As we all know, curriculum vitae can be
used to apply for academic positions.
They comprise a comprehensive listing
of all professional endeavors and can be
a useful first step for creating targeted
resumes to apply for industrial and other
[Generally, CVs do not have an objective
but include a detailed listing of relevant
accomplishments, intramural and
extramural interests and professional
activities. CVs include specifically lists
of references, publications, patents and
presentations and other documents
associated with the application. (teaching
philosophy, research proposals, and so forth.)]
Resumes are targeted public relations
documents showing relevant
accomplishments, experience and
interests matching the needs of firms’ open
This post examines resume formatting.
You may find many common features from
other career consultants. Generally,
1. FONTS AND PAGE SPACE
Font type and size should be easily
readable. Consider Arial, Verdana, and
Courier with size of 11 or greater. There
should be an inch boarder without lines on
2. PAGE ORGANIZATION
Your name needs to appear on each page.
It is helpful to include a page number and
systematic organization of section headings
(normally on left or center) and dates
(normally left or right hand column).
3. BULLETS, BOLDING AND CAPS
Freeman has cited eye tracking research
pointing to the use of bullet points, shorter
phrases, use of bold or caps. Yet, too
much highlighting is distracting and use
of italics is of limited value. Usually
underlining is not often used, if caps and
bolding is common.
4. HYPERLINKS TO WEB-PAGES
Digital versions of resumes can make use
of hyperlinks in the experience section to
web-pages of employers, in your heading
to your own personal web-page and blogs
that you author.
5. HYPERLINKS TO PAPERS
Digital versions of resume files can include
listing of peer reviewed papers, patents
and presentations. A hyperlink to a .pdf
file, if available, is helpful. These lists
are not common ingredients of resumes.
6. UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION
While lists of references are not formally
part of resumes, they can be included in
your resume file as a separate page. It
is important to ask for and receive
permission to include a person as a
reference and list updated contact
Not including references and papers,
patents and presentations, resumes will
not be longer than 2 pages.