If Resume Spills Only Slightly onto Second Page, Best to Condense to One


Yuanjie writes:
I am now writing my resume and cover letter based on your online advice.
I am a student and will get my PhD degree in mechanical engineering soon.
My resume is slightly more than one page. Do I have to compress it into one page?


The Career Doctor responds:
I’m glad you are thinking ahead and working on your job-search materials.
What do you plan to do after you receive your Ph.D.?
Do you plan to go into business/industry? If so then you probably do want to
write a resume. In this case I would guess your resume will be longer than a
page — just based on your education alone. I believe it’s almost always best
to go to a two-page resume than to reduce font size and margins (and
readability) just to get your resume to fit on one page. Remember the rule
that if you go to a second page that the second page should have enough
content to fill at least half a page.
Or do you plan to go into academia? If so then what you really need is a
curriculum vitae which shares some attributes with a resume but which tends
to be longer because there is more information is included in a CV. An academic
CV would include information beyond your education and experience including
scholarly contributions professional development teaching and service.
That said the goal of a resume and CV is the same. These are marketing
documents designed to help you get to the next step in the job-search process –
the job interview.
Learn more about CVs by reading this article published on Quintessential Careers: Preparing
a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
.