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Write a Draft

Using a computer, word processor, or typewriter, prepare a draft and have a counselor or person experienced in critiquing resumes evaluate it. It is not uncommon to do four or more drafts before you are satisfied with the results.

Resume Design

Good design is essential. Capitalizing, underlining, bold, italics, indentation, and spacing help highlight important information. A minimal use of graphics is acceptable to help set off your name or the resume itself. Feel free to experiment, but try not to overdo it.

Word Processing Programs provide several type styles and font sizes which, when used selectively, can help add to the attractiveness of your document. You can use a larger point font to highlight your name and categories, but try not to go any lower than a 10 (ten) point in the text or it will be too difficult to read. Avoid too many type styles; make sure the resume is easy to read.

Your original must be free of typographic errors, erasures, smudges, etc. People have been refused interviews because an error appeared in their resume. Remember, final proofreading is your responsibility.

Printing Your Resume

Make your finished original on not-erasable white paper (computer paper is fine). Use a copy or print shop to make copies of your original on the paper of your choice. Excellent copies can be obtained by using sophisticated photocopiers. A more expensive alternative is to hire a professional typist or typesetter to prepare your original.

If you have prepared your resume using a computer, use a letter quality (preferably laser) printer and appropriate paper for making multiple copies. Generally, it is less expensive to photocopy your resume from a single laser printed original than to make every copy using the laser printer.

Your resume should be printed using black ink on 8 1/2" x 11" good quality bond or rag paper; white, off-white, beige and gray tones are acceptable by almost everyone. The best choice is a conservative one. Avoid irregular sized paper and colors.

Make your job search correspondence look professional by coordinating stationery and envelopes with your resume.

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