Curriculum vitae, Resume or C.V.
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write your resume'
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What is an appropriate format or style for Resume
But first, what
do we mean by style?
Style refers to the way
you arrange your words and sentences so as to intelligibly and
attractively communicate your message. Different genre calls for
different writing styles.
problem with style
is that it's subjective. Different readers have different ideas about
what constitutes good writing style - the way you put together a
sentence or group of sentences. All styles however have one major
objective; to express ideas more concisely, clearly, and compellingly.
writing style and presentation of resumes
expressive style can be casual, imaginative or formal. Orient your
resume style to the type of position for which you are going for.
Resume style elements include:
Colored paper is unfitting for business applications. Use white
paper, black text.
Your format and presentation should make it simple for an interviewer
to read and follow your curriculum vitae.
The variant and size of font you use not only sets your resume style,
but also shapes how easy your resume is to read. There are only two
types of fit business fonts:
fonts: Times New Roman, Bookman and Georgia
serif fonts: Tahoma & Arial
size to either 10 or 12 points and heading size at 12 or 14
points. For emphasis, use bold text, or italic text. Be uniform
in your font choices and styles.
Choose a number of columns to reflect how you want your resume to
appear. Two-column resumes, with headings on the left, are usually
easier to follow, particularly if your resume contains a lot of
Bullets should be used to organize and underscore skills and
achievements. Standard bullets include the circle, the disc, and the
square. Be uniform in your use of bullets and numbered lists.
alignment: Do not center or right-align your text. Avoid using
justified text as it tends to create abnormal lines. Left-aligned text
and bulleted lists are easy to read and preserve a professional look.
While low toned graphics can add appropriate style to your resume,
avoid using pictures. Use graphics to differentiate sections of