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How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Updated on July 30, 2014
How to prepare a resume.
How to prepare a resume.

Resumes can be prepared in all shapes, sizes, formats and fonts. But which method is considered the most appropriate, and more importantly just how long should a resume be?

The key to a successful resume is its content; more precisely, concise content that is straight to the point and tailored to the job you are applying for.

A one page resume?

You would have probably heard about the “one-page resume”. Whilst every industry, hiring manager, recruiter and employer will require different information, often in varying amounts, there is a common consensus that a short, sharp one page resume is all that the recipient has the time to read. If there are multiple applications for one job, it can be a very time consuming task to read through pages and pages of someone's life, education and work history.

Resumes are typically scanned in a matter of 10-20 seconds. This timeframe is critical to determine if the applicant appears to meet the requirements. A resume needs to grab the employer's attention, answer their questions and do so in the shortest amount of time possible.

You may have the experience of 5 jobs under your belt, or just one. You may have 3 qualifications to your name or just one. The key is to hone in on only those suited to the role you are applying for.

Make sure that you don't:

  • Waffle on and on.
  • Use fancy coloured paper.
  • Include every job you have ever held if it is not applicable

Don't forget to:

  • Keep it short, sharp and to the point.
  • Tailor it to the job you are applying for.
  • Try to keep it to one page.
  • Keep the font and layout on par with your cover letter.
  • Provide a summary of qualifications with keywords and phrases.
  • Check and recheck your spelling and grammar

Resumes must be tailored

The most important tip really is to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Also take special note of the words and requirements in the job advert. If it asks for specific skills, experience and requests reference to a particular qualification, make sure that these aspects are clearly stated and easy to notice.

Remember you only have a very short time to impress so make those few seconds count!

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