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Old 06-28-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Do not go over one page.

Sometimes when I get a resume that is over one page I don't even bother reading it.

Learn to tailor your resume and take out things that are not relevant to what you are applying for. Leave out hobby and objectives if you still have that.

If you require additional explanations do it on the cover letter.
While you seem to be oddly in some position of hiring people, I think this is assinine. I dont think anyone who has had more than 1 or 2 jobs could fit their resume on one page without shrinking the font significantly or leaving off key skills or bullet points from each position held.

You are also recommending pretty much just transfering what would be bullet points on a resume, to paragraph form on a cover letter, a cover letter that should be a BRIEF sale of ones self. Even that said, many jobs don't even want or provide room for a cover letter at all.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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I get multiple job interviews and I have a 2 page resume. It's not worth it to have a one page resume and leave off critical job skills that could be the difference between you getting an interview or not, in my opinion.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:35 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I get multiple job interviews and I have a 2 page resume. It's not worth it to have a one page resume and leave off critical job skills that could be the difference between you getting an interview or not, in my opinion.
Exactly, it's no way to keep a resume one page if you have been working for 10 years or more
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: here
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I went from a 1 page to a 2 page because I was advised to on this forum. It seems to have worked. I also have looked at a friend's resume that was professionally done, and it is 2 pages. 2 pages is fine if the info is relevant to the position. I dumbed mine down to 1 page for an entry level position once.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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I get multiple job interviews and I have a 2 page resume. It's not worth it to have a one page resume and leave off critical job skills that could be the difference between you getting an interview or not, in my opinion.

I agree with this. My resume is 2 pages and it has not been a problem.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:45 AM
 
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The advice about only having a one page resume dates back to the 1990s when jobs were plentiful and companies did not use KEY WORD searches to find candidates using an applicant tracking system. Now employers need more information on your resume including a summary of your accomplishments. Unless you are just out of High School a 2 page resume is better.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: California
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I think mine is 3 pages. Just a little bit at the top of the 3rd page, but 3 pages. I applied to 30 positions when I was looking, had 3 interviews and one job offer. Took a little over a month from when I was laid off to when I was sitting behind the new desk at the new job. So, I don't think the 1 page rule, or even the 2 page rule, is accurate. Make the resume as long as required to accurately point out your experience.

The "rule" I follow is that a resume should never have the "obvious info" on it in the job section. If your job title is "Dog Walker" you can very reasonably leave out "Walked dogs" in the job description as it is obvious. But if you were the most requested walker because of how good you were, that you include. Only include those things that make you stand out in a position and the resume is more relevant, and length starts to be less important.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Mine is 4 pages.

I get at least a 50% response rate when I submit my resume for a position. I get lots of comments from recruiters and interviewers on how impressive my resume/experience is. Never got comments that it was too long.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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I could never fit everything on 1 page. It's not possible for me. I do contract work (in addition to my fulltime job) so I'm constantly updating it. For every contract job- I'm adding 1 line. Things get condensed (and some things have fallen off) but I still keep it at around a page and a half.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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I've had call backs with a two page and one page resume. Currently, I'm running with a 1-pager. Now that my experience is a little more career/industry focused, I've just used my last two post-college jobs to help summarize my experience. With a question such as this, you'll get a million different reasons for using this or that on a resume, and wouldn't ya know it, all from resume experts! I think if you can successfully display your experience succinctly on one page, go for it. If you're an industry veteran, two pages is probably the most you should use unless there are specific rules for an industry that I'm not aware of (i.e. just Google "graphic design resumes" and you'll see what I'm saying; creative design trumps standard chronological formats any day in that industry).
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