5 Ways to Make Your Resume Fit One Page

5 Ways to Make Your Resume Fit One Page

The days of a long, clunky resumes are gone. HR professionals are busy and if your resume looks like the manuscript for an epic fiction novel, it’s never going to get reviewed.

Time is money and people are in a hurry to discover key points about an applicant. If you can get your resume down to one page (or the main key points you want to convey), the chances are much higher.

  1. Not All Education is Relevant

Your employer probably assumes that you’ve graduated high school. Mentioning that is just taking up extra space. If you have multiple certificates, qualifications, or diplomas, you can list them. Just make sure the ones you list are relevant to the position. For example, if you first went to school for art history but then decided you’d rather be an accountant, focus on the education that qualifies you for the position in question. If you absolutely need to mention other experiences, you can do it once you’ve landed an interview.

  1. Limit Yourself to Relevant Experiences

If you’re applying for a project management job, your employer probably won’t benefit from knowing about your internship cleaning animal pens at a zoo.

When you look at a job ad on Gumtree, write down the list of qualifications for that position. Use that information to tailor your resume to your potential employer. If you keep the bulk of the resume the same and change your featured experiences for each submission, you’ll have better luck.

  1. Change Your Format

Even if your resume is already short, the way you’ve arranged the information may cause it to monopolise too much space. Never use one word lines, even if the word is very important. You can fit a title and a description on the same line by changing the way you’ve formatted it. Bold the title, and italicise the description. They’ll both stand out, and you’ll be able to use less space to make the same point. Avoid including redundant bullet points.

The key is to thoroughly summarise everything with the right adjectives.

  1. Don’t Over-Explain

You want everything to speak for itself. You shouldn’t have to gloat about prestigious titles. The person reviewing your resume already understands what they mean. When you go on and on about them, you’re not only coming across as a little arrogant, but you’re demeaning their intelligence. You’re also wasting valuable page space. If they have questions about what something means, they’ll ask you. If you have an expanded description of something, include your LinkedIn profile or digital portfolio information on your resume. It will encourage HR to do their own research.

  1. Treat it Like a List

Think of your resume like a glorified shopping list. You’re the one being shopped for and you want the person reviewing your resume to be able to buy you easily. You’re writing down all of your specifications and everything should be a quick advertising blurb. Every line is like a tagline, so every line needs to be useful.

If it isn’t useful, get rid of it. Much like with a regular shopping list, you don’t want to have large paragraphs on your resume. Short lines and compound sentences work just fine.

It’s important to remember that a resume isn’t always a “one-and-done” thing. You’re going to want to change your resume a little bit every time you send it out, especially if you’re open to the idea of working in several very different types of positions. Make sure the resume you’re sending is always relevant to the industry it’s designed for.

Author: Madison Kennerley


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