How do you decide when you should make a one-page resume? If one or more of the following apply to you, the answer is probably yes:
However, if any of these circumstances apply to you, you may need to make a multiple-page resume. You can find additional options in our main resume library, where we feature both our free stock templates and custom templates:
Keep in mind that your resume doesn’t need to contain lots of depth about your past jobs and abilities — it needs to succinctly summarize your professional and academic experience. A cover letter provides additional information to critical parts of your resume, but an interview is where an employer will ask for more details from you.
Therefore, a short resume is the best choice. A single page is easy for employers to look over and scan quickly, especially if you’re critical with what you include and delete from the document. Let’s look at how to use the space effectively and make a professional resume.
Traditionally, resumes are single-page documents. However, the modern resume takes many different forms. Certain resumes, from lengthy executive resumes to advertising’s resume portfolios, work better with two or more pages. The most creative options — like this interactive resume by a game programmer, may not even have pages at all but can effectively demonstrate the user’s experience in a show, don’t tell, manner.
Our resume templates make it easy to create an organized, single-page resume. We showcase our top five templates above, but you can also choose from our chronological, functional and combination formats below. Then, we’ll walk you through how to write a resume on your own or with our new Resume Builder.
With one of these Hloom recommended templates, you can easily fit all of your resume information on one page, but many templates can also easily be used as two-page resumes.
A chronological resume is best used when you have several years of consistent work experience in the field for which you’re applying. These templates neatly organize your work history in reverse-chronological order on a single page.
A functional resume works nicely when you have less work experience in the field you’re applying to. This can be effective if you’ve recently switched careers, or if you have gaps in your job history. Our functional resume templates put the focus on your skills and achievements.
If you want to include some chronological work experience, but also want to highlight your other abilities on the same page, a combination resume is the right choice. These combination templates combine the best of the chronological and functional formats on one page.
On a single-page resume format, organization is key.
If your existing resume is already longer than a page, that’s not a problem. It’s easier for you to trim your resume down than it is to pad it full of unnecessary information.
Begin by taking some notes to help you decide what to include on your resume and what to remove. Deciding which information is crucial to meeting the job requirements and getting an interview.
Organize your notes into three categories:
Use this inventory as you craft your new one-page resume.
With a lot of work experience, you need to be selective about what goes on your resume. Focus on the past 10 to 15 years of work history and only keep the experience that is relevant to the open job post.
Let’s look at some techniques you can use to organize your content and make the best use of a single page.
A professional summary, as opposed to an objective statement, quickly highlights your years of experience and major career achievements near the top of your resume. Since you describe your accomplishments and potential, it is a good way to use the limited space of a one-page resume. It gives more details than an objective statement without taking up much more space.
If you want a heading for your professional summary, use your desired job title (such as “Magazine Editor”). Then, write a sentence or two that explains how your experience will benefit a new company. For example:
“Fashion-forward magazine editor with over eight years of experience working on lifestyle, travel and fashion publications. Spearheaded a three-month topic campaign that increased online site traffic by 72 percent and resulted in 14 percent increase in subscribers. Eager to contribute similar growth to a young publication.”
A good space-saving technique on a modern resume is to list accomplishments from your prior jobs, rather than tasks or duties performed.
Listing every duty you had at each job can take up a lot of space, and there is often overlap. However, if you list just your accomplishments — the highlights of what you achieved at each position — you’ll save room and provide potential employers with the information they want to see.
Bullet points are also a good way to organize many of your resume sections. In any section that involves a list — such as your work history or college degrees — you can use bullet points to save space, keep your resume neatly organized, and make it easy for hiring managers to skim through your accomplishments and quickly measure your qualifications.
Your choice of fonts makes a big difference in your resume length.
Twelve-point is considered standard, but you can try 11 or even 10-point depending on the font style (some fonts are larger than others). However, you should never go below 10-point — a tiny font will make your resume too hard to read.
You can also save crucial resume space just by choosing a font that takes up less room. Sans-serif fonts, like Verdana, generally take up less space per line than serif fonts, like Times New Roman.
On a resume, standard one-inch margins aren’t strictly necessary. You can make your margins as small as a half-inch as long as your font is at the 11- or 12-point size.
Don’t make the margins smaller than a half-inch, as that will make the page look too dense with information. Between a half-inch and an inch though, you’ll have room to find the margins that look best while keeping the resume one-page long.
Your one-page resume shouldn’t be completely crammed full of words and images. The eye needs some white space to help process and sort the information on your resume.
Think of the white spaces on your resume as paragraph indents or spaces between chapters of a book. These spaces make your document easier to read, and prevents its design from overwhelming hiring managers.
Keep your resume’s white space balanced. You don’t want a lot of space on one side of the resume, with all the information-packed on the other side. This makes your resume look sloppy and disorganized.
Bullet points add some white space and break up text blocks while keeping things organized. Leave space between each resume section, and maintain consistent line breaks throughout.
You should always tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for. As you apply to different positions, you can add or remove information for relevance while remembering to keep this to one page.
It’s a good idea to have a few different versions of your resume for your job search. For example, if you’re applying for a customer service position, have one resume for restaurant jobs that focuses on serving skills, and a different one for retail jobs that focuses on sales and service. There may be overlap between the two, but you can remove excess information from each version and only keep the details relevant to a particular job search.
If you want to give employers access to more information about you, supplement your application with an online document. Add a LinkedIn URL, or link to your website or online portfolio in your Contact Information section. This tells employers where they can learn more about you, and saves you from having to add extra details on a second page.
There are a few things you almost never need on a resume. Here’s some information that can be removed to keep your resume to one page.
Include your city, state and ZIP code, but skip the exact street address — it’s not necessary and won’t help you get a job. This is a remnant from when applicants received formal offers and contracts through the mail, rather than over email.
If you only have a high school diploma and it is required for the job, or if you had achievements or honors at your school, you may want to keep that information on your resume. However, you should only include this if you don’t have much work experience, and you graduated from high school recently (less than five years ago). If you have a college degree or some college experience, that can take its place.
There’s no need to list references on most resumes, or even to state “References Available Upon Request.” Employers will assume you already have references if you’re looking for a job (and you should!)
A few exceptions exist. If you’re applying for a medical assisting job, for example, it can be good to include references so that potential employers can confirm your skill level and training.
Jobs that have nothing to do with your current job search don’t belong on your resume.
If you have limited work experience in the field, you might include other jobs, just to show that you’re a good employee and have marketable skills. However, if space is becoming an issue, get rid of those irrelevant jobs immediately.
There’s also no need to include very old work history on your resume. Use a chronological format to keep only the most recent jobs that will fit on one page. Or, use a functional or combination format to keep only the jobs that are most relevant to the job you are seeking.
It’s important to use white space effectively to make your resume look visually pleasing. However, you may find there are extra spaces on your resume that can be deleted in order to keep the length at one page.
If you have lots of space between the Contact Information section and the rest of your resume, for example, consider reformatting so there is only as much space there as necessary. Design techniques can help eliminate extra space while keeping things organized.