Resume Length, How Many Pages is Enough

Resume Length

How many pages should your resume be?

Is length really important?  In short yes.  This is the most asked question we have as part of our professional resume business.  How long or how many pages should your resume be? This is a challenging question and one that keeps circulating almost on a weekly basis. Here is what we consider when deciding resume length:

  1. Is there enough information for an employer to make a decision about how you meet their requirements?
  2. Is the information relevant and concise?
  3. Is information being repeated?
  4. Does the resume read professionally and flow?

Many people stick firmly to a particular resume length, 1, 2 or 3 pages. If you are leaving out information that is relevant and it will assist you in getting a position this will not help you secure a job.

Case Study:  Speaking to a Human Resource Manager recently we were discussing resume length as an issue. A position was advertised for their organisation. An internal person applied however was unsuccessful in gaining an interview, even though worked in a similar position. The reason.  They believed a resume should only be one page. This did not provide enough information about their skills, qualifications or experience. Sticking to a rigid length in the end worked against them.

Your resume can be too long. On average we produce professional resumes between 4 and 6 pages. Here are some things to avoid that will make your resume longer than it should be:

  • Poor structure that increases white space
  • Large font
  • Repeating the same duty statements for more than one position
  • Scanning and adding copies of certificates unless really necessary

Put yourself in the position of the employer. Can they make a decision about your capability from your resume. If the answer is yes, you are on the right track.

Best of luck

John Matthews

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