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Do resumes need to be one page?

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I'm attempting to become an "officer" in a club at my college and they want to see a resume. My boyfriend is a part of this club and he told me that my resume needs to be one page, that jobs only want to see one page anyways. Is this true? The job application my father helped me make it 2. #resume #resume-writing #evaluating-resumes #resumes #job-application

Thank you comment icon Hi Katelyn! Many of the professionals here have answered the question already, and I just want to add on that you should try to keep it to one page, unless you have some experience or project that is very significant. In that case, you can add a second page, but make sure that the second page is filled as well, and is not only a quarter or half full. Also be sure to only put relevant skills and projects in your resume, and not filler; recruiters don't particularly like seeing that. Albert

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Jay’s Answer

When it comes to resumes, the rule of thumb is do not go onto a second page unless you have an experience, accomplishment, etc. that is absolutely worthwhile. If you are even questioning whether or not go onto a second page, you probably shouldn't (believe me, you'll know if something is worth the additional page).


You should always submit a resume with a cover letter (even if it says cover letter optional). If you are in resume page length limbo, I would ere on one page and make sure to include any of the additional information in your cover letter.

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Thank you comment icon Hello Deepak! Thanks for your answer, would love to hear more. It looks like you are referencing multiple sources of information. Would love to read in more detail on where you are sharing your information from? Can you edit your answer to include links to the sources? Thanks so much. :D Christian Varsava
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ritesh’s Answer

Yes it should be one page unless you need to mention a particular field, don’t make your resume appear bulky with unnecessary texts. Let your resume appear as a clean single page with crucial details and no extra words.


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Paul’s Answer

I agree with a one page resume - use a format that represents you that is easy and quick to read! The presentation says something about you along with your words. Most companies are looking for candidates that can contribute to growth and sales or reduce debt and improve efficiencies. Outlining accomplishments that has helped past employers can make your resume compelling for the reader to want to meet for an interview. That is your goal, to get an interview! So make your words count. Tune and fine tune where you are happy and proud to send or hand it to someone. I like bullet points along with columns that tell a story of what you have done and what you can do (for a new employer). Oh, also have copies (paper) with you that you can hand out if the opportunity presents itself. Use nice, high quality that has a good weight to it that feels good. All the best in your endeavors.

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Patricia’s Answer

Hello Katelyn - great question. Since you are still in college, definitely one page is all you need. Use a resume template (MS Word has many) and keep it clean and succinct. Tailor it to reflect the skills/experience you may have for the club or job for which you are applying. Have a friend read it before you submit - sometimes others see typos or things you want to correct. This is an older post, so hope your career is off to a great start!
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Andrew’s Answer

Hi Katelyn,

One page only. My resume is one page and I have over 30 years of experience.

Older become less relevant over time. I wouldn't go back to my first job out of college, it's not what I do anymore. Your resume should have details on your current position and the last 5 years of work history. For years 5-10, less detail, and then past 10 years, maybe a one line mention. Space is limited so every word you put down needs to be justified.


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Andrew
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Nayeem’s Answer

Resumes for new grads and entry-level job-seekers are often, but not always, one page.


Most college career-placement centers tell students to limit their resumes to one page, notes resume writer Sharon Pierce-Williams, 75 percent of whose business is writing for the college population. Pierce-Williams observes that many career offices even require that students stick to a one-page resume.”
Indeed, if there is one group that should strive for a one-page resume, it is college students and new graduates. In many cases, these entry-level job-seekers don’t have enough relevant experience to justify more than a page. Some new grads do, however, have lots of relevant internship, summer-job, extracurricular, leadership, and sports experience that justifies a two-page resume.

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Mark’s Answer

I would say it depends upon how long you have been in the workforce. If you are just coming out college, then one page should really be sufficient to walk thru internships, experiences at college (clubs, activities), key projects at college, etc. Also, given the amount of resumes recruiters have to go thru, having multiple pages sometimes deters their quick review.

As you start to have more and more work experience, then you can bridge that second page. I would say you want probably at least 10 years of experience so that you have two full pages of a resume as it does not look good to the recruiter to only fill 1/2 of that second page.
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Kim’s Answer

If your boyfriend is in a position to truly know what he is talking about, and has "insider" information that a two-page resume is a no-go for this particular club, then definitely go with one page.


Younger people with limited experience should be able to make a one-page resume. Even some folks with lots of experience manage to make it one page. Correct, people focus on the first page. This is why you need a "summary of qualifications" section at the top of the first page - to highlight what it is you bring to the table. Shoot for one page. If you go to the second page, it should be at least 1/3 of the page. Don't just have a little at the top, as that looks weird!


good luck!

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Melissa’s Answer

Typically, yes resumes should be one page.

The beginning portion should have all you contact information followed by your education
The main content portion should be your past jobs or roles you have accomplished. I always aim to highlight the most relevant three that apply to what I am interviewing for. Even though my list of jobs is long, I pick and choose which will speak the most to the position I want.
The bottom portion should be your skills, achievements, and volunteer experience.

The main goal in developing a resume should be making it concise, using action verbs to start each job/ role description.
Additionally the resume should be crafted in a way that is tailored for what you are applying for. This can vary depending on what company, school, or group that is reviewing the resume.
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Simeon’s Answer

Keep it under two pages in length and make sure it is clean and easy to read. Have other people proof read yours and look at other people's resumes as well to see how it's organized. You might even be able to ask someone if you could reuse their template for your resume. Make sure your contact information is clearly legible near the beginning of the resume as well. You usually want your best experience to be big and bold near the beginning. Having a one page resume isn't a bad idea though if you can manage it. Most recruiters only spend eight seconds per resume in their stack, so you want to make it easy to find the most important information quickly. Shortness of length is one of the easier ways to accomplish this.
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Fiona’s Answer

It really depends on your life stage. For students with little or no job experience, suggest one page of clear succinct information in a cleanly presented manner.

For people who have had quite a bit of work experience, a resume would generally be 2-3 pages as it would nee to describe each position - the type of work, skills obtained in greater detail.
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Curt’s Answer

I am in the minority usually on the topic of ideal length of a resume. You'll often hear that resumes should be no more than two pages or they will get tossed in the trash. I will agree with the masses on that if your resume is one of hundreds or thousands. Hiring managers and HR staff have to use a variety of methods to cut down the "stack" and a favorite go to is to cut anyone that has a long resume. The key is first to make sure what you are including in the resume is relevant information. With everything you put in your resume you should ask the question after each entry: "So what?". What you are doing is sitting in the reader's chair determining why what you just wrote matters to them. So, make sure you can answer that question and if possible - do answer in the resume. The next key step is to figure out how to get your resume to the hiring person and not have it be one of hundreds or thousands. Network, network, network. You want someone to personally take your resume to the hiring manager. At that point envision that person sitting at their desk not with huge stacks of resumes all around them but rather with just your resume in front of them. Now you have their undivided attention and they want to know who you are and why you are the right fit for the job requisition they have open. If you left out some of the great things you did because you were trying to hit some magical page number then they are not going to learn all they need to know. Potentially what they are looking for hit the floor when you were cutting it to one or two pages. Resumes should not be used to open doors. Networking opens doors. Resumes tell the story once you're inside.
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Brian’s Answer

I would say yes. Especially if you have less than say, 20 years of work experience.
If you want to add additional info specific to why you are qualified for a certain position, write a cover letter.

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