How to use capitals on your resume

How to use capitals on your resume
06 Feb

Here we’ll learn how the use of capitals on your resume helps guide the reader through your document.

I found this to be true recently when a friend recently asked me to review his resume. Though in need of some editing, it listed his achievements and provided a summary of a successful international career. However, his inconsistent and over use of capital letters was distracting.

Most of us communicate every day in writing with proper use of capitals. When it comes to our resume we have an inclination to capitalise almost everything.

Resumes End Up looking Like This, instead of like this. Whilst no gatekeeper would nor should bin his resume based on this, the same cannot be said for less senior roles. Why make It Harder for The Reader when He may Have Easier Resumes To Read.

Firstly note the rules are debatable.

So here’s the thing, be consistent with your style.

Our tips on using capitals to enhance the reader experience

  • The first word in a sentence and/or the first word of a bullet point (when using a full-stop at the end of each bullet point).
  • Proper nouns.
  • Names of universities.
  • University degrees.
  • Company names.
  • Job Titles.
  • Specific department names.
  • Days of week, and months (but not seasons).
  • Names of cities, states, countries, and languages.
  • Brand names, Microsoft Word, OpenLink, Xerox

To further confuse though the intent is to clarify.

University degrees.

When used to cite what degree you obtained, or if it’s a proper noun in itself, capitalise. IE: BA in Business is in caps, but if you refer to it later and mention, “…I studied business…” don’t capitalise. If you studied English however, do. Comprehend?

Job titles.

Capitalised when using it as a Title and not when using it in a sentence. IE “as a sales manager I……”

Industries.

Generally found mid sentence “…experience in Pharmaceutical industry” No need.

Don’t get me wrong, capitals do have their place. As the urban dictionary puts it

“Capitalisation is the difference between ‘I had to help my uncle Jack off a horse’ and ‘I had to help my uncle jack off a horse.”

If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and learnt something about using capitals on your resume add a little symmetry to your day and be a part of the conversation.

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Craig Michilis

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