You only get one chance to make a good first impression. For most job applicants, your first impression would depend on the design of you resume. LifeClever has come up with a useful tutorial on how to soup it up with MS-Word.
Among the tips they provide in their tutorial is:
- Pick a better typeface - If youâ€™re using Times New Roman, Wordâ€™s default typeface, change it now. Times doesnâ€™t read well on-screen and lacks typographic subtleties such as non-lining numbers. Because itâ€™s available on virtually all computers and designed to be readable on on-screen, try Georgia instead.
- Remove extra indentations – reduce the number of indentations. Better yet, take them all out. While useful in outlines, too many indentations in a rÃ©sumÃ© will cause your eyes to jump all over the page, destroying page harmony. The goal is to have all text align to each other.
- Make it easy to skim – To make the rÃ©sumÃ© skimmable, you have to create a distinct typographic hierarchy
- Apply typographic detailing – Space out text set in A L L C A P S
For a full blown step-by-step set of instructions, check out their turorial.