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When it comes to writing an effective resume that will get you a job interview, every detail is important. There are many different ways to format and write a resume, but the most important aspect is that the resume is easy to read for the recipient and that the format stays consistent. Be sure your address and contact information are prominently displayed in the header of your resume beneath your name at the top of the page.
Start a new document. If your word processor offers a resume template, select it and go to the header. If not, create a header by centering the text on the first line and clicking the "Bold" icon to make the text bold.
Type your name in a larger font, like 20 or 22-point, using a standout font that is still easily legible. Tap enter once (single spaced) and change the font to 10 or 12-point Times New Roman or Courier. You may also enter a horizontal line here to separate your name from the information in Step 3.
Type your address, using numbers for the street number and for your apartment number (if necessary). Use the abbreviaton "Apt." if you live in an apartment, and put a comma after the street address (only if there is an apartment number following). For example: 347 Woodbury Lane, Apt. 33.
Insert a bullet point, or go to images and select a black dot to separate items, then type your city, a comma, and the abbreviation of your state, followed by your ZIP code. For example: Houston, TX 77382.
Follow your resume with your phone number and email address, each on their own separate lines single spaced beneath your address. Students may also include their campus address.
Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.