Why Should You Fit Your Resume on One Page?

By Indeed Editorial Team

March 3, 2021

Keeping your resume to one page helps hiring managers see your best qualifications quickly. When you submit a one-page resume, you demonstrate the top qualities and skills that make you right for the role. Looking at your previous work experience can help you decide which accomplishments are worth keeping on your resume.

In this article, we examine the benefits of a one-page resume, explain how to fit your resume on one page and offer tips for you to follow when writing your resume.

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Why is it beneficial to keep your resume to one page?

Here are some reasons why you should keep your resume to one page:

  • It makes it easier to read. Hiring managers usually only have a short amount of time to scan through your resume. Keeping your resume to one page gives them time to find work experience and skills that match their requirements.

  • It allows you to select your best qualifications. When you narrow down your resume to one page, you select the most important qualifications that highlight your career.

  • It shows your creativity. You need to get creative when you only have one page to describe all of your qualifications and accomplishments. By keeping your resume to one page, you demonstrate your ability to use space and your critical-thinking skills to convey more meaning.

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How to fit your resume on one page

Here are steps to help you fit your resume on one page:

  1. Shorten your margins.

  2. Decrease the font size.

  3. Insert bullet points.

  4. Add multiple columns.

  5. Condense your contact information and work experience.

  6. Trim your summary and education section.

1. Shorten your margins

Shortening your margins leaves you with more space to elaborate on your skills and work experience. The common margin to use for your resume is 1-inch, but you can shorten your margins to 0.5 or 0.65 inches. Save your resume as a PDF to save your formatting, ensuring hiring managers see the same document you do.

2. Decrease the font size

Decrease your font size from a 12-point font to a 10-point font. You can also decrease the size of your section headers or even use bold or italicized fonts. Decreasing the font size for all sections makes your resume readable while keeping it on one page. Adjust the line spacing if the text looks compacted on your resume.

3. Insert bullet points

Instead of using paragraphs to describe your job duties, use bullet points to save space. Smaller points add clarity to your resume because you're focusing more on keywords, action verbs and accomplishments instead of using filler words that contribute less to your qualifications. Keep your bullet points to one or two lines so they're succinct and easy to scan.

4. Add multiple columns

Use multiple columns to add different sections of your resume on the same line. Using the same line gives you more room to elaborate on your work experience, skills and education sections. Add a 1- to 2-inch offset column on the right or left side to include information that you can condense into short bullet points, like your skills and hobbies. Columns also help your resume look more visually appealing and increases its scannability.

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5. Condense your contact information and work experience

Condense your contact information and work experience section to one line to limit the space you use. When listing your work experience, move the name of your employer, the employer's address, your job title and the timeline of your employment to one line. For your contact information, move your physical address, email address and mobile phone number to one line. Separate your information with pipes to make it easier to read. For example, your contact information could look like, "Georgia Lykens | Silver Springs, NM | georgia.lykens@email.com | 353-687-2653."

6. Trim your summary and education section

Cut down content in your summary and education section if you need the space to elaborate on your work experience. By keeping your education section short, you show you have the minimum requirement needed for the role while saving space for more important details. Keep the year you graduated from college on your resume only if you're a recent graduate. Omit your high school education if you have a college degree. Your summary or objective should be one line, or you can remove it entirely if you need the space.

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Tips to keep your resume to one page

Use these tips to craft a one-page resume:

  • Add positions you've held over the last 10 years: Include the past 10 years of experience to show your career progression. If you've worked with the same company for over 10 years, separate the positions you've held to show the experience and skills you gained.

  • Include relevant experience and skills: To keep the focus of your resume, only include skills and experience that relate to the role. For example, if you're applying for a role in accounting, you don't need to include your experience as a lifeguard. Not only does this keep your resume focused, but it also ensures it fits on one page.

  • Use numerals instead of spelling out numbers: Spelling out numerals can take up space on your resume. It's acceptable to use numerals on your resume instead of spelling them out. For example, one of your duties in your experience section could be, "Managed a team of 7 employees for 4 years."

  • Set a maximum number of bullet points to use: Only use up to four bullet points when showcasing your experience on your resume. Adhering to this process enables you to only include the information with the most value. This process assists you in focusing on clarity and conciseness when you refine your resume and send it to potential employers.

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