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How to Format Page 2 of a Resume

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While today's technology allows almost anyone to create a well-formatted resume that can attract a potential employer--it also can cause formatting conflicts because each employer receives resumes different ways. When formatting page two of your resume, it is best to use basic formatting to ensure your resume will be easy to read.

Create your resume without page numbers. Ensure all information you wish to include is on your resume, and make additions or deletions you feel are appropriate. Use a universal font such as Times New Roman or Arial, which will be compatible with more document software.

Choose a suitable location for the page break, one that does not break any grouped information on your resume. Page one should include your name, address and contact information, as well as your career objective, skills and education. Because most employers review your professional experience to understand your qualifications, include at least your most recent employment experience on the first page of the resume. A potential employer may overlook your resume if you push this information to the second page.

Use the page break function after the last line of text you want to keep on the first page. Using a character return may cause formatting to change.

Add your name and the page number at the top of the second page so a potential employer can reunite the two pages of your resume if they become separated after they've been printed. Use basic formatting to add this information; while most software can create headers or footers, if an employer uses a different software package, the formatting may change. Most software packages understand basic ASCII text, which recognizes text, character returns and page breaks, but they may not recognize a header or footer. Using basic formatting will allow almost all software packages to recognize the formatting.

Review both pages of the resume. Make sure the flow of the resume is appealing and the formatting looks professional.

Tip

If your most recent experience is not applicable to the position for which you're applying, include related experience on page one and other experience on page two.

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