Post # 1
Hi Bees. I’ve taken your advice and I’m updating my resume (although I have not started to atively look for a new job). As I’ve stated before, I’ve been at my first “adult” job for a little over a year. However, I did a number of summer research programs during undergrad. So even when I applied to my current job, my resume was a little longer than a page. My FI told me to shorten it, but I couldn’t. So now I’m updating my resume and I’ve acquired a good set of skills. I don’t know how I will fit these new skills onto my resume now. With the new skills, and my job description, I’m thinking it will be one and a quarter or one and a half pages long. Is this truly frowned upon? Should I get rid of one of my (summer long) research experiences, since they technically were not “real jobs”.
Also, any advice at all on resume writing, or cover letter writing is welcome. Which leads me to this question: are cover letters that important?
Post # 2
Mine has always been 2 full pages. I wouldn’t do more than that and if you can’t fill a second page you should only do one as white space doesn’t look good. I think you are going to have to cut some stuff. If it isn’t relevant or important than cut it.
As for the importance of cover letters – it depends on the job. I would absolutely put effort into everyone you write because it’s impossible to guess who it is important to.
Post # 3
Yes cover letters are essential. In business, over 1 page is not an awesome idea generally (I have always been told, at least) but from what I understand in other fields it is normal
Post # 4
cik2017 : this early in your career you really should be at a 1 page resume. Find ways to consolidate and get all the information across more efficiently. And cover letters are a MUST. I was a hiring manager at my old firm and I usually tossed applications without them because (1) I needed a way to reduce the sheer volume and (2) I assumed the candidate was lazy and/or not actually interested in the position I was offering. If a candidate can’t put in the effort to make their case in a letter why should I go through the effort to interview them?
Post # 5
I don’t think bees can tell you how you should write your resume or if the cover letter is important. You didn’t mentioned your location or type of job you are applying. I have been to several places before and from my experience every places is different. In Canada the resume is 2 pages max and the cover letter is about half a page unless specify otherwise in the job application. In other countries, the resume is minimum 3 pages long. In America i been told the resume is 1 page.
If at your location it is one page max, then make sure you only add duties/skills that are relevant to position you are applying. Add nothing personal (if you are married or not, sexe, religion etc.
Maybe looked for a resume style that you can easily incorporate as many point as possible. You have to understand that employer are only glancing at your resume since they are looking through several at a time. If you are applying online, the software will pick up keys words and screen resume that ways so make sure you use the same words as they used in the job application.
Post # 6
If you have only held one adult job with relevant experience and your resume is more than one page, that tells me as a prospective employer that you don’t know how to filter relevant information or hiw ro be succinct. I know psychologists who have been practicing for 40 years and have dozens of published articles and research projects and their CVs are only two full pages.
Post # 7
I have always had two full pages for my resume. I’d try not to extend past two pages, and as a PP mentioned above – if you’ve only got a few lines on the second page I’d try to cut some stuff down as excessive white space isn’t desireable.
I updated my resume recently and my two-above manager gave some helpful tips:
- Don’t go over 4 pages (personally I like to stick to 2 as I mentioned above).
- Ensure work history is relevant.
- Give full details for roles which are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
- Cut down other roles, just highlight skills which may be relevant or transferable.
- One-liner for any work history that is not relevant, possibly group like roles into a single one-liner, could consider not including at all if it doesn’t open up gaps in your job history.
- Triple check grammar.
- Be consisten with spelling (IE don’t flick between British and American English, or different spellings of words).
Take from that what you will 🙂 I found it very helpful when I wrote mine!
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I’m in the USA in the science field if that gives anyone some insight.
Post # 9
cik2017 : As someone who has been hiring for my department recently, I’ve come across a lot of 2 page resumes. I roll my eyes occasionally, if it’s really long, but I don’t get offended by it, haha. I still consider the candidate 🙂
Post # 10
the answer to both question depends on the industry. In mine (academia, economics/environmental policy), 2 pages is normal and a cover letter is required to even be considered.
Post # 12
I am definitely going to work to cut it down to a page.
Post # 13
LilliV : janna121215 : Is a section deidcated to related coursework a bad idea? How about a “skills” section? (A recruiter last year told me to list out my skills explicitly).
Post # 14
Mine is one page, which was recommended by the career counseling at my school. I’m in the computer science field. I think the normal length and standards does depend on the field. I prefer to keep it brief, and let my grades/prior experience speak for itself (fairly new to the field or I would leave off GPA all together).
Post # 15
The one page rule is no longer relevant. 2 pages should be fine. Resumes have completely changed over the last few years. One thing I’ve noticed is the need to write an objective/mission at the top & list your skills set. Then go into work experience, with bullets with explanations of key things you do, them your education. For me, I’ve been out of college for 12 years so I no longer list the accomplishments/awards I received in school bc those aren’t as relevant as me giving details on my work experience. Employers could care less that I graduated cum lade at this point.
I will I’ll see if I can screen shot mine to give an example