What is the proper resume length?
We receive a lot of questions and this is probably the one that comes up the most. When writing a resume, what is the best length for your resume? One, one-and-a-half, two, two-and-a-half etc…
If you are wondering if you should create a one or two page resume, then this article will help clarify the most asked question that we receive.
To answer this inquiry, we have provided a really quick response that will help you decide on how many pages you will need. The answer is dependent on three items:
- How much relevant information you have. It’s really important to write only what is relevant to the position you are applying. We would not recommend generic resumes.
- The application instructions. If the company is asking for a one page resume, then it’s best to send a one pager.
- The type of occupation you are applying to. Generally speaking, the more creative the job you are applying to the shorter your resume should be. The reason is due to the length of the portfolio you wish to bring to the interview to showcase your skills.
We often hear that a school or not-for-profit career service provider will state that one needs to have a one page, two page or other, but this information is highly outdated and redundant.
Creating a good resume requires one to list relevant information, with good examples. The most important advice we can give is to tailor your resume to the job you wish to obtain.
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