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Proper Margins in Resumes

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Your resume should contain important information related to your experience, education and accomplishments, but those are not the only factors employers notice. It's important that your resume be formatted properly when it comes to text, pages, spacing and margins. Small details like margins can keep your resume clean and uncluttered and let the employer or human resources professional focus on the important stuff, such as your qualifications.

Margin Spacing

An ideal resume should contain overall page margins of one inch. However, it's also important to keep your resume to only one page in length. Therefore, if you seem to be running out of space and have not yet included important qualifications, it is acceptable to reduce margins to one-half inch all around. Margins should never be less than one-half inch to avoid a cluttered look. If all of the information is still not fitting on one page, consider reducing font size to no less than a size 10, or cut down your resume by eliminating wordy sentences.

Left Margins

Margins on a resume should be for the most part, left-aligned. This means that all information that you want to stand-out should begin with a left-margin. For instance, section titles or category headings such as eduction, awards, experience and volunteer work should be placed along the left margin and highlighted in bold. This is because the human eye naturally reads from left to right.

Right Margins

While most of the information on your resume should start with a left-margin, it is proper to start some information with a right-margin to created a balanced look. For instance, under the experience section, company names and titles should have a left-margin; however, consider placing the dates of hire and locations of companies on a right margin to leave a visually appealing space in between.

Bullets and Indentations

Some people choose to use bullets and indentations in resumes to outline job duties. This tactic can keep your resume categorized and succinct. These bullets should be aligned at the start of the left margin or only indented one tab in from the left margin. Do not overly indent to avoid confusion and contain only one job duty per bullet. It's also important to use either dots, squares or circles for bullets and not any distracting symbols.