You may or may not know that outside of writing this blog, I run a writing and editing firm. One of my favorite things to do is work on resumes for my clients. And I always recommend having multiple resumes especially if you’re scouting for jobs in more than one field. In case you haven’t noticed, the one page resume is trending and has been for awhile. I am not against longer resumes at all. And there isn’t any one rule that can be applied to every resume. In fact I actually have a few resume versions that are two pages even though they’re not my “go to” choices.
Having been part of recruitment teams in the past I can say with certainty that the first third of the first page of your resume is where you absolutely need to shine. That’s regardless of the length of the overall document. Since many of my clients are young professionals it makes sense to do one page resumes for them. Here are some reasons why the one pager makes sense.
Recruiters have limited time – to read through resumes that is. There can be hundreds of applications if not more for one position. How do you think the recruiter will find the good candidates in a pile of paper? They’ll do it by being critical. So you better stand out and do it quickly.
Less redundancy – in my experience I’ve noticed that the longer a resume is, the more it rambles on. I see a lot of repeated or unnecessary information just to take up space on the paper. This is a terrible tactic.
Narrowed focus – if your resume is only a page long it forces you to keep emphasis on the important points that you want to get across since space is limited. Contrary to my previous point, this is an excellent tactic!
Better for the environment – I’m no treehugger by far but I definitely reduce waste whenever I can. Having a one page resume cuts down on paper and ink usage. Why not do that?
It’s easier to keep up with – put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes. You’re printing resume after resume and pick up one that looks really interesting. So interesting that you’re willing to read the second page! And then…nothing. The second page got caught in a paper shuffle so if you want to know more you’ll have to find the application in your email and reprint it! You do not want this to happen.
How long is your resume? What do you think about fitting all of your experience onto one page?
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