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I am working on a resume and want to insert keywords in 3 columns with a bullet before each one. I am able to do this using tables, but someone told me that resumes are first input into ATS systems that can't read tables. I tried to use the bullet icon from the symbols group followed by a tab, which is OK if I do just one column, but tabbing forward where the second column should be just moves the first entry forward. Then I tried to set it up using the space bar to the where second and third columns should be, but the enties are all misaligned. How can I set up even columns without using tables?

Melanie, I am not understanding how you are creating bullets and if you are trying to create a bulleted list, or just one bullet.

Not sure what first entry is?


I am assuming the keywords are on their own line and not within a paragraph.

There are a couple of ways to have even columns and I do not see which version of Word you are using.

Turn on the show hide symbols (CTRL+Shift+8)if you don't already have them visible.  Select all the text you want to be in 3 columns but do not select the very last paragraph symbol of the selected text.  Then choose 3 columns.  You now have your text in 3 columns.

I would use the bullet tool to create a bullet, this is on the home TAB, Paragraph Group.
Your targeted word is on a line all by itself.
Click on the word and select the Bullet icon.

If more text than the targeted word is indented than you have a soft return after the word. Go to the end of the targeted word and hit enter.  

You should be able to created bullets in each column without disturbing the columns.

I have attached an image showing an example.

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