Using infographics, icons, and bullet points on one-page resumes can help present information compactly. Still, you need to have a rather minimalist approach to make sure the document is easy to read.
Narrower space between sections and reduced resume margins are tricks that will allow you to fit more content on one page. Nevertheless, keep enough white space so that the document looks organized.
With a one-page resume, the best background is white. If you have two columns, infographics, icons, bullet points, and a lot of information presented in a smaller font do not add more complexity.
According to statistics, your resume will be processed by a recruiter in 6-10 seconds. Then he or she will decide if the resume lands in the bin or not. This is why the layout is as important as the information itself.
The layout needs to present as much information as possible on the first one-third of the page. The challenge is that the information also has to be easy to read and understand.
This is why The Header is very important. This is the place for your contact details such as name, phone, and email. You may also add your city and state. Do not add exact address such as street, floor, apartment number. This information is not relevant. With a one-page resume, you can also decide not to include your picture, but you can add a link to LinkedIn for more information. The recruiter will be able to see your picture there if he or she decides.
The header is also the place where you can add your headline. Be short. Think of something catchy that will represent you, just with one phrase.
Next comes the Summary section. In 2-3 sentences you must highlight your greatest achievements, skills, education, and work experience. This is the place where you need to shine and basically demonstrate for the recruiters why hiring you would be a good idea.
The Job (Work) Experience section is placed under the Summary section, aligned left. Use bullet points and list out your positions in reverse chronological order. If the position is irrelevant at the moment, do not go into details. If the position is relevant for your current application, you can explain using 1-2 sentences what your duties were. Try to use action verbs and be short.
Next comes the Education section. It is also left-aligned. With a one-page resume, you do not have a lot of space, so you must only list your most recent degree. Of course, if your previous degrees are relevant or required, you will also need to include them.
A two-column format will allow you to utilize the available space on the page more effectively. In case you decide to choose it, you can position your Achievements and Skills sections aligned right just opposite the Job Experience and the Education Sections. This is very important because the information in both sections is presented only by keywords or phrases. It needs to be supported with more details in the Job Experience and the Education sections.
With a one-page resume, the space for Additional sections is limited. In case it is relevant, you can also add Languages, Hobbies, Projects, or Interests sections. If you have to decide what to include and what not, make sure you leave sections that would help you make an impression as a suitable job candidate.