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Apr 26

Failing to pay attention to the appearance of your resume will cause it to fail to be noticed, no matter how well written it may be. When selecting paper and ink color for your resume, stick to the basics. First, always use high-quality paper with a weight between 16 lbs and 25 lbs, and with at least 25% cotton fiber.

Never use fancy typefaces, and don’t use multiple typefaces. Times New Roman, size 10, 11 or 12 point is standard for text, but Arial typeface is often used as well. Both of these are easy to read and pleasant to look at. Use a larger type, such as 14 or 16 point, for headings. Also bold your headings, job titles and perhaps your degree information, but use regular, un-bolded font for everything else. Remember, if you try and emphasize too many things, nothing will stand out.

What about color? Shades of white and ivory are really the only acceptable colors for resume paper. Don’t be tempted to use cutesy paper with graphic backgrounds, such as clouds or marble designs. Finally, always use black ink. It is the easiest to read, and it also faxes and photocopies better than any other color.

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