Guidelines for Electronic Resumes | Southwestern Illinois College

Electronic Resume

Your resume will likely be viewed with 80 character lines and 24 lines to a screen page. Use an 8 ½ x 11 page format. (If you plan to fax it, print it on white paper.) Use an easy-to-read typeface (font), such as Times, Helvetica, or Courier, at a point size of 11 or 12. Avoid tabs (use space key), underlines, boxes, columns, italics, and shading. Also avoid boldface, vertical or horizontal lines, columns, graphics, and bullets. Use capital letters for section headings. Use commonly recognized headings— WORK EXPERIENCE:, EDUCATION: Use key skill words from a job description or advertisement. Key words are normally nouns rather than action words. Key words indicate qualifications and knowledge. For example, an administrative assistant might use key words such as data entry, filing, database management, word processing, and Microsoft Office Professional. Some resume banks offer fill-in-the-blank templates, complete with instructions. Be concise, but you may use more than one page if necessary. The computer can handle multiple-page resumes. E-mail a copy of your resume to yourself to see what it looks like. (You can do this from an Internet site that allows you to create your own resume using this format.) When including a resume in the body of an e-mail, use a 65-character line with a hard return at the end of every line.