your resume. You can use up to 2 colours on your resume. Avoid using bright or flashy colours like bright red, orange, green, etc.

  5. Check for consistency (capitalization, dashes, date formats, etc)

  6. Acronyms and jargon - Remember that the person reading your resume may not understand jargon. Try not to use extremely technical words or short forms.

  7. NEVER USE TABLES! Tables do not render properly in most applicant tracking systems and can be the reason your resume is not getting shortlisted.

Now you’re ready to send out your resume! Good luck with your job search!

View our other posts in this series:

1 - Improve your resume: Contact information

2 - 7 ways to improve the education section of your resume

3 - 9 tips to improve the work experience section of your resume

4 - Should I add a summary or skills to my resume?

5 - Optional sections on your resume

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