How Do I Get My Resume to Land on the Top of the Pile? (and to stay out of the trashcan) Tip #2 – Less is Not Always More

Length of the Resume

Who told you that resumes must be 1 page?  I rarely create a 1-page resume, and when I do, it is generally a recent graduate who has had little experience.  If you have been in the workforce for  more than a few years, then your resume will most likely be 2 pages. A solid resume is rich in content and accomplishments. If you can squish it all on 1 page, then you may have your reader asking, “What has this person been doing that they have nothing to show for it?” Even an entry-level candidate who has had solid internships and seasonal experience may need a 2-page resume.

A little extra tip — this does not mean that a resume should be wordy and contain irrelevant information.  It needs to be strategic and concise.  Concise does not mean using a font so small that your reader needs to whip out his/her reading glasses.  Don’t tick off a potential employer! Some of us get annoyed at the reminder that we need reading glasses.