desertmouse wrote: »
1 page. Period. Unless you're applying for top management and are the sh**. In which case you're probably not needing a resume anyway. 10 years, 3 jobs, and several degrees, and certs can fit on one page easily. Less is more. And forget the action statements.
astorrs wrote: »
Wow I fully disagree. 2 pages is fine for someone in the mid stage of their career. Everyone who says things like "if it doesn't fit on one page they'll never read it" etc is incorrect. It's the top half of the first page that people scan and usually have decided by then if they want to continue reading or pass on the candidate all together.
meadIT wrote: »
My certs and education alone take up almost one full page
A two-pager has worked pretty well for me. I just put certs, education, and most recent job (important stuff) on the first page, then list past positions on the second page. I've had no negative feedback with this format.
dynamik wrote: »
I typically give the one-page recommendation as well, but I'm running into the same problem. The best I could do with my current revision was 1.5 pages. Most people just glance at the first one anyway, and I really don't care if my older employment history gets overlooked.
Paul Boz wrote: »
Guys, the size of your resume is largely irrelevant.
mikedisd2 wrote: »
No idea how anyone could fit a resume onto 1x page. Mine is 3x full pages with a 11 year work history.
A HR officer will only read the qualifications section (look at all the pretty letters). An IT manager will be checking the skillset and job history. If you've done it before, it means you can do it again.
Come on, 1x page? Why sell yourself short. Must be different in the States.
Paul Boz wrote: »
Guys, the size of your resume is largely irrelevant. I do technical interviews after my bosses do the initial interview and 9/10 of our candidates have two page resumes. Generally the speculation about 1 page versus 2 versus more comes from people who have never worked in HR or in a hiring/firing position.
I see it this way: If being thorough with your resume means going into a second page its worth it. I'd rather an employer know fully what I'm capable of than compromise content for the sake of page length.
You can also do like I do and use split columns like a news paper. I get a lot of very good feedback about my resume's format and style. Liberal arts major, woop woop.
pipemajor wrote: »
Most resumes are scanned into a database where keywords are searched and qualified candidates are selected (or missed) because of lack of pertinent information.
My resume is 3 pages and I don't include every employer I've ever had. It really isn't length so much as it is readability.I'm continually amazed at the number of candidates who don't bother to write a cover letter - or for those who do write a very poor cover letter.