Resumes are viewed quickly from top to bottom and left to right. Arrange your information so the most important items are towards the top and on the left.
Make important information stand out. Indentation, capitalization, bold type, and surrounding white space all help emphasize important points. Caution: Avoid visual clutter! Employers say they find it cumbersome to read resumes that contain too many different styles, type fonts, and font sizes.
Make your section headings distinct. Readers will quickly scan your headings first, so make them easy to spot by using one of the "stand out" techniques mentioned above.
Using reverse chronological order, list most recent items first within each section. This means that your current experience goes at the top; then, activities you're still doing but began some time ago; then, recent experiences with an end-date; and lastly, older experiences.
Keep to one page if possible. Many employers will make an initial assessment based on a glance at the first page. If you do go to a second page, make sure the most relevant information is on page one. Note: Nonprofit employers are generally more accepting of longer resumes.
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