Visual Career Portfolio
- Your name is one of the most important features on a resume because without it, your resume would be useless! Use a larger font size, such as 16 point or 18 point font, to make this information stand out.
- One of the best ways to set off names and headings is by using different kinds of fonts. For visual consistency, however, avoid more than 2-3 fonts on your resume.
- Use text highlighting features such as caps, boldface, italics, and underline to draw attention and improve readability. Be sure to be consistent in how you use highlighting features within your resume. Do not overuse too many highlighting features – or it can become confusing and look unprofessional.
- Create “mock ups” of different styles (without developing out all of your content) to determine which design/format looks most appealing.
- Use white space strategically to set apart different sections of your resume and help it look visually appealing. Too much text on one page or jumbled all-together can be difficult to read and look unattractive.
- Triple check for accuracy! One typo could cost you an interview. Check for:
- Accuracy and completeness of names, dates, locations, experience
- Periods at the end of sentences
- Correct alignment of text in sections – left, right, center
- Consistency of formatting – font, font size, use of text highlighting, etc.