Microsoft Word Resume Hacks

This well written guest post is by Betsy VandeBeld of HR Consulting and touches on the proper use of Microsoft Word for something important like a Resume.

Microsoft Word Resume Hacks

As a Recruiter and Professional Resume Writer, there are some resume formatting mistakes that I see over and over again, and that give me the same feeling that fingernails on a chalkboard do… For everyone’s sake (especially yours if you want a job), please let me help you!

The first formatting error that gets under my skin is the improper use of tabs. Let me show you:

Team Leader, Weld Industries      2007 – 2015
Pipe Fitter, Weld Inc                  2006 – 2007
Grinder, Weld Co                               2002 – 2006

The above example used spaces to “right justify” the years of employment; note how they don’t line up! And guess what, you can try to line them up as perfect as you can with spaces, but they will not open up on another computer the same way and they will always, ALWAYS not line up.

Tabs Fixed!
Microsoft Word has this awesome feature called “tabs” that will always, ALWAYS make your work line up! First, get rid of all the spaces you’re using to create “the look” and then highlight the area of text you want to use the tabs in.  Simply go to “Paragraph”, click the little arrow button for more options, and then in the lower left corner of the window a button called “tabs” shows up (click it). Once in tabs, choose your tab stop position (I like 16.5), choose”right justify” (if that’s the look you’re going for), and click “okay”. And you’re done!

You would use the skills-based resume style if you have not specifically held similar positions to the one you are applying for, but still have the experience and talents the employer is looking for.

Page Breaks

This next issue can usually be hidden by applicants, but if the resume is opened on a computer with different settings than yours it can really make your resume look messy and unprofessional.

For instance, if you’ve fit all of your resume education and highlighted skills on the first page, clicked “enter” a few times to go to the next page, and then continue with your resume you could be adding excess breaks in the page.  This will cause information on the second page to be pushed down (this will also affect subsequent pages if your document is longer than 2 pages).

Page Breaks Fixed

When you are ready to make a clear break from your cover letter to resume, or first page of your resume to your second page, click and hold “ctrl” and then hit “enter”.  No matter where you are on the page, this makes a clean page break.

Format Painter Hack

Once you discover this tool, you’ll be using it all the time!

Let’s say you’ve nicely formatted the title “Education” with a different font, size, bold, etc and now you want the rest of the titles in your document to match.  There’s no need to highlight the title and choose each formatting option for each title.  Instead, either click “Format Painter” once for a one time use, or double click to keep the feature on, and then highlight the text you want to paint!  The “Format Painter” option can be found under “Home” and close to the left-hand side of the options bar.

Pre-Made Templates

Don’t sell these templates short!  Many people have spent a lot of time developing nicely formatted and organized resume templates for everyone to use.  If you’re not sure where to start or are maybe not that familiar with Word, these templates can save you considerable time!

If you would like to view template options, go to “File”, “New”, and search “resume”.


That’s it!  What are your favourite Microsoft Word formatting hacks and short-cuts?  Comment below or send me a message!
And if you would like professional help with writing your own resume or cover letter, please contact me for a free quote.

Windows 10

By now most of you have heard about Windows 10, some of you have even upgraded to it. The benefit of upgrading now is that it’s free for 1 year after that you will have to pay for it. Lately I have often been asked for my thoughts and opinions on it, so here’s my opinion on Windows 10.

If you have a system that came with Windows 8, I would immediately upgrade to Windows 10 as it’s a far better improvement from Windows 8 or even Windows 8.1. On the other hand if you have an older system I would make sure it is compatible with Windows 10 before you go ahead and upgrade it as there have been some known compatibility issues. During the process of upgrading the software will check your system for compatibility before continuing, make sure it is compatible before continuing the upgrade. The only issues I’ve had so far is my laptop was no longer able to print to my wireless printer which wasn’t a big deal as I was able to uninstall the printer then reinstall it and it worked.
So let’s say you decided to go ahead with the upgrade and everything went smoothly, please tell me you backed up your data before you upgraded, if you really don’t like Windows 10 than Microsoft has given you the option of rolling back the upgrade. Unfortunately that option is only good for 30 gays from the time you upgraded. I personally think Microsoft should leave that option in there even after the 1 month period.

So after all is said and done my true opinion is that I like Windows 10. I like the start menu on it and I like how you can customize that start menu. Once again I think if you have a Windows 8 system I would do the upgrade to a better product. If you do upgrade I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014/2015



Since 2012 I have posted a Merry Christmas Happy New Year post and this year is no exception. It’s hard to believe I’ve been in business for 6 years going on 7 years now.  So once again I thank all of my past and future clients and wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I could not have done it without all of you and the  support you have shown me.  I have done my best to try and give back to my community and I will always continue to find new ways to do so.  I urge each and every one of you to try and do the same. Together we can make a difference in someone’s life.  Be safe everyone and enjoy the Christmas Season.


Scott’s Computer Emporium and Family

Cutting The Cable TV Cord

They say that one in 50 Canadians have cut the cable TV cord and I just happen to be one of them. After spending the summer without cable TV due to a bad connection down the street from me and dealing with poor customer service, I decided to cut my cable. I must say that once I got in contact with the right people I was able to get the problem fixed; it’s just too bad I had to go to that extreme to get it fixed. I realized that after two months of no cable the transition to getting my tv shows off the internet had already begun.
How do I do it? Well it starts with my internet connection. I have unlimited internet access which gives me the freedom to stream when ever and whatever I want, unlike some people who have a cap on their internet usage. Streaming internet content may not be for everyone especially with a 1 or 2 gigabyte cap on their internet monthly usage. Just how much data does streaming content use up? This website will give you a good idea…
The two main websites I use to watch TV shows are located here…. and also known as Project Free TV.
I use the website more than the other one though, the quality just seems better. Of course the other way i watch TV content is through Netflix both the American and Canadian version. I get the American version of Netflix on my laptop by using a browser plug-in called Hola Unblocker that changes the IP address to make it appear that I’m from the USA. Another way to appear to be located in another country is with this website… and changing your DNS settings.
Another program I use is called XBMC which is a media centre program that can be programmed with add-ons that will give you all kinds of content. One easy way to set up XBMC is to use an add-on called XBMCHUB that will preinstall the most popular add-ons giving you movies and streaming TV programs. One device I haven’t mentioned yet is the Android TV box which usually includes XBMC and other applications that would connect directly to your TV through an HDMI cable. These devices are becoming more popular and readily available especially on eBay.
Now that you have possible websites for content and programs to use the other question is how to watch that content on your big screen TV. With newer TV’s and computers that’s easy because you can use HDMI. If your computer doesn’t have HDMI you can always add an HDMI video card although for laptops that isn’t as easy but you can get adapters to change from DVI/VGA to HDMI. On my laptop and my TV I have s-video and RCA jacks which isn’t the best quality but it works.
So if you want to cut the cord as they say, do your research and see what would work best for your system. If you have any questions about XBMC please feel free to ask me.


UPDATE: Please note that I no longer use Hola as they have been known to sell user information and your privacy is not guaranteed with them.  There are a number of VPN services out there for a reasonable price.  Free VPN services may not offer the privacy you’re looking for.