(Closed) HR Bees: What is the ideal Resume length?

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: How long should a professional resume be?
    Keep it to 1 page (even if you have to cut out relevant info) : (23 votes)
    52 %
    No more than 2 pages : (16 votes)
    36 %
    Other (please explain) : (5 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I am not techinically in HR, but I assist hiring managers. Preferred 1 page resume and 1 cover letter written in business format. References at interview.  

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I think it depends — when I was in college and when I first graduated, I always heard keep it to one page because that’s all the hiring person’s going to look at, I was even told that recruiters will throw away the second page because it’s a waste of time.  However, I know someone like my dad, for instance, would have a ton of experience to draw from that needs to be shown.  So, my recommendation would be to keep it to one page if you can, and if you need to extend it, put the most interesting/important/eye catching information on the first page.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m ok with receiving a resume that is approximately 2 pages, as long as the bulletted information under each employer is brief and to the point.  No one wants to read an essay 🙂  One of the main reasons you’ll hear the whole “keep it to 1 page” so much is because people have a tendency to ramble, which can in turn, cause your resume to be tossed as soon as it’s opened.  So 2 pages isn’t a deal breaker, just be selective in the information you decide to include.  If you don’t think it’s really pertinent to the position for which you’re applying, consider cutting it out.  I’m happy to look it over and make suggestions if you want to PM me. 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Never longer then a page. I work in a very large company and anything longer then a page usually get put into a *special pile.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m in the hiring field. It really depends on your level of experience. If you can fit all your relevant information on 1 page great. Most younger people can do this, as they obviously have less experience.  When a person who’s only had 2 jobs, neither of which are specialized, and is applying for a clerical job and the resume goes on for 2-3 pages – well that’s just silly.

    However, if you are more advanced in your career and have been through a succession of 3-4 jobs with applicable experience you want to call out, you will likely need to go to 2 pages.

    I see 2 pages most of the time for the types of positions my department hires for.

    More than 2 should only be for people with highly specialized skill sets.

    Post # 8
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    3947 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t consider anything longer than a page.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    For a director level role, you should have two pages.

    For an entry or mid level role, I don’t want to read more than one – either you have too many positions to list (I don’t like to see more thn two moves in five yards or three in ten), you’re listing irrelevant positions (for a professional role, I don’t care about your college cashiering), or you’re being too verbose with your bullet points. 

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    The answer will depend, in part, on the industry and the level of experience. I am in IT and have yet to see a resume for a candidate that our company hired for my team that was NOT 2 pages.  My team only hires people with good, solid experience (7+ years) and a fairly broad skillset, and there’s just no way you are going to get that to fit on a single page.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee

    It really depends on the job/industry. There’s absolutely no way I could cut my resume down to one page, so mine is two. I think anything longer than two is too long… if you’ve been in your field for 20 years no one really needs to know what your first job was at 16, or which high school you went to. Keep it short and factual.

    As for cover letter, never more than one page. I guarantee if it’s more than one page it won’t get read.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    kimm99 answered this, but for the rest of you, does it matter how long a person has been in the professional world? I have heard that if you are under 30 or out of undergrad for less than 10 years (if you followed a traditional go to college in your late teens path), you should only have one page because you don’t have enough experience to justify the second page. But if you  have more than 10 years of professional experience, it’s fine to go onto a second page.

    I’m still in my 20s so it’s one page for me for the next few years. But I was just curious.

    ETA: A bunch of people answered my question as I was typing it. Nevermind.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it depends on the person. I wouldn’t expect anyone applying for a director or higher position with a one-page resume as I assume they have a number of years of experience and quite a few positions. Likewise, it irks me when I get new college grads with two page resumes that include a dozen internships, six volunteer activities, classes that they took, and awards.

    It also depends on the position. If the position encompasses a lot of different “hats”, then it may be necessary to include a two-page resume to show you have all the relevant experience.

    Please use bullets and a good font. I don’t like reading resumes that look literally like a solid mass of text. It makes me feel tired even before I begin.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee

    @worldtraveler:  I’ve been working in my field for 10 years this year (whoa!) and I definitely need two pages. My education alone takes up over half of a page. As for my work experience, I have accelerated fast and even though I don’t usually move around companies, I have had quite a few different positions within those companies so I list all of them.

    I think as long as you have actual education and work experience to list and you’re not just “fluffing” up your resume, your age shouldn’t really matter in terms of resume length.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m not in HR, I’ve been told 1 page is the max you should use so they have your info at a glance

     

    Sorry didn’t see you updated

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