On Tuesday, we asked our Twitter followers one simple question: How many pages should your resume be? We heard a lot of great feedback from our members, including what you should include on your resume to make the most impact with employers.
The verdict? No two resumes are alike. Although there are some generally acceptable standards and rules (Don’t lie, don’t submit a resume with spelling mistakes, and don’t turn it into an essay), resumes uniquely reflect the individual they represent.
We received a number of answers from our members on resume length, ranging from 1 – 3 pages. Although there is no general consensus on how long a standard resume should be, a resume must contain a good, succinct overview of an individual’s skills, experience, and capabilities.
Students and New Grads
Students are generally told their resume should be no longer than one page as their experience in limited. That may be, but it’s a great opportunity to speak about your interests, capabilities, and lessons learned to really capture a hiring professional’s attention through critical thinking. Be sure to always include your extra-curricular activities, involvement, and internships, as they can help to give an employer an idea of your personality and your ambition.
Employers Weigh In
What do employers think? Writer Susan Britton Whitcomb polled employers for her book “Resume Magic,” and included a question on resume length. The results revealed that 12 percent of respondents felt resumes should never be longer than one page, 67 percent thought 1-2 pages is sufficient, and 21 percent listed no particular length; only that resumes should be as long as necessary to convey an individual’s skills.
We want to hear your opinion – Comment below or fill out our quick online survey. We’ll reveal the answers in our blog next week!
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