Times doesn’t read well on-screen and lacks typographic subtleties such as non-lining numbers.
Because it’s available on virtually all computers and designed to be readable on on-screen, try Georgia instead.
Our résumé makeover is almost done, but it needs some finishing touches: Never ever use inch and foot marks (straight quotes) as quotation marks and apostrophes. Microsoft Word has automatic curly quotes turned on by default.
From here, you’ll make changes in Paragraph, Font, and Borders and Shading.Paragraph Here’s a detail of the difference: And now the full page: To give more emphasis to job descriptions and responsibilities, deemphasize the cities and dates by setting them in grey.After avoiding the 7 deadly sins of résumé design, you may be asking, “If I can’t use crazy colors, clip art, and other types of decoration, how do I make my résumé stand out from the crowd?” Like many things, the answer lies in the details.The extra spacing between letters help makes each letter more distinct and readable: In Word: Durations of time such as “9–5”, “Monday–Friday”, and “October 5–December 31” should always be separated by en dashes, not hyphens.
On the Mac, press Option-Dash to create an en dash. The space after the closing parenthesis in a phone number is often too wide.
Even if you can’t hire a fancy designer and are stuck with Microsoft Word, a few tweaks can turn your blasé résumé into an elegant and functional showpiece.
Before starting your résumé makeover, first take a look at a typical one: Like most résumés, it was created in Microsoft Word.
Our example résumé already uses bolds and italics to highlight important information such as names and job titles. The headings for the major sections, however, don’t stick out enough.
Even with “Education”, “Legal Experience”, and “Skills and Certifications” underlined and set in bold, they look too close to the job titles.
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