Is Your Resume Longer Than One Page? You Need to Rewrite It

It should be pretty damn obvious by now that a good resume is the key to the locked door of employment. As someone who was once a manager for a department with fairly high turnover, nothing slaps you harder on a Monday morning than 200 resumes in your email inbox.

Now I’ll be honest, I didn’t read half of them, because no one in their right mind has time to sift through that much bullshit. So how did I decide which ones to read and which ones to send to email purgatory? Firstly, aesthetic.

If your resume still looks like the drivel you cooked up for your 10th grade year advisor in all it’s unformatted, 14 point Times New Roman glory, you better believe I’ll be hurling that shit in the digital trash. My tired, throbbing Monday morning brain needs something pretty to look at, so for the love of whatever god you worship, please make me want to read it.

Use a nice template, make it relevant to the position you’re applying for and free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Ok, I’ve rambled long enough, I’ll get to the point. Now you might have a resume that looks like the textual equivalent of the Mona Lisa; kinda boring, but easy to appreciate. This is great, but if it’s longer than 1.5 pages max, I’m not going to spend the time going any further.

Remember, I have 200 of these things to sort through, everything I need to see has to be right in front of me the moment I open it.

Need an example? Well Novoresume has proven that one page is all you need by creating a sample for the incredibly successful and inspirational Elon Musk.

For those who are unaware, Elon is the CEO or Tesla Motors, SpaceX and chairman of SolarCity. He was also the CEO of PayPal and co-founder of Zip2. Quite the background, no?

Now if Elon fucking Musk can fit all of that and more onto one page, then I’m pretty sure you can manage too. Take a gander below.

I don’t know that I would use the bar system for competencies, nor would I include a picture of myself, but it’s a great example of using space creatively.

Now go forth and write a resume that stands out against the other 199!