Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 Ways to Create Space on Your Resume

  1. Change your header: First double click on the top of your resume. You’ll note that a header opens at the top of the page. Copy and paste your name and contact information into this space.

    Next, consider changing your header by listing you contact information on one or two lines to save space. See example below:

  2. Alter your margins: Instead of keeping your margins at the traditional 1” try changing them to .5”. This will allow you to utilize almost the entire page both vertically and horizontally.

    Remember: If you do change your margins, save a copy of your resume as a .pdf document. By doing so it will ensure that all the formatting stays the same when sending your resume electronically.

  3. Modify your font size: You can change the font on your resume to as small as a 10-size font!

  4. Eliminate one or two word hangers on your resume: As you will see in the picture below “other electronics” and “specifications” are monopolizing an entire line on your resume. Try to modify the description of your job responsibilities to remove these one or two word hangers.
  5. Adjust your spacing: First and foremost, it is important to change your document to single spaced. You can do this by highlighting your resume, right clicking, selecting “Paragraph” and then select “Single Spaced.” Additionally, you should also check the box that says “Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style,” illustrated in the picture below:
    Lastly, use your cursor to click on the space between the experiences listed on your resume and change the space to a smaller font size, such as 5. This will shrink the space, but still allow for a small gap between each one of your experiences. See the picture below for a better reference:  

 ~Alison Charlebois, Graduate Assistant

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