Keywords in a Resume are Critical but they Must Look Natural and Not Forced Email Attachments When You Send Your Resume Electronically: Do’s and No-No’s
Jun 05

No matter how professional the content of your resume, it won’t be noticed – or even seen – by hiring managers if you don’t pay equal attention to its physical appearance, meaning the selection of paper and the quality of the print job.

A good rule of thumb for selecting resume paper is to use any shade of white or ivory. As tempting as it may be, never choose colored paper or paper with a background design, even if you feel it represents your personality. Employers want to see a professional-looking resume; they are much more interested in your job qualifications than your favorite color. Graphics can distract from the real purpose of the resume.

Your paper should be high-quality, with a weight between 16 and 25 lbs. and with at least 25% cotton fiber. Use black ink when printing, because it is the easiest to read and faxes and photocopies better than any other color.

Finally, print quality is affected by the size and style of your font. Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, Verdana and Tahoma are the best fonts to use, so choose one of these in at least a size 10, but no more than a size 12.

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