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It can be tough to limit your resume to one or two pages, especially if you have a lot of work experience you want to demonstrate. But employers usually want to see resumes that have a maximum of two pages so they can get to the relevant information quickly. The job of your resume is to entice the employer to want to find out more about you and your expertise and so your resume should provide a snapshot of your skills and experience. If you are wondering how to write a resume and you are finding it hard to cut out content, take a look at these tips:

Resume Advice and Tips

Keep Personal Statement Brief

Although the personal statement section of your resume can add value and can help the employer to visualise your personality and motivations, it’s crucial that you keep it to one or two lines. Writing a paragraph on this section will waste valuable space.

Only Add Relevant Key Skills

You may have a number of key skills that have served you well in past positions however in order to save space you should only list the key skills that you feel are relevant to the role. Read through the job description and identify the main responsibilities and match these with your key skills as these are what will be desirable for the employer. One way to shorten this section of the resume is to bullet point key skills that link to the job and you can always elaborate on these at the interview stage.

Filter Experience

When writing your resume you should focus on including the most relevant work experience first. If you have worked for multiple companies in a variety of roles and you find that your work experience is filling several pages, then consider cutting some of the less relevant jobs out and concentrating on the jobs that enabled you to gain the relevant experience. If this creates gaps in your resume you can fill them by simply writing the job title and dates of less relevant employment and then explain these in more depth at the job interview stage.

Hobbies

Depending on the job role, the hobbies section can be quite important as it can reveal personality traits and your interests outside of work – which can be interesting for an employer when assessing whether you will fit in with the company culture. However, if you are really struggling for space on your resume consider shortening this section to one line or leaving it out completely. The work experience and skills section will help you to gain a job interview but (if you have to make the hobbies section brief to make space) you can discuss your hobbies during the interview if you think it could improve your chances of securing the job.


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