How Long Should A Resume Be? | CAREEREALISM

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Just how long should a resume be? "That's a judgement call," says Ms. Leaderman. "If you can get all the information on one page, fine, but that's not always the case, especially if you have at least 10-15 years' experience, or a list of publications you've written. . .if you need more room to get all your skills in, then go to two pages." The length of the resume might also depend on the format you use--chronological or functional. A chronological resume-which works best for most people--emphasizes employment dates and perhaps increases in responsibility over time. A functional resume, on the other hand, places less importance on dates and more on the skills gathered through the years. A functional resume can work best, says Ms. Leaderman, for career shifters, those with an inconsistent work history, and those who may be a bit older than the average job-seeker but don't want to call attention to the fact. Some people may, in fact, have both a functional and a chronological resume, or even several different versions of the same resume, highlighting different objectives and different skills. "The purpose a resume serves varies from industry to industry," Ms. Leaderman remarks. "In sales, for instance, just a brief resume can often get you an interview; in other fields, a more detailed resume is the only way to get your foot in the door."

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How Long Should a Resume Be?

Type “how long should a resume be?” into Google and you’ll see 179,000,000 answers. You have to really wonder if anyone knows what they are talking about. The only rule is, that there are few rules. If you think about length, a bit of common sense will take you a long way.