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Resume Writing Tip: 3 Ways to Shorten Your Resume

Resume Writing Tip: 3 Ways to Shorten Your Resume

theslasherAnthony asks, “My resume is one page and a few lines. What can I do to get it to fit on one page?”Kim’s Answer: I’m known in the industry as “The Slasher” — I can take any resume that’s a bit too long and cut it down to size. The changes never take away from the overall message. In fact, they usually strengthen the document! I bet that if you looked at your resume with a careful eye, you can find information to edit so that your resume fits on one page. Often, minor modifications to the layout and content can shorten your resume. Here are a few things to look for:1. Orphans: The dangling word(s) that waste a whole line of space can often be eliminated. You can probably edit the sentence and save yourself a line.2. General layout: Is your layout a space hog? You might have large empty columns that are using valuable space or wide margins that can be shortened. Look at your address line — if you use a separate line for your address, phone, and email, you can save several lines by placing all of your contact information on one line. Even a change to the font size or type can help you add more room to your resume. You can also shorten the space between sections or lines and combine information contained in lists in one line. Please note: White space is very important — your resume still needs to be easy on the eye, so be judicious with these changes!3. Content: Is every word on your resume selling you for your career goal? Analyze the information you’ve included with an objective eye (or ask the opinion of a hiring manager in your industry), and delete content that doesn’t help “sell” you.