The Two Page Resume…Is It the New Norm?

I wanted to begin this week talking about attending work related networking events but I just had to share an article with you all.

I was told for a long time that I should condense my resume on to one page.  After this became increasingly difficult, what with degrees and extra job experience, I had to expand.  I still see some people with one pagers, which is fine if you’ve just graduated but if you are on to your second or third job I would advise that you let your resume flow over.  There is no sense in taking out relevant experience just because you want to stick to one page.

One other great tip I learned while interviewing and sending out resumes is including your name and contact information in the footer of every page.  At first I thought this was rather silly but I saw, several times, recruiters and other interviewers tear one page off from the others so that the resume was easier to read.

So, here are some highlights from an article by Alexis Grant of USNews titled, The Death of the One-Page Resume?

1. If you have enough experience and credentials to really highlight on two pages, don’t short-change yourself,” says Vicki Salemi, a recruiter and author of Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York. “It’s not the end of the world if you do need to go onto two pages.”

2. Not only is the longer-than-a-page resume not the end of the world, but many recruiters and job-search advisors actually encourage job seekers to continue selling themselves after the page break. Paul Anderson , a Seattle-based career coach, says one-page resumes simply don’t have enough content. “I completely advise against [the one-page resume] unless it’s a college graduate or someone who’s brand-new to the marketplace,” he says.

3. Though other experts will no doubt beg to differ, Susan Ireland, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume, suggests this neither-hard-nor-fast guideline: Aim for one page if you have less than five years of work experience, and if you have more, consider two pages.

4. If you do go for two pages, make sure your second page doesn’t include an awkward amount of white space. If you’re only using a quarter of the second page, try to condense it into one page instead. And if you’re at one-and-a-half pages, play with the layout and fonts to use that leftover space, giving your accomplishments room to breathe. Don’t forget to include your name on both pages and number them in case they get separated.

Read the article to find out more about those who do like a one pager and what industries expect longer resumes.

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3 thoughts on “The Two Page Resume…Is It the New Norm?

  1. I believe the 1-page resume rule is a remnant of the days when people rarely changed jobs. The largest resume market was those people fresh out of college (who should be able to easily summarize their experience in 1 page). Back then, they may have changed jobs once in their career and didn’t have more than 1 page of experience. In today’s world, experienced people have a much more diverse background and often need the extra space. It comes with the caveat, however that if they can’t summarize their experience in 2 pages, there might be a problem. I once saw a 21-page resume that listed every independent consulting project on which the person worked. Someone else hired the person and we found that they spoke like they wrote, without filter.
    Lew Sauder, Author, Consulting 101: 101 Tips For Success in Consulting (www.Consulting101Book.com)

    • Oh geeze! That is quote the story. I wrote about the fact that employers need to realize that in today’s world people do change jobs and it’s not a sign of restlessness it’s a sign of wanting to grow. People want to offer the company all they’ve got and hopefully one day find a place that allows them to continue to grow and learn, whether that’s through changing responsibilities or being allowed to take courses.

  2. Amazing post! It’s so well written, readable in on breathe, very concrete and straight to the point. You raised some of the most important things one forget when comes to writing a CV. With tips&trick you’ve shared with us, but also in combination with some other resources who emphasize importance of well-written CV and good preparation such as http://www.blog.ivyexec.com with its great webinars, I’m sure my CV will look wonderful. Many thanks for a great post!

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