4 Really Easy Resume Formatting Tips

A resume that's easy to read is more likely to get read. But if an employer has trouble reading the print, well... he just may not bother. He's more likely to toss it and go on to the next resume in his big pile.

Now that would be a shame, especially if your resume has really good stuff in it — stuff the employer's looking for in his next hire. So don't let simple formatting get in the way of your being noticed and getting the interview for a great job.

4 Resume Formatting Tips

These resume formatting tips are really easy. If you follow all four of them your resume will stand a much better chance of getting read, simply because it's easy to read.

So here you go...

1. Use at least 11 point font size for the smallest text on your resume. Any smaller than 11 point is just too small to read easily. You can make it even a little better by raising the point size to 12, but 11-point is okay if you need to save some resume real estate.

2. Highlight important info (such as your name and major headings) with bold and larger font size. Larger font sizes can range from 13 to 18 point, depending on your taste.

3. Use black type on white background. High contrast is easier to read and sends the message, "I'm confident!" Grey, blue, and other colors may look pretty but they don't exude confidence.

4. Don't use the header function of your MS Word resume. When viewed on a computer screen, text in the header looks much lighter than the text in the body of the page. Not good, considering your heading contains the most important information: your name and contact info.

With these resume formatting tips, you can make your resume really easy to read. And when you do that, you'll show the employer you're a considerate person who respects his time. And that's a good start for any job candidate.