Aug 15, 2018 - 02:05 AM
There are generally only two instances where jobseekers would want to have a resume longer than two pages. The first instance is someone in a scientific or academic field who has an extensive list of patents, licenses, speaking engagements, and publications. The second instance would be an executive or senior-level manager who has a ton of accomplishments to list.
Ultimately, your resume needs to be however long is necessary to accurately convey your qualifications. If your resume only has a couple lines on the third page, then you should edit it to get it down to two pages. In the event you do not want your resume to be that long, you should consider adding an addendum listing your achievements.
Sep 28, 2018 - 04:47 PM
If you’re very experienced, your resume can be more than two pages. That being said (and speaking in a general sense)—it’s best to keep your resume to two pages. A resume that stretches past two pages is sometimes necessary for highly senior jobseekers—for example, jobseekers applying to VP or senior executive roles.
In some fields, a resume becomes a CV, or Curriculum Vitae. CVs are often used in fields such as science, research, engineering, and education. A CV can be any length. It is similar to a resume, but it often includes much more detail than the typical resume. For example, an established scientist will include the basics, such as education and experience, but they’ll also have sections that outline any publications they have written for, any scientific talks they have given, and any patents they are credited with.
If you are in a field that does not use a CV, and you’re not applying for a VP/senior-level role, then it’s best to keep your resume under three pages. In other words, two pages is ideal.
If you find that you have too much relevant content for a two-page resume, there are a few strategies you can employ to edit your resume down a bit. First, consider removing older jobs if the experience has already been represented in more recent jobs. You can also try making the details under your work experience more concise. Although it’s a challenge to do, your resume will often be clearer if it is more direct and to the point.