Quick Resume Tips – Fonts, Formatting & Dates

Resume & CV Advice

Little things can make a big difference. Don’t neglect these areas when writing your resume. Get this right and your chances for interviews will improve.

Simple, any font will do – won’t it?

As you know recruiters spend seconds deciding whether your resume is worth a look.

Make it easy to read with a straight-forward, common font.

I think the best are serif fonts like Cambria, Palatino, Calibri, and Helvetica.

Use slightly odd fonts and ATS might read it like this ⌷⌷⌷⌷ or cause errors in translation.


Keep your balance

Like anything, consistency matters.

There must be a logical flow, so ensure you categorize things properly.

Presentation is important and I like to see a balance between positions.

I don’t want to see lots of information on one role and little in the next.

Whatever style you choose, ensure that fonts, heading styles, indentation, and the way you use italics or bold fonts are consistent throughout your resume.


It’s a date

Months and years, NOT just years

Add months to your employment dates when listing your start and end dates in your work experience.

Failing to include months can make a hiring manager suspicious.

Further, an employment period of “2017 – 2018” could mean one month or two years.

ie December 2017 – January 2018 or November 2017 – November 2018

You have nothing to hide so don’t.


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About the Author

Mark Daniel is an international career counsellor and resume writer. Currently based on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia, he is the co-founder of Hi Vis Box, the Hi Vis Club and the Hi Vis Hub, advising clients across the world. Predominately working in the oil & gas, mining and civil engineering sectors, he is a prolific publisher, contributing to a range of international industry magazines and his blog for over 20,000 LinkedIn followers. Proactively supports people throughout all stages of their career, but has been known to struggle if they support Manchester City.