There is a lot of controversy about one page resumes. The problem is that one size does not fit all. Let me explain this.
A traditional current college graduate needs a one page resume because he/she does not have much professional experience related to his selected field. With that said it should be a full one page resume. A traditional college student may have worked summer jobs and part time jobs.
A nontraditional college student may need a two page resume. This grad did not graduate from high school and go directly to college. This grad worked a “real” job usually on a full time basis. This student may work full or part time while attending college. Due to the professional experience it usually takes a two page resume.
A mid-level employee usually has a one page resume because he probably has two or three job to work with and can get all his information on one page.
A senior executive needs a two page resume. Why? Because he has a lot of information that he has to get into the resume to peak the interest of the hiring manager or recruiter. He can’t do it in a one page resume. Rarely will it go to three pages. A three page resume is usually for someone who is looking for the position of President or CEO because he has to list all of the boards he has served on and community involvement.
Blue Collar workers can use a one or a two page resume. It depends on how much information they have to get on the resume.
Notice I did not mention resumes of four or more pages because they do not work. They contain too much detailed information that will not get read. Remember we are in the byte generation – less is more. Conciseness is the key.
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