Sep 28, 2018 - 03:46 PM
A resume should be one page if you are a recent graduate; a resume can be two pages if you have 10 to 15 years of professional work experience under your belt. The question of resume length is one that plagues all types of jobseekers. There really aren’t any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to resume writing. That being said, there are some general guidelines to follow that will allow you to stand out in a sea of candidates.
Hiring managers are concerned with how your experiences relate to the position for which they are recruiting. They’re less concerned with the page count. Of course, your resume should be as concise as possible (hiring managers don’t want to read a novel), and it should have strong examples and outcomes that support your brand and help set you apart. Some general guidelines are below. Some of this will be a reiteration, but these are critically important things to keep in mind when you are working on a resume:
1) If you have less than 10 years of experience, keep the resume to one page.
2) If you have 10 to 15 years of experience, your resume can stretch to two pages.
3) If you’re applying for a VP or super-senior-level executive position, your resume can stretch to three pages (if necessary).
4) Keep your resume as simple as possible. Only include information that is compelling and avoids repetition.
5) Don’t include jobs that you are not interested in doing again. If you put it on your resume, the assumption is that you enjoy it and are fine to continue that type of work in the future.
Aug 18, 2018 - 02:02 AM
Your resume should only cover your last 10-15 years of work history, with the most weight on your most recent experience. You can shorten older experience, trim it to a career note, or even cut it right out. By focusing on the most relevant details and keeping your professional summary to just three sentences, you can drop your resume down a single one-page sell sheet employers can absorb quickly and easily.
If you find yourself struggling to stay on one page because of a number of short-term roles, try condensing the roles down to a single listing if they’re similar and not significant. You can even delete them if they don’t create a career gap. Also make sure you’re not overstuffing your keywords and education section with too much information. Eliminate anything irrelevant.
If you still need to spill over onto two pages, though, it’s okay. It’s better to have a well-formatted, clean resume on two pages than an overstuffed resume on one.