How to Write a Formal Resume


With the economy the way it is, more people are out job hunting. Applying for a job means writing a resume. A resume is your calling card. It shows not only your qualifications but helps a potential employer learn a little about you as a person. A well-written resume can be the difference between you or someone else getting that job.

  • Put your full name and address at the top of the paper. Type your first and last name; center it at the top of the paper. Make the letters bold and approximately 14 or 16 font size. This will help your name stand out as the most important thing on the resume and help a potential employer remember it. Below your name, type in font size 11 your mailing address, phone number and email if you have one. Do not put this in bold.

  • Type "Objective" on the left-hand margin in bold and font size 12. Although this heading is optional, this is good to do if you are applying for a specific job. It helps a potential employer see why you would be the best person for the job. Below this, type about the position or field you want, any skills and experience you have related to that position, and any special interests. Use font size 11 and do not put in bold.

  • Next type "Education" on the left-hand margin in bold, font size 12. Here you will list the schools you have attended beginning with most recent. Include the school's name, city and state, dates attended and degree received. Use font size 11 and do not put in bold.

  • Type "Experience" next on the left-hand margin in bold, font size 12 type. List the three most current jobs you have worked, starting with the most recent. Type the business name, what type of business it is, city and state where located, supervisor's name, phone number, your position and dates you worked there. Type in font size 11 and do not bold.

  • Add "References" at the bottom in bold, size 12 font. List three people as work references, if possible. If you don't have three work reference names, use personal references. List the name of each person, city and state they live in, and phone number. Type this in font size 11 and do not bold. If you don't have room at the bottom for references, you can type: "References provided upon request."

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a font style such as Times New Roman; do not use any fancy font that may be hard to read. Use font size 14 or 16 and bold for your name. For section titles such as "Experience," use 12 font size and put in bold. For all other text, use font size 11 and do not make bold. Keep your format simple; do not add any cute symbols.

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