How to Write a Resume in Powerpoint


First impressions are lasting ones, and a professional looking PowerPoint résumé is certain to leave a lasting impression on a prospective employer. Placing text blocks in Microsoft Word and formatting them is sometimes a battle with auto-formatting. The text blocks often seem to magically shift to the next page or just land in the wrong place. With PowerPoint, you can place text blocks wherever you want to and they stay put.

  • Set the page size to "US Letter." In PowerPoint 2007, you can change the page size from the "Design" tab (choose "Page Setup") and in PowerPoint 2003, access "Page Setup" from the "File" menu.

  • Draw text boxes on the document for your résumé content areas. For example, you might have "Experience" and "Education" as content areas. Click on the "Text box" icon from the "Insert" menu and drag the slider over the page to the right size. Don't worry too much about the sizing at this point: Your goal is to create all of the text boxes you need: name and address, qualifications and any other information on your résumé.

  • Resize the text boxes to fit the page. Grab the handle at the corner of any text box to resize it. Resize the boxes to the approximate shape and size you think they should be.

  • Fill in your text. If you already have a résumé written in Word or another word-processing program, use the Office clipboard to cut and paste your text into the PowerPoint slide (use "Ctrl" and "C" to copy and "Ctrl" and "P" to paste).

  • Resize the text boxes again so that all of the text is visible and the white space (the space that isn't filled with text) looks evenly distributed on the page.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add another page to your résumé, copy the first page to a second (the layout of the text boxes will carry over, giving your résumé a polished appearance). Click on "New Slide" from the "Home" tab, then click on "Duplicate highlighted slide."

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