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Resume - Should my Resume Be One Page?

Nov 21

I get this question a lot from clients. My answer: the length of your resume depends on multiple factors. Unfortunately, a many folks subscribe to the idea that a resume should be crammed onto one page and will do whatever it takes to get it to fit.


Resumes should be no longer than two pages. That said, this can vary depending on your industry. For example, those in the academic or medical field will likely have a CV which can be longer than a resume as it details not only your professional history but also academic research, internships, presentations, and training.


Keep your resume concise and ensure that the skills and experience you're highlighting relate directly to your current goals. Be selective in what you include, and make sure to showcase the things that make you unique compared to other candidates in your field. This will help you stand out to potential employers.

Font size is important to consider when formatting your resume - you don't want to go too small because it will be difficult for the reader to discern the information, however you also don't want the resume to be too lengthy. I recommend using a font size of 11, but if you need to, 10 will suffice. Anything smaller than that and the reader will likely have trouble comprehending what is written.


Be Creative: In terms of formatting, there are many small adjustments you can make that can downsize your content. For example, you can use paragraph spacing between lines instead of hitting “Enter”, which inserts a full space. You can also make your bullet points a bit smaller. These types of small changes will help to save space and make your content more concise without sacrificing quality or clarity.


The way your resume looks really does matter because if it's difficult to read or follow, chances are the person reviewing it will overlook it entirely. So, make sure it's well formatted, easy to read, and to the point. You don't need to get too fancy with it, but small details (like font choice) can make a big difference. Another tip is to avoid pages with only a few lines on them since they probably won't get read. Try to consolidate those lines onto the previous page instead.


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