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Résumé Design Part 2

This page will help you effectively use columns, fonts, and other types of emphasis in your résumé.

Using Columns in Your Résumé

Another way to create a balanced résumé is to use columns to format your text. Since you have a limited amount of space on your résumé page, do not use more than three columns. Here is an example of how to use columns to save space in your résumé for the summary of qualifications:

Skills in Ability to Knowledge of
Welding steel, aluminum, stainless steel
Hand and power tools
Physical dexterity and ability to lift over 100 pounds
Diagnose problems and determine appropriate action
Work in high-stress situations
Perform basic mathematics
Read blueprints and work orders
Write materials requests, records
Mechanical systems, fabrications, and welding
Welding theory and principles
Welding tools and welding codes
Safety procedures

To create columns of text, use the Insert Table function in Microsoft Word.

Résumé Fonts

In order to make your résumé easy to read, you should use fonts to separate information. However, you do not want to make your résumé messy or too “busy” by using more than two kinds of fonts and font sizes. Also, you do not want to use fonts that are not professional. A good way to mix fonts is to use serif and sans-serif fonts. Serifs are the short stems on the ends of the letters. Times New Roman is a serif font, while Arial is a sans-serif font. You can see the difference between some fonts in the image below:

Sans Serif Fonts Serif Fonts
This image shows sarif fonts Arial, Geneva, Helvetica, and Charcoal This image shows sarif fonts Times New Roman, Garamond, Palatino, and Courier

An effective mix of Times New Roman and Arial is to use Arial in the contact information section of your résumé and as the headings: Objective, Education, etc. Then you can use Times New Roman as the body text. Remember to be consistent, however, with your fonts. The sample résumés included with this resource shows examples of using Arial and Times New Roman together.

Other Types of Emphasis

In addition to using a good balance of text and white space and a good mix of fonts, you can use other types of emphasis in your résumé. You may also bold or italicize your text. Be careful not to mix too many types of emphasis, however. If you bold, and italicize, and ALL CAP, and UNDERLINE WORDS, you make them more difficult to read rather than making them clearer: Work Experience.

Click here to download the PDF file containing sample résumés and employment letters.