Resume Tip Tuesday: How to Decide Resume Length

Posted April 29, 2014

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A good rule of thumb is to stick to one page—especially if you’ve had less than 10 years of experience. Logically, one-pagers are more likely to keep an employer’s interest.

By focusing on making your resume concise easy-to-scan and allowing a little white space, your resume is more likely to get more attention.

“When deciding between one and two pages or between two and three pages, the litmus test should be whether or not you can maintain the reader's attention through to the next page,”’ says Laurie Berenson, CMRW and president of Sterling Career Concepts, LLC.

“If the content is strong and on target, then another page is justified.”

High-Level Professionals with Long Careers…1+ Pages is OK

Very senior jobseekers, for example, will need longer resumes to capture the breadth, depth and complexities of their accomplishments. (No one would expect a CEO's resume to fit on one page!)” says Henry Goldbeck, CPC and president of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc.

He says you should cut down all the fluff and get to the meat:

  1. What you’ve done
  2. For how long
  3. For whom
  4. What you accomplished while you were there
“Make sure all of those line items are specific and contain the skills, software and experience outlined in the job description (plus your contact details), and you resume—be it one page or three pages—will get noticed,” Goldbeck says.

Kenneth Johnson, who has been recruiting for over 20 years, suggests that his clients not exceed two pages.


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