‘’I want to use the resume in my international business class to show the power of presentation.’’
That was the closing sentence of an email we received from a well-known Japanese entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity. William has over 20 positions listed on his Linkedin profile, and 25 years of experience in various fields. In his portfolio, you can find long lists of awards, recognitions, articles, interviews, books he authored, etc. The problem he’s facing is something many highly experienced professionals face: fitting so many years of remarkable experience into an effective one page resume without missing out the important things.
The paradox of choice
It’s no secret that if you have too many options, it’s too difficult to choose. It often feels like the other choice would have been better, leading to dissatisfaction. This also applies to your resume. Having a long list of job positions and achievements to choose from makes it difficult to decide what to leave out. Often, you end up with a 4-page resume that no one wants to read.
Here’s how William made the hard choices and ended up with a resume that really stands out.
How William fit 25 years of experience into a single page
The best way to fit more within one page on the Enhancv platform is using the Compact layout. With a single click, you can fit around 50% more content on one page. Your resume will still look clean, ordered, and easy to read. That’s the layout William used. Still, that’s only the start. Here are the sections and how William used each one:
Right under his name, William wrote what defines him as a professional: ‘’Entrepreneur, keynote speaker, advisor & cyber czar’’.
This quickly gives you an idea of what kind of jobs he’s done, and what is most significant about his career. It frames the way you think about him, right at the start, and all in just 7 words. That’s the kind of space saving that makes for an effective one page resume.
William chose to share 3 jobs within his experience section. For him, these are the most current and significant ones. Plus, all of them are quite different from each other. He’s mentioned a few top achievements under each of these. It’s short but powerful. As a reader, you clearly see what his impact was in each position.
He also decided to name the section Entrepreneurial Experience. Which suggests that it covers only a portion of his work experience. This is a case where careful decision making really pays off with greater impact.
Areas of expertise
The My Time section is an Enhancv signature. Aside from the fact that you can’t find it on any other resume builder, we believe that it reveals a lot about you as a person. It allows our users to show what their most productive week or typical day looks like, for example. William used it to show his areas of expertise. Each piece of the pie chart also indicates where his greatest strengths lay. For example, it’s obvious that Cybersecurity is something he does best.
Most proud of
This is another one of our signature sections. It’s a more personal way to show off your top achievements. For a person like William, it’s a great way to mention a few job positions in a more creative and interesting way. He’s mentioned advising the Japanese Government as well as over twenty tech companies regarding business, technology, and security.
His other point is ‘’Giving back to community’’, where he mentions that he’s been supporting charitable and community-based organizations. Both of these are great achievements, but they also show his personality: that of a dedicated and hardworking person that wants to make change in Japan and the world.
Right there, William saved another page where he’d list all his advisory positions and achievements. All in a few sentences, with bits of his character. Short but powerful.
William has written four complete books so far, three in Japanese and one in English. He’s also contributed to a few major essays and has been a contributor to The World Economic Forum and Forbes. It’s obvious he’s a good writer. But instead of adding this to his experience section as separate jobs, he put a sample of his creations into ‘’Authored Books’’ section.
Tip: You can use this section for another thing too, for example, “Favorite Art”, “Featured Articles”, etc.
Going back to the top, William shared his life motto. One sentence: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” says so much about him. He has dealt with difficult situations, but he’s not the kind of person that gives up. He perceives problems as opportunities.
A simple quote can speak volumes about you as a person and your attitude to work and life itself. Beyond simply showing how you see the world, it can signal to companies whether you might fit into their culture.
Tip: You can also name this section a “Life philosophy” or “Personal mantra”.
William listed teaching as one of his three passions, which is another smart way to save space. (Teaching is also one of his current jobs.) Under each passion, he added a short description which reinforces his characteristics and makes a simple passions section very powerful.
Tip: Saying that one of your passions is reading is great, but if you mention that you read 1 book a day, that’s much more powerful. (That’s how much Elon Musk reads!)
Throughout his career, William has won a number of awards and recognitions. On his resume, he chose to mention four most significant ones. Again, this revealed a lot about his work, experience, and passions.
Saving space is good
While some CEO recruiters are fine with a longer resume, other cases like conferences demand a short but powerful one page resume. Whether you’ve got 25 years of experience or none, making a strong impression is essential and a single page helps you do that. If you’d like to see more examples of compelling one page resumes, check out our successful resumes page.
*note, the original version of this article was published in September of 2017