Why You Should Avoid Blank Space

When a hiring manager looks at your resume for a few seconds, large blank spaces will be the first thing to catch their eye.

Experts recommend creating resume pages with no more than 50% of the space blank. These spaces may lead to parsing issues with an applicant tracking system (ATS), but they can also seem unprofessional to a potential employer.

If you have trouble filling up one page, brainstorm potential projects and experiences that you can add to fill the space. What transferable skills can you highlight while mentioning these experiences? 

If your resume is two pages and most of the second page is blank, you have two options. You can brainstorm additional skills and experiences to add to your resume and attempt to make it longer. Otherwise, you can try to cut things from your resume to keep it one page. 

Feeling stuck? Check out this article to help you write bullet points for projects or entry-level positions not in an office. 

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