Ten Tips For Writing A Resume That Will Get The Right Kind Of Attention

Over the last month, I’ve helped three different readers polish their resumes as they look to make a major career shift. In each case, I noticed several problems crop up over and over again. These problems weren’t ones that would sink the person, but they did prevent that person from standing out from the crowd, and adding the problems together ended with a forgettable resume.

Here are ten things I would always do when writing a resume, regardless of the conventional wisdom about resumes.

1. One page only, period.
This often bothers some people. “I have tons of good things to write about,” they think, so they fill up their resume with six pages of good stuff with just a sprinkling of great stuff in there. Hot tip: it’s not the “good” stuff that will get you the job. The only stuff you want on your resume is the cream of the crop, and that cream will fit on one page. If it doesn’t, you’re not cutting out enough merely “good” stuff.

2. Write everything with active verbs.
Every bullet point on your resume should sound like you took some sort of decisive action, and the more action-oriented, the better. Employers want people who get things done, not people who “participate.” Don’t write that you were involved with a project that produced $5 million in sales, state that you wrote 20,000 lines of code for a project that produced $5 million in sales. Don’t say that you “helped with the development of a new system” – write that you developed that system in a team environment.

3. List everything positive that you can think of about past positions, and use the best.
Was there positive growth at the organization while you were there, even if you weren’t directly involved? Mention it. Were you involved, even in a cursory fashion, with a hugely successful project? Mention it. Only mention the things that were clearly and strongly successful on your resume.

4. Be concrete.
Don’t state that you were involved with a hugely successful Project X, state precisely (in an action-oriented form) what your role was with that project, followed by a statement of exactly how successful it was in a quantitative fashion. Don’t state that you were involved with writing a new HR manual – instead, state that you contributed 24 proofread pages to a documentation system used by 25,000 employees. Don’t state that you did some coding for the public interface – state that you wrote 41% of the code for a website used by 2,000,000 visitors a month. If you’ve done the job of trimming things down to only the big successes, these numbers should be impressive ones.

5. Assert your abilities strongly right at the top, but be sure they’re backed up by the concrete achievements that follow.
What is the big picture that all of these selected “best” accomplishments paints about you? Try to summarize that as briefly as you can (two or three sentences, preferably), and put that right at the top of the resume. That’s likely the one piece that a reviewer will read, so make it hum and also make sure that everything below backs it up. For example, “I am a computer programmer looking for employment in the insurance industry” is not a good way to start. Try “My passion is developing intuitive web-based interfaces for data entry, something I did with great success at ABC Corp, where I developed a data entry application used by 25,000 people.” That’s going to get an employer interested, especially when it’s backed up in the information below.

6. Lead off with home runs.
When ordering the items on your resume, always put the best items at the top. If you’ve cut your list of accomplishments at your last job down to four great ones, pick the best one and list it first. Do this with every element of your resume – if you have some stellar things to say about involvement in a professional or civic organization that speaks to your leadership skills better than anything, lead with them. If you’re president of a professional organization, that’s going to likely be a job cincher, so put that right up at the top so it is noticed quickly.

7. Leave accurate and professional contact info.
Do not, I repeat, do not leave a phone number for contact that has an immature voice mail message. Do not give an email address with the number 69 on it, and also preferably is based on your own name in a sensible fashion (make a new Gmail one if you need to). Make sure that whatever contact method you use, the entire experience of using it reflects very professionally on you.

8. Write a one-page cover letter, always.
Keep it brief and simple, just a few paragraphs, but always include it. It should never run to multiple pages, no matter what. What should it say? It should just reiterate that you’re interested in the position (being quite specific about the position), and it should state in your own words how exactly the highest points of your resume really match what the needs of the position are.

9. Be professional on social networking sites.
One of the first things people will do when they’re interested in a candidate is to see if there’s any information about them on Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and so on. Make sure that what they find is professional in nature and that it reflects well upon you. It doesn’t have to be buttoned-down, but it does need to represent you in such a fashion as to show that you won’t be a detriment to the company (at the very least) and ideally shows you as a big positive to the organization. I often recommend that people start a very simple professional website for themselves, perhaps with a simple blog updated weekly or so discussing issues of professional interest. Remember, your internet presence is an extension of your resume, so if there are inane things out there with your name on them, it’s not much different than stapling them to your resume.

10. Don’t be flashy in the design of the resume.
Whatever you do, don’t do something overly splashy with your submission. Don’t include a huge photograph of yourself on the resume. Don’t use some sort of “designer” paper that makes the text hard to read, and avoid flashy fonts. Do something simple and just let your achievements do the talking. I’ve seen at least two interviews where the “flashy” resumes were immediately trashed – just don’t bother.

In a nutshell, the goal of any resume is to get an interview, and the best way to get there is to show off your best accomplishments in a professional fashion and make sure that the trails they follow indicate professionalism as well.

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42 thoughts on “Ten Tips For Writing A Resume That Will Get The Right Kind Of Attention

  1. Kat says:

    Hands down disagree with Tip Number 1.
    As someone who has been on the market in the past few years and someone who does hiring and reads tons of resumes, having more than one page is not a deal breaker.
    Plus if you were to force some of the people I have hired to cram everything on one page, 75% of their cream of the crop stuff would be missing. And so would the their job interview.

  2. Eric says:

    I completely disagree with #1 as well. The “keep it to one page” is advice from 10-15 years ago (perhaps when Trent really started writing his resume)

    I have paid to have my resume professionally done and the person who helped me simply said “you have been in the field for 10 years – if you only fill one page it actually looks like you haven’t done anything!”

    Heck just listing my places of employment, dates worked, and references can take 1/2 a page and that doesn’t have any accomplishments at each position!

  3. Amy says:

    References don’t belong on a resume. Places of employment and dates worked fit on a single line per job. Unless you are the Secretary of State, you only need one page.

  4. guinness416 says:

    I do agree with the comments above. I review resumes too, and while nobody (at the level I’m interviewing anyway) should need three or four pages, I’ve seen a few whose attempts to squeeze everythign onto one page lead to tiny fonts, incongruous use of acronyms, leaving details of professional memberships in the cover letter and other bizarre formatting issues. A page and a half or or two pages of non-filler content won’t knock you out of contention shere I work.

  5. Trent says:

    I’ve read mountains of resumes and I will say merely this: every resume I’ve seen longer than one page was padded with inconsequential stuff that I had to sift through. I don’t care what you did at a job back in the eighties, nor do I care about your work in the secretarial pool in 1992. I care about why you’re going to be a home run for me and my organization.

    When I read a resume, an overly long one says “This person is incapable of getting to the point.”

  6. Chris Schneider says:

    In regards to the last point about not going flashy, I only somewhat agree. They way you describe flashy is obviously bad, but there are situations where a bit of design will get you noticed. For instance, I keep my resume in LaTeX, which typesets it nicely. It is still black text on white paper, but it looks different than the thousands of Word resumes that show up on people’s desks. Using slightly thicker paper can be nice too, keep it white or off white, but the thickness will feel nice and solid in the hands of the reader compared with the cheapo printer paper.

  7. RNA says:

    My CV has been 3 pages and climbing since I finished school, and I’ve still managed to be gainfully employed. Most resumes I see are 2 pages at least, and this is for an 8,000 employee tech corporation. So really, this is totally dependent upon the work context. Most companies, academic or government institutions want all the detail they can get. So the one-page instruction is out of date, if it was ever appropriate at all to any job beyond entry level.

    However, I strongly agree that bypassing the passive tense for the most accurate action verbs makes a big difference in presenting yourself.

  8. Beth says:

    I am a recruiter with a company that recruits for positions all over the nation. I look at 200 to 300 resumes a day. That said, I agree with the two comments left before me – having a resume that is longer than one page is NOT a deal breaker and is in fact SOMETIMES helpful and necessary. But, Trents basic idea here is correct – don’t weigh down your resume with any and every accomplishment you can think of – stick to the best of the best. If you just include the really great stuff and your resume is still 2 pages or even 3 pages don’t worry about it and don’t feel like you have to cut stuff out.
    I also want to add an important point that Trent left out…Keep it CLEAN! Nothing bothers me more than seeing a resume that is three pages of single spaced paragraphs about the person – no matter how well written! Use bullet points! Don’t make it flashy but do make the important info easy to find. I can tell you as someone who sees hundreds of resumes a day I almost never read ever word of every resume – I skim. So, if you want your resume to stand out, if you want me to read every word of it then make it clean – make it easy for me to find the important info and make that info grab my attention enough to keep me reading. This goes hand in hand with #6 – but you need to do more than just lead with the great stuff you need to make that great stuff easy to spot when you just quickly skim through the resume.

  9. Lana says:

    I disagree with #10 in regards to ANY sort of creative job. I work at an ad agency and hear lots of mocking around badly designed resumes…if you’re a designer or a writer and interested in working for a creative company, having an out-of-the-box resume shows your possible employer nothing about your creativity.

    Granted, I will agree that the design should be pleasing and relevant – designers often include their own headers, colored resumes, fonts better than Times or Arial, etc.

    But then, there’s a difference between “flashy” and “stand-out”.

  10. DrBdan says:

    I think Trent’s general idea is correct though saying “one page only, period” is a bit restrictive. The bottom line is that your resume should only contain important, relevant information. Like he says, no one cares what you did back in the 80s or the early 90s. The general rule that I’ve been told is to not list anything older than 5 years and that has served me pretty well. When I was in university working 4 month co-op positions it meant my resume was longer because I had a variety of jobs (and skills) to list.

    Another thing I would add is to have someone proof-read your resume and cover letter and use a basic spell-checker. It sounds obvious but I’ve seen resumes with blatant spelling mistakes and half-written job descriptions. If you can’t take the time to polish your resume I probably don’t want you in my team/company.

  11. s says:

    I agree with the other about 1-page resumes not being inherently bad. Obviously, not everyone should have more than one page, but there are DEFINITELY situations where it is necessary.

    I think a better rule would be, if you are a new college graduate, or applying for a “no degree necessary” type job, one page is a good rule. For anyone that has some work experience and is in a “professional” field, 2 pages (and probably never more than that) is very plausible.

    Trent, may it be that the reason nobody had enough great content for two pages in YOUR experience was simple that the positions weren’t attracting people with >1 page worth of useful information? Not that NO job could attract such a person.

  12. Diana says:

    Great post and comments. Would it be possible to see some examples of successful resumes? Or even some before and after resumes? Thanks!

  13. SJean says:

    If I were to write a resume, this isn’t the list of tips I’d take. There are a million tips on the internet already.

    I’ve heard of people having one page versions as well as more detailed 2 page version and selecting which was appropriate for a certain job reqs.

    “instead, state that you contributed 24 proofread pages to a documentation system used by 25,000 employees.” I get the point of this suggestion, but it seems a bit ridiculous, wordy and confusing, and overdone. In an interview, tthey may ask about this “documentation system” and you’ll have to explain what you really did was write an HR manual.

  14. Sharon says:

    I agree with Trent about the flashy fonts etc, but sometimes the advice given can be too “trendy”. When I was looking for a job in the late 80s, everyone was saying that ivory or at least off-white paper was proper for any up-to-date resume. I felt bad that I could afford the (then) more expensive paper. AT least until I saw an interviewer with a stack of 20 or more resumes…all of them vanilla colored. While my resume was not “cutting edge” it did stand out with its classic white paper.

  15. Monica says:

    I disagree with the one page restriction. For some of us, the resume is more of a “curriculum vitae” which would list such things as publications and conference presentations. In my field (academic librarianship) a one-page resume would be inadequate for all but the most recent graduate (and even a freshly minted MLIS ought to be able to come with a two page resume with some effort).

  16. Mike says:

    Regarding the one-page resume rule, I think this varies among different industries/vocations. For example – a basic businessperson should probably only have one page, at least until they are at or near the executive level. But folks in education often have longer resumes, by necessity.

    Higher education faculty often have extremely long resumes (theirs is a CV, or vita), detailing the research and publications they have contributed to, in addition to their actual position and responsibilities. In a research-focused position like that, it is important to list everything.

    I’m sure there are other jobs where a multi-page resume is a necessity as well – not to provide outdated info, but rather to give enough detail on recent info that it gets you into that first interview. Sometimes too little detail means you get overlooked.

  17. Sods says:

    I agree with the above, examples would be very interesting and useful. It may help illustrate your points.

  18. I don’t get the 1 page resume limit. We look at great resumes here that go beyond one page, and never give it a second thought. That being said, I always try to limit mine to one page, but that is only for fear of the 1-page-believers out there! :)

    And speaking of flashy designs…we recently had a resume come in at 10 pages, each of which was filled with graphical illustrations and drawings…for a programming job….yes, really.

  19. Debbie M says:

    If I only get to include what I’ve done the last five years, then I only get to include one job. If I wanted to do more of the same, I’d just stay here.

    Any advice for people switching careers? My technique of listing a whole bunch of things that are sort of like what I want to do in different ways doesn’t work when people can find someone who’s already done the exact same thing.

    My next plan was to get involved in professional associations to network, but nobody I meet even works in my town! If there are any local associations, I don’t know how to find them.

    My latest plan is to build a portfolio, so I can say, yes, I have done this kind of work (even though I didn’t get paid for it) and you can look at it right here.

  20. Mrs. Micah says:

    I think a single page is the safest way to go.

    Why?

    You’re capturing their attention, you’re not interviewing for the job. If your first page doesn’t catch their attention, they probably won’t read to the second. If they read to the second, odds are that you will be getting called anyway.

    If it’s a CV or something in a specialty field, then a longer resume might make sense, if it absolutely has to be. In the same way, a person applying to a preschool might use rainbow letters and suns. It’s a matter of context. And in most contexts, people are sifting through lots of resumes.

  21. Trent says:

    Interesting points. Although there are likely some situations where a multi-page resume is worthwhile, I think the exercise of crafting your resume on one page shows you the things really worth highlighting. I just know I’ve been involved with positions from “glass washer” to “project leader with a Ph. D.” and in both cases, the people with multi-page resumes were filling space with stuff that was nice, but completely irrelevant and/or not very interesting or impressive.

  22. Minimum Wage says:

    I’m not trying to divert the thread, but I have a liberal arts degree and two dead-end menial (near-)minimum wage jobs over a period of, um, many years. I cannot think of anything I can put on paper that would interest a potential employer positively. (I can see employers shaking their heads in the astonishment of abject failure.)

    I have long wondered, should I omit any reference to ever having attended college? (My degree appears at this point to be a negative.)

  23. Jasmine says:

    The one page resume is good for people who have been in the working world for a few years only or less. Then maybe two. But it is important to note, that the shorter the resume, the more concise, engaging and full of important and meaninful descriptive achievements it might be.

    My resume was originally 3 pages and I whittled it down to a page based on a friends advice, and was forced to only include information/accomplishments pertinent to the job I am applying to. It has really helped me in my job searches, as before I thought everything I did at a job was important to include. Not so.

    Prospective employers are receiving SO many resumes these days, that they don’t have all day to read/scan everything. A longer resume will not necessarily be more appreciated or signify a more desirable candidate. Chances are they won’t even read it all. A longer resume probably just makes the information on the first page more worthwhile reading if someone has limited time.

    Of course if someone has been in the working world for 10-15 years +, there will be more to include but not everything will be relevant to the position they are applying to.

  24. Danny says:

    @Minimum Wage

    No, do not leave college off your resume. A college degree is better than no college degree. It shows you worked hard and finished what you started.

    I don’t know how to spruce up your resume, but I do know that everybody is telling me to finish college. That includes a lot of successful people who are fairly high up in major companies (Intel for one).

  25. Stephan F- says:

    The job of a resume is to do one thing and one thing only, to get someone to call you for an interview or to come in for an interview.

    My master resume is many pages, but each one is targeted to the company/job I am looking at, and I cut and paste to get the point across that I want.

    The real problem is that unless it goes to a live person it is lost in The Pile. One large local company had a stack of resumes 3 feet (1m) high that they had gotten that week!

    The resume is not too important, most of the jobs I’ve gotten lately the resume has been a procedural afterthought (something for the file) not a vital part of the process.

    Finding a real live person to talk to is a much more challenging process but the most important one.

  26. vh says:

    Excellent pointers!

    On the cover letter: Last time I was in the job market, I ran my cover letter past a friend well experienced in the seeking (and landing) of jobs. He pointed out that the cover letter should emphasize NOT what you have done but WHAT SPECIFICALLY YOU CAN DO FOR THE NEW EMPLOYER. I rewrote my cover letter along those lines, and presto! Got the best-paid job of my career!

    As a Ph.D. who moves back & forth between real-world and academic jobs and who, on the side, contracts with business-world as well as academic clients, I maintain a CV as well as a resume. The resume is two pages long (and nope, that’s not a deal-breaker); the CV runs over ten pages.

    If an employer’s hiring committee is too busy to look at a 1 1/2- to 2-page resume, you don’t want to work there. In a way, your resume says who you are and how you’ll fit; if a two-page resume that lists your relevant experience (not every part-time job as a leaf-picker, but everything that matters) disqualifies you for the job, it disqualifies the employer from the privilege of working with you.

    Whether you’re in the market or not, BTW, you should always keep your resume up to date. First, you’ll find other occasions to use it than just job-seeking; and second, if suddenly you find yourself unemployed (or if you’re just mildly dissatisfied with your job), having the resume ready to go saves a lot of grief.

  27. Sharon says:

    Min Wage…
    In your situation, you might look at some of the more skill based resumes. There are suggestions on the internet. Also look up a “formal” description of your job and play off of that. Do you handle money or credit cards (other people’s), then you can emphasize honesty, security and privacy. (You aren’t selling those CC numbers on the internet, are you??)
    If your company is large and has “official” job descriptions, then look at that and use some of those qualities and skills.
    I think that something else you might try is doing a few throw-away interviews. When I am looking for a job, I try to get a few interviews for practice so that I am more comfortable. I’ve actually gotten a few of those jobs and loved them but that is another story. I would love to know the actual number of applications/interviews you have done in the past year. The employers you see shaking their heads, are they just in your imagination or have you actually seen potential employers react this way? Our imagination is usually worse than reality.
    And remember, bad resumes are usually tossed, bad interviews may be told as stories, but HR people cannot use names when retelling them…
    so there is no “blacklist”. Just go out and poke around to see what stirs up.

  28. plonkee says:

    Just to add that resumes are cultural. In the UK, the terms resume and CV are switched (i.e. CV is the short version that people normally want) and two pages is the standard limit – a 1 page CV is too short. I’m guessing that typical CVs in the UK are less tightly focussed?

  29. Mel says:

    Most of the people above disagreed with #1 and #10 and I agree with them.

    There is no way that anyone over 30 will be able to fit relevant information on 1 page without using a tiny font size unless they haven’t done very much. Maybe there are industries where the job is so specific that you only need to list your MAJOR accomplishments and anyone interviewing you would know immediately that you were qualified but for my industry, 1 page is often not enough.

    “Flashy” resumes can be annoying but part of my job for so long was editing and formatting documents and I couldn’t put together a standard resume (read boring) without feeling like I wasn’t showcasing my skills. the tech oriented people probably don’t care what their or my resume looks like but I do and just as I wouldn’t show up at the interview not looking my best, I wouldn’t submit a document for review that doesn’t show off my best features (talents) in a professional manner.

  30. Eileen says:

    I’ve done extensive research on resumes. Speak to 10 people and you’ll likely get 10 different opinions and each one will be emphatic about them.
    I believe the “one page rule” is misleading. I believe that it is crucial to emphasize the most important point of your background and leave off the extraneous stuff–but the one page rule puts the focus on the paper and the margins and not really assessing your background. I’ve been in the workforce nearly 30 years, and I have a 4 year degree. In a recent job search I experimented with a one pager and got very poor results. The version that spilled a bit onto the second page got more attention, more interviews, and got me the job.
    Also, keep in mind that many companies have an admin person scanning in resumes and then emailing them to hiring managers. Readability is crucial, more critical than length. While you definitely want to keep it as short and sweet as possible, I firmly believe there’s more harm in forcing it to one page than in a professional resume that might go to page 2.

  31. Minimum Wage says:

    Sharon:

    The last interview I had was for my current job four years ago. The employers shaking their heads are all in my head, but the thinking seems to be straightforward: “applicant has a college degree, and has been working menial min wage jobs forever…something’s not right here and it’s easier and safer to toss the resume than to ask questions”

  32. Mel says:

    Hi MinWage, I didn’t get a 4 year degree and I believe it seriously limited my options early on and caused me to be behind where I would be now if I had been able to finish (and btw, there are good reasons why some people can not finish a degree once they’ve begun that have nothing to do with a person’s character).

    I know it’s hard to get ahead and I know how lucky I was that I found an amazing mentor. That said, if you can, try to either take a certification that relates to your field because adding on to your degree automatically puts you in a different category in employers eyes or intern/volunteer at an organization where you can get the kind of experience that will get you noticed. There are 1 year certifications that look really great on a resume and if there are mitigating circumstances as to why you took the jobs you have, explain it out on your cover letter. The people reading it are human after all.

    I know that there are a ton of single parents out there who have no time or money for additional education and can’t be interns because they need to support their family but if there’s any way you can do it, in the short term you might miss out on some time with your kids but it will set a really good example for them in the long term.

    Good luck!

  33. Minimum Wage says:

    I’m broke for the indefinite future and don’t have the money for training or certifications if it has to come out of some other spending area.

  34. Heidi says:

    Totally agree with the 1 page rule, at least for those people with limited working experience (e.g. I’ve been out of college for 2.5 years only). Don’t get me wrong, I have enough experience to write a 2 pages resume or even 3 if one might ask. But that doesn’t mean you have to write E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G down and hope the hiring manager is patient enough to go through all your achievements.

    Not sure if it’s a general guideline at the college career center. My friend told me it was her advicer told her to put as much information as she can on the resume. She ended up with 2 pages description of her ‘experiences’ without any focus.

    Whenever I apply for a job, I write a resume and cover letter specifically for that position. Yes, it takes more time but never fail to get an interview (ok, 4 out of 5 positions, good enough for me. LOL).

  35. lorax says:

    I can’t say that the 1 page rule is used in my workplace. Many (most?) applicants are experienced, and one page just doesn’t do them justice.

    But the resume doesn’t really matter much. What’s really important is who delivers it. If it’s the mailman, expect it to be tossed. If it’s a co-worker, it will be read.

  36. Adam says:

    I think you are all missing the point.

    The tips are for writing a resume that gets the right kind of attention, ie. interest. Trent isn’t saying that you cannot submit a resume longer than 1 page, or that if you do you won’t get hired. What he’s saying is that a concise resume is more likely to generate positive response.

    I’ve been in my industry for 10 years and have no problem putting together a 1 page resume. Sure, I can’t include everything I’ve ever done at every job, nor can I include most of the things I’ve done, but I can include the spectacular things from every job, and that’s what leads to interviews. And we all know that the interview is where you get the job or you don’t.

    If I read a resume of someone that can’t cull the flotsam and jetsam out of their resume, then I often come to the conclusion that the person has difficulty prioritizing or being decisive.

    As far as flashy, flashy is BAD. B. A. D. Stylish is good. Designed is fine, but flashy is bad. I don’t want to see gigantic cursive fonts that are impossible to read. I don’t want to see clip art. I don’t want to see fluff. I do want to see an eye for design. I do want to see that someone can accentuate the important information through the use of design. I do want to see clever layout on the page, but none of that means flashy.

    Lastly, Lorax hit the nail on the head. Sending out tons of resumes is not the best way to get attention. The best way is to have contacts. If you don’t have contacts at the company you want to work for, call them and try to speak to a human.

  37. Shannon says:

    FWIW I recently gutted my resume from 2.5 pages down to 1 … and have received a lot more feedback since I did. I forced myself to put the best 3 things from each job and take out anything that didn’t fit.

    Of course, I only send it after I’ve made contacts, so it may have less to do with the resume and more to do with the contacting. *smile*

    I think these are great tips, though.

  38. Kirsty says:

    Re Point #1. We emigrated from the UK to Australia a couple of years ago. In the UK the rule is 2 pages, no more, however long you’ve been working. As I go through my career I just chop out older irrelevant bits. Easy.

    Here in Australia, the expectation is at least 4, preferably 5 or 6, particularly if you have a lot of experience. Thankfully I didn’t need to go through this as I had a job to come to from a company who can see through the cultural differences, but my husband struggled for a while before getting a job. When he did, and he started recruiting himself, he realised the page number rule was different here (not that the recruitment agencies ever bothered to tell him!). So just a cautionary note to any readers outside the US – check your local rules, as they differ wildly!

  39. neha says:

    Hey, thats great but how much can you actually put in one page along with all your degrees, qualifications and address too..

  40. I believe with the 1-page resumes, you cannot get an idea for what the person can actually do unless the person is really excellent at summarizing information. Two pages is definitely a good size.

  41. Char says:

    I recently got a much better job (conditions and pay rate) simply because my six-page resume submission made the employer desperate to interview me and snap me up before another employer got the opportunity to, whereas my two page resume had for months gotten no response from employers at all. And that’s because my six-page No-no, truly showcased my skills, experience and talents in a way a one or two page couldn’t!

    Signed former stay-at-home mother for twenty years, now Career mum!

  42. Nic says:

    As others have said, exceeding a page does not mean that your application will automatically be vetoed. For a fresh graduate… perhaps, although I would imagine that there are more important factors than the length of a resume when it comes to graduate jobs. As long as the content was relevant to the job, I don’t see what the problem is.

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