Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
It is critically important to ensure that your resume is the best that it can possibly be as it is a written representation of you to potential employers. The most accepted resume styles are Arial and Times New Roman in 12 point font. You should use 3-5 bullet points for each professional work experience instead of a narrative description and make sure that all of your tenses, spelling and grammar are correct. Your margins should be no more and 1” and no less than ½” with double spacing between each section and single spacing between bulleted points in each section. Make sure that you align your text to the left – never use the justify spacing option. Unless your resume is focused around a more artistic type of role I recommend staying away from anything that is too flashy and graphic intensive as these are distracting and tend to lend the reader to believe that you are using flash to make up for a lack of substance. Finally, I strongly encourage you to stay away from using “buzz words” just to have them included. It is important to clearly articulate your accomplishments and experiences, but mucking up your resume with a bunch of verbiage that is not relative again just detracts rather than adds to your appeal to potential employers.