You may have heard that the accepted length of a resume should be no longer than 1 page. While this isn’t entirely untrue, it is certainly no longer the hard and fast rule for candidates seeking employment. It is extremely difficult to condense and consolidate your work experience on paper – so there are a few factors to consider when crafting your resume and determining how long it should be:
- Unless you have less than 5 years of work experience, your resume can have 2 pages. Encompassing over 5 years of work experience can be difficult so there is no reason to short change yourself by limiting the resume to 1 page. Employers today are comfortable and aware that resumes may now be more than 1 page to adequately illustrate your accomplishments and experience.
- If you are applying for Federal jobs, you may be required to have a resume that exceeds 2 pages. The Federal format for resumes is much more detailed and is typically in a block paragraph format. Depending on your work experience, the resume may end up being 3 or 4 pages.
- If you are applying for a job that requires a Curriculum Vitae (CV), your resume could have as many as 10 pages or more to adequately include publications, projects, and your work experience. Usually medical professions and international positions will require a CV.
- Sometimes a job posting may explicitly state that your resume should be no more than 1 page. If this is the case, make sure you do as instructed! This will show your attention to detail and more importantly, not waste too much of the individual’s time that is reviewing your application.
Resume writing can be nerve racking enough as it is without worrying about how long you should make yours. Follow these simple guidelines to give yourself peace of mind when submitting your next application!