Today’s Question: What is the best length for a resume?
Answer: There is no magic answer, but I think there are some pretty good rules you can follow. Since most resumes are now submitted electronically, length is less of an issue, but I think it’s something you should still use some common sense around. I believe the length should depend on your experience; the more experience, the longer the resume. Here are a few general guidelines for choosing one or multiple pages:
- If you have less than 10 years of experience
- If you’ve only had 1 or 2 positions
- Highlight only your relevant work
- Focus on the good stuff – top accomplishments, results, skills
Two Pages or more:
- If you have 10+ years of experience
- If you are in a highly technical field, requiring space to show certifications, publications, etc.
- If you’ve held managerial positions with increasing responsibilities and detailed accomplishments
If you’ve got great content that is relevant to the job at hand, don’t compromise length just to meet a one-page guideline. Let your experience and value be your guide. Make sure your resume presents a complete picture of why you are the best candidate. Focus on including information that directly matches the qualifications and requirements found in the job description.
For more resume tips, check out the replay of Manpower’s latest Career Success webinar: Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash: 10 Tips for Today’s Resume.