Busting The One Page Resume Myth

Let me take the time here to quickly address a pet peeve of mine.

Your resume can be more than one page. Trust me.

I don’t know why this is, but a certain segment of the populations holds fast to the notion that a resume can be one page and one page only. This is simply not true. Of the hundreds of resumes ResumeWriters produces a week, I would say more than half are 2-pagers. Some are 3 pagers.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people try to cram an entire career history on to one page for no good reason. Very often, they’re leaving important things out of their career history just because of some arbitrary sense of space.

So, let me say it once and for all: a resume does not have to be one page. There’s nothing wrong with a one page resume, of course. If that’s what you’ve got, then that’s what you’ve got. But don’t even worry if it’s mostly one page, with only a paragraph or two spilling out into the second page. Go ahead and keep that second page. It’s better than leaving something off your resume that might be helpful.

Trust me, hiring a professional resume service will help you figure out how long or short your resume should be to be effective.