You may have heard that it’s ideal to keep your resume under one page. And while that’s not always the case, it is a good rule of thumb for a lot of candidates! In fact, 66% of employers say entry-level workers should have one-page resumes, while 77% of employers say seasoned workers shouldn’t use one-page resumes. If you fall into the first category or somewhere in between, it’s worth a shot to keep your work history on one page.
So, let’s say you’re putting together your application and your resume is just over a page. You may have only a couple of lines spilling over onto the next page, or maybe even a whole section. Before you go panicking, here are a couple of tips that can easily make all of your experience and accomplishments fit on a single page.
Tailor Your Resume
It should first be noted that you should be tailoring your resume no matter how long it is! Take a look at the job description and consider the company. Then, leave only your most relevant skills and accomplishments highlighted. Keep an eye out for specific keywords you can incorporate (it just may help fast-track your resume to the “yes” pile!)
Cut Out Unnecessary Sections
There’s still some debate on whether a summary or objective is necessary to include on your resume. It depends on several things, including industry, experience level, and the specific job. If you find yourself in the category of not needing one, cutting it will save you some valuable space! Additionally, you should not include references or even “references available upon request.” Lastly, unless you are fresh out of school, feel free to remove relevant coursework, your GPA, or any other academic achievements. For the most part, employers will focus on your work experience and skills! (And you can always elaborate in a cover letter!)
Check Your Formatting
You would be surprised at how much space a few minor formatting changes can add! Here are a few things to check:
Your margins should be narrow, meaning 0.5” all around. (We wouldn’t recommend going any less than that in case of printing issues)
Please note, we are not encouraging you to make your font teeny-tiny in order to cram everything on one page. You can maybe get away with a 10 pt. body font, but we want you to check out those headings! Sometimes heading fonts can be as large as 24 pt., so you can get away with significantly reducing those to save some space.
If you’re reasonably familiar with manipulating documents, try a different layout than the more traditional setup. Multiple columns or added text boxes can fill what would otherwise be wasted white space.
Keep in mind, your resume might not fit on one page (and that’s okay!) However, when it comes to job applications, the simpler the better. Looking for more resume tips? Check out the rest of our blog!