Resume Formatting Quick Tips

❗Don’t forget these important formatting tips as you update your resume:

    • Font size should be between 10-12 points; choose professional and easy to read fonts. Margins typically range between .5 and 1 inch
    • Do not use personal pronouns (e.g. I, my, me, we, our)
    • U.S. resumes should not include personal information such as age, marital status, children, or religion.
    • Use reverse chronological order (most recent first).
    • While it is ideal to be succinct, people with advanced degrees can go beyond the customary 1-page resume.  We recommend no more than 2 pages for Master’s students and no more than 3 pages for PhDs and postdocs.
    • Bold, italics, and bullets can be used in moderation to accentuate and break up content.
    • Resume should be visually appealing and easy to read.
    • Consistency is essential; if you italicize a job title and bold the employer name for one experience, make sure you do the same for all experiences.
    • Proofread several times to avoid spelling and grammatical errors, and do not use abbreviations or slang.
By Yale Office of Career Strategy
Yale Office of Career Strategy