Running Out of Space on Your Resume?

1. Use Smaller Margins
Save space on your resume by decreasing your page margins. The acceptable range for page margins for a resume are:
Top: 0.8″-1″
Sides and Bottom: 0.5″-1

2. Try a 3-Column Header
Use a table with 3 columns and 1 row to distribute the contents of your resume header to the left and right of your name.
In the example below, the name has a middle-top alignment, and the address and contact details have a bottom alignment.

Header

 

3. Remove Your Objective Statement
In certain situations you do not need an objective statement in your resume. If you are submitting a resume to a specific position, the employer knows what you are looking for. However, at events such as career fairs, an objective helps employers find out what kind of roles you are looking for.

Read our full blog on the topic: Objective Statements: Are They Important?

4. Save a Line by Right-Aligning Your GPA
Use a tab stop in MS Word to align your GPA to the right of the page.

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5. Remove Irrelevant Experiences and Shorten Bullet Points
– If you are a sophomore or above, you can remove your high school education section and the experiences from high school
– If an experience does not have any transferable skills for the position you are applying for consider removing it to focus more attention on your relevant experience and to save space.
– Shorten your bullet points by removing bullet points that don’t show any skills that are transferable to the position being applied for or repeat a transferable skill mentioned in a previous bullet point.

For more help on resumes read the CCO Handbook and visit us during our drop-in hours M-F from 10am-4pm

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