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Résumé It is estimated that on average an employer spends between six to fifteen seconds evaluating a résumé during their first review of a document. Decidedly, this is not much time to get through one page, much less seven. For individuals with less than 10 years of experience and no advanced degree a résumé should be one page. As with any rule, there are exceptions. Nursing majors for example typically have two page résumés due to their large amounts of clinical and preceptorship hours.   There is no set of rules for résumé writing, and the information included in your résumé will depend on your unique make up of experiences and skills. Additionally, the content will vary based on the type of position for which you are applying. In fact every résumé that is sent out should be created and modified for the singular position to which you are presently applying. Though it may be a large investment of your time, the ultimate payoff (i.e. getting a job) is worth the effort.

B A S I C F O R M AT T I N G Margins

0.75 inch – 1 inch


Traditional/Non-Ornamental, e.g. Arial, Times New Roman, Garamond


8.5 inch X 11 inch résumé paper

Text Color Black


1 page (for individuals with a bachelor’s degree and/or less than 10 years of experience)


Auburn University Career Center - Job Search Guide 2015-2016  
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