As a new college grad seeking a creative career, you should absolutely keep your resume to one page. In public relations and advertising, for example, there is value in saying more with less. Don’t feel the need to fill two pages with every detail of your short professional life—your resume should be short and sweet with room to breathe (read: white space). If Barack Obama can convey his resume in a few succinct lines, so can you. If you’re wondering what to cut out, try starting here.
What to Cut
- That irrelevant job as a bagger at the grocery store—Sure, you put in your time, but in the grand scheme of things, you’re not telling me much. I want to know about relevant work experience.
- Your Dean’s list standing—If you’re hurting for space, leave this one on the cutting room floor. Your GPA will say enough.
- Every duty from the internship you had—I don’t necessarily need to know that you filed papers and stuffed envelopes when things were slow at your internship. I’m assuming you can do those things. Try to focus on your unique accomplishments and leave out the menial tasks.
- All of your hobbies—Unless you have a hobby that makes you uniquely qualified for the job at hand, leave it out.
- Bad design—Often, lengthy resumes are simply a matter of poor design. If you can get your hands on a computer with InDesign at your school or from a friend, I highly recommend it. It’s much more flexibly, and often looks significantly more professional than a resume developed in a typical text document.
What to Keep
- A link to your LinkedIn profile—If there’s more information that just can’t be included in one page, use LinkedIn to complete the story.
- A link to your blog or portfolio—This may include writing samples, design and a bit more about your personality. Plus, it shows that you care enough to figure out how to establish a site for yourself.