Is it really bad to have a resume that's longer than one page? (Advice, please)

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 31
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4235 posts
Honey bee

cik2017 :  related coursework should only be on there if it’s very recent – the last 2-3 years or less. After that I start to wonder why the person doesn’t have anything more recent to fill up page space. For example you work in the sciences – if you have a degree in biology an employer will understand and assume the type of coursework that went into obtaining it so only list special capstone project type work that will set you apart from other candidates. 

For certain jobs I really like a skills section followed by an employment history especially if you’ve done the same type of work at each position. I work in law and getting a 3 page resume from a paralegal that basically repeats the same job description/responsibility with each position is annoying. Give me a concise list of what you can do followed by a concise list of where you’ve done it in the past. Then if there are special accomplishments at a particular job you can point those out as well and they stand out more. 

Post # 33
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1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Honestly. As someone who hires staff, keep education to dates & degrees. I don’t care about your GPA. I don’t care about your sorority or extra curricular activities unless it adds to your skills or is relevant to the job. A cover letter is a must. I’m looking for good grammar, sentence structure and formatting. There better not be typos. This tells me how professional you really are. Can you communicate well, in writing? Having had only one job, your resume should only be a page long. 

Post # 34
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798 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never included relevant coursework on a resume/CV, as it seems like filler to me. The exception would be if it’s a course where you’re certified in a specific skill (e.g. a computer programming course). If you’re going to include skills, I’d just say to make sure it’s relevant stuff that will set you apart from the pack (e.g. listing that you’re fluent in Mandarin and have been trained in the software programs used in your field vs. listing that you know how to use Microsoft Word, which everyone and their mother does). 

My resume is 2 pages (1 page double sided) but that’s without listing skills or courses. It’s also not a complete list of every job I’ve ever had, and I tailor it to list things that are relevant to what I’m applying for. For example, if I’m applying for a job working with younger students, I might include a section listng my volunteer work with kids since I’ve done a lot of it and it shows my interest and familiarity in working with children, whereas if I’m applying for a research job I’d skip the volunteer work section entirely. I list my college jobs if they are relevant to what I’m applying for, but not if they aren’t (the 9 months I worked at a grocery store would not appear on my resume unless I were applying for retail or food service jobs, which I haven’t since then). 

Post # 36
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949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

The only two page resumes I’ve ever seen have been people who have been working in thier field for 20 years and have buttloads of experience. Mess with your fonts, take out the superfluous details, and shorten, shorten, shorten. A resume is a snapshot. It’s to allow employers to get a sense of your past and history; they don’t need a list of every single task you did at your summer job. 

Cover Letters are incredibly important to me. I review them when we’re hiring, and it’s a chance you get to see if the person has done any research on our company or transmitted something generic. Additionally, you get to see if the person just regurgitated their resume or put some thought into why thier experience would be valuable. It shows how well you can write, and your command of vocabulary to describe yourself. This is something you should take some time to write, and don’t be afraid to impress them! 

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

The best advice I’ve ever received about resumes and the like is to format it like this:

Instead of listing the general job description, put something like “action taken, result achieved”

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

mandakay0021 :  Yeah, I had a two page resume which I sent to a colleague (school principal) and her advice was that it wasn’t detailed enough and needed more information about my specific responsibilities. I guess every industry is different.

Post # 39
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2334 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I work in recruitment and I’m not sure about the US but in my country a cover letter isn’t really necessary. Also it’s fine for a CV (resume) to be longer than 1 page. Most are 2-3 pages. Just don’t ramble and keep it relevant. Example – if you are say 50yrs old no one cares about what primary school you went to. 

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