Friday, October 4, 2013

why didn't i think of that?

Michaila Bohard is a genius.  After all we've talked about how you can use your course blogs to establish value and a competitive advantage in admissions processes and scholarship competitions, I didn't think to direct you to include it in the header of your resumes.  Michaila was the only student who did.  Great idea, Michaila!  To the rest of you: do likewise.


  1. Well, what if adding the link makes our résumé continue to a third page? Same with the "references available upon request".

    1. I don't know if Dr. Preston will endorse this method, but you could try hacking it by condensing your character spacing. In Microsoft Word, highlight your text and go to Font > Advanced > Character Spacing > Spacing and select "Condensed." If you set it to 0.1pt or 0.2 point, you usually can't even tell. If the document is made up of largish blocks of unbroken text (i.e. this works well for essays but may or may not work for your résumé) it's usually enough to shorten the document by a few lines. However, if your resume is mostly bullet points, it might not work. You could also try condensing the line spacing (Paragraph > Indents and Spacing > Line Spacing, select "Multiple" and subtract 0.1 from whatever it is currently), but that ends up being a little more obvious.

    2. Yes--character spacing, line spacing, and margins are all fair game. And, in the end, err on the side of inclusion. I have a hard time imagining the evaluator who reads your blog and then says, "but, hmmm, the resume WAS a page longer..." Just be sure that if you do go onto the next page that it contains more than a couple orphaned lines.