Use Microsoft Word to prepare your resume; however, DON'T use the
resume templates in Microsoft Word. Templates we have seen do not
create effective resumes based on what we know about employers'
opinions. DO create your own simple Microsoft Word format, using a
table with invisible borders, as explained and shown in the example
- Page margins of 1/2 to 1 inch on all sides generally look fine.
- Except for your name, which can be larger, font sizes of 10, 11 or
12 generally look fine. Note that Arial 12 and Times 12 are not the
same size. If you have trouble getting your content on one page, use a
smaller font, like Arial 10.
- Create your heading (name, addresses, phone numbers and email).
You can create a three-column, two-row table (with cells merged on top
row) to organize your heading, as shown below, if you find this
- For the body of your resume, create a table; one column for
headings; another column for content; one row for each heading
- You can resize and realign your content easily as you revise your
resume. Using the table format means you don't have to individually
tab each line of your resume.
- Set your borders to be invisible: format > borders and shading >
borders > none. You'll see them on screen as guidelines, but they
- For assistance, use the "Help" function in Microsoft Word or visit
the Career Services Computer Lab.
SAMPLE layout / format:
Name (centered or left justified; bold and larger than other text)
(email address under your name looks fine also)
|Set your table borders as
"none" in Microsoft Word, so the borders will not appear on
your resume document. The table format is solely to help you
structure your resume and reformat easily.
||Your concise objective here
(Major), June 2006
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Earned and financed 70% of tuition and college expenses
Company/Organization, City & State location
Job Title, Month/Year dates
(DO use the bullet feature in MS Word to list each item)
(DON'T try to manually insert bullets and manually add spacing to
make your indentions line up)
position in organization)
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