When applying for most corporate jobs, your resume should be a one-page summary of your skills, education, and work history. (If you’re an executive or someone with a long and very relevant work history, fitting on one page will not apply to you, but that’s a topic for another post!) I’ve spoken to plenty of people with the same problem – and experienced it myself – “I’ve removed as much as I can but I still can’t get it to fit on one page!”
Here are my top three tips to squeeze your resume onto a single page, after you’ve already cut out whatever you possibly could.
Exclude any information that is not relevant to the job you’re applying for. There is no rule that says you have to include every one of your job responsibilities or accomplishments on a resume! In fact, I’d argue that you shouldn’t include everything, even if you can fit it.
- Compare each bullet point on your resume to the description of the job you’re applying for. If the bullet point doesn’t represent a skill that your potential employer is looking for, consider removing it.
- This applies to entire jobs, too – if you were a bartender and are applying for a finance position, you may opt to leave the bartending experience off your resume, as long as it doesn’t leave a gap in your work history.
Eliminate unnecessary words. This may not seem like much, but I’ve squeezed many bullet points onto resumes using this method, especially when a bullet continues just barely onto a new line.
- Signal words such as “and” and “the” are a good place to start, as they are usually unnecessary within a resume format.
- To help you decide if a word can be deleted, try reading the bullet point without that word. If removing the word doesn’t change the meaning of the phrase, you can remove the word.
Choose a different font. A “condensed” or “narrow” font or a font with thinner letters can substantially reduce the space needed to fit all your content. I recently used Arial Narrow on a client’s resume and it looked clean while still allowing me to squeeze in a lot of information.
- Keep in mind that narrow fonts can sometimes be difficult to read.
- There are lots of things to consider when choosing a font, so check out my previous post on resume fonts.
Do you have any tips for fitting your resume on a single page? Share your experience in the comments below!