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CV and Resume: What is the difference and which one do I need?





Resume fonts & sizes

  • The most common font to use is Times New Roman, in black and size 12.

  • Other serif fonts (with tails) to consider that are easy to read include: Georgie, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style, Garamond.

  • Popular sans serif (no tails) fonts include: Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic and Lucida Sans.

  • Any of the above fonts would be reasonable for a resume as long as you consistently use one font only.

  • Make your headings and name stand out, think of your resume like a blog post or newspaper article.

  • Make headings bold, Italicise, CAPITALISE or underline. And feel free to increase the font size to 14-16 points for headings.

  • Try and keep your resume to one page, leave the reader wanting to know more.


Resume formats

Resume formats are a bit more debatable than resume font or size. But, obviously you want the most important information first.


Contact information

List your full name, address and contact information at the top of the page. You should centre the information and be sure to bold and CAPITALISE your name. You may also want to add a link to a professional social media website like LinkedIn. If you do, check that the website shows you in a positive light and doesn’t contain anything you wouldn’t want an employer to see.


Value statement

State the role you are applying for and what values you bring to the job. Objectives state what you are trying to accomplish, value statements explain why you should be hired.


Core strength

List industry keywords and specific skill-sets that relate to your job and industry. This is a high-level overview of your qualifications and industry knowledge.



List your previous jobs or work experience, starting with your most current job and all your responsibilities.



Clearly state your schooling from the most recent institution you’ve attended, with all dates, locations and certification received.


Honours & awards

After education and experience, you can list your professional skills and any relevant awards or certifications.


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