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\documentclass{article} 
\usepackage{multicol}
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}    

lots of text goes here.

\end{multicols}
\end{document}

If I add lots of text, I get two columns, but there is a lot of space left on both sides, i.e. the columns are too narrow. I am trying to make a one page CV. How can I increase the width of the columns?

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multicol is only responsible for dividing the text block into columns -- for changing the outer margins resp. the width/height of the text block, you should use the geometry package.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage[scale=0.8]{geometry}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\lipsum
\end{multicols}
\end{document}
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