5 quick tips for a visually appealing resume

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  1. Use horizontal lines to separate information on the page. I like to add a line under the contact information to emphasize that the information below the header is more important.
  2. Leverage the margins. Use the margins to make more room for content (remember, you probably need to fit your resume on a single page). Make sure to adjust the margins evenly on each side so your resume doesn’t look off-centered.
  3. Choose an appropriate font. For more on this, check out my previous post on the best and worst fonts to use on your resume.
  4. Evenly align everything. The left margin, any bullet points, and dates placed on the right side of the page should be exactly in line throughout the entire document. This can take some effort, but it’s so easy to tell when the alignment is off – it’s worth the time.
  5. Use bullet points in your job descriptions. Forcing all your job details into a single continuous paragraph is difficult to read. Paragraphs have their place on some resumes (more on that in a future post), but most people should be using bullet points to visually streamline the information and make it easier for a recruiter or hiring manager to skim.

Here’s an example of what these tips might look like in action. (Note: the content is some made up jibberish, so please don’t use it on your resume!)

Resume Sample

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