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.
What sis you do today?