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Vault conducted a survey of 211career center professionals, from both undergraduate schools and business schools in 35states. The career professionals were asked questions ranging from when candidates shouldsend a thank you note after interviews, to how effective it is to include standardizedtest scores on resumes. Among the survey's findings: 56 percent believe that 12 pointis the best font size for cover letters and resume, and 62 percent believe white is thebest color paper for them (35 percent think ecru-white/beige is best).
Here are some tips on making a professional impression with your resume.
Don't get creative. Really. What you want in a font is not a decorative designchoice, but a simple, easily read font that shows you mean business. In other words, whenlooking for a font, think gray suit.Unacceptable Fonts
Whatever you choose, remember this: what impresses readers the most should not be theletters on the page but the words they spell.Paper
A stroll through most business supply stores will reveal a sea of paper choices, fromtraditional plain white to hot pink and purple. Outlandishly colored resumes are to beused by people whose jobs demand more dramatic visual statements: hairdressers, fashiondesigners, and clowns. The rest of us need to focus on the understated dignity of whites,light grays, and ecru. Says one career center professional: "White seems to have themost professional feel." Says another: "I like Ecru-White - it has arichness that adds a classy touch to resumes and cover letters." A helpful wordadvice: "No pastels - ever."
Finally, make sure to use the same paper that you use for your cover letter.
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