Career Advice_Resume formatting
The golden rules of formatting
Include technical terminology but keep it clear
Relevant technical info related to the job description is important to highlight, however, don’t assume a hiring manager will recognize your systems or qualifications so spell out acronyms to ensure clarity.
Presentation and layout
Your resume must look clean and well structured, with enough white space to enhance readability.
Reverse chronological order for work experience
Showcase your most recent/current job first as this is what the hiring manager wants to read first and don’t leave any gaps; if you travelled for one year or took six months off, say so.
Stick to one or two pages
Document all your positions, but only provide details and achievements on recent or more relevant positions. Keep in mind that interviews are the time to showcase specific anecdotes that may not be appropriate on your resume.
Arial size 10 is the best font and size. Bullet points are extremely useful in highlighting key points but keep italics and underlining to a minimum. Avoid tables and other formatting as this can cause issues with automated resume tracking systems.
Spelling and punctuation must be perfect, so after you proofread and spell-check it, give it to a friend to do the same. Follow our 4 step guide for an error free resume.
Avoid over-selling yourself
If you wouldn’t say it out loud or in-person then don’t include it. A good tip is to talk about business or project successes, therefore selling yourself by showcasing your experience. Here’s 6 more common mistakes to avoid.