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How to Create a Resume in Apple Pages [Mac]

how to create a resume in apple pages mac

This post is dedicated to Mac users who wants to make their own resume with Apple’s word processing software – Pages.

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Difficulty Level: Beginner
Requirements: Any Mac operating system with Apple Pages installed

Before we begin, we would like you to know that this tutorial is made on a Macbook Pro running Mac OS X El Capitan (version 10.11.6), with the assistance of Apple Pages (version 5.0.1). If you are using the latest Mac OS – High Sierra, there would be slight difference in terms of user interface, but in general most features in Pages would work the same way.

Step 1: Launch Pages from Applications

Open the Apple Pages app located in your Applications folder. You will be greeted with the following window. If you don’t see this window, go to your top menu bar and select File > New… (or use the shortcut Cmd+N).

choose a template in apple pages

At the left sidebar, navigate to the Stationery tab, scroll down to the Resume section at the main column, then pick a resume template that you like. We selected the Modern Resume template for this guide.

modern resume template in apple pages

Step 2: Replace the Resume with Your Details

By default, the Pages template is pre-populated with dummy info. Go ahead and replace all the dummy details with your own information. If you need help with your resume’s content, check out the resume writing service offered by our professional resume writers.

For starters, you can remove categories you don’t need by selecting it and hit on the Delete key. To add more categories such as Awards (or Accomplishments), the best way is to copy and paste from another category to retain its formatting.

One downside to this template is that it lists out your work experience as a chunk of long-winding paragraphs. Ideally you would want to avoid doing this as recruiters can be put off by it.

long paragraph in resume

If you had an extensive job scope for your previous job, split them up using bullet points. To add bullet points in Pages, go to the Bullets & Lists feature located at the right sidebar, then click on the dropdown option next to it and select Bullet.

how to add bullet point in apple pages

You can also adjust the spacing between lines and paragraphs by changing the values here:

how to adjust spacing between line and paragraph in apple pages

Here’s how our sample resume looks like after replacing the contents with that of a fictional person:

modern resume template in Apple Pages

Step 3 (optional): Change fonts and colors to match your style

This modern resume template from Apple Pages uses Avenir Next as the default font. If you are feeling adventurous, you could also play around with different font styles.

We switched up the Headings and Subheadings with a serif font – Baskerville. We also removed the squares next to the name as it do not add any real value to the resume.

Here’s how our final sample resume looks in Pages:

modern resume design mac pages

Step 4: Save and Export Resume

Done? Double check your resume for spelling and grammatical errors. Pro tip: read your resume out loud to spot obvious mistakes such as the misuse of “then” or “than”, “your” or “you’re” etc.

If everything is correct, click on Command+S (shortcut for Save) on your keyboard to save your Pages file or go to File > Save… .

save Pages file on mac

Since you might be using this resume to apply for jobs (we hope), go to top menu again and select File > Export to > PDF… in order to export the Pages file as PDF.

how to export pages file as pdf on mac

In the pop-up window, you can choose to have Good, Better, or Best image quality for your PDF export. We always go with the Best option so that the PDF looks good on print too.

pdf export with best image quality


Congratulations! You are all set to deliver your homemade PDF resume to interviewers and hiring managers. We hope that you learned how to make your first resume on Mac using Apple Pages after reading this tutorial.

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black and white minimal resume template

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