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Templates & Formatting

The first step to a crafting an effective resume is getting the format and layout right.

Most experts suggest limiting your resume to just 1-2 pages. The key is to keep it as brief as possible by sharing only the information that is relevant to the job you are applying for.


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According to Hank Boyer

Author, career coach and CEO of Boyer Management Group.

Hank agrees that the ideal length for most resumes is two pages, but adds that this also depends on a job seeker’s level of experience.

“Inexperienced individuals should not add non-relevant, filler content to their resume to get it to two pages,” says Boyer. “Concentrate on facts that are relevant to the employer and the specific position.”

“For experienced individuals, accomplishments and education older than 15 years should be condensed to save space, and focus on the most recent and relevant accomplishments,” he adds.


Ideal length = 2 pages

Focus on most recent

don't add non-relevant content

Resume Format Tips

Resume Format Tips

To save space, just one or two lines for contact information, rather than having a separate line for each item, and cut out unnecessary words like “phone number”, “address” and “email”.

The main sections you will need to include are: your name, contact information, a personal statement and/or a brand statement, education and work experience.

Other optional sections could include skills, qualifications and awards, and personal interests or activities. Many job seekers these days also include a link to one of their professional online profiles, such as LinkedIn or a personal website.

Bold headings draw attention. Italicizing a few key points or consistent subheadings can highlight information you don't want the reader to miss

Leave plenty of white space, including margins and line spacing

Employers tend to scan a resume. To make the important things stand out at a glance, Boyer suggests breaking up blocks of text with bullet points, bolding, subheadings, and concise paragraphs. “Use bullet point phrases and short sentences to communicate key accomplishments and applicable information to the reader" he advises.

Resume Format Tips
Resume Format Tips
Resume Format Tips
Resume Format Tips
Resume Format Tips


Hover or click on the images to learn Helpful Points that can get you an interview.

Use PowerWords

Power words or phrases demonstrate your capability.

Power words include things like initiated, implemented, managed, increased, launched, created, managed, advised, demonstrated, influenced, increased, etc.

Resume with No Work Experience

All types of experience are good, not only paid work. 

Emphasize your education, and other valuable experiences:

  1. Internships

  2. Volunteering

  3. Extracurricular activities

Click HERE for Guidance!

Brand Your Resume

Take the time to create a Brand Statement and Branded Resume. Click HERE for guidance.

See Excellent samples of all Branded pieces by creator Patrick McAndless HERE


Try to view templates more as guidelines than ready-to-use resumes, and keep in mind that even though something may be formatted in a certain way; you can always switch things around a bit to better reflect your skills or industry.

CLICK on the images to download the Templates in Microsoft Word = editable

Don't Forget to Edit!

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