By Sandra HolzOn Jun 26, 2019 Free Resume
You may be thinking why would I say this? What about being creative? I am a designer, Why should I use old templates which anyone can use? With the dawn of Applicant Tracking System (ATS), You may need to hold your creative juices here. Some companies use ATS for handling resumes. These systems let companies to automatically filter candidates based on some criteria. According to ATS guidelines, your resumes should not contain any graphic element. This means no images, icons, tables or any shapes. If any of these are present, ATS could jumble up your information while reading your resumes and you could lose a potential job opportunity. There are other guidelines too around using font type, bullets etc. For full list of guidelines, read this article.
First things first, open up a blank document in Word. Then, navigate to the Page Layout tab, click on Margins and select Narrow. This will allow us to use more of the page, which is very important for a resume. You are looking to give whoever reading it as much information about you as possible, but ideally you should be able to fit all of it onto one page. Now, add in your contact information at the top of the page. The specifics will vary depending on the country you live in and the field you work in, but generally anyone reading your resume will be looking to see your full name, an email address, a contact telephone number, and your physical address.
Now, its time to make your resume look visually appealing. In this case, that means producing a document that is legible above all else. The information should be enough to grab the attention of whoever is reading it, so your color and design choices should be relatively subdued by comparison. Start by choosing an appropriate typeface. You should use the same one throughout the resume to keep things consistent, unless you want to use a complementary font to distinguish your contact information from the other sections. Choosing a sans serif typeface will make your writing easily legible and prevent it from being incompatible with an automated screening program — Helvetica, Calibri, and Trebuchet MS are all good options.
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