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Simple design ideas for making your resume more eye catching and easy to read
• Notice the lack of visual hierarchy • Nothing really stands out
A few formatting changes can make a lot of difference.
Remember that careful mixing of serif fonts (with feet) and sans serif (without feet) can add subtle visual interest
Tables can also help you create interesting design and keep things lined up neatly.
Sara has also slightly increased the size of her name and made her address left-aligned.
She brings up the formatting menu by right clicking the table and uses “Borders and Shading” to remove the dark borders.
She decides to add back the bottom border to add emphasis and to visually connect her name and contact information.
Now let’s talk about visual hierarchy: making things stand out
Because the section headings are so bland, they blend into the content.
Sara tries adding emphasis using two textual elements: she changes the typeface to match her name and makes it bold.
Bigger and better?
Increasing the font size makes the heading appear the same size as Sara’s name. The eye can’t distinguish a hierarchy because both elements are equally prominent.
Underlining seems to have the same effect even though the text is now smaller.
Sara decides to use three changes to distinguish her subheadings: sans serif font, small caps, and bold. Clearly, these weren’t the only choices, just the ones Sara liked the best after testing some of the options.
Let’s look at spacing
Because she’s separated everything by inserting an extra line space, the information appears to float in between the Career Objective and Education headings.
But deleting the space makes the career objective section appear crowded
Click the Page Layout tab and use the “Spacing” menu to position text
You can also select the text and right click. Spacing is under “Paragraph” in the formatting menu.
Adjusting the space in between elements using the space menu rather than simply adding lines allows you to “cluster” related items together and emphasize the separation between sections by adding more space.
Notice how putting just six pts of space between each job adds some "breathing room" to the Professional Experience section. She’s using 12 pts to separate sections.
The “Quadrant Test”
• Notice that when we look at the resume in quadrants, the right columns look pretty empty.
Putting her relevant coursework into two columns breaks up the section and makes the courses stand out more.
Experiment to see which format looks better.
Reformatting the subheads within the section gives them more pop.
To make her work experience stand out, Sara uses a combination of everything we’ve gone over so far:
•She uses columns to put the years of her employment in an easily skimmable left column. •She separates her job titles and employers and uses formatting to draw attention to her job titles. •She uses spacing (indents) to distinguish her job duties.