How long should your resume really be? 

You may have heard a resume should never be more than a single page, but that doesn’t apply to everyone.

For most people, one page is all that is necessary. However, circumstances regarding years of work experience and type of work greatly impact the length of your resume.

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When Your Resume Should Be One Page

If you are still in school or newly graduated, your resume should be strictly one page. At this point in your career, you do not have enough experience to constitute taking up any more than a single page.

As a general rule, if you have less than 10 years of professional experience, keep your resume to one page. Because recruiters typically do not spend a lot of time reviewing a single resume, they might miss highlights or skip over portions of a multi-page resume.

When Your Resume Should Be Two Pages

If you have more than 10 years of professional experience, a two-page resume may be more appropriate, especially if you are applying to a mid-range position or higher.

However, do not try to get two pages out of your resume if you genuinely only have the experience for a singular page. It could signal to the recruiter that you do not have enough experience or good communication skills.


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