tmennillo
tmennillo asks:
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Is it unprofessional to bold or italic certain words in a resume?

In Topics: Jobs/Careers
> 60 days ago

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Amit_Pandey
Amit_Pandey writes:
Too many herbs and spices can ruin a great dish. So use bold Italic words in resume but as much as required.
Guideline, not rules: When you employ Italics bold them, otherwise italics text will look anemic or pale to the reader.  
Pick familiar type face and stick to it. Bold italics to ensure the text is readable and keep italics to a minimum.
Always bold your name (on all pages), your title, your degrees, and boffo recognition in upper and lower case.
Set your prior employer’s company name apart from your name, by using light face CAPITAL LETTERS only.
Underline sparingly and preserve valuable white space by not using thin ruled lines that can become jagged when a fax machine or tired copier are employed.
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LyndalBruns
LyndalBruns writes:
Bolding: To the matter of using bold for content in your resume, it is-of course-acceptable and very often used-but, you must know how to best use bolding, to make it effective. First off, only use bolding for your name in the header and main categories-such as education, skills, etc. This way, the employer sees the sections he/she needs to reference right off the bat, and can find your name easily to equate this information with. Second, if you use bolding; you do not need italics, various fonts, or anything to compete with it.

Italics: Italics should be used very minimally-if at all. Many people use italics to make certain skills and words stand out; but this sort of stylizing can be over the top, unprofessional, and distracting to an employer-and should best be avoided, unless you are not using bolding or are only using italics for a couple words.

Bullets: Bullet points are helpful tools for making short sentences stand out, such as in making a particular point or listing items. In resumes, they are almost standard in most often listing the different responsibilities that a person had at a certain position or achievements won according to their career. This said, they can be used incorrectly; and can become the opposite of what they were intended for-distracting. Bullets should be used in the most standard of bullet font. Using a bullet is enough to point something out, without dramatizing the effect. Moreover, only one font of bullet should be used throughout the entirety of the document-again, use of more than one looks stylistic, unprofessional, and uncalculated. Lastly, only use bullet points to point out pertinent responsibilities and significant achievements.


#LyndalBruns,
Chicago, IL
Certified professional resume writer
> 60 days ago

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