Does having a good resume format matter? Of course it does! Choosing a legible font or margin size in your resume is an important consideration when it comes to resume format.

Resume Format Basics

1. Font

-Choosing the right font for your resume is very important. When creating a resume (especially a traditional resume), use a standard font across platforms: Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana or Tahoma - these are the fonts that are automatically installed in most computer systems. If you are in the education or health care industry, the best fonts to use are serif fonts because the end strokes of the typefaces and their old-style make them more readable. For modern and creative resumes, sans serif typefaces are the best to use because of their modern nature. However, whether you are writing a traditional or modern resume, always remember to choose a readable font.


Be consistent. Use no more than 2 fonts.
Size. Don’t use anything less than 10 points or larger than 12 points (11 points is a happy medium). Your name should be between 16 and 22 pt.


If you decide to use a non-standard font, send your resume as a PDF or through “snail mail” (postal mail). If fonts are unavailable in the employer’s computer, once he/she reads your resume in an MSWord format, fonts will be substituted and the resume’s layout will be different.

2. Margin

-Use margins / white space generously. Ideally, make your margin 1 inch all the way around.
-Left and right margin should always be the same in size.

3. Bullets

-Bullets are helpful in making long sentences in your resume readable.
-Non-standard bullets are not available in employer’s computer
-Only use non-standard bullet points for hard copy or PDF (portable document format).

4. Consistency

Be consistent throughout your resume. Consistency plays a vital role in creating a positive visual appearance. Your resume format, design and layout should be consistent in every page.

5. Other Resume Format Considerations

Use styles to make sure your formatting remains consistent. Repeat your name and contact information on the second page and subdivide your resume into sections.

Note: Left aligned texts are easier to read than justified texts.

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