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Settings for Resume Margins

Standard Formatting Guidelines for Resume Margins

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It's important to use standard resume margin guidelines when formatting your resume. This way your resume will look professional and will be properly laid out on the page.

Here are resume margin guidelines, including standard resume margins, text alignment, and how to reduce margins if you need extra space.

Resume Margins

Resume margins should be about 1" on all sides. You can reduce the margins if you need extra space, but do not make them smaller than 1/2." If the margins are too small, your resume will look too busy.

Resume Text Alignment

You should also align your text to the left (rather than centering your text); this is how most documents are aligned, so it will make your resume easier to read.

Typically, the left side of the resume contains the most important information, such as your previous employers, job titles, and your achievements and/or responsibilities. Resumes often contain additional information on the right side of the page, such as dates and/or job locations. This creates a visually balanced resume.

How to Adjust Page Margin Settings in Microsoft Word

Here's how to adjust the margins in Word:

  • Click on Page Layout / Margins / Normal (for 1" margins)
  • There are a variety of other selections or you can set your own margins by clicking on: Page Layout / Margins Custom

How to Adjust Page Margin Settings in Google Docs

Here's how to adjust the margins in Google Docs:

  • Click on File / Page Set Up
  • You can adjust all the margins (left, right, top and bottom) from this window.

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