Have you ever seen your resume from a professional point of view after completing it?
Professionalism demands a one page resume. From spellings to fonts, margins to keywords, everything plays its own importance to build a great resume.
Suppose, you are a recent graduate, maybe you have some internships to show on your resume but still you should not exceed your resume to two to three pages.
Even some executive-level job workers avoid exceeding their resume from one page as hiring managers have a short time to read resumes. Remember, your resume is competing with thousands of other resumes, and in such a case hiring managers can not pull off that much time to read a 2-3 pages resume.
So it is important to bring down your resume to a one page resume, and the given tips will help you to do this successfully.
How to create a strong one page resume with professionalism?
a) Trim your margins:
If we follow the professional format then we know that a one-inch margin is important in a resume. Although it may seem like a waste of space, it is not.
No doubt that you can not touch the edge of the page by giving no space all around, but applying a half-inch margin will also work, and it will give you some extra white space and the resume will look clean and crisp.
b) Merge sections:
If we add new sections in our resume it will prove to be a good idea of portraying our extra details. But the new section will need new headings and that means less space.
So, for making a one-page resume, you should not add more than 4-5 sections. If it feels hard to adjust your details in just 4-5 sections then try to merge similar sections.
And if you feel your skills and interests are not relatable to your job position then don’t bother adding them. Anyway, adding unnecessary details can decrease your selection chances.
c) Work on the line spacings:
By line spacings, I don’t mean you should not leave any space in between lines.
If you are using any default temple try if you can edit it. Especially when we use bullets, it uses some extra space.
If needed you can use small-size fonts, this saves a lot of space. But make sure to don’t over-minimize the font that it becomes hard to read, else it will end up ruining everything for you.
d) Shorten your bullet points:
Your bullets are the ‘winning hit’ of your resume. Mostly everyone feels comfortable reading bullets rather than paragraphs, and hiring managers don’t read the resumes, they quickly scan them. And this is the place to show your capabilities. If you want the hiring manager to read your resume then don’t write too many bullet points.
Put the most relatable and important points in your resume. If your bullet point is one-liner but still one or half word is sliding in the next line try to change your language or rephrase it to make a proper one-liner. This will not only save your space but also look nice.
e) Elimination and Addition:
You must be thinking that elimination is fine as you need to cut short your resume to one page. But how the addition will help, right?
You don’t have to make any addition to your resume; this addition is for a cover letter. Every additional detail that you have to mention beyond your resume can go in the cover letter.
Some details are important and worth showing in your resume even though it is not relatable to your job profile. In such a case you can add those additional details to your cover letter. So this addition and elimination can help you cut short your resume.
Creating or writing a resume is not a tough task, though it can be tricky sometimes, especially if you have to show all your details on one page.
Creating a one page resume is not that tough if you follow the steps mentioned above. Though if you proofread your resume several times, you can get a scope of omission each time you read it.
But still, if you are unsure whether you can do it professionally or not then consult cvDragon.