Trend Is Toward Shorter Resumes


Eddie writes:
I am an industrial designer (similar to a design engineer) with 15 years of experience. It is now a fairly technical occupation.

I have gotten my resume to two pages but would prefer to have three pages containing what I feel is important information. Is that acceptable?


The Career Doctor responds:
BrevityA couple of years ago I would have said yes without blinking. The trend today though is toward shorter resumes. Why not create both a three-page and two-page version and experiment? Start out with the three-page if you feel that has vital info but if it doesn’t seem to be working for you try the two-page.

Another trend with resume writers is to use various addenda and supplemental documents as needed so you might also consider listing this “important information” on an addendum and submitting when appropriate.


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