Microsoft Word Resume Formatting Hacks

By Julianne Wallace, Practicum Student

Let’s face it-creating the perfect resume can be frustrating. Not just the content of the resume, which is an art form in and of itself, but also with formatting. Templates can seem like an easy fix but can become troublesome when updating the document to meet your individual needs. How many times have you tried to format your resume template in Word and felt like this?

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To help you out, because, you know, we’ve been there, here are a few Microsoft Word hacks to ease your formatting frustrations.

ADDING A LINE

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Underlining section headers can increase readability. Select the Underline Tool (Ctrl +U). Type your header, then hit tab (space bar will not work) until you reach the end of the line. Bold will increase the line’s thickness.

ADDING BULLETS IN-BETWEEN TEXT ON THE SAME LINE

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Click the space in where you want the bullet. Select the Insert tab at the top of the page.

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Select Symbol, then choose Advanced Symbol. Choose your desired the symbol. To change the size of the symbol, highlight it and change the font size.

ALIGNING DATES TO THE RIGHT

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 Type your date, then click the space before the date. Hit the Space bar until the date hits the next line, then delete one space.

DECREASING THE SPACE BETWEEN LINES

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Highlight the area that needs line spacing reduced. On the Home tab, choose the Character Spacing tab. Choose Line Spacing Options.

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 Set your Before and After Spacing at 0pt. To further reduce line spacing, select Line Spacing: Single.

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Happy resume building!

Student Organizations: More than just going to meetings

By Mark Wilson, Director of Employer Relations & Technology

Recently, I had a great meeting with a second semester freshman about transitioning from engineering to business. This student was seeking information on what he could be doing right now to make himself more attractive to employers and get ready for the job search.  He was asking all the right questions and I wish we all had the self-awareness he has to seek information early whenever take on a new challenge in life.

One of his questions was what are employers looking for in college students.  There is a list of things every employer wants, and at or near the top, leadership always makes the list.  For many of us, looking for leadership is interpreted as I need to be president of a student organization.  However this in not the case, leadership should be interpreted as meaning involved and making a difference.  That is the key to joining a student organization to help build your resume.  When you join, get involved and do something.  Sadly, many students join organizations and barely attend the meetings while thinking this is what being involved means.  Any recruiter can read between lines of your resume and see the difference between true participation and simply showing up.

If you are going to join a student organization to build your resume, get involved and gain some leadership experience.  For example, a student described to me how as freshman she took on the role of concessions chair for a fund-raising event.  As chair, she organized volunteers to work the concession stand, planned a menu and shopped for food, and managed a million other details for the concession stand team.  In the end, her work raised almost $2,000 for her student organization.  This is a great example of leadership through involvement and will be very appealing to employers when they see it on her resume or when they hear her talk about it in her interviews.  Remember, you do not have to be the president of a student organization to gain the all important leadership experience employers are seeking.  Simply get involved and find a way to contribute.