From grammatical errors and typos to fancy jargons and absent keywords, there’s certainly no dearth of resume blunders one could make. But there is one surefire kiss of death for most job seekers -- submitting a two or three-page resume. No matter how much you want to cling to your two-pager, unless you’re applying for a senior position—no one actually makes it past the first page. You might as well bite the bullet and get all the important bits on one sheet!
Here are some easy hacks to fit your CV onto a single page.
Cut obsolete content Even if you have a ton of internship experience, it probably doesn’t all need to be on your resume. Read the job description carefully and highlight keywords and skills they’re looking for. Then, look over your experiences and only include the ones that demonstrate your ability in the same areas.
Write concisely and use acronyms To tighten up the language on your resume and save space avoid using personal pronouns (I, me, or we) and articles (a, an, or the). Also, use industry-standard abbreviations or acronyms where appropriate; for example, in many industries it’s universally known that “CRM” stands for customer relationship management.
Keep your bullet points succinct You want the bullets detailing your experience to be relevant and succinct. It doesn’t need to be a laundry list of every task you’ve ever done in a job. Pro tip: Keep most sections between 3-6 bullets.
Consolidate your contact information Your address should not be eating up multiple lines on your resume. Also, instead of separating your phone number, email address, and social media accounts by line, use vertical bars to divide the information and include everything on one line.