Update Your Resume Challenge #1: Slim Down Your Resume

If you’ve been following the prestigious, quasi-official RezScore blog (we know you have been), then you know all about the fact that September is ‘International Update Your Resume Month’!

That means, this September everyone (yes, even you, Mr. I-already-have-a-job-Jones) should pull out their resumes, dust them off, and update them for those unexpected opportunities around every corner.

To celebrate this month, the team at RezScore has come up with weekly challenges for all the loyal RezScorians, who we all know want to have top-notch resume.

For this week, you are challenged with the task of: slimming down your resume!

If you’re like most people, you have a lot to offer to a potential employer. Shoot, you’re organized, experienced, can speak 17 languages, and you can knit! When you are full of so many qualifications, it can be hard to stick to that one-page rule we’ve heard all about.

Check out: Should I Follow the One-Page Rule on My Resume?

While the one-page rule isn’t strict, you should know that multi-page resumes are frequently passed over, full of irrelevant information, and sometimes lost when a staple has failed to keep up their end of the bargain.

How can I slim down my resume?

Pay special attention to how you word things. Adjectives and other “frilly” language is typically the first to go. Get to the point as fast as you can because an employer only has so much time to look over your resume before switching gears.

When it comes to nixing entire sections, look for old or irrelevant parts. If you’ve graduated college, there’s no reason for you to include your high school information on your resume. Worked a seasonal job over the holidays? It might not be worth the line or two it’s taking up.

Last but not least, look at your formatting. Single-spacing on a resume is completely fine. Font size can go as small as 10-point, but double check after you print it out. Pay attention to the font you use. Arial and Times New Roman are both smaller than Courier or Georgia.

What do you think? Do you need to slim down your resume? Did you try any of the tips mentioned above? Share what you think in the comments below!

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