Aug 06, 2018 - 11:56 AM
Font sizes depend on if you’re using serif or sans serif fonts, because they kern differently. Your default font size for a serif font is 12 point, which is usually a good standard to fall back on for readability. This equates to a size 10 point in sans serif fonts, which is again a good standard to use.
It’s not recommended that you go below size 11 point in serif fonts, and size 9 point in sans serif fonts. This can make text cramped and difficult to read. If you have space, you can even go up to size 13 point in serif or size 11 point in sans serif for improved reading.
Most document software defaults page margins to one inch all around. This is usually a good framing while giving you plenty of page real estate to play with. Going over one inch margins can be a waste of space. You have some leeway for smaller margins if you need more room for content, but try not to go below .75 inches or your resume may not print on some printers.
Sep 28, 2018 - 03:39 PM
Yes, there is an ideal font size and margin width to use for a resume. When creating a resume, it is important to consider the font size and margins so that the content is spaced appropriately, which will make the resume easier to read. Hiring managers will be attracted to a document that is presented in a consistent, well-organized manner. Select a font size that is about 11pts to avoid having the font be too small (and therefore hard to read). Job seekers are sometimes inclined to select a small font so that more information can be included on the page. But a tiny font just makes it hard for people to see what is there.
Instead, be judicious about your word choices. Provide clear and quantifiable achievements, and discard information that does not add value. Highlight those things that are relevant for the role you are pursuing. Leave enough room on the page so that the margins are not too small. Generally, .6 on the top and bottom, and .8 on the left and right provides a good amount of room. How you manage the white space will play an important role in ensuring that your resume remains balanced and aesthetically appealing.