There are a few reasons why it’s important to keep your resume simple. First of all, many of them are read by the applicant tracking systems I mentioned, not by people. Those systems work best reading text rather than fancy formatting. It is critical not to go over the top with fancy layouts, typefaces etc. They can detract and confuse.

It’s also important for the hiring manager to be able to easily read your resume. Using a 10 or 12 point font will ensure that your resume is read. Basic fonts like Arial, Verdana, Calibri, and Times New Roman work well.  A clear conservative impression is always preferable, except in specific cases such as architecture and graphic design, where you are entitled to showcase your creative side.

Bold Font:  Its certainly good idea to use bold fonts but use it sparingly – to highlight headings and separate sections. It can also be used to draw a reader’s attention to certain keywords he is digging for. But avoid it for highlighting less important information for example employer’s name.

Italic: If you want to highlight a particular sections of resume use Italic. You can use quotes with this formatting and in case you are using, do not forget to use right attributions, such as author’s name and publication.

SIZE: Try to keep it to 11 to 12 points in general. You may use very limited 10 point and of course use 13 point for main headings including your name at the top. But majority of the text should be maintained 11 or 12 points. Also keep your headings consistent in size and the body copy consistent.

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