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The unsung hero of the resume: white space

In this economy, a ton of information exists telling job seekers all of the things you should and shouldn't do to your resume to maximize your job searching success.  However, what so many of these well-intentioned advice givers fail to mention is the power of nothingness. 

Yep, nothingness. 

Take a look at these two sample resumes and tell me which is easier on the eyes:

Now, the reality is that this person wrote a perfectly good resume and I mucked it up for editorial purposes.  But do you see the value of white space here?  The first resume has all of the same content, but it's tough to read.  The second resume contains the same information, but the author has used italics, bold, and white space to create visual flow in order to get a reader to keep reading.  And trust me-with recruiters reviewing hundreds or thousands of resumes on a weekly/monthly basis, you better believe that ease of reading is important!

So gentle readers...in honor white space, I'm going to leave it at that.


Michelle currently serves as a Job Search coach helping professionals make the leap from looking to landed. In addition to her time spent coaching individuals, she delivers a variety of training sessions from Social Networking, Working with Recruiters, Online Resume Posting, and Interview Prep.

Michelle possesses over 15 years of diverse experience in functional areas such as recruiting, human resources, coaching, training, organizational development, staffing, sales, sales management, retail, and banking/finance.
 
Prior to working as a job search coach, Michelle made her career in the Placement industry working most recently for the 2nd largest Staffing Company in the World. For this multi-national organization, Michelle served as an Agency Recruiter, Corporate Recruiter, Senior HR Manager, and Area Vice President. During her tenure with this organization, Michelle was also tasked with various Organizational Development programs including the creation of a company wide Career Progression Program. Michelle also served on the three person team that introduced a new “Gen Y” based hiring model that included a greater emphasis on college recruiting/branding and internships. As a result of this experience, Michelle considers her greatest strengths to be talent identification/retention, talent development, and coaching for performance improvement. 
 
In addition to these areas of expertise, Michelle is rapidly growing her knowledge base around Social Media and Web 2.0 as it relates to the work world. She writes a regular blog on job searching that can be found at: http://hireme.typepad.com/michellemorettini/. Want to connect to Michelle? 
Send her an invitation on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/michellemorettini
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