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I'm updating my resume. Any suggestions on the best font, font size and general spacing?
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Good question! When creating a resume it is best to use standard font that is clear and easy to read, you definitely don't a recruiter or hiring manager to not look at your resume because of font. A standard "go to" suggestion would be Times New Roman or something similar, with a standard font size. Bullet points rather than paragraphs are often much easier to read as well. Good Luck!!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Arial and Times New Roman are both great options. When creating a resume, make sure to keep it very visually pleasing and easy to read. Don’t use graphics are get overly artistic. Make sure that it is easy to read on a computer screen. Make sure that it is not overly wordy and make it straight to the point and include action words. Best of luck!
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.      
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Thursday, August 28, 2014
One additional comment to compliment the other answers...If possible, convert the file to PDF.  That will maintain all the hard work and effort you are putting toward formatting your resume.  If someone does not have the same version of a document reader / editor (e.g. MS Word), that can throw off the format when being viewed.  The PDF gives you a way to make sure the format does not change, and it gives the resume a more professional look to the document. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 29, 2014
The most important thing to keep in mind about a resume is that in most mid to larger size companies, any paper resumes will be scanned into an applicant tracking system or database of some kind.  As such, the key is to ensure that you use a standard font that can be read well by an electronic device.  Spacing can also be important from that same perspective in that you do not want spacing that is too close together that may cause errors in the scanning. 
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