Is your resume inviting to read?

Take this quiz to find out!

How long is your resume?

  1. 1 page
  2. 1.5–2 pages
  3. 3+ pages

What font is your resume in?

  1. Book Antiqua, Calibri, Cambria, Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia, Arial, and/or Tahoma
  2. Century Gothic, Palatino, Comic Sans, Kristen ITC, and/or Monotype Corsiva
  3. Rage Italic, Algerian, and/or Curlz MT

How many font types do you use?

  1. 1–2
  2. 2–3
  3. 4 or more

What size font is the body of your resume?

  1. 10–12
  2. 8–9
  3. 7 or smaller

What color is the bulk of the text in your resume?

  1. Black
  2. Dark gray or blue
  3. Yellow

How many colors do you use overall?

  1. Just black
  2. Black and 1 or 2 other colors
  3. 3 or more

How much white space is on your resume?

  1. At least half an inch on the top and bottom and a few spaces between each section
  2. One space between each paragraph
  3. As little as my printer allows

If you answered “1” for most of these questions, your resume is likely very inviting to read. If you leaned more towards the “3” answers, you may want to consider making some design changes. View your resume both on screen and on paper. Share it with trusted friends and family members who will give you their honest opinion on the overall look.

Keep your audience in mind at all times – even if lime green is your favorite color, it may be distracting from the most critical part of your resume: the content. You may have been able to keep your resume within two pages, however shrinking the font down to such a small size that it’s difficult to read defeats the purpose. Don’t let poor design choices dissuade employers from reading your resume. Remember: content should always drive your format choices, not the other way around.

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