One of the first things I look at when reviewing someone’s resume is the formatting. How does it present? Is it eye catching? Learning a few technical tips in Microsoft Word can save you time plus help the reader navigate their way through the information more readily. This post will show you how to add a Footer, plus how to add a Page Number within the Footer. My screen shots are taken from Microsoft Word 2016 but they follow the same method in earlier versions.
Step 1 – Click the “Insert” toolbar at the top of the screen and choose “Footer”
Step 2 – A drop down menu shows templates options to choose from. Select “Blank (Three Columns)”
Step 3 – Type your own wording in. Here is an example:
Step 4 – Close the Footer by clicking on the “Design” toolbar and clicking “Close Header and Footer”
Adding a Page Number
In the “Design” toolbar click on “Page Number” which will show a drop down menu. Select “Current Position” and click “Plain Number”
Further Tips for Footers in Resumes
The “Design” toolbar section is where you can navigate between the Header and Footer, create Footers that are different to each section and adjust the distance from the margins.
Keep your Footer Font type the same as the main section of your resume. You can reduce the size of the Footer Font to differentiate it. For example, your Footer Font may be 10pt where your main section Font is 12pt.
Sometimes a simple line above your Footer text can look impressive. To do this, click the “Home” tab on the toolbar and click on the “Borders” icon and select the “Top Border” (as shown below).
For more formatting tips check out my next post on Adding Right Hand Tabs and Adjusting Line Spacing.