After you have carefully composed a resume that is rich with specific details, examples, and quantities that showcase your career achievements, be sure to proofread your work and follow the helpful tips below to successfully present your resume.

How to Successfully Present Your Resume: Helpful Tips to Follow

Here are some helpful tips for printing and presenting your resume so yours stands out from the typically large pile of competitors vying for the same job:

  • Choose white, ivory, or light stone gray paper, 24 lb. heavyweight quality; print the resume using the highest quality ink setting on your printer.
  • If sending via e-mail, also follow up with a hard copy in the mail; use a large, white mailing envelope so the resume is flat and not folded.
  • Mail to a specific person (spell name and job title correctly) and send it priority mail to get noticed. Check online or call for names, titles, and departments, and be sure to spell everything correctly.
  • Use an exact job description for your objective, matching the job title exactly to what is in the ad or posting (think about getting key words at the top); enter it into the objective line and resave your new resume as a new document name so you keep your original as a template. If you can’t do this, then create a general objective that satisfies the type of job at hand.
  • For online job postings, it is preferable to upload your resume as a document rather than copy and paste it into a designated box; if you have the option, always upload it.
  • Any time you copy and paste your resume (see previous bullet), it runs the risk of having skewed formatting (bullets, margins, alignments on the page, etc.). If this happens, go into your original resume document in your word processing program (such as Word), and undo all formatting (italics, centered justifications, underlines, bold type, and bullets; you can capitalize for differentiation of section headers), even for the header. Then, then, re-save it under a different file name and copy and paste this new, unformatted version into the designated box. It will look plain, but it is preferred in these cases.
  • If you are required to put the resume and cover letter into the body of an email, then copy and paste their content into the email so you are following the company’s specific directions. However, if given the choice, it is always preferable to email documents as attachments.
  • When emailing your resume or cover letter as an attachment, use the Word document version (save it so the file name ends in “.doc”). Although PDFs are preferred because they are locked documents that preserve formatting, they can be rejected by applicant tracking systems (ATS) that are commonly used for initial resume scans.
  • Bring copies of your list of references to the interview, as well as extra printed resumes.
  • If it pertains to your field, have an organized portfolio of sample projects, letters of recommendation, certifications, awards, etc. ready to present at the interview; use clear page protectors to hold your papers and documents.
  • Send a thank you letter after your interviews

These tips will ensure you put your best foot forward when sending out your resume. After all, the presentation of your resume is just as important as the content it showcases.

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by Christa Riddle

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