Resume length is a topic often up for debate. Some people hold fast to the belief that it should be no more than one page, while others seem to have no limit in mind. A one-page resume is suitable for new graduates or those just starting out in a particular field, but those with several years of experience under their belt often find that two pages better meets their needs. For those in C-level positions, it may be necessary to go to three pages, but any more than this is generally too much.
You want to make sure that you are highlighting your strongest accomplishments and attributes without going overboard. Too little and employers are left wondering if you really have what they are looking for; too much and they may become disinterested and stop reading. Finding the right balance is key. If you feel that your resume is weighing in on the lengthy side, here are some ways to fine-tune it and cut back on length:
- Focus on your most recent experience. There is no need to elaborate on a job you held 15+ years ago because you have most likely done plenty of more relevant work since then. Stick with the past 10 to 15 years max. Put the emphasis on what you have been doing most recently that applies to position you are seeking. Employers want to see that you have updated skills and can thrive in the current business environment.
- Consolidate similar information. If you have two or three bullet points showing essentially the same information, see if there is a way to say it more concisely. Create statements that pack a punch. If it doesn’t bring much value, consider eliminating it or combining it with other information for a stronger impression.
- Remove excess. Get rid of unnecessary personal information, hobbies, and short-term positions that give little support and do not cause a noticeable gap in employment. Your resume does not have to be a reflection of your entire life. It needs to show employers that you have what it takes to do the job and are worth interviewing. You can always provide additional information in an interview.
- Change the format. Adjusting the font, font size, margins, and layout can make a difference in length. Ensure that it is still easily readable with enough whitespace but make small adjustments that help to condense the information. Some fonts naturally take up more space than others, so switching from Arial to Times New Roman for example could give you some extra room.
Have others read through your resume as well to see if they notice redundancies or areas where things could be made more clear and concise. Keeping your resume simple and to the point can create a stronger impression and better showcase your abilities because there is less clutter.
If you are unsure of what is necessary and what is excess, the team at Chic Resumes can guide you in the right direction. We will work with you to highlight essential information and align your resume with current industry standards and expectations. Don’t let the length of your resume – be it too short or too long – reduce your chances of landing an interview. Contact Chic Resumes at (803) 831-7444 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation and polish up your resume today.
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