Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pro tip: format your resume using Markdown

Do you want to be able to include bullet points, bold text, italicized text, hyperlinks and other formatting in your resume? It's easy: just use Markdown syntax in your LinkedIn profile and it'll show up properly formatted in your resume.

For example, to create a bullet point list, put an asterisk before each item in your profile:

* Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 3

When this list is pulled into your Resume, it will show up with proper bullet points:
  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3
To make text bold, surround it with two asterisks on each side. For italics, surround the text with underscores.

**This text will be bold**
_This text will be italicized_

In your resume, the two lines above become:

This text will be bold
This text will be italicized

The advantage of this is that Markdown is perfectly understandable in plain text (in your LinkedIn profile), but offers some nice formatting when processed (in your resume). There is a lot more you can do with Markdown, so visit the Markdown syntax page to learn more. Or, if you prefer an interactive version, visit the Showdown website and see how Markdown syntax works on the fly. Finally, you can compare my LinkedIn profile to my resume to see an example of Markdown being used for bullet points and hyperlinks.

One note: there are still some bugs with Resume Builder and some Markdown syntax - especially headers - can break the layout/appearance of your resume. If using Markdown suddenly makes your resume look weird, please report the issue on the Resume Builder IdeaScale page.