How many pages should my resume be?

This is the most common resume question. Put yourself into the mind of the recruiter or hiring manager: They read resumes all day long. They want to get the gist of you in the fewest words possible. If they think you might be a good fit, they know how to find your online professional profile for more information.

Recruiters and HR experts tend to agree that your traditional resume should usually be only one page, and never more than two pages. You can almost always convey your experience on a one-page resume.

As always, there are extenuating circumstances. If you are applying for a senior-level position at a company, you will probably have significant work experience to demonstrate that could push your resume to two pages.

Just remember, as you progress in your career, experiences further back in your history become less significant and may be able to be summarized in a sentence. You should expand most on what you’ve been doing in the last 10-15 years.

No matter how long you have been in the workforce, you will want to display examples of your work on your resume. That is hard to do on a traditional resume, and is better displayed on your online professional profile.

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