Is a Two-Page Resume OK?


Anonymous writes:
Quick question: How do you handle a resume that is now 2 pages…
no way around the second page…have to turn in Friday and I am stumped!!



The Career Doctor responds:
There is nothing wrong with established job-seekers having a two-page resume.
Even some exceptional recent college grads may need two pages to showcase
all their accomplishments skills education/training and talents and abilities.
In fact it’s much better to have a two-page resume with normal margins and font
size than to try and condense all your information onto one page using narrow
margins and tiny type virtually guaranteeing that no employer is going to even
bother trying to read it.
Here are some rules about writing a two-page resume. First if you need to go
to a second page do so. Just be sure that the second page is at least half full;
anything less and you should find a way to cut/condense to make the
information fit on one page. Second be careful not to divide elements from page
one to page two; in other words do not start a section on page one that carries
over to page two. Third be sure to include a header at the top of the second page
identifying it as page two of your resume. Fourth do not even consider going to a third page.
Some other general rules of resume-writing: focus (and quantify whenever possible) on accomplishments rather than job duties or responsibilities; showcase transferable skills when your work experience has been outside the traditional path; consider a functional style over a (traditional) chronological format when changing careers; consider leaving dates off college degrees to avoid age discrimination.
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