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Why Should Your Resume Only Be One Page?

Why Should Your Resume Only Be One Page?

The topic of how long a resume should be has been a hot debate for a long time. Some say it must not be more than a page and others say 2 pages or more is fine. Both sides of the argument have valid points. However, the vast majority of people agree that shorter is generally better, even though there may be situations which warrant a longer resume.

Before formulating your resume read the requirements, experience and qualifications needed for the job so that you know what the prospective employer wants. Once you have these details you can tailor a resume to fit to the specific requirements of the job.

Short attention span of hiring managers

Considering that hundreds or sometimes thousands of people might apply for a single position it’s unrealistic to believe that hiring managers go through each and every resume from start to finish. Chances are they skim through them quickly and a resume which is longer than two pages will not be read through completely.

Quality and relevance of information

When you restrict the length of your resume to one page you’re forced to put in only information that’s relevant to the position that you’re applying for. It also forces you to create a more qualitative document since your space is limited; hence you have to ensure you get the most out of every word.

Consider the purpose of a resume

The question that is often raised in support of a single-paged resume is that if you are tailor-fitting it with only the relevant information for a specific job why should it be more than a page long? After all you’re not writing a book or trying to give the prospective employer your life story. There’s a valid point implied by this question. It points to the fact that a resume is supposed to be a simple, brief document meant to give the reader an overview of what you have to offer in a quick glance. Keeping that in mind, a page-long document satisfies this requirement. A resume is like an advert; keep it short sweet and memorable.

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