- Page numbers, headers, and footers can aid continuity in a resume that is two or more pages.
All resume pages beyond page one need to be numbered. Some job-seekers choose a “page 2 of 3” model. “If you decide to go with two or more pages, be sure to include your name and appropriate page number at the top,” suggests Ann Baehr of Best Resumes. “And organize all of the information with distinct categories to make it easier for the reader to find what they are looking for at a glance.” Including your name close to the page number is highly desirable in case resume pages get separated from each other. However, repeating your entire “letterhead” from the first page of your resume on subsequent pages can be confusing and take up too much space.
It’s OK for a resume section, such as your experience, to straddle two pages of your resume, but avoid splitting the description of a given job over two pages. Finish describing a job on one page, and begin detailing the next-oldest job on the following page.
Your Reader-friendly Cover Letter
One of the challenges of getting an employer to pay attention to your cover letter is that letters tend to look uninviting, with large expanses of gray type, broken up only by paragraphs.
One solution, of course, is to make your letter as concise as possible so that it doesn’t look like a daunting reading project. Be as brief as you can, and make sure your letter has a pleasing amount of white space. Keep your paragraphs short, and include no more than 4-5 paragraphs. Cover letters sent electronically in the body of an e-mail message should be especially brief.