Your resume should fit on one page.
This well-known rule of thumb concerning resume writing is something we have all heard before. In our on-the-go society, shorter is commonly perceived as better. However, the rules are changing, and length flexibility is back in style.
There are very few unbreakable rules when it comes to resume writing. They include: No lying, no typos/misspellings, and no negative information. Other than those three, every other rule is breakable, including the ones pertaining to resume length.
Several common guidelines can assist you when determining how long your resume should be, starting with your experience level. Resumes for new college graduates and entry-level job seekers are often one page. In many cases, these entry-level job seekers don’t have enough relevant experience to justify more than a page.
A two-page resume is typically the best bet for the majority of seasoned job seekers. Someone with ten or more years of experience may find it difficult to compress that much information into one page.
Not sure where you stand? Aim for one page if you have less than five years of work experience, and if you have more, consider two.
Whether long or short, your resume must be concise and pique interest quickly. Given that employers typically scan a resume for less than twenty seconds, it is important to display attention-grabbing information in the top half of the first page.
Aesthetically speaking, page numbers, headers, and footers can add continuity in a resume that is more than one page. It is also important to make sure a third to half of the last page is filled with text. If the last page is made up of only several lines, summarize them to fit on the previous page. This creates a more organized and professional looking representation of your skills on paper.
Remember, the point of your resume is to highlight your talents and experience. It must communicate efficiently and effectively why you are the best candidate for the job. That may mean one page resumes for some, and two pages for others, but no matter how long your resume is, the most important part is the presentation.