When it comes to writing a resume, you need to juggle the tasks of filling the document with important, desirable details about yourself, as well as keeping the document from getting to be too long. Although a two-page resume won't necessarily sabotage your ability to get a job, you may feel a desire to keep the document to a single page — especially if the job application has specified brevity. It can be difficult to look at your list of credentials and begin deleting things. However, if you're anxious to get everything on a single page, here are some things that you can safely remove.
Career Goals Section
While outlining your career goals can show a prospective employer that you're ambitious, it can be a little unnecessary on a resume — especially if you're trying to keep the document to a single page. Employers are able to read between the lines when it comes to assessing your career goals. For example, if you're applying for an entry-level sales and marketing position, a hiring manager can likely safely assume that you wish to work in the field of sales and marketing and achieve success. This section usually takes up a couple lines, and scrapping it can make a difference.
Detailed Contact Information
While it's important for a prospective employer to be able to contact you to set up an interview, many job seekers list too much contact information atop their resumes. If you're looking to save a few lines of space, eliminating some superfluous contact information isn't going to hurt your chances of getting called for an interview. For example, if you're listing your street address, this is taking up valuable space — and an employer isn't going to send you a letter to invite you for an interview.
Detailed Educational History
The longer it has been since you graduated college, the fewer details about your schooling you should generally have on your resume. While you want to list the name of your school and the degree you attained, as well as perhaps one more relevant piece of information, you can usually omit the various marks that you earned in different courses and the extra-curricular activities in which you were involved. Eliminating these things can help you to fit your resume on a single page — and, if you're sad to see some of these details go, try to bring any relevant ones up during your interview.