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Old 11-29-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Trying to help my wife scrub up her resume and having a tough time getting it down to one page. Attempting to turn a 3 page academic CV into a real world resume. Is having a 2 page resume a bad thing if you are looking for a program coordinator/director job at a non-profit or something affiliated with a hospital? I know some of the places she will be applying probably have resume scanning programs read the resume before it gets the HR department. Do those programs ding you for 2 page resumes?

My background is in sales and sales management and I was always told to keep a resume to one page and use the cover letter to go into details. So I want to know that I am giving my wife good advice about the length of a resume.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I could well be wrong as I'm a bit old-school where this sort of thing is concerned but I'd suggest whittling it down to one page and then in the cover letter note that a more detailed resumé is available upon request. When I've been hiring I've found it so much easier to have something in front of me I can quickly and easily read without ploughing through a lot of tedious details which I'd be more than happy to look over later on if I decide to put that applicant on a short list.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: broke leftist craphole Illizuela
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I use two but make sure the most important stuff is on the first page. The second page gives more detail on stuff like education, coursework and awards, list of techniques I am familiar with etc. that are summarized on the first page.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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A resume can be (and should be) as long as is needed to show every pertinent detail.
An especially long resume warrants a recap page.

A *cover letter* on the other hand (and what I suspect this is about) should be brief.
One page is usually more than enough with a recap listing attached.

Do NOT make the mistake of using the cover letter to describe detail in the resume.
It should be personal and even conversational... not a laundry list

hth
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Trying to help my wife scrub up her resume and having a tough time getting it down to one page. Attempting to turn a 3 page academic CV into a real world resume. Is having a 2 page resume a bad thing if you are looking for a program coordinator/director job at a non-profit or something affiliated with a hospital? I know some of the places she will be applying probably have resume scanning programs read the resume before it gets the HR department. Do those programs ding you for 2 page resumes?

My background is in sales and sales management and I was always told to keep a resume to one page and use the cover letter to go into details. So I want to know that I am giving my wife good advice about the length of a resume.
2 pages is fine, but as others have mentioned put the information most relevant to the position on the first page.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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Thanks for the tips, all of her degrees are eating up almost a quarter of the page. So if I can put education on the second page it opens up the first page for all of her work experience.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I use a two page resume and haven't had any negative feedback. In fact, when I sat on an interview panel last year, the position that was available was an intermediate/mid-level position, and most of the resumes were two pages.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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One page is great for an entry level person.

Everyone I know who is mid level or senior level has 2 pages maximum.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: broke leftist craphole Illizuela
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Thanks for the tips, all of her degrees are eating up almost a quarter of the page. So if I can put education on the second page it opens up the first page for all of her work experience.
That's what i do I mention the degree on the first page and give details on the second.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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If she needs two pages, she needs two pages. If the position requires it, don't short-change yourself for brevity. I've looked at director's and VP's resumes that were four to six pages long.
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