How to make a killer 1 page resume

In this post, we’re going to talk about how to make a simple one page CV. Let us first understand the purpose of a 1 page CV in the first place.

What’s the purpose of a 1 page CV?

Let’s understand the typical job recruitment process.

Step 1: Candidates apply for the job via company website, job portals etc.
Step 2: The recruiter shortlists a few suitable profiles for further interviews
Step 3: Interviews
Step 4: A suitable candidate is hired

A 1 page CV is used to go form step 1 to 2. In step 1, recruiters receives 10s and 100s or maybe even 1000s of CVs. Hence, the recruiter spends an average of only 10 seconds per CV. The recruiter has to pick a few CVs which broadly fit the competencies needed for the position being hired for. They will then test these competencies for a more narrower fit in the interview stage.

Hence, a CV needs to be

1. Light and crisp: Do not overload your resume. As mentioned earlier, the recruiter only spends a few seconds on your CV and wont have time to go through lots of text. You can always create a more detailed CV if you reach the interview stage.

2. Simple designs: Do not use fancy designs. Keep it nice and easy on the eye. The simpler the design, the better the CV for this stage

3. Highlight your key competencies clearly: Structure your CV in such a way that your key competencies can be grasped at just one glance. A good way to do this, is to have a dedicated section titled skills or competencies, where you can list all relevant skills you have. For instance, for a software developer role, you can list the languages you know.

4. Clear demarcation of sections: Segregate your points in to different sections – education ,work experience, skillsets etc. This helps the recruiter to quickly capture the key points from your CV

4. Quantify your achievements: Instead of simply mentioned your roles, it is impactful to mention the results of your roles and actions too a.k.a achievements. For instance, lets say your previous job was in the position of a digital marketer.

Instead of saying “I worked as a social media manager “. say

” I worked as a Facebook manager, and increased site traffic by 15% through optimized use of Facebook ads”.

The second way shows the achievements of your roles as a social media manager to recruiters and helps you stand out from the rest.

5. The CV should be customized specific to the job: Instead of using a generic CV for all job applications, it makes sense to customize a CV for each job type. No – this does not mean we need to redo our CV 1000s of times for each job application. However, based on the job description form, the CV can be repurposed to show one side of your profile more dominantly.

For example, lets say you are a computer programmer who is proficient on multiple languages. Step 1 would be to make a generic CV capturing all your skills. Lets say you are applying to a position that needs you to work on Java platforms. For this application, you would ensure that you have more Java related points in your work experience or projects section. Similarly, for a C++ job application, you would highlight your C++related achievements and so forth.

Example of a Great CV
Example of a great 1 page CV

In the image below, we have showcased an example of what an ideal CV should look like. Here’s what’s great about the CV

1. Simple design: As you can see, the design is not too complicated. The color combinations look pleasing and easy to the eye. When in doubt, always go for black and blue colors

2. Crisp Structure: The CV is not loaded with text. It has crisp bullet points and not lengthy paragraphs. A reader can quickly grasp the key points in a matter of seconds

3. Key sections: A good CV should clearly call out all 5 major sections of a CV – About me, education, academic background, key skills / languages and references (optional)

4. Photo and Summary: Always have a professional photo on your CV – it helps develop a human connection. A 1-2 line summary illustrating your profile also helps in conveying the right message to the recruiter.
Bonus Tips on cracking Job Interviews

1. Dress Sharp: First impression always matters. Dressing neatly doesn’t mean dressing expensively – it just means dressing neatly. Such as
–> Clothes which are of the right size
–> Ironed clothes
–> Neat hairstyle
–> Simple styles ( It’s an interview, not a fancy dress party)
Dressing sharply also gives you additional confidence! And as you perhaps already know, confidence is one of the keys to successfully cracking an interview

2. Know your CV and Job description form inside out80% of the questions in a role are based on your CV and how relevant it is to the job you are applying for. This effectively means that 80% of the questions are completely in you control!Include only those things in your CV which you are confident about, and prepare well about them

3. Eye contact. Eye contact is one of the main forms of sub communications. However, most beginners fail to make proper eye contact. Here’s a simple rule of thumb
–> If you are the one speaking, look at the interviewer’s eyes atleast 70% of the time.
–>If you are speaking to multiple interviewers, devote a majority of the time to the interviewer who asked the question.
–>If what you are speaking is relevant to all the interviewers (Your introduction for example) , spend about 10 seconds of eye contact with each interviewer and shift to the next one, gently
–>If the interviewer is speaking, make eye contact with him/her for more that 90% of the time
That’s it for now. Rock your next interview! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any queries. We are on the verge of launching our own resume review service. Do subscribe to our channel and email list, so that you’ll be the first to know

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