Two great professionals with outstanding qualifications, talents, and expertise on the hunt for their dream job. Except that one of them is receiving different job offers and calls on a daily basis, whereas the other, just as skilled and ambitious is being left in the dark and not acknowledged at all. Does this sound familiar? Has this ever happened to you? We’ll tell you why.
The secret lies in a piece of paper. A one-page killer resume that embodies everything that needs to be there in order for you to thrive. Today’s article will expand on the importance of the one page resume, it will give two one page resume templates, each for a different type of position and we’ll also teach you how to make a 1 page executive resume.
So why should the resume be only one page? Because time is money and you only have one chance at a great first impression!
The Crucial Starting Point: Where and How to Write your Resume?
It’s easy to think of your CV as a rundown of your job experience. But the true value of a resume is more than just simply listing out your professional experiences. Rather, it’s a strategic tool to market your true authentic self. The one page resume format gives you the chance to boil everything down to a few nuggets of information that will reflect who you truly are as a professional.
Consider the point of view of the potential employer. The employer is looking for a candidate who fits the job description and can bring value to the organisation. They often don’t have the time nor the energy to dig into your resume and figure out who you are. Everything needs to be crystal clear when they first glance at it, and that’s the beauty of the one page resume format.
Similar to that, you’re not going to have a lot of luck sending out dozens of the same job applications to different employers. Instead of treating your resume poorly, tailor it to each new position that you’re applying for. It’s the little details that matter.
Keep It Up To A Page
Yes, keep that in mind. A resume is supposed to be one page most of the time.
One-page resumes are preferred for candidates with only a few years of work experience and those who are only starting out in the working world. Your resume can be longer than one page only if you have 10+ years of experience or a lot of appropriate professional accomplishments.
Think of your resume as a movie trailer. Trailers don’t usually last longer than three minutes. And if they do, we eventually find ourselves munching on popcorn rather than actually watching the trailer. The same goes for your resume as well. The reasons for a one-page summary are clarity and simplicity of use.
How to fit your resume to one page?
There are a couple of strategies and tricks you may use to create your own one page resume format:
- Tailor the resume to the position. Include only the information that will be useful to one specific employer. There’s no such thing as a CV for every position.
- Choose a great layout that is compact and highlights important information. It needs to be clean, ordered and easy to read. The double-column might work great for you. For example, you could list skills on a single line, or in a sidebar.
- Use bullet points to be concise and graphs to save on space. A visual representation of your skills could save you from writing a couple of paragraphs.
- Add a smaller font to your resume. Of course, make sure it’s still legible enough. Reduce paragraph or bullet point indentation and use narrower spaces between sections.
Examples of one-page resumes
Just to get you properly started on the path of creating a proper one page resume, we’ll give you two one page resume examples, one for a senior and one for a junior.
Senior one-page resume
Junior one-page resume
As you can see, both CVs have a great format for displaying a lot of information, with an emphasis on the personal details, great structure of the “Achievements” section and a visual display of the skills section. The only difference between the two is that where the senior CV features “Certifications” the second one substitutes that section (for lack of a comprehensive work/studies experience) with an “About me” and “Proud of” section. This is common when the candidate is just starting out on their professional or academic journey.
Where To Create A One-Page Resume?
You may think: “Okay, that’s great, but where can I boil down my resume into just one page?”
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. And the good thing is, we’ll do all the work for you.
You also want to leave aside basic text editors such as MS Word and Excel. Needless to say, they have a variety of potential problems that may hamper you before you even start.
We’d love to prove you wrong!