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How Long Should Your Resume Be?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: June 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

Often, I hear individuals state that a resume should be no more than one page in length. Beyond that limit, the hiring manager will either be overwhelmed or bored.

In one way that’s true – if the resume has extraneous data unrelated to the job search and is filled with fluff, the above reasoning makes sense.

However, if pertinent data is excluded from a resume in order to reach an arbitrary page length, that can be as disastrous.

Arbitrary Page Lengths Rarely Work Out

Too often I’ve seen clients sell themselves short by asking for a one page resume when their background clearly calls for two pages. In order to reach their desired page length, margins have to cut to the point where text appears to be running off the page. And the text must be reduced to a size that’s unreadable to most.

Certainly, the page length is where the client wants it, but is it wise?

I know it’s not. No hiring manager will look at a stellar, superbly organized resume filled with pertinent data on the candidate’s knowledge/skills/abilities and dismiss the individual because of the resume’s length. That simply doesn’t make sense.

Your Background Determines Resume Length

If you’re an executive with many years of experience, submitting a one page resume will surely reduce your chances of an interview, especially if you’re excluding vital data in order to meet page length.

Remember, content – not length – is what’s important. A modern, effective resume is as long as it needs to be, provided it contains relevant information about you in relation to the targeted job.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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