Resumes Seen by the Human Eye Need to Catch Attention and be Reader-Friendly


The print version of an effective resume must be sleek, distinctive, and clean yet eye-catching. Your resume should feature conservative, easy-to-read fonts, plenty of white space, a layout/design that goes beyond ordinary yet is not so far out as to turn employers off, and graphic elements that add interest, such as rule lines, boxes, shaded areas, and tables (for print version only, as these graphic elements will likely not hold up when entered into employers’ Applicant Tracking Systems). Avoid instantly recognizable Microsoft Word resume templates. Employers have seen a million of them, so they don’t stand out.