I want to type up a resume style email in the body of a gmail message and was wondering how much of the formatting would carry over to the recepient. Is there a standard that email clients follow when parsing the format from another client?
Standard? There isn't even an HTML standard (that's actually implemented in full) used by all leading browsers, so forget about a standard for the HTML subset that email clients choose to implement. There is a large body of HTML that's safe across clients, but specifics are hard to come by. These links might help you figure out what's safe:
Or they might discourage you from trying. My advice: do your best with a web page and link that: