How Long Should My Resume Be?

The rule that your resume can’t exceed one page is one that many hiring professionals consider antiquated. While this may have been important before the digital age, hiring managers are more interested in the relevance of your experience to the position than the page count. However, with the exception of academic and executive resumes and CVs, most well-written resumes should not need to exceed two pages.

 Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Experience Matters: If you have fewer than five years of experience, stick to one page.
  • The 1/3 Rule: If you can't fill at least one third of the last page condense your information onto the previous page.
  • Be Thoughtful: With hundreds of candidates applying for the same jobs hiring managers and recruiters often lean towards concise yet impactful resumes, so make each word count. Edit your resume with a critical eye and take out any redundant words and repetitive examples.
  • We’re All Special: If you’re still tempted to exceed two pages, consider including a supplementary document, links to your online portfolio, or to a professional website.
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