Electronic or Not, Polish Your Resume Format



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Most of the time, we send resumes electronically, either through a form, in the body of an email or as an attachment. Despite that, you should pay attention to how your resume will look if it’s seen on paper. Managers may print out the attachments, or you may hand a paper version to someone during an interview.

Free resume samples are available on Dice. Avoid ornate formats. Instead use a simple, easy-to-read Microsoft Word document that will convert easily to plain text. Use no more than two font types (preferably 12-point Times New Roman or Arial) and use bold type or bullets only to emphasize key points.

Design your resume in an 8 1/2 by 11 format. When you do print it out—and you should bring several copies with you to interviews—be sure to use white bond paper.

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