Justified Vs. Left-Justified Formatting on a Resume

The format you use on a resume is an important part of presenting the information contained in the document in a professional and effective manner. While you should pay attention to what your resume says about your work experience and history, you should also pay attention to the formatting you use when aligning the text. Justify and left-justify formats are common ways to present text in a resume.

  1. Appearance

    • On the one hand, left-justify -- more commonly known as left-aligned -- format aligns text to the left border of your resume and fits text on each line according to how much space is available, leaving any remaining space at the right side of the line blank. Left justify creates an uneven border on the right side of the document because of letter sizes and word lengths. Justify, on the other hand, force-fits each line to occupy the full length of the borders established by your resume’s margin settings.


    • The left-justify format presents text in a manner that follows the natural spacing between letters and words as they are created by a typewriter or word processing software application. The justify format increases and decreases the spacing between letters and words so that each line is exactly the same length. Justify produces lines that can make some words appear as if there is an entire space between letters.


    • Nowadays, most documents, including resumes, are created using a word processing program. Setting your resume’s margin formatting can be done from within the user interface window by using the paragraph-settings tools. Before creating your resume, set the document’s left-align format by clicking on the button that shows several lines with an even left margin and different line lengths. If you want to format your resume using the justify setting, click on the button that has multiple lines of the same length.


    • According to “The New York Times,” left justify, or left aligned, is the formatting method of preference by human resources professionals because of its easy-to-read appearance. Avoid using the centered or right-justify formats as they come across as unprofessional and are not as easy to read, which can be a detriment to landing the job. You should also avoid using resume templates and fancy design elements, because the resume can lose its formatting when a prospective employer wants to print or forward the resume to other personnel in the company.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Related Ads

The infamous day of deals can be great for some, but there are alternatives Read Article

The infamous day of deals can be great for some, but there are alternatives