How to Format the Second Page of a Resume
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Do not feel that you must limit yourself to a one page resume. Although that approach works well for new college graduates and entry-level job seekers, older and more experienced applicants may need two pages to showcase their skills, education, work experience and accomplishments. In a competitive job market, do not shy away from adding an extra page, especially if it is relevant to the position. A well-organized and coherent second page can create interest and generate positive results.
Ensure that there is enough information for at least half a page. If you have only a few extra lines, cut or condense information from the body of the resume. Alternatively, you could experiment with different fonts and margins. However, do not make your font smaller than ten point or your margins less than one inch. Most hiring officers will not read a resume with tiny type and narrow margins.
Include a header at the top of the second page. Whenever possible, use a style similar to the header on the first page. Keep it simple and use boldface. For example, you could center your name--in block letters--on the first line and center "Page 2" on the second line. Alternatively, you could left justify your name, center the page number and right justify the telephone number. Use a solid black line to separate the header from the rest of the resume.
Avoid dividing elements or splitting the details of a specific job. Whenever possible, do not start a section on page one that carries over to page two. If that is not possible, use headers or footers such as "Susan Armstrong's Accomplishments, continued" to create a coherent document.
Use a second page to supplement the information provided on the first page. For example, you could focus on specific leadership skills or projects, presentations, awards or technical skills. Title the page to reflect that focus.
If an employer specifically asks for a one page resume, accommodate the wish by experimenting with fonts and margins. You may also need to cut or condense information. Place the attention-getting information on the first page.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: When to Use Two Pages or More
- "Gallery of Best Resumes"; David F. Noble; 2007
- If an employer specifically asks for a one page resume, accommodate the wish by experimenting with fonts and margins. You may also need to cut or condense information.
- Place the attention-getting information on the first page.
In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio opened a wordsmith business. She has been published in the "Guelph Daily Mercury," "Waterloo Record" and "Winnipeg Free Press". A retired school teacher, Guidoccio has a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and psychology from Laurentian University, a Bachelor of education from the University of Western Ontario and a Career Development Practitioner Diploma from Conestoga College.