Brevity: The Importance of the One Page Resume

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

Did you know that recruiters often make up their minds about a candidate within a minute of scanning their resume?

You don't have a lot of time to impress employers, so everything about your resume needs to be painstakingly thought out, right down to your resume's length.

Here are some reasons why a one page resume is the way to go, along with some tips to help you make the most of your limited space.

How a One Page Resume Benefits You

Your resume like a personal highlight reel. It's a collection of some of the biggest things that make you who you are.

You have a right to be proud of your education and accomplishments. You might even have an impressive background filled with awards and recognitions

But the fact of the matter is that, in most cases, an actual person won't get so much as a glance at your resume.

Many companies now use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to expedite the hiring process and screen applicants.

These complex programs filter specific job-related words and descriptions so a hiring manager can quickly see who does and doesn't have the skills they're looking for at the moment.

It's frustrating. Especially if you've put a ton of work into crafting a great resume.
But brevity, along with using the right keywords, can help you get past an ATS, increasing your chances of moving on to the interview process.

How a One Page Resume Benefits Employers

One page isn't a lot of space. But put yourself in a hiring manager's shoes.

Even with the screening process, most managers will look at dozens and dozens of applications.

And since there's only so much time in the day, a one-page resume is a lot more likely to get read than a resume that spans multiple pages.

Shorter may not seem sweeter at first, but by limiting yourself to a single page, you're doing HR a favor.

Tips for Building a Great Resume

So, how do you make the most of your brief amount of space? It isn't as tough as it seems!

Contact Info

At the top of the page, list your name and contact information. The more ways you give an employer to contact you, the better.

But at the very least, include a phone number, address, and email address.

Work Experience

Now that your soon-to-be HR department knows who you are, it's time to show them what you're about.

List the last three job titles you've held. Be sure to detail what you did for each position and how long you worked there.

Whenever possible, use exact figures to illustrate things like business growth, retention, etc.

If you improved worker safety, for example, you could say something along the lines of 'Decreased common oilfield injuries by X percent.'

Skills

This section is for elaborating on any skills you have that you feel would make you a good fit for the job.

What's most important is that you only include skills relevant to the position.

If you're applying for a job in IT, for example, you'd want to include certifications and any programming languages you know.

Education

There's some debate about whether to place education at the top or bottom of a resume. We'll leave the final decision up to you.

But for the sake of this article, we suggest leaving it at the bottom since your work experience matters more.

Your Dream Job Is Waiting

Crafting a one page resume can be difficult. But it's ultimately something that benefits both yourself and your prospective employer.

Want more tips on finding your dream career? Click here for four tips that will get you hired fast!