How can I condense my resume? By Matthew Coppola
You may be looking at your resume thinking that is far too long, messy and unstructured. Your resume may be 7 or 9 pages long, but you really want to keep all the information in because you feel that you have a lot to offer and that a prospective employer needs to know this. So, faced with such a dilemma, what options do you really have?
Generally speaking, it’s good for a resume/CV to be around 4 – 6 pages long, depending on your profession or trade. More technical resumes require extra information to be included in that would otherwise not be needed for non-technical resumes.
One option available to you is to read through all your responsibilities and experience, then try to shorten the sentences by either removing unnecessary information or re-writing a long sentence into a short one with the same meaning.
An example of this would be:
LONG – Managing all administrative personnel (including part-time/full-time staff members) by overseeing their work, providing direction and training.
SHORT – Managing administrative staff by providing direction, supervision, and training.
With the sentence above, I have omitted information such as the nature of all the staff member’s employment – full time and part time.
Also, the words staff members and personnel were used – so I took out both and replaced them with the one word – staff.
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