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Resume Layout

  • Keep your resume brief enough to fit on one page, or two pages if experience is extensive. Be sure the second page has enough information to cover at least half the page. Your name and page number should be included on the second page in the top right hand corner.
  • Arrange your school names, job titles, and employer names in a manner that controls the reader's attention and highlights your most notable work or educational experience and skills. Dates should be used as a guide to the reader, but are not the most important part. Employers read many resumes; be sure a fast reading highlights what you want employers to notice.
  • Boldface type, italic type, underlining, and the use of some headings written entirely in CAPITAL LETTERS can highlight important parts of your resume. DON'T OVERDO IT!
  • Make good use of spacing. Well-organized, special arrangements can emphasize important points you wish to highlight; it also adds to the overall impression of neatness and orderliness.
  • Resumes should be printed on good quality bond paper in a neutral color (white, ivory, or grey).
  • Employers are increasingly requesting that applicants e-mail resumes and, in some cases, will request a specific format. Not all employers accept attachments. Check out "The Electronic Application" for more information.
  • Additionally, some employers use computers to read/scan resumes. These computers are programmed to search for key words on the resume. "Preparing a Scannable Resume" and other resources are available in the CDC to help you write a resume that grabs attention of computers and people alike.

Career Development Center

Buffalo State College  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Cleveland Hall 306
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5811  •  Fax: (716) 878-3152