Cover Letter + Resume Tips
Formatting is one of the first things that people will notice about your resume, whether reviewing it on paper or in electronic form. Having a well-formatted resume is almost as important as having a well-written resume: because it allows employers to easily pick-out key points and see that you are suitable for the job, even if they scan through your resume quickly.
On the whole it is generally better to start with a blank page rather than using an pre-existing template for Microsoft Word or other word processor. This is because everybody who uses the same template (and many people do!) will have identical looking resumes - and you want yours to stand-out, at least a little. Additionally, most word processor templates look absolutely terrible, or not completely unreadable, when copied into email or uploaded into a job search engine. Of course, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be prepared to get ideas from elsewhere; use the Internet to search for resumes of other people in your industry, and see if you can get any formatting ideas from them. Once you have your ideas about formatting clear in your head, then create your resume, from scratch, on a blank page.
You should aim to fit your resume into one page, or at most two. Really, you should only go on to a second page if you have extensive experience in the field and need to list experiences and sklls which are directly relevant to your career objective or the job position. If you are applying for a job in a creative field and wish to show off samples of your work (such as images or pictures if you are a graphic artist, samples of writing, etc.) you should do so in a separate portfolio, rather than including it in your resume.
General rules for formatting your resume are:-
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