That’s the question that I’m asked most often.
Human resource managers, school career counselors, and even professional resume writers can’t agree on what’s an appropriate length for a resume today.
The Internet, Linkedin, and websites have changed how we now look at resumes. Instead of hard-copy pages, we now can seamlessly scroll through a resume, not knowing its length. Linkedin breaks our profile into different sections, so it’s not stitched together. Video resumes that showcase the person and their portfolio have only running times.
An article by Kim Isaacs for Monster.com, suggests that you should have a ONE-pager if you have less than 10 years of experience or are pursuing a career change or only had one employer; a TWO-pager if you have more than 10 years of experience relevant to your new goal or need space to list engineering/technical skills; a THREE-pager if you’re a senior-level executive or in an academic/scientific field with extensive credentials.
I totally agree with these suggestions as guidelines. My answer as to the proper length is always, “What will it take to convince the reader?” If you don’t start strong and keep their attention, they will bail out, regardless of length.
I’ve seen good two-pagers and bad one-pagers. I’ve seen strong, concise one-pagers, and cluttered or boring two-pagers. Size doesn’t matter unless you abuse the space. Tell your story, quantify your accomplishments, and sell yourself as the best candidate for an interview.
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