Icons, Symbols, and Abbreviations in Your Resume

Yes, it’s okay to use icons, symbols, and abbreviations in your resume. But, use them carefully and strategically:

  • Icons are, well, fun and may help to make your resume stand out - mail, phone, location; social media; briefcase for experience; a gear or tool for skills; a ribbon for certifications; a star for associations; a diploma or graduation cap for education

  • Symbols, such as an ampersand (&) save space and might be necessary to format one or two lines

  • Abbreviations can be used after the first mention of a word - for example, “customer management services” can be referred to as CMS - but, not as “CMS services,” since “services” is already part of the acronym

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