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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Resume'... One page or two?

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Finishing up an updated version of my resume' and am getting advice from a ton of different people. A lot of it is contradicting.

One page or two?
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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Personally, I don't think anyone really knows and it really is going to boil down to preference. Mine has been two pages for years and I have never had a problem. I probably wouldn't go over two pages, though.
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If the information that is relevant for the position only fills 1 page, 1 page. Nobody cares where you graduated high school as long as you graduated. Nobody cares if you changed tires for 2 years 12 yrs ago either.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:43 PM   #5
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If the information that is relevant for the position only fills 1 page, 1 page. Nobody cares where you graduated high school as long as you graduated. Nobody cares if you changed tires for 2 years 12 yrs ago either.
my current resume is 2 pages at least but its all relevant and there's no fluff. in some cases i just cant see being able to fit everything on one page
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my current resume is 2 pages at least but its all relevant and there's no fluff. in some cases i just cant see being able to fit everything on one page
That's where I'm at but everyone keeps telling me it's one page or they'll throw it away. I managed to get it down to one page with a small font and cutting some stuff
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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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I was taught In a few business classes to keep it on 1 page. References if applicable on a separate page.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:53 PM   #8
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Just read this the other day, says it only take six seconds for them to skim and decide.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1503037.html

If you google 6 second resume there's a bunch about it, thought it was kinda interesting. I linked huff post just cause it showed the eye tracking.
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I think it also depends on how many candidates apply for the position as well. With my experience (interviewing for Firefighting positions) I was told the golden rule was 1 page. It is not uncommon for 1000 qualified people to apply for a roster for possible future employment. With my experience, they interview over 100 people. They bring you in, look at your Resume for all of 1 minute. Straight and to the point. Just my 2 cents, but very specific to position.
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That's where I'm at but everyone keeps telling me it's one page or they'll throw it away. I managed to get it down to one page with a small font and cutting some stuff
I have heard that too, but never put much stock in it. If you were a CEO, business owner, manager, or whatever, why would you throw a potentially good, qualified candidate's resume in the garbage just because they exceeded more than one page with their resume?

I have done a lot of interviews and hiring over the years, to include reviewing resumes to narrow down candidates for face-to-face interviews. Not one time had I disqualified a candidate because their resume exceeded some superficial page limit.
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I think it really depends on what type of job and how much experience you have. Entry level positions, low skill jobs, one page. 20 years of varied experience in a technical field 2 pages are OK.
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I think it really depends on what type of job and how much experience you have. Entry level positions, low skill jobs, one page. 20 years of varied experience in a technical field 2 pages are OK.
hippie has it right.


I went for an interview a few weeks ago and asked the guy the same question. He said what brewmenn said. If its a technical position and you need 2 pages to explain different projects, and or certain skills to help land this new position then its worth the 2 pages.


if its entry level to work the pole at deja vu. Then I would stick with one page.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #14
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hippie has it right.

if its entry level to work the pole at deja vu. Then I would stick with one page.
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Staple along the top edge.
This way you can open it up in length to show off your full body self portrait to the interviewer.
Slam dunk you're hired!

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Staple along the top edge.
This way you can open it up in length to show off your full body self portrait to the interviewer.
Slam dunk you're hired!

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mine is 2 going on to 3...

12 years of IT/military/security stuff/management/certs etc... in management class (chasing my BS in BM) we had the resume/interviewing part of the class. NOTHING at all gave any specific amount of pages etc. during our "interviewing simulations" the people with the more detailed resumes did better.

The ones that left gaps etc. left us with questions. Now we did get to answer them in the interview, BUT the more detailed you are on your resume is going to show that you will be more detailed/have more attention to detail and probably be a better candidate (based on allot of other things as well)... (unless your career field doesn't depend on any of that)

I wouldn't worry about 1 or 2 pages. probably dont want 5 and probably wont have 5 unless you have been in the business a long time.

Mine is 2-3 pages and I was offered 4 out of 5 jobs I interviewed for in the last 3 months. But, I am descent at what I do, and decently certified in my career field.
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If the information that is relevant for the position only fills 1 page, 1 page. Nobody cares where you graduated high school as long as you graduated. Nobody cares if you changed tires for 2 years 12 yrs ago either.
Always list highest education. If high school is all you got, list it. If you have a MS, BS and AS, list them all.

List all work experience after graduating high school/college. Drop the shit that isn't relevant (summer job delivering thai food)

After graduation list all jobs, months and years. If the details are not important to the job you are applying for leave it at that.

Use as many pages as needed. Try to keep it under 4 or 5, don't be afraid to use 2-3 pages.
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Your most important info should be on page 1. This may or may not include your education depending on your experience. For instance, if you are a machinist with 10 years experience, this should go on page 1 as they won't care where you went to high school. Also, you may consider multiple resumes. When I was considering going back to school for a teaching degree my page 1 included all my leadership and coaching roles and de-emphasized my research career. In contrast, my C.V. for research positions does not even include all my extra-curricular activities.

Page 2 and beyond are for additional information if you catch their eye with page 1. Personally my C.V. is 7 pages long. This includes all my publications, but my most recent experience is on page 1. Some MDs I work with have C.Vs that exceed 30 pages, but I rarely read through all the clinical trials/publications they list.

Don't forget, make it very organized. An employer can read a lot into your organization skills and performance based on how well organized you present yourself by resume, phone interviews, and in person.
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I use three different styles

1. Brief one page resume giving a snapshot history.
2. Two page history listing significant positions, education and achievements.
3. A three page detailed work history with position description, education, certs, awards and crowning acchievements, professional references.

The Feds used to love to use Resumix. A scanning program that scored key phrase in "knowledge, skills and abilities" . If you didn't put it down, you didn't do it.
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