Cutting The Fat: How To Trim Your Resume Down To A One Pager

A Woman looking over a resume with a pen in her handRecruiters and hiring managers receive many resumes and need to go through each of them looking for just the right candidate. Often the recruiter or hiring manager will only spend a few seconds on each resume. You need to make your resume concise so the hiring manager can read it quickly.

Some large companies forward resumes to multiple people for review. Its much easier for them to download or copy a one page resume instead of multiple pages.

Some companies use software programs to screen resumes so yours should focus on the job for which you are applying.

If you are applying for some senior positions and/or if you have a great deal of experience, then you will not be able to use a one page resume. However, the one page resume can be a good presentation for many people to use.

When you are limiting yourself to a one page resume you want to be sure whatever you put on your resume is relevant to the position you want to secure.

When you are drafting your resume make a list of your job responsibilities and your accomplishments. Then go back and pare down the list focusing on those activities that are most relevant to the position you are seeking. Continue slimming down your draft resume until everything can be included on one page. Avoid using extra words or phrases.

Use a bullet point list for your job responsibilities and accomplishments. Keep each bullet point to a maximum of two lines. If possible, use only one line for each point.

resume-writingIt is not necessary to go back more than 10 or 15 years for your experience.

When listing education you can eliminate listing high school and any continuing education classes unless these classes are important for the position you want.

It is not necessary to include references on your resume. That information can be supplied when you complete an application.

You can put your address, email address, and phone number all on one line to save space. Combine sections to make your resume more compact. You might include your skills, interests and achievements all in one section.

Adjust your margins for the resume to allow more space for your information. You can set your margin all around for one-half inch to maximize space.

Use a 10 point font for your resume. You may want to have just your name in a 14 point font to make it stand out.

Adjust the line spacing so there is no excess space between the lines.

Toward the end of your resume include a link to your profile on Linkedin or perhaps to

your blog. Let the hiring manager know more detailed information is available there. Your profile must be well written and up to date. You also want to let the hiring manager know that you will be happy to provide any additional information needed as well as references if desired.