How long should your resume be? The answer is that the length of your resume depends – on how much experience you have and what level candidate you are.
If you’re an entry level candidate less is more and a page should be plenty. For more experienced candidates it’s fine to have a longer resume.
Resume Length Tips
Here are tips on how to decide on resume length from David Adams, Vice President of Learning and Development of Adecco Group North America:
How long is too long? The length of your resume should be based on your experience and the type of job you’re seeking. Some general guidelines are:
Less is more for entry level applicants. Entry level job seekers or those transitioning between career fields should stick to a one page resume.
Other times, a little extra is OK. or mid-level candidates with around five to ten years of experience or anyone whose field requires technical or engineering skills, a two-page resume is common. It allows enough space to include all of the pertinent information in a readable manner. The key is to fill all, or at least three-quarters, of the second page with relevant and helpful information so that recruiter’s attention is not drawn to the blank space on the second page.
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