Open jobs get hundreds of applicants. Each applicant has their own resume, with each resume designed to win over the employer with all of your greatest strengths. Hiring managers then have to look through hundreds of resumes, and by the time they get to yours, they may easily be tired of reading these personal sales documents.
Generally it is recommended that you keep your resume under 1 page. Hiring managers prefer this for a number of reasons:
- Forces you to cut out useless information.
- Most hiring managers have a good idea by the first page.
- Less to read shows respect to the hiring manager.
Jobs that you held 10 years ago that bear no relevance to the current position you are applying for often don’t need to go on resumes, and cutting your resume down to a single page helps reinforce that. However, recently a number of articles have suggested that it does not really matter anymore. They imply that hiring managers will not fault people for resumes greater than one page.
How Long Should Your Resume Be?
It’s not necessarily a matter of length. It is a matter of content, and how that content relates to length. Here are the standards you should set for yourself.
- Time in Workforce – If you are just entering the workforce, your resume should be much shorter than a seasoned worker. Most of your jobs probably don’t help you get this new job, and it is unlikely you have enough to say to warrant a long resume.
- Content – Every word in your resume should have a purpose. If it doesn’t, it should be cut out. If a hiring manager skims your resume, you need to ensure that every word on it points to you being a great employee.
- Setup – Resumes need to have an aesthetic component to them as well. If your resume is one sentence longer than a page (meaning the 2nd printed page is one or two sentences at most), you should cut it down to a single page. If you have nearly two pages worth of content, it becomes more acceptable.
Take those into consideration when designing your resume. For many, a single page resume is going to be more than enough. For some seasoned workers, resumes of two (and sometimes three) pages may be necessary, and will be considered acceptable.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Resumes should generally be one page.
- Longer resumes are fine when there is sufficient useful content.