Tricks to make a one page resume
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Tricks to make a one-page resume

Tricks to make a one-page resume
When it comes to making a resume, most job seekers want to put everything down and never want o miss a detail. Most employers and hiring managers prefer candidates to stick to resumes that are just one page long, unless you have an experience of 10 years or more.  Moreover, a single page resume exudes confidence and clarity of thoughts. 

The following are a few things that can help you compress everything in one page:

Talk about experiences and the exposure that you have received relevant to the job you are applying for. You may have interned and served as a trainee at a lot of places but mention those which match the profile you are applying for. Include details that make you stand out instead of repeating content.

A few formatting tricks can add a lot of space to your resume. Trim your margin to half an inch, reduce the spacing between bullet points, and to get rid of the line breaks use commas, tabs, or dots, the latter can be used to list skills or interests. The standard font size for a resume may be 12 but you can tweak it to 11 or 11.5 and try different styles to create space or leave some white space.

Leave out your high school information, recruiters tend to focus on college education and experience more. Instead of writing your name in big bold fonts, which might be eye-catching, but it is an absolute waste of space.  You can also give the objective section a miss if your experience explains clearly the role you are looking for. Another way to save space is provide references on request.

Creating new sections to arrange your experiences means giving a new heading. While trying to make your resume comprehensive and yet to fit everything required in a page have not more than three to four sections. 

Contact information also takes up space. Instead of using the traditional format, provide details about your address, phone number, and e-mail id in a single line by separating content using dots, slashes, or lines. 

Manually setting of the space between lines and sections in Microsoft Word (under paragraph settings) can create room to add other details in your resume.

Mention awards and recognition that are self-explanatory so that you don’t need to provide an extended description. 

Once you have formatted and added all the details print a few copies to see how your resume looks, check if it has the right amount of white space and looks organised. Make sure you always send a PDF file of your resume unless you are asked to send a word file. Having a one-page resume makes it simple for recruiters to know your focus and understand your skills and it also helps them save time and effort.

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