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How many pages should my resume be? What style should I format my resume in? What file type should I use for my online resume?

I have been wondering about these two questions for a while and would like professional answers, thank you kindly.

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Arpita’s Answer

The length of the resume depends on the type of role a person is applying for.
Usually when looking for full time jobs in Computer Science/IT fields 1-2 page resume is good enough.
Resume should be clear and to the point. Avoid repeating sentences and/or writing long sentences which are hard to read.
Bullet points are highly encouraged
For online resume you can use a PDF or Word file.
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hello Adonis,

Nice to meet you!

Based on my recruiter contacts, Talent Acquisition Specialists are now using technological systems to pick out key words from resumes, and whether those key words fit closely with the job posting you are applying for.

To enhance the visibility of your resume, I would suggest creating sections within your resume. For instance, attributing one section to your Education, another for your Work Experience (this includes Volunteer, if you do not have any work experience yet), and another for your Skills.
The skills can be listed in bullet points, rather than sentences for better detection by the Employer and/or their system(s). Canva is a great resource to look up resume templates that "stand out."

Page recommendation is 1 -2, and recruiters have to go through many resumes a day, and lengthy resumes can be time consuming.

Lastly, my preference on file type would be PDF - not Word. The reason being that Word documents are not the best format for sending in emails when there is unfamiliarity on what version of Word is being used on the Employer's end, which can distort the layout of the resume.
PDF is quite standard as Adobe sends out updates regularly and is a licensed program.

I hope I helped you answer all your questions when it comes to resume submissions and wish you the best of luck in your future job search!

Kind regards,

Jennifer Bari
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Svitlana’s Answer

Hello Adonis,

nice to meet you!
If you will start from creating you linkedin profile, it will help you to understand what should be in your resume.
Linkedin will also allow you to do Easy apply, where your profile will be applied even without resume.
Please try and let me know your experience.

Kind regards,
Lana
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John’s Answer

Adonis ever wonder how long recruiters spend looking at each resume, statistically about 7 seconds. This means you only have 7 seconds to present an appealing, comprehensible, and convincing resume. For this reason, even the way you structure your resume sections or how you format everything matters a lot.

CONTACT INFORMATION - Correctly state your name, phone number, location, and email. You can also include links to your LinkedIn account.
RESUME SUMMARY - these are 2-4 sentence pitches on either your top experiences and achievements or your skills and career goals.
WORK EXPERIENCE - List your work experiences in reverse-chronological order, highlighting your top responsibilities and achievements.
SKILLS - Include your most relevant skills.
EDUCATION - Enter your education history in reverse chronological order. You can leave out your high school education if you’ve listed a B.A. degree and higher.

With this format Adonis your resume should be one page in length. The best tips for emailing a resume to an employer would be follow the directions from the job ad. Remember, you have to play by their rules. Attach your resume and a cover letter in the proper format. Usually, PDFs work best, but double-check with the job offer, some employers only accept DOC files.

Find the hiring manager’s name and email address. Send your resume email directly to them. Use a strong subject line. Include the name of the position, the offer id, and spice it up with some personal branding. Make your resume email short. It’s not your cover letter all over again. Focus only on your most stellar achievements.

Hope this is helpful Adonis
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Alexandra’s Answer

Try to keep it to a page but include a brief description of what you did at a job or volunteering activity. I would add that it helps to have someone read it and ask them if they understood what you are saying. Do not assume that the person who will read your resume has had similar experiences to you. You have to try to be brief, but clear, so that people know what you have achieved to date.
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Rodrigo’s Answer

One or two pages as max, it's a resume, so it should be focused on the relevant points related to the position where you're applying. Mainly adding the titles, and simple sentences explaining.
Avoid nonrelevant information, if you're applying as a chef, don't put that you have engineering skills.

PDF is an excellent format to use and can be viewed correctly by all viewers.

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Kim’s Answer

Adonis,

A resume should be just long enough to sell yourself. without going overboard. Short and sweet. Now, because times are changing and you are in computers/robotics, you need to show that you are "current." You can do this with a website, where you can have links to projects you've worked on. You can also do it on LinkedIn. You should not feel restricted by the written page anymore. Catch their attention, and redirect them to other sites. Also start working on keeping a "portfolio" of your work. Hardcopy and/or digital. Should be pretty easy to access it on a device during an interview.

Hope this helps!
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JT’s Answer

Great answers! Preferably, you should tailor your resume to meet the needs of the position you are applying to. Ideally, this is a one-pager in most cases. Piggybacking off of previous answers, LinkedIn has great tutorials and knowledge courses on resume building :)
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