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Use bullets. Use bullets (but not too many) to describe achievements or skill sets because …
• They often take up less space. • They allow you to prioritize more easily. • They grab reader’s attention. (See?)
Use different formatting. Change top, side, and bottom margins to as little as one half inch if appearance permits. Or reduce size of your text font to 10 point (but no smaller). Or try using a font like Garamond instead of Times New Roman: it will take up less space. Or try using a condensed font such as Weissach Condensed. A little experimentation will probably yield big results; however, whether you use these suggestions or others, just make sure readability is not harmed.
Delete “References Furnished on Request.” Often found at end of a résumé, phrase has little importance. If an employer wants references, he will ask for them anyway.
Utilizing tips above, you may be able to reduce length of your résumé by a page or more without sacrificing meaning, impact, or readability. In fact, when your copy is clear, concise, and properly formatted, it gives you more space to set forth your skills and achievements in a professional and well-appreciated fashion. Try it—you’ll see what I mean!
Pierre Daunic, senior consultant for R.L. Stevens & Associates Inc. (http://www.interviewing.com), a career marketing firm and organization celebrating over 24 years of providing strategic marketing solutions for its clients’ career transitioning needs.