How Long Should My Resume Be?
Resume page length has been shrinking over the years. The length of your resume should be based on your experience and the type of job you’re seeking; although, numerous studies reveal that no resume should be longer than two-pages with few exceptions. Research has shown the average recruiter spends a maximum of 10-seconds looking at your resume before deciding to call you in for an interview.
A great resume is simply a marketing document that makes it an easy decision to bring you in for an interview–by highlighting accomplishments and results, showcasing career progression and including keywords relevant to the position.
For entry-level applicants, less is more. Although many recent graduates may have several internships and have been part of many committees, a one-page resume is ideal. This is the same for most employees transitioning to a new career field.
Professional candidates with several years of experience can write a two-page resume. This allows enough space to include all relevant information, value-added accomplishments, and work history while still making the resume readable.
Executive Resumes & Academic CV’s
The exceptions to the two-page maximum for resume length is with academic CV’s and possibly C-Suite executives since they will often have a long list of accomplishments and experiences that they have to include. Academic CV’s are an entirely different breed from professional resumes and can be 10+ pages filled with courses taught, professional experience, conferences, and publications.
Finally, federal resumes have undergone major changes over the last decade. Applying for federal jobs before the millennium would entail a five or more page resume filled with lengthy job descriptions to try and account for everything. However, today federal resumes are expected to be no more than two-pages while still incorporating the relevant key words (KSA’s) while showcasing the value a candidate can bring. Simply including a laundry list of job descriptions will pull up in the applicant tracking systems; however, once a recruiter sees this they will move onto a more readable and user-friendly resume.
Resume length has been a subject of debate in recent years; however, many studies have demonstrated that a hiring manager will spend a maximum of 10-seconds reviewing everything. Any resume that is more than two-pages will not get thoroughly reviewed. Today (2018), resumes are all moving towards a one-page format that should clearly showcase a candidates strength immediately.
Maria Gold is a Content Manager/Writer for Empire Resume. She is dedicated to helping educate people with the latest career articles and job search advice. When Maria is not working, she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.
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