How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?

A One-Page Resume is No Longer the Standard…

A common misconception is that a professional resume should only be one page. However, that’s not really the case these days. I while back, before the miracles of technology, I would have agreed. But now that most resumes are being read on a computer screen versus on paper, there’s no need to limit yourself in such a way.

Those who try to cram all their info on one-page resume usually resort to smaller font and zero spacing. When viewed on screen, this is not an attractive format. It makes it hard to read and even harder to skim, which is what hiring managers tend to do.

Now, I’m not saying you should write a 20-page catalogue of your experiences. Nor am I advocating the use of size 20 font. Instead, I would say 12-14 size font should suffice and recommend you keep it at two pages. That leaves plenty of room to say what needs to be said.

This is not universal, mind you. Some people, namely those with very little career experience or those just out of college, should stick to a one-pager. If they try to extend it to two, most often they are just adding fluff. And that’s not something a hiring manager wants to see. So use your better judgment in this regard.

Ideally, I suggest you have two versions of your resume: a one-pager you can physically hand to employers (in the interview, etc) and a two-pager you can send electronically. I would write the two-pager first and then just “shrink” it down, cutting out anything that is not absolutely pertinent to your objective and tightening up the font a bit.

That’s my two cents…

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