As one of the leading Harrisonburg employment agencies, Adams & Garth can tell you that this is one of the most commonly asked questions from job seekers. For a long time, there was a rule that resumes shouldn’t exceed a page. So candidates spent hours trying to manipulate and cram information on their resume to fit it all on one page.
But times have changed.
While no hiring manager wants to read a five-page resume, if sending a two-page one enables you to better communicate and promote why you’re the best fit for the job, then don’t worry about breaking the “one-page” rule.
What if you have extensive experience in your field?
Still stick to two pages.
The strongest candidates know how present their backgrounds in a concise manner – and hiring managers appreciate their ability to distill important details. In addition, keep in mind, hiring managers don’t want a laundry list of responsibilities you had in a position you held 15 years ago. They want to know about what you’ve been doing now and in the past few years.
Also, if your resume is three or four pages long, hiring managers will be less likely to see the important details you want them to. Remember, they will only give your resume a cursory glance before deciding whether or not to add you to the “maybe” pile. You want to ensure the strongest selling parts are immediately visible.
If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum – and don’t have a lot of experience – try and stick with a one-page resume. If you’re one year out of school, having a two page – or longer – resume doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. In fact, you may come across as a bit pretentious if you’re inexperienced with a long resume. So avoid it if you can.
Whatever you do, don’t try to reduce the font size or margins in order to squeeze information onto your resume. While these tricks can get your resume down to one or two pages, they can also make the text almost impossible to read. Your text size should be a minimum of 10.5 points and margins should be no smaller than 0.5 inch.
Do you need more help with your resume? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading Harrisonburg employment agencies, we can help you with your job search from start to finish, from crafting a strong resume to matching you with a job opportunity that’s a great fit for you.